7 ways the tablet trumps the laptop SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S
Choosing between a laptop or tablet is not easy. Both devices bring something significant to the party. And ultimately, your decision to invest in one over the other will be coloured by what exactly you have in mind. Work or play? Social media or video editing?
And while the tried and tested laptop remains king in terms of power, storage and gaming, here are seven categories in which the tablet trounces the competition!
Tablets are cheaper than laptops. In the most extreme cases, laptops can be up to ten times
the cost of a tablet. But taking even a decent model tablet and a reasonably priced laptop, the latter remains almost three times the price of its little touchscreen sister. Case in point, you could get a very decent tablet, such as the Samsung Tab S 8.4-inch for € 399. Do you
really think you could find a halfway decent laptop for this price?
While the combination of mouse and keyboard is timeless, the touchscreen model is truly intuitive. Ideal for novices and newcomers, swiping between pages, pinching images and webpages or even just tapping on the apps you want to launch, navigating a tablet remains a rewardingly natural experience.
While the standard laptop struggles to live on without its power cable for
a couple of hours, any tablet worth its salt will give a full day’s worth of computing on a single charge. And we don’t just mean a working day either. Even running power hungry apps, the average tablet will keep going from
seven in the morning until at least seven at night!
Both laptops and tablets depend upon software to remain relevant, to remain useful. But while PC grade software could set you back the better part of a grand, most tablet apps are free. Sure enough, certain premium apps fall into the € 5-€15 price bracket, but that’s still orders
of magnitude cheaper than laptop software!
One of the newest tablets on the market is the stunning Galaxy Tab S from Samsung, which is the thinnest and lightest tablet that the company has released. It comes in 8.4- and 10.5-inch varieties, and both have a Super AMOLED screen to show off content superbly. It has internal specs that impress, including 3GB RAM, and 16GB of storage, which can be expanded further with a microSD card, so you’ll have plenty of storage space for apps, media and files. It is a fantastic tablet and it’s now available in Titanium Bronze or Dazzling White from Carphone Warehouse.
While laptops are designed to be portable, easily transported within a case or backpack, they can only really be used when stationary. Conversely, the tablet is truly mobile. As a rule, they’re slight enough to be carried in one hand and intuitive enough to be operated with a single digit. Their versatility on the move closer rivals a Smartphone than a laptop.
Given that apps from both Windows and Apple must be purchased from their own officially designated store, the first party nature of tablet apps greatly reduces the risk of malware. And while Android is an open platform, and the possibility of viruses exists, the reality is precious few manage to do any damage. In addition, there are literally hundreds of anti-virus apps available for download, free of charge.
Credit where it’s due, Laptops are genuinely excellent media machines. But tablets still have the edge on them. While it can be a nightmare to find a comfortable, glare-free position to place your laptop for a few hours of televisual delight, in the case of a tablet, you need only move it as close to your face as is needed. They’re that light. They’re that convenient.
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