It turns out, if the app is written well, they aren’t so sure.

Last week we posted a video on YouTube of a fun project we ran. We wanted to see how much perception can play into people’s opinion of an app’s performance. If you think an app is hybrid, will you automatically think it is laggy? Or, if you think it is native, will you think it is snappy?  We got inspired by Jimmy Kimmel’s “Starbucks taste test” video, and we captured this video with developers taking the same hybrid mobile app for a ride.  

Firstly, don't get us wrong.  We aren't saying that hybrid apps are ALWAYS the right solution, just that they are a great solution for a lot of people.  Both approaches have their strengths and you should apply them where appropriate, without dismissing any option based on preconceived opinions of where HTML was two years ago. Devices are getting faster, JavaScript compilers are improving rapidly, and today it is possible to create great mobile experiences with hybrid apps. When done well, and for the right kind of app, those mobile experiences created with hybrid will be comparable to those created with native approach.  

Secondly, seeing is believing, if you are a developer. Navigate to and see it for yourself. Please try it both from ‘iPhone 4’ generation hardware and iPhone 5 or HTC One Android device to. You WILL notice a difference and it just confirms how fast devices and browsers are improving and making the line between hybrid and native blurred.

Find out more about exactly what we learned in the processes of building the app.  Comparing the browser to native toolkits is not only unfair, but it's also a highly inaccurate and unfair.  The core issue always has and always will be the tools you use to build your app.  Not the platform you chose to build it on.
About the Author

Sasha Krsmanovic

is a VP of Product Marketing at Telerik and is based in Toronto, Canada. A geek at heart, Sasha works with HTML and JavaScript developers worldwide and loves learning from passionate people. You can follow Sasha on Twitter @k_sasha.

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