Native App or not?

It's becoming an increasingly big topic for development companies as to whether or not we go Native Apps or have a mobile interface that satisfies all platforms and devices?

The latter is the most logical from a cost and developer perspective, but there are nice things about having a native app to use.

So which way do you go? What's your preference?

We currently use a responsive template for all our browser based applications (or if I want to use the buzz word, "Cloud" based apps), and this app caters for the mobile device, tablet, PC, Mac etc. Our clients are happy with this and it takes not a great deal more extra effort to do this.

But then there is Native - it's fast, can have a nice flashy interface, can provide a lot more functionality. But then you have the trouble of the different operating systems - iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry and more to come I'd say.

There are services like PhoneGap. I personally haven't had any experience with them. Some critics say it's still like having a website but the app is installed natively as the interface only. I don't know but what I can say is they have a very large following, that must mean something!

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