There are definitely a few key considerations when looking at the performance of your application. From a high level sense, a mobile application is likely going to be the better performer. You can control the user experience and offer response times that you’re unlikely to get in a web application. They also offer direct access to device systems resources such as cameras or GPS (note: mobile browsers are improving in this regard, but still trail mobile apps) that may be of importance depending on your applications use cases. Sometimes however, the way to look at performance is through the lens of user adoption. With a web application it’s often easier and faster to get users onboard. You can avoid the hassle of downloading an application and skip directly to getting users onboard. We also highly recommend a web application if you anticipate infrequent or primarily one time interactions from your users.
The prospect of making a decision on web vs mobile can be a daunting task. We try to isolate this down to the key considerations above to help our clients make sense of the decision. And in situations where you’re 50/50 or just can’t make a decision we almost always recommend that you start your journey with a web application. We can control costs better and many of the backend features we develop in the web application can be used by a mobile application if and when the time to go that route comes.
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