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Pros of jQuery Mobile
Pros of PhoneGap
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      Backed by Adobe
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      Easy and developer friendly
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      Support more platforms
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      It's javascript, html, and css
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      Common code base across all mobile platform
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      Not bound to specific framework
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      Powerful Framework
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      Runs on mobile browser
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      Similar UI across all platform
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      Free easy fast and not buggy in my experience

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    Cons of jQuery Mobile
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        Never as good as a native app
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        Created for web pages, not for complex Apps
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        Poor user experience
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        Not build for high performance
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        Hard to see

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      What is jQuery Mobile?

      jQuery Mobile is a HTML5-based user interface system designed to make responsive web sites and apps that are accessible on all smartphone, tablet and desktop devices.

      What is PhoneGap?

      PhoneGap is a web platform that exposes native mobile device apis and data to JavaScript. PhoneGap is a distribution of Apache Cordova. PhoneGap allows you to use standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for cross-platform development, avoiding each mobile platforms' native development language. Applications execute within wrappers targeted to each platform, and rely on standards-compliant API bindings to access each device's sensors, data, and network status.

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      What are some alternatives to jQuery Mobile and PhoneGap?
      While 100% jQuery coverage is not a design goal, the APIs provided match their jQuery counterparts. The goal is to have a ~5-10k modular library that downloads and executes fast, with a familiar and versatile API, so you can concentrate on getting stuff done.
      Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.
      AngularJS lets you write client-side web applications as if you had a smarter browser. It lets you use good old HTML (or HAML, Jade and friends!) as your template language and lets you extend HTML’s syntax to express your application’s components clearly and succinctly. It automatically synchronizes data from your UI (view) with your JavaScript objects (model) through 2-way data binding.
      jQuery UI
      Whether you're building highly interactive web applications or you just need to add a date picker to a form control, jQuery UI is the perfect choice.
      It is a free and open source mobile HTML framework to develop hybrid mobile apps or web apps with iOS native look and feel. All you need to make it work is a simple HTML layout and attached framework's CSS and JS files.
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