Tablets vs Laptops?
Research from Mintel shows that over half of British consumers have a tablet computer in their homes. But should you ditch your laptop just yet? We weigh up the pros and cons of each gadget below...
Pro: Power, power, power?
It's important to remember that laptops have been around for a lot longer than tablets. As such, the gadget has been developed and refined over time.
Nowadays, many laptops boast fast processors, improved hardware and a greater overall performance than their predecessors.
Just like a tablet, you can browse the web or stream a video on a laptop. However, a laptop performs where the tablet fails. With a more powerful processor and comprehensive software, laptops often perform better than a tablet when it comes to complex tasks, like data analysis and presentation creation.
Pro: Plenty of ports and drives?
In order to maintain their sleek, compact design, tablets often omit USB, Ethernet, and HDMI ports. This can cause issues for users, who may have to find alternative storage or connectivity methods.
Laptops, however, offer a range of ports, so users can simply plug in and go. Unlike tablets, laptops usually include a disc drive too. This provides users with a simple way of updating their music library or watching a DVD.
Of course, tablet users can work around the lack of ports through downloading digital music, using a movie streaming service and choosing cloud storage over external solutions.
Con: More expensive?
As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. With so many more features and additional functionality, it goes without saying that laptops are generally more expensive than tablets.
When purchasing a laptop or tablet, it's important to consider how you will use the gadget. If you intend on carrying out demanding tasks, it's worth spending a little more on a laptop that can keep up with what you need.
Pro: Better battery life?
While laptops may offer increased functionality, this can come at a price. The typical laptop offers around six hours battery life, although there are higher performing options available.
Tablets, on the other hand, offer an average battery life of approximately 8.5 hours. This is a result of their streamline operating systems. As a result, tablets can be better choice for prolonged web browsing on the move.
Pro: More portable?
The great thing about tablets is that they are extremely portable. Their compact design makes them much easier to carry and use on the move than a laptop.
Plus, tablets do not require their own carry case. Rather, they can easily be stored in a handbag or backpack.
Con: Compressed software?
Unlike laptops, tablets don't have software as such. Instead, users can download various applications to improve their device's functionality.
While there are millions of apps to choose from, these can be simpler versions of their software alternatives. This can result in some functions being excluded, which can decrease both practicality and user enjoyment.