Many people buy the tablet or notebook because friends are using them or the price. However, what you should buy depends on what you expect to do with the device.
So, before you decide which to buy –tablet or notebook — answer these five questions; they will make it easier for you to decide.
(1) Do you want to create content or consume it?
The tablet is more of a consumption device, whereas a notebook is more of a creation device. Typing a document using the tablet touch keypad can be quite a tedious task.
On the other hand, if your job requires you to mostly access your emails, browse the web, read reports (as opposed to creating them) and video conference, then the tablet is right for you. And whether it’s watching a movie or reading a book, the slate is a far better option.
(2) Which software do you need?
Software offerings for notebooks – especially office suites – are still superior to what’s available for tablets. In terms of serious offerings, many mobile apps do not promise the same flexibility that the computer versions do.
On the flip side, tablets have apps that are not only cheaper, but also a lot of fun. And there are lakhs of them, both paid and free, spanning genres such as productivity, photography, gaming, social networking, music, reading, etc.
(3) How much stuff do you have?
If you’re a media junkie, with a huge collection of MP3s, photos and videos, then the notebook is going to score higher. Most laptops will give a minimum of 320 GB of space, going all the way up to 1 terabyte (1024 GB).
Tablets, on the other hand, come with just 16, 32 or 64 GB of storage, which is insufficient for high-definition multimedia content. Still if you don’t need to store vast amounts of data, a tablet is not a deal-breaker.
(4) Will you carry it around a lot?
There is no denying that a tablet is more portable than a notebook, offering better battery life in a significantly lighter package. Besides, if you’re a frequent flyer, you will definitely appreciate the tablet when passing through the myriad airport security checks.
(5) How well does it play with other gadgets?
In your professional life, you might need to hook up your gizmo to a projector, a broadband wire or a printer; and you might even need to connect other gadgets, like pen drives or a phone, to your device. A notebook is a clear winner here, since most come with at least three USB ports, one HDMI port, an Ethernet port for broadband as well as a card reader. These machines also support USB dongles or Wi-Fi for internet connectivity.
With a tablet, you will have support for Wi-Fi and 3G SIM cards work just as well. Most hotels provide wireless internet, so using your tablet when travelling should not be an issue. But unless you have the right cables handy, connecting your tablet to other gadgets is going to be a pain.