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    Default A good read, future of mobile

    http://mobiforge.mobi/designers/blog/mobile-apps-vs-mobile-web?dm_switcher=true

    A great read!

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    For me web applications is the way to go.

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    I agree, webapps FTW! (FTW= For The Win! for those of you who don't know).
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    I was convinced after I read Jonathan Stark's Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and seeing the dazzling examples in the book.

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    Why does it have to be either or? Web apps and native apps have their own strengths and weaknesses. They can co-exist. Hell, they already do. Its similar to the desktop environment..some applications can be run from the browser, and some are installed on the desktop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanboy View Post
    Why does it have to be either or? Web apps and native apps have their own strengths and weaknesses. They can co-exist. Hell, they already do.
    Agreed. There's the Lodging.mobi Hotel iPhone App and of course the Lodging.mobi Hotel Web App. Same core functionality except the iPhone App takes advantage of the iPhone GPS features and will find an available hotel room near the users present location.

    But the premise of the article has been debated for years, developing native apps for multiple platforms takes a lot of resources, if web apps can suffice then it is the easier deployment. But native apps have a lot of advantages especially better access to device features and highly predictable presentation. There's been a lot of improvement in mobile web browsers over the past few years but even now some new devices do some very strange things with web page display. For web apps to compete with native apps on a presentation level the developers can't avoid customization per platform or even per device model, and even then the user can go and use another 3rd party browser which makes different assumptions about functionality and display. So either way you go, Native or Web Apps, if you want to do it well and compete on each platform you have to devote resources specific to each platform. It's unavoidable at this time.
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    You are right, seanboy. There will always a place for apps, but I still believe the web will rule. With limited resources I must choose one to focus and my choice is web.

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