When an organization or a business face the issue of implementing a mobile solution for any purpose, one of the main questions is what to create – a mobile app or a web app? There is no right answer, it all depends on the set of factors. If you came up with the same question this blog post will help you make a decision.
Before jumping into any comparison let us, first of all, define what is a web application and what is a mobile application.
According to Wikipedia web application or web app is a client-server computer program in which the client (including the user interface and client-side logic) runs in a web browser. At the same time, it is not the same as the website. While a website is a static page with information, a web application should be…interactive. The most common examples are online forms, webmail, online sales, and auctions – anywhere the user has the choice of actions. The most well-known example is Google web apps.
Techopedia explains mobile application as a type of application software designed to run on a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet computer. Mobile applications frequently serve to provide users with similar services to those accessed on PCs. The most popular examples are Uber, Tinder, WhatsApp.
Mobile apps have their own benefits:
Like a lot of other business related dilemmas, the choice between mobile app and web app depends on goals/tasks and available resources.
In general, if your service doesn’t require a lot of features and you are limited at budget, the web app is the best way to start. Quite opposite, if your service requires a lot of functionalities and interoperability features, and your budget is not tight, you should start with mobile app OR with both the mobile app and web app if your budget is REALLY unlimited.
In the real world, every situation is unique and lies “somewhere in between”. Factors that you need to consider before choosing a web or mobile app:
To help you decide, we developed a simple test based on our experience and research. It might take about 5 minutes to get the result that you can consider as a bit of ballpark advice from third-party mobile app solution provider:
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