Grzegorz Tlołka is the founder, shareholder, board member, and project director of Mentax. Founded in 2005 by Grzegorz Tlołka, Radosław Bartosik, and Dawid Polak, Mentax has more than 70 employees. Grzegorz Tlołka's last place of employment was municipal waterworks, where he worked on creating digital maps in GIS system and IT service for pharmacies located all over Poland.
Mentax has offices in Koszalin (PL), and Wrocław (PL). Here is what Grzegorz Tlołka has to say about the development company and the mobile world.
What does your mobile app development company do?
We create mobile apps as web apps – using interfaces designed according to their responsiveness. This solution is especially satisfying for our customers because it doesn’t force a user to install any additional software on their mobile device and it accelerates the process of updating and implementing changes.
What clients have you worked for?
Leading polish insurance companies, financial sector companies and companies from other sectors – both service and production.
If you had to choose one category, what kind of app do you think is your mobile app development company’s specialty?
We specialize in apps simplifying and automating certain processes, which allow to reduce interaction between the user and the software to the necessary minimum. It saves time and resources. Our “Self-liquidation” product can make a great example. It allows the client to point out any property damage (i.e. flooded apartment) by themselves using their smartphone and often get an estimate amount of compensation only several seconds after sending data to a damage system.
What is the average budget of the mobile apps you develop?
Specific app budget is closely related to the whole project budget, in this case we take rather holistic approach, so it’s hard to distinguish a single app’s cost in a whole project without a thorough analysis.
Do you develop all mobile apps in-house or do you outsource some parts of the process?
As of today, we create our products ourselves, however, we see some potential in outsourcing certain tasks. Outsourcing allows to focus on the key issues of a given process, leaving working on mobile apps (i.e. for smartphones) to teams which specialize in this. A downside of outsourcing is potential possibility, that the contractor will pack up and close his business on you – that leaves you without any kind of support and if you don’t take care of the documentation (everyone knows how it is in IT), and control over repositories and source codes, it might turn out that it won’t be possible to develop the app anymore.
Which would you say are the best mobile apps that your company has developed and why?
The best apps to this day created by MENTAX are web apps for self-liquidation I mentioned earlier and an app for field liquidators, which allowed to almost get completely rid of the paper protocols, which used to be necessary in their work.
Do you prefer to build mobile apps in native, hybrid or web languages?
Considering our orientation and technologies we use, creating apps in web languages is faster, more efficient and allows for faster reaction and implementing changes. Unfortunately, web languages have limitations, resulting from the app being closed in a browser sandbox. Considering this – native languages have an undeniable advantage – they allow not only to create apps compatible with the whole system they run on, they also have more access to the device’s resources – memory, instruments, environmental sensors, etc. Native apps are winning over web apps when it comes to working in offline mode – without web access – on its own database, stored for a long time.
Let’s focus on iOS and Android mobile app development. Which are the Pros and Cons of each platform?
For me, Apple systems have one, crucial advantage. They’re consistent, synchronized with each other (iOS, iPadOS, WatchOS). Developer has an easy opportunity to update their solution, as long as they follow the compatibility rule. In this case, consolidation of those solutions and “software for hardware, hardware for software” principle is something great.
On the other hand, Android is Android. Basic system, which is constantly modified, branded and rebuilt by devices manufacturer. I feel uncomfortable using Android devices – they all seem the same, but there’s always something that forces me to search half the system to find a specific option or functionality. Although I don’t deny it may be just my personal impression, but it’s the same with Windows. Two similar computers may have different stability only because one of the graphic card manufacturers cares less about drivers.
Which one will evolve more within the next 5 years?
IOS, I assume. Apple Silicon, with M1 series processors, but maybe M2 or M3 in the future, might revolutionize possibilities the mobile devices can give to the user. If they only manage to make a bigger step in terms of power supplies and alternative display technology, it might turn out that AR, Holo or even SI will eliminate the need to have any other device than a small, foldable “communicator”. Once again – a close link between hardware and software is of great significance to me.
Which device is the best in the market now?
It depends. Are we talking about the needs of the final user? A tablet or a phone (there’s a “phablet” category) – a device mobile enough to be operated with one hand and big enough to perform all everyday office and home tasks. As for the specialized user, I assume laptops with multiple monitor stations are still the best, as well as recently released Mac Studio work stations. If I was to ignore my insight as a developer, to me iPad Pro with MagicKeyboard and a stylus is absolutely the best. Physical keyboard, touch screen, mobility and incredible efficiency – what more do you need?
And which device do you feel more comfortable developing an app for?
Unfortunately, I don’t develop anymore (managing the company has higher priority), although I try to keep up with my “basic” language development and also exploring the possibilities of Apple’s Swift. However, the latter is more of a hobby for me, not a specific goal.
Why is AppFutura useful to you?
Since we’re developing as a company and we’re open for new technological possibilities, markets and clients, for me AppFutura is a place, where we should become visible in to connect more with the world.