When it comes to building a tech stack for a startup, choosing between a web app and a native app can be a difficult decision. Both have their pros and cons and the choice ultimately depends on the goals, resources, and user base of a startup. CarbonCode Solutions has extensive experience in building both web apps and native apps and can help startups make the right choice for their tech stack.
Pros of building a web app
Easy to Develop and Deploy
Web apps are relatively easy to develop and can be deployed quickly. This is because web apps run in a browser, so there is no need to go through an app store approval process, making it easier for startups to get to market quickly.
Web apps are cross-platform compatible, which means that they can run on any device that has a browser. This eliminates the need to develop separate versions of the app for different platforms, reducing development costs and time.
No App Store Approval Process
Unlike native apps, web apps do not need to be approved by app stores, which can be a time-consuming and unpredictable process. This makes it easier for startups to deploy updates and new features without delays.
Lower Development Costs
Web apps can be cheaper to develop than native apps because they do not require separate versions for different platforms. This makes it easier for startups with limited resources to build a tech stack.
Cons of building a web app
Limited Access to Device Features
Web apps have limited access to device features such as camera, GPS, and accelerometer, which can limit the functionality of an app. This can make it challenging for startups to build an app that meets the needs of their users.
Web apps can be slower to load and less responsive than native apps due to the overhead of running in a browser. This can impact user experience and make it challenging for startups to retain users.
No Offline Support
Web apps need an internet connection to run, which can limit their functionality and impact user experience in areas with limited or slow internet connections.
Pros of building a native app
Access to Device Features
Native apps have full access to device features, such as camera, GPS, and accelerometer, which makes it possible to build an app with rich functionality.
Native apps are faster and more responsive than web apps because they are built for specific platforms and have direct access to device resources. This can lead to improved user experience and increased engagement.
Native apps can work offline, which can be a critical factor for certain types of apps, such as navigation or travel apps.
Cons of building a native app
Higher Development Costs
Native apps require separate versions to be built for different platforms, which can increase development costs. This can make it challenging for startups with limited resources to build a tech stack.
Longer Development Time
Native apps can take longer to develop than web apps due to the need to build separate versions for different platforms. This can delay the time to market for startups.
App Store Approval Process
Native apps need to be approved by app stores, which can be a time-consuming and unpredictable process. This can impact the ability of startups to deploy updates and new features quickly.
The choice between building a web app and a native app depends on the specific needs and goals of a startup. Both have their pros and cons which are important to weigh up before making a decision on which way to go. If you need help on deciding how to build your tech stack, you should speak with a member of the CarbonCode team. Our App Cost Calculator may be able to help you with what you are looking for.