App Development: Pros And Cons Of PhoneGap Vs Native Applications

From the term ‘Native App Development’, it is clear that these apps are developed using native programming langauge of the devices. Like, it is Java for Android and Objective-C as well as Swift for iPhone.

While Hybrid apps are built using HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. Afterwards, they are put in to a native container such as Adobe PhoneGap which is also known as Apache Cordova.

Both the apps are easily available and downloadable at Google Play as well as Apple iTunes app store. Of course, there are pros and cons of everything and so, does these technologies have. Let us focus on some points that includes both pros and cons of these technologies.


– Portability is the aspect that helps in porting a developed Android app to other platforms say Windows mobile simply by transferring the code. Therefore, Cross-platform code works for all mobile platforms be it Android, Windows or iOS.

– Development prowess are required in technologies like HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript.

– Skilled developers can be a part of PhoneGap and this helps them in hitting on an increased user base.

– Use of PhoneGap helps in distributing and integrating payment via App store only.

– To handle the interaction session, developer can have the access to use old plain JavaScript or other libraries like Senta Touch, MooTools, or jQuery.


– PhoneGap’s performance is quite often criticized. It includes a big problem of mobile apps with too many graphic elements. To make your app function smoothly, you have to equip caching or use 3rd party graphic acceleration solutions.

– As it is free of cost and free things, sometimes does not lead you to success. The PhoneGap rise gives a clear view that Apache Cordova is sorely incomplete. Being an open-source proves to be a blessing as well as curse. It is quite possible to find a custom PhoneGap, but with a full possibility that it could be outdated or not supported by the target platforms.

– Dazzled information and plans for User Interface (UI) and other advice to make the apps functional.

– PhoneGap’s documentation is not so informative and descriptive. The bad part is that it is hard to find clear information and directions for User Interface (UI) and other advice to make the apps more functional.

– Device fragmentation supporting web browsers is a real big thing. Different devices may contribute the same app in a different way. So, this implies that developers will definitely need thorough testing and masterly tuning to get the right UI, especially when hitting on complex apps.

Conclusion: PhoneGap is better suited when working on simple apps. If you are working on complex apps with more use of phone features, then go for native apps. And irrespective of what you choose for your app, other factors like expertise, budget, and resources available should be kept in mind.