Framework Fight: Ionic vs Xamarin
Do you ever wonder as which framework to choose or is better for your application that is willing to be developed, probably yes you would have if you are really looking to develop an app for your business. It always becomes very difficult to choose from but one should always consider it before development.
We are not against Ionic or with Xamarin but we are with you and in this article will share our technical experience for both of the frameworks. So let me just begin the story, it is always difficult to decide between mobile application frameworks that have multi-platform functionality and is able to give wings to your desired app with all the necessary points. Have you ever heard these words Hybrid HTML and Cross-Platform Native because these are something we are going to talk about. As there are many other frameworks for the context Hybrid HTML and Cross-Platform but we would be discussing the most preferred ones that are Ionic and Xamarin.
Hybrid HTML and Cross-Platform Native
Based on the above definitions we can now begin to understand why Ionic or when Xamarin.
Cost Factors for Ionic and Xamarin
Ionic is an open source, and the price tag of $0 is quite promising. As if you are looking to scale your app in terms of push notifications. Ionic offers free push notifications and deployments to devices up to 1,000,000 and 100,000 respectively. After that, you have to pay $20 monthly fee on top of costs if you wish additional push notifications and deployments.
Xamarin, which is now owned by Microsoft, is free with Xamarin Studio (Mac) and Visual Studio Community Edition (Windows) and additional features are available with the paid version of Visual Studio. It also depends on what you are trying to accomplish, this may or may not be justified. Something to consider will be the learning curve if your team does not have .NET developers or background. There is a considerable amount of free training which is being provided at the pace.
Quality Parameters of Ionic and Xamarin
As Ionic platform uses web technologies to produce a hybrid application the user experience would be average as compared to Xamarin apps. Xamarin offers the closest experience to the native applications. Some of the analytics that defines the parameters are:
Xamarin apps load large datasets 62% faster than the Ionic.
The apps in Xamarin loading time is 25% faster than compared to Ionic.
Memory Consumption is 50% less than in Ionic apps.
Consumption of CPU becomes 76% less than in the Ionic apps.
CPU-Intensive tasks perform better in Xamarin apps than in Ionic.
The inclination may take you towards Xamarin but again performance and usability are what we look for at the time of App development and this is the considerable facts that matter.
The most important piece to consider here is the fact that Xamarin do provide APIs that hits sooner once newly released device features or close to the released date. But for the Ionic part, you have to keep your patience tight to come up with an API or just write one for yourself which will again be a time-consuming factor. Where you are utilizing Bower and NPM package management to keep your Ionic project in order, you won’t really feel as clean and organized as what Visual Studio and NuGet does for Xamarin.
If you have a bigger project subjected to develop going with Ionic may disarrange or clutter your project because going with third-party libraries may become a troubling part later for the project. Simple apps would work perfectly, and you can go with Ionic. Maintainability is the crucial part you have to consider at the time of your development, so these certain points should be considered.
So now when you are in the hope that which is better again I would say it depends on what is your type of requirement. Ionic app development gives you a better part along with cost benefit for cross platform app. Parallelly, to develop a dynamic native app with native attributes and unbreachable security, Xamarin is the best choice you can have. We hope this article would bring some light to the point when you are looking for the framework.
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