Pro’s and Con’s of using a laptop versus using a tablet. !
If you’re looking to get an upgrade in technology and seem to be stuck between choosing a tablet or a laptop, I’m going to attempt to show you the main differences between the two, and why one or the other might be better for your specific needs. I’m going to focus on three major comparisons between the two: price, mobility, and performance, and then give you my professional and personal recommendations. First, you have to create a budget range. The most expensive tablet in stores today, the iPad, will run you anywhere from $499 to $850. In contrast, a decent laptop will run you between $500 and $1,200. If you want the best of both worlds, you can also look into getting yourself a hybrid machine — a laptop that it is also touchscreen and doubles as a tablet. They are usually faster and more loaded than your traditional tablet, but at the same time they are bulkier and resemble a computer more.
The most common tablet is the iPad SIM Only, and the only difference between the two is that the SIM Only iPad will allow you to access the internet at any location using a sim card, such as those provided by AT&T and Verizon. However, you will have to pay a monthly fee to those cellular companies to provide you with the data access. On the other hand, the WiFi-only iPad can only access the internet when connected to a local wireless network, such as your home or workplace. While you’re also able to buy data plans to use on most laptops, the smoothness of the iPad operating system and high definition retina display, combined with the ultra-fast 4G speeds, and you have luxury at your fingertips.
Next, you have to look at mobility. What exactly do you need the tablet or laptop for? If you’re going to be using it for school, I would recommend a laptop. Tablets have a virtual keyboard that is a lot tougher to write notes on, and while you can also buy an external keyboard for them, it becomes much more of a hassle of setting it up every time you need it. If you’re constantly on the move, a tablet will greatly benefit you. If you get the iPad SIM Only, you will be able to access your e-mail and work files from basically any location in the entire country. You’ll have a webcam, video camera, video game system, laptop, and cell phone all in one small, light device. Most laptops are big, and while they are obviously a lot more mobile than a desktop, they’re not on the level of a tablet.
Finally, we have to look at performance. The price you pay and your needs will be directly correlated to the performance your machine will provide. If you’re going to be carrying a lot of file, especially multimedia files such as music, you will have to buy a machine with large hard-drive space. The highest you will get on a tablet is usually under 100GB, while most laptops have about 200GB and go up to 1TB (Terabyte). If you work with, and need access to many big files daily, you will most certainly need a laptop instead of tablet. On the other hand, if you just have some personal music and videos that don’t add up to much space, and would also like the speed and mobility of the tablets, I most certainly recommend that you get iPad SIM Only. When it comes to processor speed and RAM, you can get superior speed and quality by going with a laptop. A tablet with 2GB of RAM is extremely fast, yet you can easily find a laptop with 8GB or even 16. If you plan on heavy every-day use, it’s vital to have something that can handle it all without slowing down.