Your first phrase talking about the differences between RN and Ionic + React made it the best comparison ever ("Your users more than likely don't actually care.")! Also, I couldn't agree more as all technologies have their pros and cons, it's up to you decide which one is more suitable according to your necessities.
I've tested Ionic + React + Capacitor reproducing a small production app I have. In my opinion, it got a bit faster than using the standard stack (Ionic + Angular + Cordova) but still a bit laggy when comparing with React Native.
Btw, nice article mate!
I think capacitor is the main factor for the speed improvement.
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