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.
Secondly, seeing is believing, if you are a developer. Navigate to http://cuteness.io
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.