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Should I Buy A Laptop Or A Tablet?

Posted on June 16, 2013 by admin There have been 0 comments

When people think of getting a gadget to meet their computing needs, two major contenders to suit this need are the tablet and the laptop.
In many ways, a tablet can almost replace a laptop for someone on the go. But is a tablet really a better choice for someone over a more traditional laptop?

At, we are committed to helping you purchase a gadget that would truly meet your needs and not one that is popular or in fashion. Your reason for buying either of the two gadgets should depend on what you want to use the device for and how you want to use it. But we can help you decide.

Why You Might Need a Tablet
Tablets are great tools for surfing the web, checking e-mail and Facebook, playing games, reading digital magazines and books, and enjoying movies and music. They are great for sharing photos and videos, portable and good for travelling. Most of the tablets may not have the facility of making call and sending text messages, however, they do almost everything a mobile phone does with a larger display and better viewing experience.

Why You Might Need a Laptop
If you are looking to get real work done, a laptop should be your best bet. It offers a superior text input experience, and better viewing comfort as they tend to feature larger and sharper screens. Laptops are way ahead with the wealth of available productivity programs. Microsoft Office Starter Edition comes pre-loaded on most laptops as well as other free apps.

How do they Compare?
For your convenience, we’ve analysed some of the major features of Laptops and Tablets to help you make a more informed decision on what would suit your needs.

Size and Portability
Tablets are generally smaller and more portable than laptops. The most popular tablet size is 9 to 11 inches, which is similar in dimensions to a magazine, but you’ll also find plenty of devices with 7 or 8 inch screens. Laptops offer you up to between 10 to 17 inch screens and are generally heavier than tablets.

Storage Capacity
Most tablets come with configurations that allow between 8 and 128 gigabytes of storage. By comparison, most laptops still use traditional hard drives that hold far much more between 32 to 1000GB of storage.

Battery Life
Tablets are designed for efficiency because of the low power requirements of their hardware components. Their batteries run longer than laptops with some running up to 8hours. In comparison, laptops use more powerful hardware and their batteries do not run as long as tablets. On an average, laptop batteries run for 4 to 5 hours.

Input Method
The most obvious difference between a tablet and a laptop is the lack of a keyboard. Tablets rely solely on a touch interface on the screen for all input. This is fine when it involves mainly pointing, dragging or tapping to navigate around a program. But when you have to input text into a program such as an email or document, it becomes more difficult and slower with a tablet. The keyboards on traditional laptops are bigger and more comfortable.

Web browsing
Both laptop and tablet users use their devices regularly for internet and email. The display of websites however, is different on both devices. Due to the quick start up time, tablets are relatively faster for internet browsing. But it can be tricky when viewing websites that don’t have a mobile display or when filling forms online.

Programmes and Apps
Unlike tablets which run their own dedicated operating system, usually Android, Apple iOS or Windows RT, laptops can run programmes like Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop. This limits you to using apps so you won’t be able to use many familiar programmes on a tablet. Although a small number or tablets work with Windows 8, there are limitations to the editing and formatting allowed on the small tablet screen.

With a tablet, you can easily catch up on TV and movies even in bed. They are quicker to start up and have longer battery life which gives you a more enjoyable experience. A laptop however has more disk space, so they’re better for storing music, video and files locally.

Tablets rely heavily on wireless technology to access files and print and this often results in more problems. An iPad for instance has only one connection which lets it connect to other Apple devices. Laptops on the other hand have multiple USB ports so they can easily be connected to printers, phones and other devices.

Tablets are relatively new to the market and as a result, they tend to carry a fairly high price premium for the new technologies they have installed in them. The average starting price for a tablet seems to have settled around N70,000 to N80,000. By comparison, there are laptop computers that can be found for as little as N48,000 to N70,000. Some slightly more expensive laptops however are in the range of N100,000 and above.

It’s not really a matter of whether tablets are better than laptops or vice versa. It’s about what type of device is right for the job at hand, which is why plenty of people own a laptop AND a tablet. But if you have the budget to choose only one device or the other, it comes down to what you plan to do with it. Tablets are better for play and some work, and laptops are better for work and some play.

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