This is an interesting question.
Few years ago, now late Steve Jobs proclaimed that HTML5 is the future of web development. Ok, this needs to be viewed in a broader context, at that point in time Apple was waging a war against Flash and HTML 5 was an unlucky winner.
Steve Jobs quote:
[quote align=”center”]They are lazy, Jobs says. They have all this potential to do interesting things, but they just refuse to do it. They don’t do anything with the approaches that Apple is taking, like Carbon. Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.[/quote]
But is everything as it seems?
- You will piss blood after some time, literally and metaphorically.
- You will spend much more time fixing the app then building it. Creating an app for each and every platform is a pain in the neck. Browsers on different platforms do not uniformly support all the latest HTML features and APIs, which can make developing and testing a challenge.
- If you don’t have a good designer, don’t even try to build an app; looks are everything.
- If you don’t know what are you doing there’s a good chance your app will not get permission for Apple app store. Even Google Play Store will ban your app if they discover a 3rd party Phonegap PayPal plugin.
- A native mobile app can produce the best user experience — fast and fluid, can give you the best access to device features, and can be discovered in the app stores.
- Without a doubt, native apps have full access to the underlying mobile platform. Native apps are usually very fast and polished, making them great for high-performance apps or games. This is more than enough.
- Bigger budget, you will need at least a person/s with Java and Objective-C knowledge, even C# if you want a Windows mobile app. Yes, you can learn it yourself but don’t live under the illusion you will do so in a short time. If you have never done any development, choose Objective-C (iOS is still a better platform). In other cases choose Java. Java has a syntax similar to other available languages, so it is easy to jump from C# to Java and vice-versa. Objective-C is a world of it own. It has a rather uncommon syntax.
- It might take you a longer period of time to develop all of them and time is money. This depends on the complexity of the apps.
This post was taken from my original post at Stackoverflow, question: Struggling between native and phonegap, simple app requirements and it can be found here.