PWA vs. Native: Which One is Better?

Native Apps are fully in coordination with the terms of built-in functions and performance. These apps can be used offline which makes access faster. Though you need a bigger investment in the beginning, native applications keep us sorted for a longer term by offering a better user experience and are a standard across industries.

Progressive Web Apps are a hybrid between regular web pages and mobile applications which use modern Web capabilities to offer users a similar experience to a native app.

But, is this enough information to go with either of the technologies? Obviously not. If you are not familiar with either of the technologies, we have made a comparative analysis of both. You can use this to make an informed decision:

PWA Features

  1. It saves time and money as well and you can directly access it from the web browser.

Why Native is good over PWA?

  1. PWA uses secure URL with https but native applications will be more secure and reliable for accessing information.

Why native applications should be your first choice?

If we think in terms of accessibility and ownership by all types of audience then native applications give more satisfactory results than PWA.

Will Progressive Web Apps replace native apps?

We can say yes only partially as there are still limitations with PWA. Let’s consider some of these limitations:

  1. One of them is offline support. PWA works with browser cache for memory storage. So you can consider it for small applications but if you are targeting it for long term to run big projects, then cache limitations might come into the picture. It also leads to security issues that are more common with PWAs.


  • Although native apps cost more to develop and require a more time-consuming development process, to ensure the comfort and satisfaction of your customers, we recommend choosing a native mobile application for your E-commerce website.

To make developing a native app easier, and less expensive, we have made an extension MageMob App Builder for Magento 2. It lets you bypass the complications of developing for two operating systems and other small frustrations. Your mobile app can be ready quickly and without any compromise. Check out its product page here.

You can get in touch with us here for any other query regarding mobile app development and this extension here.


Mr. Maulik Shah is the founder & CEO of Biztech IT Consultancy Pvt Ltd., one of the leading web design and development companies in India.

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