Flutter vs. React Native: Which Way To Go In 2020?
In one of our previous articles we’ve covered the Flutter pros and cons as well as typical use cases and best use scenarios. However, Flutter is not the only option out there for cross-platform development. Before Flutter, the most popular one was React Native. And it’s still very popular today. So, what makes them different and when should you use Flutter or React?
Flutter & React Native: Overview
To get a comprehensive overview of both technologies, let’s break them down in a few different categories. Some of the important things to consider when deciding on your tech stack are the time needed to develop an MVP, the overall time-to-market, the performance, the ease of working with the technology, the learning curve and the supporting community as well as the libraries and resources available.
Learning Curve & Supporting Community
The next big area to compare is how fast you can deliver MVPs and complete applications in Flutter and React. After all, many businesses need to act fast and have significant deadlines. When it comes to the speed of development, Flutter and React are similar. However, React Native uses bridge and native elements, so it may require separate optimization for each platform. This means that the time-to-market may be longer with React. Of course, it’s also dependent on your team and their skills and proficiency in a certain technology. But generally, especially if you need a quickly-delivered MVP, Flutter would be the winner here. Both technologies also have a very important feature called Hot Reload which basically enables the developers to see the changes they made in the code almost instantly in the app. This cuts down on the amount of testing needed, therefore making the whole development process quicker.
The reason you’re here is because you’re looking to develop cross-platform and save time and money on native app development. So it’s important to compare how much a single codebase in Flutter and React can do for you. As of now, Flutter only offers developing apps for Android and iOS devices with web apps being available as a tech preview. It will probably released soon as a full-on feature, so that you can “kill three birds” with this one Flutter codebase. React currently offers Android and iOS development as well, however, it has additional libraries that enable you to develop for web and Windows too.
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When It’s Best To Use React And Flutter?
There’s no clear answer for every project whether you should use React or Flutter. It depends on many different, project-specific factors. It also greatly depends on the team you have. If you work with an in-house team, then you need to take into consideration their existing skills and expertise, however, if you’re looking to outsource your development, you’ll have more freedom concerning the choice of the tech stack.
When To Use Flutter
There are a few general cases when Flutter will be the better choice:
- The UI of the app is your core focus
- The UI is extremely complex
- You’re looking to quickly develop an MVP
- Your app requires significant backend operations
When To Use React Native
When it comes to React, there are also several situations will call for this technology rather than Flutter:
- You’re looking to develop both mobile and web apps
- Your app is fairly simple
- Your app will be big in size
As with anything related to coding, it’s important to also take into account the team’s perspective and their experiences. We asked a few of our Mobile Developers to share their journey with Flutter and React as well as shed some light on what it’s like actually working with those technologies. Here’s what they had to say:
“As a mostly native developer before, I have worked with both Flutter and React and I have to say that I quickly hated React. Flutter is easier for me to grasp and work with. Although Flutter has over 7K active issues, I think it’s just much more fun to work with and provides better performance.”
– Damian, Mobile Developer at INVO
“What I personally like about Flutter is that it’s much easier to work with. The amount of code you need to write to get the same result in Flutter vs. React is much shorter and the whole process gets much more fun because of it.”
– Mateusz, Mobile Developer at INVO
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