Native vs. Web 09/16/11 Category Native app Web app on mobile Internet access Not Required Required in most cases. UI Fast, Responsive and functional Can be clunky, but new advancements are catching up fast Streaming media Supported Requires Plugin/HTML 5 Access to hardware sensors Yes, all of them: camera, gyroscope, microphone, compass, accelerometer, GPS Limited access, though geo-location is common. Development Specific tools required and have to build a new app for each target platform Write once, publish once, view it anywhere. Multiple tools to choose from. (jQuery for mobile) Distribution App stores require approval which delays the release No such hassle Market One store where all apps are published and payment processed You need to process payments and market your apps.
Developers/Businesses who are serious about getting into the mobile app space
Best quality apps with high performance
Complex/Large apps which demands for a responsive UI.
Single platform focused apps
Apps which aims to leverage each platform specific capability to the fullest.