Tablet vs Notebook: 5 things to know

The tablet is more of a consumption device, whereas a notebook is more of a creation device. What you should buy depends on what you expect to do with the device.

 

What you should buy depends on what you expect to do with the device. So let’s break it down a bit to help you make a decision…

Do you want to create stuff or consume it?

The tablet is more of a consumption device, whereas a notebook is more of a creation device. Ask anyone who has ever tried typing a document using a tablet’s touch keypad and he will tell you that it can be quite a tedious task.
On the other hand, if your job requires you to mostly access your emails, browse the web, read reports (as opposed to creating them) and video conference, then the tablet is right for you. And whether it’s watching a movie or reading a book, the slate is a far better option.

Which software do you need?

Software offerings for notebooks – especially office suites – are still superior to what’s available for tablets. In terms of serious offerings, many mobile apps do not promise the same flexibility that the computer versions do.

On the flip side, tablets have apps that are not only cheaper, but also a lot of fun. And there are lakhs of them, both paid and free, spanning genres such as productivity, photography, gaming, social networking, music, reading, etc.

How much stuff do you have?

If you’re a media junkie, with a huge collection of MP3s, photos and videos, then the notebook is going to score higher. Most laptops will give a minimum of 320GB of space, going all the way up to 1terabyte (1024GB).

Tablets, on the other hand, come with just 16, 32 or 64 GB of storage, which is insufficient for high-definition multimedia content. Still if you don’t need to store vast amounts of data, a tablet is not a deal-breaker.

Will you carry it around a lot?

There is no denying that a tablet is more portable than a notebook, offering better battery life in a significantly lighter package. Besides, if you’re a frequent flyer, you will definitely appreciate the tablet when passing through the myriad airport security checks.

How well does it play with other gadgets?

In your professional life, you might need to hook up your gizmo to a projector, a broadband wire or a printer; and you might even need to connect other gadgets, like pen drives or a phone, to your device. A notebook is a clear winner here, since most come with at least three USB ports, one HDMI port, an Ethernet port for broadband as well as a card reader. These machines also support USB dongles or Wi-Fi for internet connectivity.

With a tablet, you will have support for Wi-Fi (and we recommend you equip your home and workplace with it if you’re buying a slate) and 3G SIM cards work just as well. Most hotels provide wireless internet, so using your tablet when travelling should not be an issue. But unless you have the right cables handy, connecting your tablet to other gadgets is going to be a pain.

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