When tablets were introduced in the past they forged their way into a totally new market- not quite laptop but more than your typical smartphone. However, with smartphones getting bigger, and the development of tablets with keyboards and other accessories, tablets have since begun to intrude on the laptop computer market.
So with both pieces of hardware beginning to get into a tussle, which one are you better off spending your hard earned cash on?
Advantages of a Tablet
Tablets have taken the world by storm and quickly developed into one of the must have gadgets of recent times. So what are the real advantages they have when going up against your good old trusty laptop?
Whilst laptops are much smaller than your standard desktop PC, tablets are still much more portable, especially if you’re constantly on the move. Also, the smaller screen is usually slim and doesn’t need to be rested on your lap to be used effectively, unlike a laptop computer which can be a pain to carry for extended periods- not to mention the hot lap you usually suffer from!
Generally, laptops are more expensive than tablets, especially if you’re buying a quality piece of kit. Tablets are likely to set you back between £200-£300 on average, whilst laptops normally cost more. Also, tablet software is normally much cheaper than the same sort of laptop installations, saving you even more cash.
This isn’t to say that laptops are hard to use, but tablets are much easier to navigate straight off the bat, even more so for non-tech savvy consumers. Touch screens are a major part of this ease of use, with simple gestures like swiping and pinching easier to understand than using a mouse.
Better Tablet Battery Life:
Thanks to the less energy consuming hardware inside your tablet, you’ll find that battery life is extended well above that of your laptop computer. Also, recharging the device is faster and easier, giving you more hands-free time with your Apple, Android or Windows tablets.
Whilst laptops do tend to have built-in web cams, tablets feature more powerful and easier to use lenses on both sides of their bodies, making them much more effective for taking pictures. Whilst they aren’t as widely used as smartphone cameras, they do offer good quality, and are perfectly good enough for your holiday snaps and all important selfies.
Advantages of Laptops
Laptops have been a real success story of their own since they were first brought onto the market, giving consumers the ability to handle their standard PC needs in a more portable fashion. But with the introduction of tablets, are laptops becoming obsolete?
Being much chunkier than your average tablet does have its upsides, and the main one is the amount of power a laptop has over its tablet competitor. This means you’ll find more RAM and better graphics processing units in a laptop than you would a tablet, making them better for dealing with high usage tasks like gaming.
Once again, the increased size of your average laptop also allows for a bigger internal hard drive, meaning you can find laptop computers topping over 2 terabytes of storage, rather than the tablet maximum of 128GB. Of course, tablets are working hard to catch up the laptop, but it’s unlikely that they’ll ever be equal on this front.
Ports and Cables:
A major advantage for those who do a lot of work on their computers, laptops offer ports for your USB based media, CDs, DVDs and HDMI cables, unlike tablets. This means that you can attach more peripheries to your laptop compared to your tablet, making connections more reliable than your nearest wireless hotspot.
Bluetooth keyboards have been a much needed addition to the tablet market, but they still don’t quite match up with your standard built-in laptop keyboard. Also, touch screens aren’t as accurate as a point and click mouse, no matter how dexterous your fingers are.
Tablets vs Laptops: The Winner
Whilst are tablets definitely encroaching slightly onto the laptop market, both devices still have quite contrasting uses. Tablets definitely offer a more portable and simpler solution which is ideal for when you’re on the go or lounging around the house, but laptops still have the edge when it comes to gaming and getting work done.
The introduction of ‘hybrid’ devices, which are a proper mixture between both have begun to make an impact and could well be the future of both of these technologies.