Both Smartphones and tablets have a lot of devoted supporters and opponents. Tablets and Smartphones are very similar devices in terms of construction. They work under the same operating systems, very often having CPUs of the same class, they don’t even differ in terms of built-in memory capacity. What are the Differences between them?
The line between a Smartphone and a tablet
Smartphones and tablets offer similar possibilities of using both devices, except for voice calls, they do differ, however, in the display size above anything else. The latest models of Smartphones available on the market may offer increasingly bigger screen sizes, but the difference still remains visible.
What to keep in mind when choosing a Smartphone or a tablet? As always in similar situations, the factors should be the anticipated uses of the device, the features we need and the price. After such analysis, we’ll be able to define what type of device we need, or maybe in our case we should get both.
A tablet, thanks to its large screen, guarantees high comfort of browsing the Internet, not only when checking e-mail or news, but above all when searching for specific information, which means having to go through multiple websites. It is also more convenient when it comes to viewing pictures, watching videos or as an e-book reader.
Models that come with high-resolution displays will certainly be appreciated by gaming enthusiasts. In all applications where screen size impacts usability, a tablet will simply provide higher comfort.
On the other hand, it can’t be put in the pocket, which means having to wear a backpack, a handbag or a purse, plus in most cases we are going to need both our hands to use it. The models equipped with a 3G modem ensure access to the web in any place, otherwise we’re going to have to buy an external modem separately or rely on public hotspots.
A tablet will work great when traveling, and when it comes with a cover with a physical keyboard, it transforms into a small-sized notebook that can be easily fit in the hand luggage.
A Smartphone, due to the ability to make voice calls, has a slightly wider range of applications. Large displays ensure decent comfort of browsing websites and multimedia, while also losing the handy aspect of the phone – it can’t be conveniently put away in the pocket, and using it with one hand may also cause us some problems.
On top of that, using the Internet causes the battery to run out of juice pretty fast, leaving us without a phone, which means we have to be able to charge it often or get ourselves a portable charger.
Internet access is possible through Wi-Fi or the cellular network, thus providing nearly unlimited network range.
Smartphones with displays of up to 4 inches offer optimal sizes for convenient use; using e-mail and most apps on such screen is pretty convenient, whereas browsing a great deal of websites and multimedia might not be very satisfying, despite different solutions used in the browsers to make it easier.
In such case, a tablet with its large screen will prove itself a much more comfortable device.
Upsides and downsides of Smartphones
A Smartphone stands out with its compact size, which allows us to keep it in our pocket or purse. On top of the basic features – like phone calls, texting and sending images – it provides plenty of opportunities. We can conveniently take pictures with it and of great quality, too – just look at the possibilities of the latest Smartphones from Samsung or Sony. The ability to use the Internet is another one of its advantages – you can check e-mail, send any files, use a messenger.
Upsides and downsides of tablets
The greatest advantage of a tablet is its big screen – we can read nearly anything, like news feeds, blogs, e-mail, documents, e-books etc. You can also read them on a Smartphone, like Galaxy A8 or HTC, but it’s more convenient on a tablet.
On top of that, it is small-sized, which means it’s handy and lightweight – you can bring it along on a train, on vacation, to the bed. Wi-Fi access gives plenty of opportunities, which means we can also use it for communication – Facebook, Snapchat, Messeneger or Twitter are right at your fingertips.
It also comes in handy at work – during meetings, at conferences etc. You can present an offer, read e-mails, send files – the possibilities are huge. What about the downsides? A tablet is still a secondary device, whereas for advanced activities a better option is a laptop. On top of that, it runs out of power pretty fast and it’s harder to take pictures with it than with a phone.
With use of the above information, one can easily pick the most optimal solution for themselves that ensures comfort and convenience as well as reliable connectivity under the conditions where we are going to use it. Upon a more thorough consideration we often come to a conclusion that meeting our expectations requires having both devices.
I will never forget my first computer. I was interested in new possibilities just as much as the computer itself. This fascination was so strong that I became NERD in a second 🙂 I am an IT technician by profession. Before I started my own laptop repair service, I gained experience for 8 years. My friends keep asking me:
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That's why I got used to giving advice. And just to be honest - I like it very much. So I decided to share my knowledge with other people in need.