- Computers & Software
What Is Better: A Tablet or Laptop Computer?
While I think the issue is divided down subjective differences, I cannot help but think that laptop computers are way better. I recently bought an HP Touchpad and used it for a bit. It worked fine, it was relatively fast, did the things I normally do: email, facebook, Internet, play games. Yet, I was neither happy or dissatisfied with the product. I have used Apple ipads as well. Same result.
What is the attraction of a tablet computer? For years, they were not popular and inferior to laptops. Is it the illusion of not using a mouse make it more appealing? Is it the illusion of not having a keyboard make it more useful, more portable? Crazy!
Tablets do have a major annoyance, IMO. The first is using your figure to touch the screen. After I had been using it for even a short whole, despite the fact my fingers were clean, my fingerprints were all over the screen and in reflections, really made it ugly. Just think if you are eating chips as you compute, what a frickin' mess the screen would be. Thus, frequent cleaning became a chore. An annoyance. GIVE ME THE MOUSE! Then, the issue of not have a standard keyboard. Without this, the tablet has very limited browsing\gaming use. Unless you like to try to type with the built keyboard, which is smaller and forces you to learn how to touch type all over again. How fun it is to correct the gobbley-gook. That became a a REAL annoyance. So, you say, plug in a real keyboard, isn't that defeating the purpose of the tablet!!!? Like I am going to carry a keyboard. Funny. Without the two items noted, the tablet's usefulness is drilled down to games, social networking, surfing the Net.
A tablet is for casual, non-business, use most of the time. It cannot compete with a laptop, which is simply more powerful and more useful in the real world. Even the smaller Net books that are used by college students are more practical and their prices can compete easily with the tablet.
The tablet is a fad brought on by Apple and their fanatic followers. Like a virus, it spread out into the general public and into manufacturers. Ironically, Apple computers is akin to The Beatles, Steve Jobs favorite rock band. The Beatles were followed, copied, idolized by all in the rock world. Even today, in Guitar Magazine, the whole issue is about how they set standards in music. Apple computers is the same, except for computers.
Everything I did on the tablet, I could do with my Apple iTouch, my Apple iPhone. It was just smaller. So, why spend $600 on a tablet to do the same things? Between the two devices, give me the iTouch or iPhone, at least the fingerprints on the screen are easier to clean.
Owning a tablet computer is something that does not compute with me.