App File Size and Startup Speed: Xcode vs Xamarin vs Titanium Alloy

I created a blank single-view application in three different IDEs and compared the file size and startup time of the resulting apps once deployed to my iPhone 5S.

Listed below are the IDEs I used, the file sizes and startup speeds for each app:

IDEs Used:

  • Xcode 5.02 with the deployment target set to iOS 7.0
  • Xamarin Studio 4.2.3
  • Titanium Studio 3.2.1 using Alloy

File Sizes:
  • Xcode: 216 KB
  • Xamarin (for Release): 2.9 MB
  • Xamarin (for Debug): 5.1 MB
  • Titanium Alloy: 4.6 MB
Startup Speeds: (From home icon tap to after launch screen finished)
  • Xcode: ~1.056 seconds (Average of: 1.06, 1.08, 1.03)
  • Xamarin (for Release): ~1.056 seconds (Average of: 1.06, 1.11, 1.00)
  • Xamarin (for Debug): ~2.49 seconds (Average of: 2.33, 2.58, 2.58)
  • Titanium Alloy: ~1.07 (Average of: 0.96, 1.10, 1.12, 1.11)

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