Should You Get a Tablet or a Laptop?

Need to choose between buying a laptop and buying a tablet? The bad news is, there is no single correct answer to which is better. They each have different strengths and weaknesses, so the decision to get either a laptop or a tablet should be based on your individual needs. Here are a few things to consider when making your choice:

Get a laptop

A laptop’s screen is larger than that of a tablet, making it the superior choice if you’re going to be reading a lot of text for a long time.

If you plan on doing a lot of typing, you’ll want to think very seriously about getting a laptop. It’s just not comfortable to type on a touchscreen keyboard — nor is it ergonomic. You can get a keyboard or keyboard case for your tablet, but you may have trouble finding a comfortable one.

Processing power and the ability to effectively multitask are also advantages of a laptop. If you’re a big PC gamer, this might be especially important to you.

Get a tablet

Due to its smaller size and relative lightness, you’ll find a tablet far more portable than a laptop, so long as you invest in a solid case to protect it from getting chipped or smashed while it’s out and about.

The advantage of a laptop over a desktop may be that it can be easily transported and used while not connected to a power source, but laptops are still meant to be plugged in whenever possible. Ask anyone who’s ever tried to use their laptop to take notes in a lecture when there aren’t enough outlets available: laptops just don’t have the battery life to be left unplugged for lengthy amounts of time.

Tablets, on the other hand, aren’t meant to be used while plugged in as you sit at a desk. They were designed for extreme portability, which means they generally have a battery life far longer than that of a laptop. If you plan on using a device for longer than an hour or two without access to a power source, a tablet might be a better choice.

The touchscreen on a tablet can make it far easier and more enjoyable to complete certain tasks. Drawing using a stylus or your finger on a tablet is clearly simpler than trying to use a mouse or trackpad to scribble something in Microsoft Paint. The touchscreen can also make it easier to arrange music, clip and arrange pieces of text, and zoom in and out.