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We performed a comparison between Ionic and OutSystems based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Mobile Development Platforms solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

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"The most valuable feature is the one code deployed to all solutions, which means you do not need to have multiple teams.""The main value of this solution for our business, is that it is a hybrid product that allows us to write code that is compatible with IOS, Android, and web documents.""The solution can support many languages.""With the Capacitor feature, you have access to the native attributes of your phone such as your camera. This makes work a lot easier.""Ionic is easy to upgrade and is helpful for design purposes. It also is quite common and easy to use. It is a very reliable application. It's easy to write on and print. The UI is easy to use as well. My organization chose to go with Ionic because we can access both Android and iOS applications.""Ionic's best features are its hybrid app development, design, and tags.""The most valuable feature of Ionic is the ease of use and the simple connection of the applications. Additionally, the documentation is good in the Ionic application, and beginners can easily learn and download their own application using Ionic. Everyone can easily switch out, their domain, from native applications to hybrid applications.""I like that I can place the code and escalate data storage. I also like that it's user-friendly. Nothing is complex in Ionic."

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"There is literally a ton of stuff it can do. It's very flexible.""The technical support is perfect.""It is a stable solution, and the initial setup is straightforward.""It is easy to use.""We used almost all of the features, themes, styling guide, and approach components. They are useful in our applications.""The scratch coding is useful. The solution is easy to understand.""The flow editor is the most valuable feature. It is simple and intuitive, and it can guide you step-by-step.""I like the mobile features the most, and there are also various features around the portal we created that I enjoy."

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"The documentation could be improved.""Ionic's UI component doesn't always look like the native mobile app.""It would be better if it had a speed niche system. There are a lot of things we need that weren't in the latest version. But I think they will be adding something.""Ionic could improve in the Native mode because while we do testing it is difficult to find the root cause of problems. It could be more user-friendly.""Ionic would be improved with dynamic design features.""In a future release, we would like to have a little more support for the desktop environment. Currently it is still focused on mobile devices.""As a developer, I would say one of the improvements is more plugins.""The navigation within this solution could be improved; it is currently quite complicated to move through the different tabs."

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"In my opinion, the support and the pricing could be better.""Since we first started using OutSystems, they switched their language support from Java and .NET to .NET only, which was a bit of a surprise. Their language support could be better in this sense, although on our resource side it is now a bit more flexible.""It's difficult to do the component version control. I would like them to add more studying materials.""OutSystems could improve by being more like GitHub. It would be more helpful for us for division management and version control for our application.""One of the biggest areas for improvement is that every time an existing data element is modified, it creates a new data element. It doesn't really modify that particular data element. So, a user has to follow an extra step of removing the existing data element and bringing in the new and modified data element that is being added, which sort of goes into negative productivity.""The prices should be lower. It is a little bit too high for a small market.""We had some lagging issues under high data loads, and the solution needed to be customized to improve this.""There are not enough resources on the market."

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  • "You don't have to pay anything except for certain projects. For example, Appflow has some costs related to it but you don't have to use it. You can also pay for extra support."
  • "You can use the free version, but if you still want to buy it, the price starts from $499/month."
  • "Ionic is an open-source solution, it is free."
  • "We pay 50,000 dinars per month."
  • "The starting cost for the enterprise option is around one hundred dollars per month."
  • "Ionic is an open source solution, and there are no hidden fees."
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  • "I think the pricing for OutSystems is comparable with similar solutions. I would place it somewhere in the middle. We pay for the bundle and don't pay anything extra in terms of licensing and other fees."
  • "The subscription is billed on a yearly basis."
  • "I believe they are very strict with their pricing platforms, or the pricing policies, and it changes."
  • "For one developer to use, the cost is around $5,000."
  • "It's not cheap. It's pretty expensive."
  • "The price is okay. OutSystems isn't expensive. It's a mid-range solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Ionic's best features are its hybrid app development, design, and tags.
    Top Answer:Ionic would be improved with dynamic design features.
    Top Answer:The short answer is that OutSystems is far better for 2 main reasons. Firstly, with Service Now you are locked into that platform for good. The business model is to lock in and then keep pumping the… more »
    Top Answer:There is literally a ton of stuff it can do. It's very flexible.
    Top Answer:The cost of the product is very high and would price out smaller organizations. My client pays for the solution. Therefore, I have no visibility of the cost. I can't speak to the licensing or the… more »
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    Ionic is an open-source UI toolkit for developing high-quality mobile and desktop apps with web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Ionic focuses on the frontend UX and UI interaction of an app – UI controls, interactions, gestures, and animations. It is simple to learn and can be used without any frontend framework by utilizing a simple script inclusion.

    While previous versions of Ionic were strongly connected to Angular, version 4.x of the framework was re-engineered to serve as an independent Web Component library, with integrations for the newest JavaScript frameworks, such as Angular. Ionic works well in most frontend frameworks, including React and Vue, however some frontend frameworks require a shim to enable full Web Component support.

    The official Ionic CLI, or Command Line Interface, is a tool that enables developers to easily construct Ionic apps and offers a number of useful commands. The CLI installs and updates Ionic and also includes a built-in development server, build and debugging tools, and much more. If you are an Appflow member, you may manage your account and carry out cloud builds and deployments via the CLI.

    Ionic Features

    Ionic has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • One codebase: Ionic is the first mobile app stack that allows web developers to use a single codebase to create apps for all major app stores and the mobile web. Ionic apps look and feel natural on every device thanks to Adaptive Styling.
    • High performance: Ionic is designed to run and behave well on the latest mobile devices, using best practices such as efficient hardware accelerated transitions and touch-optimized gestures.
    • Simple, clean design: Ionic is built to function and display well across all popular mobile platforms and devices. You'll be building in style thanks to pre-made components, typography, and an attractive (but flexible) base theme that adjusts to each platform.
    • Native and web-friendly: Ionic uses native SDKs and emulates native app UI guidelines to combine native app device features and UI standards with the full flexibility and power of the open web. Ionic operates as a Progressive Web App in the browser or deploys natively via Capacitor (or Cordova).

    Ionic Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Ionic. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Cross-platform: Create and distribute apps with a single code base. Apps run natively on iOS, Android, desktop, and the web as Progressive Web Apps. Publish once and go anywhere.
    • Based on web standards: Ionic is developed using cutting-edge web APIs like Custom Elements and Shadow DOM on top of reliable, industry-standard web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Ionic components have a solid API as a result, and they aren't subject to the whims of a single platform vendor.
    • Good design: Ionic is made to operate and look great right out of the box across all platforms. Start with typography, interactive paradigms, pre-designed elements, and an attractive (yet extensible) base theme.
    • Simplicity: Ionic was created with simplicity in mind, making it fun, simple to learn, and available to almost anyone with basic web development skills.
    OutSystems is the number one platform for low-code rapid application development. Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems as only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire application portfolios that easily integrate with existing systems.
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    Sample Customers
    MRA, Napa Group, Sworkit, Airbus, Sense Corp, Interactive Gaming Company, Pacifica, Untapp'd, Diesel, National Museum of African American History and Culture
    Randstad, Warner Brothers, HP, Intel, ING, Banco Popular, Thrivent Financial, Bacardi, Kent State University, Bacardi, FICO, ING, Vodafone, AbbVie, Estafeta, Siemens, Vopak
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Logistics Company9%
    Hospitality Company9%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Ionic vs. OutSystems
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Ionic vs. OutSystems and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Ionic is ranked 7th in Mobile Development Platforms with 10 reviews while OutSystems is ranked 3rd in Mobile Development Platforms with 13 reviews. Ionic is rated 8.6, while OutSystems is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Ionic writes "Great user acceptance and reliability, multiple teams not required, with prompt customer service". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OutSystems writes "Helps with validation, offers good features, and is reliable". Ionic is most compared with Mendix, Appium, SAP Mobile Platform, IBM MobileFirst and Xamarin Platform, whereas OutSystems is most compared with Microsoft Power Apps, Mendix, ServiceNow, Appian and QuickBase. See our Ionic vs. OutSystems report.

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