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Tablet vs. Laptop: Which One is For You?

Posted on by JamesMartell

The laptop had a great run until the tablet gained in popularity over the past few years. Now the great debate continues over which one is better for day-to-day life as well as business. Although many would say the tablet, it’s of course subjective depending on what you’re going to do with the device.

Chances are you already have a laptop, but you may be one of the many who are considering ditching it in favor of the tablet.

Before you rush out to the store, the first step is to really think about what what you’re going to do with your device and what you’re going to use it for the most.

image of a tablet vs laptop

Are you just going to watch movies? Use it during your commute? Type up reports? Grab a pen and paper and make a list.

Buying a laptop or a tablet is going to cost at least a few hundred dollars so it’s not a purchase that should be made lightly.

If you’re going back and forth about what to get, keep reading for a comparison of both devices to decide which one is best for you.

Battery life

The average battery life of a laptop is about 4 hours while the average battery life of a tablet is around 8. Personally, I need a device that has a long battery life and I don’t have to plug it in often. That may not be a factor for you, especially if you usually find yourself near an outlet. However, if you find yourself often traveling by train, plane or bus, the long battery life can be a big factor. It’s a lot more difficult to find outlets than one may think.


Tablets weigh less than laptops and take up less space, so if you’re often carrying around your device, the ease of a tablet over a laptop can be pretty enticing. Those who often go from location-to-location for work may find it much easier to shove the tablet in a bag and go than have to deal with even a lightweight laptop, especially if the power cord also has to come along. If you find that the tablet is more to your liking, it’s important to keep it safe wherever you take it by using an iPad security lock.


Although you can get a keyboard to attach onto the tablet, many who have to type all day claim that it’s not as easy to use as a laptop keyboard. One major issue seems to be the size of the keys and the spacing along with the lack of a trackpad.

There are several people who should seriously factor the keyboard into their decision:

  • Writers – You type constantly, which means you need a keyboard you feel completely comfortable using on a daily basis. In this case, the tablet may not be best.
  • College students – Typing paper after paper may prove difficult on a tablet keyboard, especially if you’re trying to type fast to keep up with writing notes.
  • Data entry clerk – Whether you’re working in an office or at home, you could end up with a pile of aggravation if you try to use a tablet keyboard on a daily basis.
  • Those who work while commuting – It’s one thing to read or work on projects via an app while you’re on the go, but if you’re trying to type on a tablet keyboard while on a bus, train or plane, you may find it more cumbersome that convenient.


Nowadays, the average laptop costs more than a tablet, so if your budget is tight and you want something that just does the basics and allows you to watch movies and surf the Internet, the tablet may be a better option for you. If you have more money to invest, go over your list of what you’re going to use the device for to see whether the laptop or tablet better suits your needs.

Viewing Images and Videos

If you’re just going to use a device to look at images and watch videos, you could really go with either option. However, the screen on a laptop is typically larger than on a tablet which can have an effect on your choice, especially if you frequently watch movies or TV shows. On the other hand, if you want a device that you can easily use to share photos and videos with others, especially colleagues, the tablet can be your best friend. Whether you’re in a meeting or just walking through the halls, it’s easy to pass the device from one person to the next instead of lugging around a laptop.


Many who use their devices to read documents or books typically find it easier to do so on a tablet rather than a laptop or e-reader. Tablets offer color and are usually larger than e-readers not to mention they’re more portable than a laptop. Whether you’re in a boardroom and want to share a document or want to show a friend a paragraph in the latest book you’re reading, the tablet is the way to go.

When it comes down to it, writing a list of what you’re going to use the device for is going to be a huge help. It can help you determine whether you’re more comfortable with a laptop or a tablet. Next step would be to actually test them out in a store. You’ll be able to get a good feel rather than just imaging what they would be like to use in particular situations.

About the Author:

Lauren Romano is a freelance writer who loves passing learned knowledge onto her readers. While reading, she was inspired to write a series of articles that can help others choose the best gadgets for their lifestyle. When she’s not working, she likes spending time in NYC.

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