To help you with this decision, we bring you an article that looks at the pros and cons of both types of customized applications. This is because it is very difficult to answer this question without knowing the specific project. That’s why we’ve put together some hints and tips below that can help you in your decision-making process. However, if you want to hear an expert opinion, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to go through everything with you and recommend the best possible solution.
Mobile apps are very popular nowadays and have become an almost inseparable part of our lives. They offer easy access to a wealth of features and information that the user can always carry with them. They can be developed natively (separately) for Android or iOS, or, nowadays very popular, hybridly using one code for both operating systems. This saves time and money.
Access – mobile apps offer instant access to services through your own mobile phone. Login is possible using finger or face recognition.
Performance – mobile apps typically offer higher performance than web-bsed ones. This is because it is all about optimizing for a specific device.
Availability – apps on phones can often work without internet access. But it always depends on the specific services and features.
Interaction – the ability to use the phone’s hardware, such as GPS, camera or sensors.
Installation – this type of apps need to be installed on every device. However, many users don’t want to fill up their phone’s memory with a large number of apps, so they are often hesitant about whether they really need that particular service.
Updates – keeping mobile apps up to date can be challenging, as each update must be approved and distributed through the app stores (App Store, Google Play).
Development costs -mobile app development can be expensive, especially if you need a multi-platform app.
Compatibility – mobile applications may require development and maintenance for different device types and operating system versions.
Web applications are accessible via a web browser on almost any device with an internet connection. Unlike mobile apps, which require downloads and installation, web applications work on any platform and do not require updates from the user.
Compatibility – Web apps are accessible on any platform with a web browser, eliminating the need to create multiple versions for different devices. However, it is important to optimize them so that everything displays correctly on any display.
Cost – web apps are typically less expensive to develop and maintain than mobile apps because only one version is required that works on every platform.
Updates – with web apps, updates are automatic and do not require user approval or download
SEO – web applications can be easily optimized for search engines, increasing their visibility and traffic.
Internet dependency – web applications require an internet connection, which can be problematic sometimes.
Speed – this type of application is generally slower and especially more complex operations or graphics take time to load. Of course, it all depends on the performance of the device and the speed of the network.
Limitations – you cannot use many of the hardware features of the devices on which the app is running. You cannot call up notifications, work with sensors, etc.
Mobile apps may be more suitable for projects that require high performance, offline functionality and integration with device hardware features. However, web apps offer universal compatibility, easier updates and lower development and maintenance costs.
Consider the following factors whan deciding between mobile and web apps:
- Target audience: Find out what devices and platforms your target audience uses and which app would best suit them.
- Budget: Consider the cost of developing, updating and maintaining the app.
- Functionality and performance: Determine what features and level of performance you really need for your project.
- Offline access: Consider whether it is important for your application to work without an internet connection.
- Personalisation and user experience: Think about what kind of user experience you want to offer your users and whether a high level of personalisation is needed.
After considering these factors, you will be better able to decide whether a mobile or web app is best for your project. If you already have a clear idea or are still unsure, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help you with a thorough analysis to determine what you really need.