Choosing a computer used to be difficult enough even when our options were limited to either a desktop or laptop but recent years have seen the emergence and unprecedented boom in the popularity of tablets. Sales have rocketed so much in fact that they are expected to surpass those of their rivals and predecessors for the first time during the build up to the Christmas period this year. With that said, just why have they captured the intrigue of consumers around the world to such an extent and how do they shape up when compared to the pros and cons of their nearest competition; the good old, humble laptop?
The area where laptops still outshine tablets is undoubtedly in the hardware they can offer. The better accuracy and speed in terms of typing that comes with access to a larger, physical keyboard is something that a lot of consumers like, especially those who do a lot of document production and email correspondence. Their larger screens also make it more enjoyable to view videos and arguably easier when browsing the web. Laptops are also more robust and durable than tablets, with their foldable lid and lack of a touchscreen making them far less susceptible to damage from scratches.
As surprising as it may seem, where they fall short is in fact their portability. This is a major blow to the appeal of the laptop, with portability in comparison to a desktop computer having been the main drive for their original production and popularity. They were the best option at the time but perhaps not anymore.
Android tablets took the idea of being portable and ran with it, taking the majority of the features on offer in a laptop and putting them into a device that fits in your hands. Lighter, thinner and hugely user-friendly, they are still powerful enough to store your favourite files, photos, music and videos, while the touchscreen function of a tablet makes interaction far more responsive and intuitive and the inclusion of apps makes instant access to all of the available features easier than on any other computing device.
They are limited somewhat in terms of their processing power however, with laptops able to handle more complex and detailed software with ease. Their fragile build, while great for maximising their appealing portability, also serves to make them vulnerable to damage. Their relative newness and popularity also means that they don’t often come cheap.
The real decision as to whether to opt for a laptop or a tablet lies in the individual. For those who require a more functional piece of equipment that offers all the modern perks of technological advances while still retaining a solid screen and keyboard and greater actual computing capabilities, then a laptop will likely continue to be the solution you need, but for those of you who crave being at the cutting edge of the latest technology, with a desire for ease of use, interaction, and consumer satisfaction to be at your very fingertips, then perhaps you should join this latest revolution and consider a tablet.