Deciding between a tablet and a smartphone can be tough
It's easy to get lost amongst the many options available to the tech consumer nowadays and people can find themselves asking: "should I get a tablet or a smart phone?" You're not alone. Many find themselves wanting a device for one or two simple tasks and lost in a sea of mixed messages and bad information.
Of course Apple or Samsung would have you believe that you need both devices. There's no way you can do without a tablet for web browsing and it's silly not to have a handheld device as well in case you're caught without the tablet. While you're at it you should pick up a laptop in case you find yourself in need of a backlit keyboard and a desktop as well just in case you forget your laptop at work.
There's a confusing sea of options when it comes to devices. They have the potential to make our work and personal lives much easier but it's important to know what you really need. Phones, tablets, netbooks and laptops overlap in their functionality. To complicate things further, a new type of device dubbed a "mini tablet" is now working it's way onto the market.
If you want a device and are not sure whether to get a tablet, smart phone or something else, here's a checklist to help you out.
1. Do you need a mobile phone?
If you need a cell phone and a way to connect to the internet, a smart phone is a logical choice. Tablets, although able to use skype and other voip services when connected to WiFi, lack the basic functionality of a cell phone. If you need a phone and don't want to carry more than one device, a smart phone may be for you.
2. How portable do you want it to be?
Tablets come in many different sizes and thicknesses. They are however, all much larger than an average smart phone. If you don't mind carrying something a little larger and do lots of internet browsing, a tablet may be the perfect option for you.
3. Do you do much typing?
One thing mobile devices are not good at is typing. Even with services like Swype coming onto the Android market typing on a touch screen device can be a chore. If you are going to be doing much typing on your device I would give serious thought to skipping the other options and moving straight to a laptop computer. They're thinner and more powerful than ever. They rae also super cheap. A good quality laptop can be had for under $800.
I should mention that there are bluetooth keyboards and mice available that will work with tablets and smartphones. I find however that these are cumbersome and less intuative than just using a laptop.
So how does it boil down? Should I get a tablet or a smartphone? In my opinion, for business? I would stick with a laptop. Unless of course your business can be run through apps or is more visually oriented. Photographers for example love using tablets to display their work. For pleasure, I recommend a tablet or smartphone all the way.