In most cases, the development time is the main disappointment. Building an app using React Native can take more time than building a native iOS mobile application.

Pluses and minuses

1. Development time

This depends on how many developers are involved in the project, but if you compare the time it takes to build an iOS app vs. building an app using React. Building an app using React Native can take more time than building a native iOS mobile application.

2. Development cost

This is the point where, as a founder, you might benefit from cost savings. Even though developing an app using React Native takes more time than a native app in the native development framework, you save a lot due to the fact that you don’t have to build the same app twice, once for iOS and once for Android.

To give you an overview of the cost savings, the costs of building your apps in React Native is about 70% of the cost of building them in both iOS and Android. Please note that this is true for most of the apps.

So for an app that costs $ 15,000 to build in both iOS and Android ($ 7,500 iOS, $ 7,500 Android), it would most likely cost ~ $ 10,000 to build in React Native.

If you’re not sure whether if this applies to your apps, please drop a line at getintouch@rebeldot.com and we would be happy to offer our input.

3. Scalability

Not many startup founders are really bothered by this question in the very beginning, but it’s important to know how the app would handle more and more functionality over time, as your business grows.

All we can say here is that React Native won’t stand in the way of scalability, it’s a matter of the architecture of the project and the quality of the code, and yes, you can build scalable apps in React Native. And our examples below prove it.

4. Maintenance

The greatest thing about React Native is that bugs have to be fixed in one codebase only, which means that most of the time bug fixing is quicker, making your apps more bug-free, in theory, given the same allocated bug fixing time.