App vs Internet Browser

Gambling bonuses in an App vs Internet Browser

Things have significantly changed in the last decade or so in terms of surfing and internet technology in general. Desktops and laptops aren’t primary devices anymore, as most people rather use their smartphones to be on the network.

Of course, the Canadian online casino industry is not an exception and from what we can see, it looks like more than 85% of players gamble via smartphones and tablets.

There are two ways to gamble when using a smartphone. One of them is to use a specially designed app, while the other is to use a classic internet browser. Each method has its own advantages and while most online casinos have developed their apps, most players still prefer classic browsers.

Why is that, we will try to find out in the following paragraphs, where we are about to present to you the advantages and disadvantages of each method.


Of course, the most important thing about online games is quality and this is where apps take a clear win. Mobile browsers have their limitations, while apps are designed for specific games on purpose. As a result, graphics are usually sharper, while the data flow is much smoother.

A typical app does this in the most effective manner and all these things have a big impact on the overall playing experience.


Another thing that comes with apps is convenience. For example, you need just one tap to open the app, while the browsers require a few more moves.

Furthermore, the app usually runs faster, while games and the whole casino are optimized for small screens.

Things like menu and navigation are usually more intuitive with apps, but can also have some limitations.

That’s why many players still prefer browsers, as they offer a website layout that is pretty much the same as on a desktop. In that way, players get full access to all the features that a certain online casino offers. Still, apps usually offer more stability, which is vastly important during long game sessions.

Welcome Deposit Bonus

Getting a welcome bonus from a casino that offers this kind of treatment surely works from desktop/mobile or in apps but sometimes, casino portals can offer you exclusive bonuses which is triggered when you enter the casino site from their portal through customized links. If you get an exclusive bonus, our tip is therefore to register the account on the betting site’s webpage in the browser before you start playing (regardless if you’re using an app or not).


Of course, the most important thing you need to play at an online casino is to be online. Even though we are living in a world where network coverage is amazing in most parts of the world, there are still a lot of places and situations where your internet signal can be pretty weak. This is where apps get another point.

In ideal conditions, browsers can often be faster than apps. However, conditions are less than ideal in most cases, and the fact is that apps work better in those situations. Apps can ensure smooth data transfer even when the internet connection isn’t ideal, which in practice means no glitches and other network issues.


Things are completely the opposite in this aspect. Mobile browsers are way better in terms of updates and we will explain to you why. Once a casino administrator makes changes, all browser users have to do is to hit the “refresh” button and enjoy new games, features and any other content. On the other hand, things work a little bit differently with apps. They usually require comprehensive updates that happen once in a while and that’s usually a process that takes some time.


Apps are usually more rewarding to players. For example, most casinos offer special bonuses for app users. So, once you install a casino app, you may count on some kind of special reward. Furthermore, app players may count on better deals in the way that they get higher deposit bonuses. Furthermore, it’s not a rare case to see special offers for certain slot games that are played via casino apps.

On the other hand, things with browsers are pretty much the same as in the case of desktops and laptops. You usually get no more than a regular bonus, though there could be some exceptions.

App Limitations

Things with browsers are pretty clear. All you need to do is to enter the address and start playing. On the other hand, apps request downloading and while that may sound as simple, there are often some limitations. All these apps are downloaded through app stores, so it’s not a rare thing to see some online casino app missing. It could be restricted in a certain country as well. Also, keep in mind that online casinos have to develop versions for both Android and iOS devices, which is an additional cost. So, it’s not a rare thing to see a casino app that works on just one of these two platforms. This particularly refers to iOS devices, considering that developers can’t use a classic HTML5 code anymore, but rather a native iOS code.


Those would be some of the key aspects to consider when choosing between the two methods. As you can see, both browsers and apps have their advantages and disadvantages, so it’s hard to tell which one is better. In the end, it’s all about personal preference. So, the only piece of advice we can give to you is to try both methods and see which one works better for you.

Kenneth Garza

She is an Editor of App Story and. For the last seven years, she has been contributing to leading On Demand app development company and online publications, including, App Story & CEO Interview Platform, Dataflow, Dzone, B2C etc. At the workplace, she is admired for her team management skill. She leads a team of 20-something creative writers and designers. Submit your Next Guest Post for mobile app here.

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