Native or Web? Here’s How to Choose

Your tablet solution comes with very specific demands that traditional mobile management tools are simply not built to meet. You need to secure your device and your software and protect your users. Your tablet needs to be always connected, always available, and always on. And that takes the right app with the right configuration.

That’s why when you’re building your tablet kiosk, making the decision between a web app and a native software app is so vital—each has advantages and drawbacks that, depending on your environment, can make or break your deployment.

The choice depends on so many things:

  1. Will your application need to leverage the functionality of your tablet to deliver content?
  2. Will you need to develop targeted, fully personalized experiences?
  3. Does your UX need to be fully tailored?
  4. How large (or small) is your budget?
  5. Do you plan to offer in-app purchasing?
  6. How much data are you transmitting?
  7. How often do you need to push out updates?

And more. This infographic from the guys at Table XI takes you through the whole decision-making process. It’s designed to help you decide which direction will give you the features and power to give you the user experience and management control you need.

But remember, once you make the basic decision, there are a number of other factors to consider as you put it into place. When you choose web, there are a lot of good reasons to not go custom. Off-the-shelf browser apps have lower overhead in both development time and cost; plus they’re generally faster, easier and more efficient to implement. But the most important? They offer the true reliability, management and monitoring you need to wrap and present your content.

Going native? Don’t forget to add remote management, monitoring and security to your app with a mobility management software solution you can trust.

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