Web App vs. Downloadable App: Performance

Through a series of different posts, we’re going to compare and contrast web applications vs. downloadable (native) applications to help you determine which solution is the right solution for your next app.  Today, we’re going to focus on the issue of performance.  Never before have people been so impatient or so focused on instant gratification.  Performance – especially when people are ‘trying’ your app -  is a must.

Web Applications
Unfortunately, with web applications, you’re app is reliant on the user’s connection.  Even if they have 3g / 4g service, if they aren’t in a good service area, with a good connection, performance of your app (regardless of how well you’ve written the code) can suffer.  If the performance suffers, so too will the user experience.  Even in good services areas, at large events (sporting events, tradeshows, concerts, etc), your users will be competing with thousands of others on their mobile phones fighting for their piece of the available service.

Downloadable Apps
Performance is known as one of the major benefits of native apps.  Because the content needed for the app to function has already been downloaded from the time of the initial install, the user doesn’t have to wait (very long) for content to load.  For gaming or graphic-intense applications, a native app is almost a must.

Conclusion
For now, downloadable apps definitely have the ‘leg up’ on the performance race right now, but as service areas, speed of service and web technologies continue to improve (as they have been), the margin of difference will become much slimmer.  It’s important to weigh-in on all of the issues to determine which kind of application is right for you to build.

Related Posts: Web Apps vs. Downloadable Apps: Compatibility

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