What is the best way to make your mobile app
look and feel like a native app?
The appearance and functionality of your mobile application can make or break the project. You may have a great concept and back end, but if the UI (user interface) sucks then the app will fail. This is because people have high expectations of quality and short attention spans. They like simple interfaces that are familiar to them, interfaces like the ones already found on their device. This is where user interface libraries like iUI and jQTouch come in.
jQTouch not only provides frameworks for iPhone, but other WebKit browser phones like the Droid, Nexus One and Palm Pre. It is based on the jQuery library, which means you can leverage it’s power of simple syntax and plug-ins for your web app. However, because it is based off of the core jQuery library it’s page weight is around 112 kb vs. the iUI’s 40 kb.
Interface libraries are a great tool for creating mobile web apps. Regardless of whether you decide to use iUI or jQTouch, you will be saving yourself a lot of time by not starting it all from scratch. I urge you to use these frameworks as a starting point, and build on the hard work of others to create something that is individual. That is the beauty of open source, but don’t forget about the hard working developers that gave you that starting point. Be sure to hook them up by donating a couple dollars.