While tablet sales have flattened off in the last couple of years, they are still very sought after and very popular. In many ways that are even more popular than laptops these days. Many people have begun saying that one day tablets will replace laptops. But is that really true? Let’s take a look at what each has going for them so you can make up your own mind.
Tablets Are Great At:
Portability – If you travel, you need a device that is lightweight and easy to carry around with you. You simply can’t beat the portability of a tablet. They are light and easy to slip into a back or even carry under your arm.
The Cool Factor – While this may sound trivial, you cannot deny the cool factor or using a tablet. They are simply fun to use and you look great doing it. Believe it or not that does make a difference to some people.
Battery Life – Most laptops get around 5 hours max from a charge, although that is improving. Tablets, on the other hand, can get around 10, making them perfect to use while you only have limited access to electrical outlets.
Comfort – There is nothing quite like relaxing on your couch and sending an email or watching a movie, and a tablet makes that very easy and nowhere near as cumbersome as a laptop.
Laptops Excel At:
Best Bang for Your Buck – For your money, you can simply get a more powerful machine that will run faster and better compared to a tablet for the same amount of money. If you are on a tight budget, it just makes sense to go with a laptop.
Productivity – If you want to type out a long document or even do a little programming, you are going to want to be sitting at a laptop and not the small tablets that we have today. The on screen keyboards do the job if they are needed but no one is as fast or as accurate as they are on a laptop. Add in the mouse/trackpad, and you can just get a long more done in a much shorter amount of time if you use a laptop.
Screen Size – You just can’t beat the larger screen that you find on laptops. It allows you to enjoy games much more easily and helps you keep windows organized while you work.
Other Hardware – Laptops come with DVD drives, memory card readers and even larger hard drives compared to tablets. If you need those extras to work, a laptop is the way to go.
And the Winner Is…
It’s a tie! Are you disappointed? I know you were hoping for a judgement either way and since this is a laptop site, I bet you thought I was going to choose laptops. The fact is that both tablets and laptops have their strengths and weaknesses. In many ways they are really designed for very different purposes. If you want to get real work done, go with a laptop. If you need to travel and need a device that is easy to take with you, a tablet can help you get the job done.
While tablets could one day become the main devices in every home, that day is not yet here. Yes hardware manufacturers are busy making hybrids that are both tablet and laptop in a bid to finally create a tablet that can carry the load when someone wants to work or even play, but they still don’t equal the power and affordability of a laptop.
If that day ever comes, we could see the winds shift and the tide turn in the tablet’s favor, but for now at least anyone who wants to get anything done relies on a laptop, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
What do you think? Will tablets one day rule the world, or are laptops here to stay?