Tablet PC Vs. Laptop - Think Before You Buy

Techspirited Staff Sep 30, 2018
Both tablets PCs and the laptops have emerged as must-have necessities in recent times. But, when you are planning to strike a deal, what must you eventually buy? Here are some points to compare tablet PCs with laptops.

Did You Know?

Windows 10 hybrid tablets combine full-size keyboards and touchscreens to give you a feel of both, laptops as well as tablets, in one device.
The functionality and utility of laptops and tablets are different. There are people who consider a tablet to be one of the greatest invention, and then there are others who think of it as a waste of technology.
Laptops and tablets may look similar, but are worlds apart. They are two different devices running two different systems.
A point-to-point comparison may yield no winner as such, but it will at least give you a fair idea of what is similar and different between the two. This will eventually affect your evaluation of your device requirement and your final decision as to what you will be opting for. Read the comparison below, and choose wisely.

Physical Characteristics

Tablet PC

Being a one-piece computer device, a tablet is portable, lightweight, and can be operated by gesture control, viz. stylus, finger-touch, accelerated movements, etc.
A tablet screen comes in sizes varying from 7 inches to 11 inches, with a resolution that varies from 1280×800 to 2560×1600.
Input options are limited to touch gestures. Typing on a touchscreen is not always as accurate, speedy, and easy as a keyboard though. Of course, there's the option to connect external keyboard devices to a tablet, but that only ends up denting the wallet a fair amount.

Laptop

A portable computer, heavier than a tablet and accompanied by an attached keyboard, is truly a personal computer.
Modern laptops come with gesture input functionality, although a traditional keypad at its base is still the most popular form factor. A laptop should be the first choice for users who type heavily.
A touchpad, used like a mouse is also available, putting the user in his 'PC-comfort-zone'. A laptop screen comes in sizes varying from 11 inches to 20 inches, and a resolution that varies from 1366×768 to 1920×1080.

Battery

Tablet

Tablets use light hardware components and hence are battery-efficient. A tablet's battery assembly may not be as powerful as a laptop's, but its use is enough to carry it slightly beyond 6-7 hours.

Laptop

Although a laptop's battery assembly is more powerful than that of a tablet, its overall efficiency does not go beyond four hours (even lesser in some cases). This is because laptops carry heavy hardware that uses the battery far more intensely.

Performance

Tablet

Tablets are built for low-utility usage. They consist of a low-power processor and deliver decent performance for tasks like web browsing, playing movies and music, etc. More complicated tasks like heavy games, multitasking, graphics, etc., slow down the device considerably. 
Tablets are the most inappropriate devices to run programming and computing tasks.

Laptop

A laptop's processor is a full-fledged, high-performance processor. It can not only handle heavy tasks but also multitask two or three heavy tasks at the same time. Laptops also deliver better and more efficient performance.

Utility

Tablet

Tablets are typically used for light tasks such as browsing, playing small games, music, etc. However, the small and static screen is a disadvantage. Multiple people cannot see the screen at the same time. This, indeed, is the essence of a tablet, but sharing something quickly with people around you need not always be a Bluetooth operation.

Laptop

A laptop is strong and sturdy and hence heavier to carry around, but it still is portable and that counts. Its powerful hardware assembly allows for heavy-duty operations to be carried off with ease and speed. Everything you do on a PC is possible on a laptop; only, it is more personal.
A laptop's screen can be tilted to the user's advantage. The keyboard and keypad allow relatively easy navigation as compared to a tablet. A laptop can be a user's standalone device.

Cost

Tablet

Tablets are fancy devices and carry fancy price tags with them. If fancy tasks are what you are buying a device for, this is your device. The price of a tablet averages around USD 500.

Laptop

Laptop prices are flexible. As per your need, they range from around USD 300 - USD1500.

Verdict

Tablet

Tablets are limited by their ability to function. While it is lighter and more portable than a laptop, if performance is your criteria, tablets are a disappointment. If light use coupled with longer battery life is what you are looking for, the tablets make a great buy.

Laptop

A laptop is a system in itself. If you are looking for a replacement for your old computer, a laptop is your best bet.
Choosing which of these two to buy could be an overwhelming decision to make. Both come with their pros and cons. It depends on what you really need to have. 
There are also hybrid tablet PCs available in the market today, which are basically tablet PCs, but you can attach a keyboard and mouse to them, and use them in a vertical position just as you would use a traditional laptop. These devices are worth a look, but they are more on the expensive side, so one would have to take into account that as well.