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Framework 7 review by <span>Bence F.</span>
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The most amazing and most underrated mobile UI framework of all

What do you like best?

I've been using Framework 7 for 6 months for developing Apache Cordova based mobile apps and for someone who comes from web development I think it's clearly the easiest and most fully featured framework to get started with. The strongest point of Framework 7 is definitely the learning curve which is almost non-existent in this case; if you have at least at least an intermediate knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript (and maybe even jQuery) and don't have a lot of time to learn something new, this is most certainly the droid you're looking for. Thanks to the amazing official documentation filled with real-life examples ranging from basic to pretty advanced ones, you can put together an application UI in a couple of hours even just by copying, pasting and modifying code from the examples. Framework 7 boasts a strictly mobile optimized jQuery-like custom DOM library called Dom7 under the hood which is super easy to use if you've used jQuery before - it has almost exactly the same methods and features the same chaining capabilities. The framework performs quite well on lower-end devices too, but it really shines through on mid to high-end ones, especially if you're planning to take advantage of Cordova's pluggable webviews like Crosswalk or WKWebView.

What do you dislike?

Although Framework 7 is an amazing work of art, being as underrated as it is means that sometimes for more advanced questions you encounter you won't always find ready-to-use answers on the official forums, let alone StackExchange. Although I've rarely came across such issues, it's still possible that heavy customizing of built-in components might raise questions or issues that you actually need to ask about from the developer(s). Although I've seen pretty good response times and a very fair attitude of the main developer, Vladimir Kharlampidi. It's also worth mentioning that some people might regard Framework 7 at the time of my review as an "einmannfirma" (one man firm), as he's without question THE main developer of the project. In other words, it's not an entire development team behind Framework 7, but for one I'm very happy with the way he designed and implemented it, and since the project is on Github, anyone is welcome to fork it and/or submit pull requests.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to reuse your existing HTML, CSS, JS (& jQuery) knowledge instead of learning a high level UI framework from scratch, go with Framework 7!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I think the primary reason (web) developers like and choose Cordova for mobile app development is because they can reuse a vast amount of knowledge they already know about the technology (including it's weaknesses, quirks and pitfalls as well). They don't have to learn something completely new from scratch. Going with Framework 7 instead of Angular, React or the other hundred UI frameworks with custom syntax and loads of dependencies provides the same satisfying experience and sense of achievement when you've started with Cordova. It's definitely my go-to framework when I need to do something straightforward and when I need to do it fast.

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Framework 7 review by <span>Khalil A.</span>
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Amazing. The documentation along with the animation responsiveness provides for a smooth UX.

What do you like best?

The documentation would have to be my favorite part. Its difficult nowadays to really know what each framework's purpose is and how to use it. I also really enjoyed the animations. Smooth transitions mean a lot, if it even acts clunky, users will immediately be detracted from it. Keeping everything modular was also a plus, the fact that I can take out what I don't need and repurpose it for something else or even add more than what's required for future features is really nice.

What do you dislike?

At the time of me using framework 7, there was only one theme that didn't look well on Android devices. Although framework 7 was built around the Apple atmosphere, there's still a large portion of Android users who want the same experience but a little more Material Styled.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Probably one issue that most have when it comes to application development, cross-platform. Many of my clients have requested that they would like a native experience for their application on multiple devices, which usually means rewriting everything or finding some clunky way to do it. It becomes an issue when one project turns into 3 or 4 because of compatibility with other devices. This solves that issue by allowing me to focus on getting the application to work rather than look native. It's like a project that's already half way done.

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Framework 7 review by <span>Pierre C.</span>
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Used more than 3 times on real industry projects for iOS and Android apps

What do you like best?

Simplicity and documentation of this framework are awesome compared to competitor (aka. Ionic.)

The best thing is that you can use whatever JS framework, especially Vanilla.js :) and the whole product is clean, fast, light and comes naturally in my design and development process. Use the based Grunt files to start development, incorporate Cordova on top of it and you have a perfect hybrid apps machine !

What do you dislike?

I don't have really bad issue to submit except the status bar management

Recommendations to others considering the product

Completness and simplicity

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Multi slide with animation for iPad applications (iOS app on iPad)

Quiz (iOS app on iPad)

Bubblz!, an app to be submitted on Appstore soon : iOS/iPhone meme picture

Framework 7 review by User in Information Technology and Services
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RAD, performant and easy

What do you like best?

I like the built in components for both android and iOS. And with their latest updates, they are now supporting Vue and React.js.

What do you dislike?

F7 is a little bit hard to customize, you have to be a novice designer to modify UI appearance. And the support is awful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great UI library for building rapid hybrid mobile apps, if you're still learning React Native or other cutting edge solutions. This library is perfect for you

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

F7 solves the long development time of native android and iOS apps. I'm using it with cordova and I'm really amazed that I can build a working app in just 2 weeks.

Framework 7 review by <span>Alessandro R.</span>
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The "Bootstrap" of mobile

What do you like best?

It allows you to focus on the logic of the app, because it manages well every aspect of the application: already-done components, routing, templating, DOM Manipulations.

What do you dislike?

It is not very easy to switch between material design and iOS theme.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Previously we developed some apps with Cordova + jQUery Mobile creating all the UI components on our own. We needed to highly optimize every feature of jQuery Mobile otherwise it would have feel sluggish.

WIth Framework7 we can use Material components without reinventing the wheel and Dom7 is faster than jQM.

Framework 7 review by <span>Sepehr Y.</span>
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If someone uses phonegap to develop apps this is the best UI framework!

What do you like best?

Native look for both ios and android UI. Also the developer listens to every requests and develop them freely!

What do you dislike?

Well there's nothing much that I dislike about framework 7! It delivers a clean and native look UI perfectly!

Recommendations to others considering the product

I give this recommendation to people who want to use cordova/phonegap with framework 7:

If you want more performance, use react native! It uses native UI components and uses reactjs as logic. But if you just want to launch an app fast with little features use cordova + framework 7.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If you don't want to pay for a iOS developer and an Android developer, and you don't want a complex app like a game, you can use phonegap+framework7 and launch your app very fast!

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