Since the birth of the tablet, people have been asking the question: should I get a laptop or a tablet? With new advances in tablets, many are beginning to think the two are interchangeable. We have looked at the facts and we’re not so sure that’s true. Each type of device has their highpoints and downfalls. Here are some things to consider before you decide which better suits your needs, a laptop or tablet.
On average, tablet screens are between 7 and 11 inches while laptop screens range from 12-16 inches. However, having a larger screen does not mean that the image quality will be better. Tablets generally have a better PPI (pixel per inch) density, averaging around 262 PPI compared to the laptop’s average of 176. This creates a sharper image. A higher PPI also makes tablets more suited for extended use because they place less strain on your eyes.
Laptops still reign supreme when it comes to precision control. Touch screens are great, but when it comes to web browsing or word processing, laptops make it much easier. Laptops were created to be used with a keyboard and mouse, so the technology meshes a lot better.
There is no question the tablets are more portable. Their screens are much smaller on average and their widths are a lot skinner. Even the smallest, most lightweight laptops weigh as much as the larger tablets. This is an important consideration if you plan on using your device on-the-go a lot.
Tablets operate on an app based system whereas laptop offer a more versatile desktop setup. If you are looking to use more in depth computer programs, like Photoshop, or plan on gaming a lot, a laptop is the way to go. Web browsing is also much easier on a laptop. Using one program to reach all your favorite websites also saves on storage space. However, if you prefer to have a specific programs for each of your prefered sites, the app-based tablet will suit your needs better.
Laptops tend to do better on performance simply because their larger bodies can hold more hardware. It is easier to multitask with a laptop. Although, some of the newer tablets are slowly closing the gap by offering split screen capabilities along with other advancements. Laptops have better specs than tablets with higher RAM and more storage. This doesn’t mean that tablets are slower or less smooth, just that laptops were created to handle more intense tasks.
You will find much higher storage capabilities with laptops. All of the top tablets offer at least 32 GB of storage. This would be a miniscule amount for a laptop, which usually comes with at least 128 GB. Laptops on the whole offer greater internal memory, so if you need to keep multiple files on your device, they are the way to go.
Because of their smaller size, tablets have a much longer battery life. Laptops use up most of their battery quickly because of the larger screens and more hardware. If you are looking for a long lasting device, a tablet is for you.
The high end laptops can end up costing between $100-$900 more than the high end tablets. There are certainly more affordable options for both. However, laptops are on average more expensive than tablets.
That’s up to you! It all depends on what you are going to use your device for. If you are looking for a long lasting, lightweight device that is more affordable, a tablet is for you. If you need a device that has more memory and can handle a more intense load, a laptop is the way to go.