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Tablet vs Laptop: Making the Decision

Updated on September 21, 2012
Tablet or Laptop?
Tablet or Laptop? | Source

Consumer's Dilemma

As a computer engineer, I usually see many people who face very serious dilemma. They often hesitate before making a decision between buying notebook or buying tablet. I completely agree, that it is impossible to stay with a desktop computer all the time. That is my mobile devices, such as notebooks, tablets, and smart phones are so popular. They part in the computer market is expanding exponentially. So, making long story short, my aim is to help you to make the right decision.

Samsung Galaxy Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tablet | Source

What is Tablet?

Tablet computer, tablet PC or simply tablet is a computer integrated in a flat touch screen. Tablets are larger than mobile phones or pocket PCs. The idea of using tablet is that all main operations are done by touching the screen. Because of touchscreen technology physical keyboard is no longer needed on such extra mobile devices. In many cases tablets have virtual onscreen keyboards. In many cases stylus or digital pen is used.

Tablet seems quite a popular solution for those, who need extreme mobility and great functionality. Tablets have many capabilities than a PC have: wireless Internet, GPS navigation, video camera and others. Battery life can be from several hours to 10 or more hours. Speaking short, a tablet is a potential rival of laptops and smartphones.

MacBook Air Laptop
MacBook Air Laptop | Source

What is Laptop?

A laptop computer is full functional PC. The idea of laptop is that laptop is suited for mobile use. Laptops have all the components that regular personal computer has. So any operation that can be done on personal computer (desktop) can be done on laptop too. Laptops have display, keyboard, touchpad or other pointing device (e.g. trackpad), speakers, webcam, USB ports, VGA/HDMI/DVI or other ports, CD drive, large hard disk drive and other components that are needed for a computer.Laptops can work from electricity or can be used with rechargeable battery. The are also light in weight.

Sony Tablet
Sony Tablet | Source

Tablet Advantages and Disadvantages


  • Tablet has more mobility than a laptop. The mobility is created by absence of traditional keyboard.
  • Tablets are very lightweight.
  • Tablets consume very small amounts of power.
  • Tablets have easily controllable and intuitive interface. Touch screen technology enables that.


  • Because of absence of keyboard it is very hard to type with tablet.
  • The screen of tablet more often gets dirty, because you always touch it.
  • It is impossible to use tablet as a regular computer.
  • Tablets are not as fast and powerful as desktops or laptops.

Laptop Acer Aspire 8920
Laptop Acer Aspire 8920 | Source

Laptop Advantages and Disadvantages


  • You can reach high writing speed and mobility at the same time.
  • The writing with laptop computer is comfortable.
  • A notebook fits any king of user.
  • Speed, usability, and universality are the main advantages of a notebook omputer.


  • Laptops weight more than tablets.
  • Usually laptops do not have touch screen.
  • Laptops are quite massive, comparing them with tablets.

Tabtel PC
Tabtel PC | Source


It is very hard to make a right decision. If you have to choose between notebook and tablet, I would recommend you choosing laptop. It is a universal device, that can be used for writing, watching films, gaming, working with various programs and so on. Tablet is suitable for reading, Internet browsing, gaming. But it has less capabilities comparing it to laptop. If you have enough money, buy both. But choose carefully. Read reviews. And do not forget to think again before buying.

There is other alternative who those, who need both devices. The are various hybrids of laptop and tablet. They have advantages of both devices. You can check IBM X41 or Asus Transformer. If you cannot decide, try using a hybrid computer, also known as tablet PC.


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    Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

    I had been wondering about this very thing. I kept on asking myself if I really needed a tablet! Honestly, I think I would be better off with a laptop with a larger memory or an external memory. Thanks for sharing this information.

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    FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

    I both have a laptop and a newly bought tablet, both Acer. I use them both for work. I like the tablet because of course of the Android apps I can download wherever I go. It's portable, and easy to use. Besides it's an extension to my laptop use, as I don't want to get my laptop overworked. Next time I would buy an OTG cable, I hope my tablet is compatible with it.

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    Silwen 4 years ago from Europe

    Dataload, I agree with you. Laptop is indeed more versatile while speaking about ports, applications and etc. Tablet is great in certain situations, e.g. while traveling. There are some very nice hybrid solutions, where you have a tablet with docking station with keyboard and some useful ports. These solutions may fit when you need to combine laptop and tablet capabilities.

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    DATALOAD 4 years ago from Michigan

    If I had to choose, I would have to go with a laptop. Overall, I feel it's more versatile in terms of physical ports and needed applications. A nice full sized tablet would be great to use in certain situations though.

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    Joseph Barrett 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Very informative and great hub. I like your way to evaluate the difference. Good work!

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    Silwen 4 years ago from Europe

    livewirez, I agree with you.

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    Romel Tarroza 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

    I will still go for laptop. There's a lot of thing that you can do in laptop rather than on tablet.

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    Silwen 4 years ago from Europe

    Thank you AdeelAthar for visiting my Hub and leaving feedback. I appreciate that.

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    Adeel Ather 4 years ago

    Very nice information. I really like it!

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    Silwen 4 years ago from Europe

    iguifenetwork, thank you for your feedback. At the moment I also use both. Tablet is OK for reading in bed, short browsing or other other similar things. The laptop is my working horse. I use many different software, which I would not be able to use on tablet. And I love physical keyboard too.

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    iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

    I like using a tablet, but I'm a person who likes to do many things on one outlet so I think a laptop is more suitable for me. Plus I still like the physical keyboard, I hope it won't be phased out despite the advent of the touch-screen keypad, which are becoming popular these days. Up and useful, interesting. :)

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    Silwen 5 years ago from Europe

    rfmoran, I suppose this is a common approach. Many whom I know use the same combination: PC for working seriously (desktop or laptop, sometimes both) and tablet for reading, fun and less difficult applications, such as checking mail, reading, etc. I it OK, when it is possible to buy both. But if you have to choose, the PC rules ;)

    Thank you for your opinion.

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    Russ Moran 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

    Good solid advice. A tablet is definitely not a PC and working with tools like Excel can be daunting. I love my big old keyboard and mouse, although I do use an Ipad as well. Voted up and useful

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    Silwen 5 years ago from Europe

    AdeelAthar, I have read your article about tablets and laptops. It was interesting. Thank you. I am also happy that you liked my opinion.

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    Adeel Ather 5 years ago

    Really like your opinion. I have also written something about it!

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    Silwen 5 years ago from Europe

    tipstoretireearly, did you make a right decision?

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    tipstoretireearly 5 years ago from New York

    Helpful information in making the choice between these devices!

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    Silwen 5 years ago from Europe

    TToombs08, thank you for your feedback.

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    Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    Great information and a wonderful comparison, silwen! Voted up and shared.

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    Russ Moran 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

    Good hub. This is a question on the minds of a lot of people. My question was solved when my wife gave me an Ipad for my birthday. Now I do my writing and grunt work at my desktop and use my Ipad for catching up on things and doing double duty (yes, I'm a workaholic) while watching a ballgame. Voted up and useful.

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    tigerbaby777 5 years ago from Nampa

    I also did much research before buying my granddaughter a lap top. The tablet is fun, we tried one, the laptop is EVERYTHING all rolled into one.

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    Silwen 5 years ago from Europe

    ajayshah2005, laptop is the best solution. Despite the fact, that many people want to have a tablet, I would consider tablet as optional. Laptop is more universal device.

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    ajayshah2005 5 years ago from Mid Asia

    Bookmarked the hub. I am planning to buy either of these two. I guess I will buy a laptop. Thank you for such a useful hub!