Laptops have always been the perfect travel companion of every person willing to carry it to work. After all, the laptop is a personal computer on the move, and businessmen and others rely much on the portability and functionality of this device. This has been happening for many years since the introduction of laptops in the computer market.

Then came the revival of the tablet PC, thanks largely to Steve Jobs’ Apple iPad. Soon after, the proliferation of tablets armed with Android OS followed. And so the laptop is beginning to see its days numbered. As of today, the tablet is now considered the hottest tech item for anyone to possess, at the expense of the laptop. But laptops won’t give up without a fight, and newer models of these older devices are still coming out for release. And so there exists the tablet PC-versus laptop battle, with neither one of the two willing to give up easily.

Let’s begin with the tablet PCs. What makes them so very popular in the first place, and why only now, given that tablets have already existed in the heyday of the laptops? If the Apple iPad is any indication, it can be said that the tablets have become very popular today due to their being very user-friendly. Almost anyone owning an iPad can get working on the device without a user’s manual. In a nutshell, the iPad redefined the concept of tablets—as powerful machines, but easy to use and portable.

In terms of portability, the tablet PCs beat the laptops at their own game: tablets are generally lighter in weight than laptops. And although different tablets do have different weights, they are still light enough to make the laptops feel heavy in comparison. (Interestingly, netbooks weigh just as little as tablets, but they’re not classified as laptops because of their lack of an optical drive.)

On the other side of this tablet PC-versus-laptop showdown, laptops still possess advantages over their lightweight touch-screen rivals. For one, laptops are more fully-featured than tablets: a laptop has USB ports, an optical drive, an SD card reader, an Ethernet port, and – perhaps most important of all – a REAL keyboard. Tablets, on the other hand, have on-screen or touch-responsive keyboards, which are quite uncomfortable to use for serious word processing.

Another key advantage of laptops is the fact that their display is not used for anything else but that—as a display screen. Because laptops have keyboards and mouse pads as input methods, users don’t have to touch the screen to do some editing or file creating. Tablets, on the other hand, rely on the display for viewing AND editing. This can be a hassle when one views a certain document on a tablet, only to be disrupted by someone touching the screen to edit something. Therefore, displays on laptops can be shared, while displays on tablets cannot.

In this still-ongoing battle of tablet PC-versus-laptop, is it easy to determine who the winner should be? Well, certainly not. Each tech device has its own advantages and disadvantages. Tablets cannot fully replace laptops, and vice versa. Eventually, it is for the consumer to decide which gadget works better – based on his own tastes and preferences.