Responsive vs Adaptive – which is best? No need to fight, both methods can exist in harmony. Lets get some definitions out of the way:
Responsive design: will fluidly change and respond to fit any screen or device size.
Adaptive Design: will change to fit a predetermined set of screen and device sizes.
The problem with responsive design is that on a smaller device you are effectively loading everything that you would for a desktop computer and just hiding the surplus. The problem with adaptive design is that you are only catering for a small sub-set of device types.
It’s probably not the web design panacea, but we think for now it is the best of both worlds.