The question of “hybrid vs. native” still lingers among programmers and coders. In 2021, the choice is between React Native and Ionic, the two biggest players mobile application development frame market. According to AppBrain

  • Ionic is the most used in application development with 3%, while React Native is 1.3%.
  • The market share according to application installations shows 4.05% for React Native and 0.27% for Ionic.

To understand this status, the difference between a native application and a hybrid application is considered.


Native and hybrid applications differ in many ways, including operating system, performance, technology used, features, and associated costs.

The underlying technologies for hybrid applications are HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and other web technologies. WebView is the platform they all run on. With native modules and plug-ins, they can be developed as one-page applications or progressive web applications.

Platform-specific user interface components are required to run native mobile applications. Java for Android and Objective-Cor Swift for iOS are used to build these applications. They cannot be reused between platforms and there is no detriment to the performance of these applications.

Now tell us a little about React Native Ionic.


React Native is a JavaScript-based framework. It helps create native mobile apps and is supported by a huge developer community. Business support comes from Facebook. It uses the “learn once, write everywhere” principle. The React Native framework is used by Facebook, Oculus, Coinbase, Shopify, Tableau, FlipKart, Discord, NerdWallet, Skype, Bloomnerg, Tesla and Wix, among others.


Ionic is a hybrid framework for network applications with a shared code base between mobile, network, and desktop applications. Ionic has a wealth of features and is much more capable than web applications because it uses Cordova and PhoneGap to use native features. Ionic adheres to the “write once, use everywhere” principle. The Ionic framework has been used by MarketWatch, Pacifica, Sworkit, Diesel, StockPlan Connect, Honeyfi, McLaren, JustWatch, mcDonald’s, Untappd, Nationwide and Cryptochange among countless others. According to Ionic, more than 5 million applications have been created using its framework.

Let’s now quickly look at how the Ionic frame and the React Native frame compare, and determine the best for 2021.


React uses interface-specific features. This gives it the aesthetics of a native application. The native format allows developers to provide a seamless experience to the end user.

Ionic uses network technology. This allows it to achieve multi-level applications. It is based on Angular JS and uses the code base minimally. The angle gives Ionic a smoother process and is very user friendly.

React requires developers to make platform-specific changes to achieve the most powerful components. React Native has a much more stable framework. This makes it effective for large projects with larger budgets. The framework also improves the responsiveness and detail of the user interface.
On the other hand, Ionic’s hybrid approach makes it much more convenient for prototyping or easing urgent requirements. Using CSS, JavaScript, and HTML5 components, Ionic enables faster application development, but the user may be asked to download additional plug-ins to enable the original features.

As discussed earlier, React uses “learn once, write everywhere” logic. This framework suggests suitable components for developers that respect the original aesthetics.

On the contrary, Ionic can use the same code on all platforms. It adapts to the platform and learns its behavior to provide the original aesthetics.

In addition to these differences, React native has 1,752 contributors, while Ionic has only 268. And to find a better year in 2021, we need to understand the pros and cons of both Ionic and React Native.

Ionic benefits

  1. Open source
  2. Easy to learn
  3. Built-in components
  4. Speed ​​development period
  5. Familiar development environment
  6. Cordova and PhoneGap wrap


  1. Requires WebView
  2. Apache Cordova is required to use hardware functions
  3. Minor performance issues


  1. Stable and reliable for large-scale projects
  2. Reusability of Android, iOS and Windows application codes.
  3. The codes are not platform dependent
  4. A huge community


  1. Requires original development skills.
  2. Lack of custom modules
  3. Minor debugging and compatibility issues.

Now that we have established the facts and figures, let us conclude by finding out if one is above each other.


The choice is largely influenced by the type of project you do, the development time, and the skills acquired by the team. According to Ionic’s popularity survey

  • 86% of web developers have used Ionic and 16% used React Native.
  • To build PWAs, 72% preferred the ion, while 21% chose React Native.
  • In GitHub, Ionic has 41,000 stars and React Native 89,100 stars.

These statistics are due to the fact that it is not possible to put each other objectively. We can make an end by realizing that if the requirement is a small budget, high performance application for a limited time, Ionic is better and if the requirement is a large budget, large scale application, Reacts Native is better for 2021. At Orion, we specialize and offer excellence to both.



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