Ionic vs React Native: What are the differences?
Ionic and React Native belong to "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Ionic are:
- Performance obsessed
- Utilizes Angular and React
- Native focused
On the other hand, React Native provides the following key features:
- Native iOS Components
- Asynchronous Execution
- Touch Handling
Ionic and React Native are both open source tools. React Native with 78.3K GitHub stars and 17.5K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Ionic with 38.4K GitHub stars and 13.1K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, React Native has a broader approval, being mentioned in 701 company stacks & 781 developers stacks; compared to Ionic, which is listed in 392 company stacks and 350 developer stacks.
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For a front end dev like me, using a mobile framework for side projects makes more sense than writing a native app. I had used Apache Cordova (formerly PhoneGap) before (because React Native didn't exist yet), and was happy with it. But once React Native came out, it made more sense to go that way instead. It's more efficient and smooth, since it doesn't have the simulation overhead, and has more access to hardware features. It feels cleaner since you don't need to deal with #WebView, using native UI widgets directly. I also considered Flutter . It looks promising, but is relatively new to the game, and React Native seems more stable for now.
I've recently switched to using Expo for initializing and developing my React Native apps. Compared to React Native CLI, it's so much easier to get set up and going. Setting up and maintaining Android Studio, Android SDK, and virtual devices used to be such a headache. Thanks to Expo, I can now test my apps directly on my Android phone, just by installing the Expo app. I still use Xcode Simulator for iOS testing, since I don't have an iPhone, but that's easy anyway. The big win for me with Expo is ease of Android testing.
The Expo SDK also provides convenient features like Facebook login,
MapView, push notifications, and many others. https://docs.expo.io/versions/v31.0.0/sdk/
The capability of style customization is one a large deal breaker for frontend SDKs. To solve this, we decided to use styled-components in our SDK, which makes it easy to add support for themes on top of our existing components. This practice reduces the maintenance effort for stylings of custom components and keeps the overall codebase clean.
I am starting to become a full-stack developer, by choosing and learning .NET Core for API Development, Angular CLI / React for UI Development, MongoDB for database, as it a NoSQL DB and Flutter / React Native for Mobile App Development. Using Postman, Markdown and Visual Studio Code for development.
great framework,lots of resources,great community,easy to create UI
React Native is great in that it reduces the overhead of writing native code based on a web app. If written in a good style, Redux part of the app can often just be copied or shared in the Native app - and it just works! What a timesaver.
The framework used to write the mobile apps in this project. I've chosen this because of the "write once run all" (ios and android) mentality.
We use Ionic as it is an awesome framework to build mobile hybrid apps with nativ access. Also Ionic has a nice community!
We are not currently using this product but we have very high interest in learning and using this for mobile apps.
Cross-Platform goodness. I am a noob here...learning how to implement Ionic is on the top of my ToDo's
New features of our app are developed on React Native, so we could maintain a small dev team.
100% of our mobile codebase is shared between iOS and Android. Using along with TypeScript.
used on a recent project, an internal custom app developed for both ios and android.