In recent years the popularity of tablets has risen, as many casual users seek easy and fuss-free ways of staying connected on the move. The iPad arguably began the whole movement, and while many at the time questioned what the point was of a large smartphone without phone capability, it’s undeniable that the technology has had a huge impact on the marketplace. However, there are compromises to be made, and there are a number of common pros and cons cited when discussing the difference between tablets and their more complex portable counterparts.
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Laptops have the instant advantage of being much easier to use – the keyboard makes typing a breeze, while USB and various ports allow the user to hook it up to hardware to make it even easier to work. This turns a laptop into a fully-fledged desktop PC in just a few short moves. The processing power and storage is another bonus – it’s safe to say that at the moment a tablet is unlikely to recreate the capability of even a mid-range laptop.
Tablets are definitely a more instant way to keep in touch, as long as you’re hooked up to the Wi-Fi. They’re easy to carry around and can be pulled out as easily as a smartphone, without the boot-up time or the tablespace required for a laptop. However, this massive convenience is offset by a lack of flexibility – you won’t run games on a tablet and it’s unlikely you’ll have a very productive meeting if a tablet is all you have with you.