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Tablet vs. Laptop

Which one to choose, tablet or laptop?

While laptop has been around for a while now, tablet is a more recent phenomena. They both are closely tied up when it comes to their popularity. The large strata of the population who have been untouched by the technological revolution are now directly adopting to tablets while the majority of the working population uses laptops on a daily basis. Hence, comparisons between these two platforms are very natural.

Tablet vs. Laptop

Tablet vs. Laptop – Display

Laptop plays on home ground – So far we looked at two categories where laptops beat the tablets hands down. On further analysis, you would realize that so far laptops have been playing on home ground.

The display category is where the competition gets level, when it comes to displaying the focus should be on the pixel density of the display. Over the past few years, the tablet display has increased its pixel density by 218 pixels per inch which is top notch for a device with a screen size of 7 to 11 inches.

Brighter pictures with laptop – Whereas laptops have a pixel density of just 116 pixels per inch which does not deliver as much power punch as any regular tablet. Naturally you would experience brighter pictures and more engaging multimedia experience on a tablet. Laptops, on the other hand, do well with text and UI based applications as compared to hi-definition pictures and movies.

Tablet vs. Laptop –  RAM

Higher performance for laptop – A casual user might not be aware of the RAM (Random Access Memory) requirements for his system but will certainly notice the irritating time lag caused due to low RAM. RAM is used for storing temporary information which ensures that your applications do not often refresh resulting in a performance drag.

Majority of the laptops have at least 50% more RAM than any tablet resulting in higher performance levels. Low RAM levels can lead to significant delays while switching between applications such as email and multimedia player.

Tablet vs. Laptop – Battery Life

Mobility beats everything – Let’s admit it portability is the priority for everyone whether it is a casual user or a power user. While laptops have been making consistent efforts to improvise on their battery life, a majority of it is sucked by motherboard and other onboard components. Tablets, on the other hand, have high battery life due to ergonomic design and the optimal usage of combined power of all components.

Most of the laptops have a battery life of about 6 hours but tablet batteries quickly touch the 10-hour mark. Tablets obviously benefit due to lack of external optic drives or USB ports that would otherwise consume a lot of battery power.

Tablet vs. Laptop – Storage Space

Not your thing, tablet – So you love your tablet and want to upload all your favorite movies on the same but you would soon realize that your tablet has a low memory space for any major multimedia data upload operation. Typical tablets have in-built storage space ranging from 8GB to 128 GB, whereas most laptop storage space starts from 250 GB onwards. Laptops are a clear winner in this category as well.

While data moving to cloud storage platform seems to have solved this problem but in reality only a few users have the discipline to transition to cloud-based storage and like to have access to all their favorite photos and videos on local device storage itself. If you love to keep your data readily available, then you should go with a laptop with an optional solid state hard drive to make the access speeds rapid.

Tablet vs. Laptop – Connectivity with external devices

Biggest pain point of tablets – This is one of the biggest pain point of tablets and although there a number of accessories of to connect your tablet to a projector to another system the overall setup is still far from being consistent.

Laptops, on the other hand, have multiple options to liaison with external devices and would prove to be handy for making presentations. Tablets may give options, but nothing beats a good old USB drive on a laptop.

Which one to choose

While the above points give you an objective outlook on the pros and cons of tablets vs. laptops. In the end a big part of, your decision-making will depend on your unique usage needs – are you looking for an enriching multimedia experience or are interested in getting the most out of productivity tools. While tablets tip the scale in the portability, display and battery power category laptops are the winner in the RAM and resultant performance.

In general users with simple requirement would prefer tablets for their ease of use and a plethora of inbuilt and downloadable applications that provide an enriching experience. Tablets are light and can be carried easily and while they have a bunch of multimedia features they also double up as business purpose devices as they deliver the required quality display for high definition pictures and videos.

Laptops, on the other hand, are relatively bulky and may not be the best choice from the portability angle but when it comes to performance they are clearly the superior devices.

Written by Sally Xu

Sally Xu

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