Laptop or Tablet: Which One to Choose?

Do you feel as though a laptop is bulky and annoying to take around with you? If so, you have probably thought about trading in your personal laptop for a brand new tablet. Within the last five years, tablets have increased in popularity, partly due to the device being lightweight. Before you hop on the tablet bandwagon, it is important to understand the main differences between tablets and laptops. 

Tablets are strictly touchscreen

Although there are touchscreen laptops available on the market, you will always have a touchpad to use as an alternative on a laptop. Tablets do not come with a touchpad option, so you must be comfortable with using the touchscreen feature if you decide to buy a tablet. If you like to use a computer mouse, you can connect one to a tablet, but it is more difficult to do so compared to a laptop. Overall, a laptop is a better option for you if you would rather use a touchpad or mouse for navigation.

Both are portable 

Although both laptops and tablets are portable, laptops are seen as more bulky and burdensome to travel with. Tablets can easily be put in a handbag, while a laptop must be put away in a suitcase or backpack. If you travel often, a tablet may be a better option since it is lighter and easier to pack. 

Laptops have More Storage 

Since a laptop’s purpose is to provide ultimate portability, they often do not have as much storage as a laptop. According to Lenovo, tablets have Solid State Drives, which allows for it to be more portable, but there is a tradeoff for less capacity. The spinning hard drives found in laptops allow for more storage, which can be beneficial if you need a lot of files saved on your computer. 

Tablets Make Streaming Easier 

Are you a Netflix connoisseur? If so, you may enjoy a tablet more than a laptop. A tablet is lighter weight, and does not come with an attached keyboard, making it the perfect option to binge watch a show while on the go or in your own room. Tablets also have a higher screen resolution than laptops; therefore, tablets provide a clearer screen for viewing.  Laptops can also be used to stream shows and other videos, but they are often heavier and harder to hold onto.

Tablets Hold a Charge for Longer

Tablets have an advantage over laptops for having a longer battery life. According to Lifewire, the battery takes up most of the room inside a tablet. Although a tablet is smaller, it has a battery life average of about 10 hours, whereas a laptop’s battery life averages only 4 to 5 hours. If you need a device that can withstand longer battery life, then a tablet is the best option for you. 

Depending on your needs and wants in a new device, you can use this article to help determine if you should get a laptop or tablet! 

Blog written by: Ashley Ricks and Cassie Cubilla

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