Choosing a computer was once upon a time a considerably easier and simpler job. But today, consumers are presented with an ever-widening variety of computer options and brands. If you are looking for a portable device, you could now choose a small stylish new notebook, or perhaps an ultra-portable tablet as big as your notepad. These new entrants in to the market are rapidly capturing consumers’ attention, previously reserved for desktop computers and laptops. While devices like the Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad are handier than most notebooks, a clam-shell portable running Windows OS can in some circumstances still be more appropriate. Here is a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of each kind of device.
When does a notebook work best?
While there are Android tablets that offer Flash support, the actual performance of Flash on tablets is barely adequate. The iPad doesn’t even support Flash applications on its platform. If you are someone who loves playing games on Facebook, a notebook will definitely serve you better. If you are a business traveler who needs to access private databases through a virtual private network (VPN), you may also need a notebook OS to do so.
There are only a few tablets that feature a full-sized SD card slot and USB ports. Almost all notebooks sport a five-in-one memory card reader, VGA output, and USB ports. Even though virtual keyboards have come a long way when it comes to functionality, still nothing beats a physical input device for writing documents and long emails. Another striking advantage of notebooks over tablets is their multitasking capabilities. With a tablet, you can only display one application at a time. However, on a notebook, you can display an email program, an instant message dialogue box, and a browser, all at once. Notebooks also feature higher disk space for files and multimedia content.
When do tablets rule?
Just like smartphones, tablets are usually not powered off and the display can be easily put to sleep to save battery life. This doesn’t allow for easy device start-up but means better battery life than you will get with notebooks. Purchasing apps on a tablet is also more affordable than buying a program for your notebook. Most iOS and Android apps cost between$1 and $20, and can be downloaded from online stores that showcase thousands of tablet apps. For Windows-based programs, professional grade software could cost you hundreds of dollars. Tablets are also handier to use, especially when you are on a move; most tablets weigh no more than 800 grams, while most notebooks weigh more than one kilogram.
If you are travelling on vacation and all you really need to do is check emails and connect to your social networks, a tablet is right for you. But for business travelers who need to draft reports, use a VPN, and from time to time use professional programs, a notebook that allows you perform to more tasks with greater accuracy will be a better choice.
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