NativeScript Reviews

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Eric Bewley | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 29, 2020

NativeScript -- Not Yet Ready for Large Development Efforts

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NativeScript by itself, appears to be a reasonable environment for the development of simple apps between a web app and mobile apps. Do not read their white papers and accomplishments of their development team members, but rather what external developers are saying.

If you are looking to add the use of NativeScript to an existing environment, give your developers several months to work through several significant scenarios individually in full-fledged (not stubbed) proofs-of-concept. Impress upon those developers, the need to delve deep into the construction of NativeScript UI plugins which require interaction with other areas of functionality within the environment. Even if you believe that the out-of-the-box functionality of NativeScript appears sufficient, ask each of your developers to attempt the development of a couple of NativeScript plugins which interact with the native functionality of both Android and iOS.

Once your development has had ample (or excessive) time to provide you with working proofs-of-concept, please listen intently to all of the concerns posed by those developers. Do not accept a summary report of their efforts. I cannot stress this last one enough, because this is often when large development teams fail, and/or end up going way over budget.
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Tiago Alves | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 24, 2018

Climb to NativeScript, enjoy the Vue...

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I would recommend for building native apps for iOS or Android if 1) the developers come from a web dev background; 2) the company can't afford separate teams for Android and iOS; 3) the team wants to use Vue.js.

I would not recommend if the app needs a web version and is simple enough to be a hybrid app.
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Evan Payne | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 30, 2018

Mobile apps delivered by leveraging our existing skillset with NativeScript

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As with any mobile app, the most important decision to make first is whether you really need a mobile app at all. If you are just building a web app with some user data persistence, then perhaps a progressive web app is all you need. Where NativeScript shines is in building apps that use more than the standard web APIs, and really provide value to your users in how they interact with the device APIs.

Additionally, consider what javascript framework your team is most comfortable using before starting your NativeScript project. There are flavours available for standard JS, Angular, and Vue. Angular is often the best documented, and both JS and Angular are quite stable. NativeScript + Vue is new, and there are still many bugs, but for simple apps, you can accomplish a lot without trouble. The best thing is to choose based on what your team already knows, and this will speed up your development process.
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Shiva Prasad K | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 10, 2018

NativeScript - Mobile App Development on Steroids

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When you want to target Web and Mobile (iOS + Android), using a single code base. Then you can use NativeScript Angular or NativeScript Vue.

If your app is going to do a lot of heavy lifting in the background, requires building widgets that can be added on homescreen, or simply is going to be a service, which doesn't require UI, then NativeScript is not an ideal fit for that project.
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victor pease solano | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 16, 2018

NativeScript: Good for mobile performance.

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When you need to exploit all the hardware capabilities and the communication with the backend is critical, you better go with NativeScript. If your main feature is offline access then you better sacrifice some performance going with something hybrid like Ionic. The criteria to choose better is if the final application could work more like a web page, or you already have a web app and you want almost the same features in your mobile app, you will go for a hybrid, but if you want to go from scratch thinking on a completely mobile experience with performance where the connectivity is not an issue you will go for NativeScript.
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Mike Branstein | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 10, 2018

NativeScript makes cross-platform mobile app development easy, fast, and efficient.

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NativeScript is great for line of business apps, quick prototypes, and production apps. NativeScript isn't designed for heavy 3D graphics and gaming apps, as other platforms like Unity do this well and are highly optimized.
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Nic Raboy | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 10, 2018

Mobile Performance with NativeScript

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NativeScript is well suited for most mobile development. Being that it supports Android and iOS with either Angular, Vue.js, and TypeScript or JavaScript, it covers a lot of developer possibilities. If the developer has prior experience with React, it may be more logical to explore React Native to meet an already existing skill set. Likewise if the developer has prior C# experience it might be better to choose Xamarin.
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Brad Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 10, 2018

The Brad Martin Perspective

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If you're going to want a mobile app and a web app then NativeScript is the perfect solution, especially if your developers enjoy Angular or VueJS javascript frameworks.

If you're going to do game development or if learning native mobile paradigms are an issue then NativeScript is not the best option and using a web only approach would be best.
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Dave Coffin | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 15, 2018

NativeScript - Cross platform app development for n00bs

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  • If your team has accomplished web developers but no Native developers, NativeScript will allow them to use their current skills to create Native Mobile Apps.
  • If you need device-specific functionality, it's easy to tap into Native APIs.
  • If you have web apps built using Angular 2, you can create a NativeScript application and even share some code.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 10, 2018

NativeScript, the fast way to build robust mobile applications

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If the goal is to ease future maintenance by not having to develop two separate codebases for the two main platforms then NativeScript might be a great fit. NativeScript is not a good fit for games because of the added overhead of having to run a JavaScript VM that proxies calls to the underlying native layer.
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About NativeScript

NativeScript is an open source framework that allows you to create native iOS and Android apps, with one codebase, using ​the web skills you already have (JavaScript and CSS) and ​the libraries you already love​.
Categories:  App Development

NativeScript Features

Has featureReuse web skills (JavaScript, CSS) to create truly native mobile apps for iOS and Android
Has featureDeep integration with popular JavaScript frameworks like Angular or Vue to minimize learning curve
Has featureExtensive code sharing between mobile platforms (including UI) and web apps (when used with Angular)
Has featureDeliver high-quality mobile apps to multiple platforms faster, using web developers you already have

NativeScript Screenshots

NativeScript Integrations

Angular, Vue, Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio 2015/2017 Coming Soon

NativeScript Competitors

Xamarin, ReactNative, Ionic/Hybrid

NativeScript Pricing

  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Has featureFree or Freemium Version Available?Yes
  • Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
  • Entry-level set up fee?No

The NativeScript framework and CLI are completely free and open source. NativeScript Sidekick is a free download to improve developer productivity with optional paid tiers for power users.

NativeScript Support Options

 Free VersionPaid Version
Forum/Community
FAQ/Knowledgebase
Social Media
Video Tutorials / Webinar
Phone
Email

NativeScript Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Mac
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Android