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Tutorial: Brief About Responsive Design, Mobile View And Mobile Application

November 13, 2014 | 2942 Views

Recently we’ve received a lot of questions from our clients regarding Mobile View, Responsive Template or Mobile Application. To help you understand what each one of them is and why they are necessary for any Social Network out there, we decided to start a blog series aiming at providing insights into each one of these types and help you make informed decision.

Table of Content

  • Responsive Web Design
    • What is it good for
    • Why using it
  • Mobile View
    • What is it good for
    • Why using it
  • Mobile Application
    • What is it good for
    • Why using it
  • Comparison
  • Conclusion

Responsive Web Design (RWD)

A web design approach aimed at craft sites to provide optimal viewing experience

A website designed with RWD adapts layout to viewing environment (screensize) and adjust layout accordingly. It ensures mobile viewers can read site’s content easily and interact with it without any issue regarding layout or functionality. It maintains general design of website on various devices.

What is it good for

  • Maintaining general layout on various devices
  • Work best on desktop even if users use smaller window

Why using Responsive Web Design

  • It helps maintain general layout across all devices.
  • Easy maintenance
  • New feature added requires low cost

Mobile View

Mobile View is nothing but a template designed specifically for mobile devices. It automatically detects user’s device and loads corresponding layout.

It helps mobile reader navigate through website easily and access to content with several touches.

What is it good for

  • Different design for mobile devices
  • Low initial cost.

Why using Mobile View

  • Separate design for mobile device
  • Works on every mobile devices

Mobile App

Mobile App is an application that runs on mobile devices. Currently there are 2 popular operating system available on the market: iOS and Android.

Mobile App utilizes native components of operating system rather html and css like desktop version. Due to its ability to use native component, it’s generally faster.

What is it good for

  • Much faster because all components are already on the devices. Only content is loaded
  • More professional
  • Avoid compatibility issue that tends to happen on mobile device’s browsers

Why using Mobile App

  • Lightning fast performance
  • Make a business look more professional
  • Different design


Mobile App is generally better than the other two because it offers much more in comparison to Responsive Design and Mobile View. However the down side of Mobile App is that it costs much more money to start off with and generally more when adding new features.

Between Responsive Design and Mobile View, it’s hard to say which one is better because each has its own perk.

Depending on your budget and preference, you can decide which one is more suitable

Mobile View

Responsive Design

  • Low initial development cost
  • High cost for adding features
  • Different design for mobile devices
  • High initial development cost
  • Low cost for adding features
  • Maintain general design across different devices


If your budget allows, mobile app is a way to go due to its performance and professional look.

Between Mobile View and Responsive Design, it’s hard to tell which one is better. If you like mobile app look, you can use Mobile View because it allows you to use different design for mobile device. In contrast, if you prefer your general design remain intact across different platforms, then Responsive Design is a way to go.

In the next articles, we’ll talk more about  in-depth knowledge  of each type 

To be continue …… 

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