There is a misconception that mobile apps and web apps are one and then same. Apart from the differences experienced by the users, web apps and mobile apps are developed and deployed differently.
Native mobile apps are built for a specific platform, such as such as Android and iOS. They are downloaded and installed in the mobile phones. These apps have access to the system accessories like camera, GPU etc.
Web apps, on the other hand, are accessed via the internet browser and will adapt to whichever device they are being accessed from. They do not need to be downloaded or installed on the device.
The Pros and Cons
Now we know the fundamental differences between mobile and web apps, below are the pros and cons of each:
Native mobile apps
They are faster that web apps.
Their access to system resources gives them greater functionality.
Mobile apps can run offline.
Mobile apps are safer.
Mobile apps are more expensive to build.
They are not cross-platform compatible. SO, you have to build different apps for different platforms.
Mobile apps are expensive to maintain.
There is no need for download or installation.
They are relatively easy to maintain.
They are easier and cheaper to build.
Do not work offline.
They are slower.
They have less capabilities.
Less secure than web apps.