As the editor of a site about web apps, and as a guy who happens to be fascinated by web apps in the first place, I’m often torn between using native apps and web apps. There’s so many great great web apps that work so nice with native apps, it’s often easier to use the web app with a native app by default.
One great example is Google Reader. It’s a great service for reading RSS feeds, and with some Greasemonkey tweaking, it can even look nice. But odds are there’s some very nice apps for your favorite platforms – OS X and iOS, in my case – that work with Google Reader too. That’s what I’ve ended up doing. I rely on Google Reader, but only for its service, and seldom use the online app itself in a browser.
Evernote and Simplenote are two other great examples. They have top-notch web apps, but also have their own native apps that make the service work nicer on your favorite devices. With Evernote especially, you’ll get more out of the service by using it along with one of their native apps, so it seems like a no-brainer.
How about you? Do you use your favorite web apps with native apps, or do you prefer to use web apps online-only?