Tablet or laptop: what to choose?

According to the manufacturers, modern tablets are able to take on all the functions of laptops and PCs. Is it really so, we will check with a small study.

Is it possible to imagine that in a few years they will look at the owner of the laptop, as now they look at a person who uses video cassettes - that is, as on the aliens from the Stone Age. It is easily, because now some experts express an opinion that laptops are outdated gadgets. Recent years in the mobile technology market in fashion compactness, and laptops, as if manufacturers neither triumph, in this plan of tablets and furnaces are not competitors.

But if you abstract from fashion trends, it becomes clear that the laptops are early to write off the bills, because modern mobile gadgets are not able to replace them fully. Obviously, the person is best acquired and the tablet and the laptop - however, if the budget is not rubber, then you have to make a choice.

This article will help you in this. We will analyze gadgets of 2 types on key criteria and conclusion that choose better - "tablet" or laptop.

dimensions and compactness

Tablets 2016-2017 Thickness do not exceed a notebook in 48 sheets. The mass of mobile devices is an average of 600-700 grams. There are also truly "weightless" 7-inch devices weighing 350-400 grams. All this serves as a confirmation of the fact that the tablets are compact.

On laptops, alas, it is impossible to say the same. All those who visited this year exhibition CES admired the "ultralline" gadget from Samsung called Notebook 9 - But the weight of this device is 840 grams.

Other laptops and that harder: for example, MacBook can weigh from 1.3 to 1.5 kg - depending on the modification. Note that the "apple" device, and the product from Samsung refer to premium products and have impressive prices.

The tablet can be easily hidden in the curvature lining (7-inch) or in a small bag (10-inch). For a laptop will have to buy a special bag over the shoulder. So in the first round, the tablets won over the laptops unconditional victory - 1: 0.



In laptops, the screens are larger in size. There are 7-10 inches displays on the tablets, while the laptops are 13-15 inches. There is an intermediate solution - netbooks, mini-laptops with 7-10 inches diagonal screens. However, the concept of netbooks has long been "breathing oncency for a long time," and the tablets are called "graveters".

At the same time, with the exception of dimensions, the laptop screens do not benefit anything else. The screens of tablets are usually better quality, because mobile manufacturers use high-resolution matrices. TFT displays are now installed only in the budget models; Most devices provide IPS- and amoled displays, which guarantee a more juicy, lively and contrasting picture.

In favor of laptop screens, dimensions are said, the "Tablets" screens are won in quality. Therefore, in the second round draw - the score is preserved.

Input devices

To input devices include keyboard, mouse, Touchpad - That is, everything that is all that It is necessary to enter data (or, simply speaking, printing). Although mobile manufacturers persistently try to accustom users to stylus and on-screen keyboard, printing on a laptop is more convenient and more familiar. It is important that a computer mouse is connected to laptops - an indispensable tool for work, for example, in photo and video edits.

The tablet management is carried out from the touch screen. It is convenient when you need to view the photo from vacation or to climb on the Internet - but if there is a need to draw up, for example, a service note, the user "Tablets" will spend on performing this task a lot of time. So the workahol is better to buy a tablet "In the incoming" to the laptop or immediately choose the gadget transformer, to which you can "pick up" a third-party keyboard.

From the point of view, the data entry laptop is more handy - therefore the confrontation account is compared, 1: 1.

The duration of the autonomous work

laptops are not calculated for a long time of autonomous work - without charging, the laptop will be able to work for a maximum of 5-6 hours, And if the battery has already worn out, then at all hours 3.

, the tablets demonstrate various duration of the battery life - depending on the capacity of the battery, fillings, screen - However, even the weakest devices are able to work without connecting to the outlet longer laptops. On average, "tablets" withstand 12-14 hours of continuous wandering over the Internet - if the device is standing in standby mode, the battery almost does not lose charge.

With the tablet, you can safely go hiking, but the laptop is a little traveler will bring little. Another point in favor of "Tablets".

Volume RAM / ROM

One of the main advantages of the laptop in front of the tablet is the presence of a built-in hard disk with a large memory volume. The user who bought a laptop 3-4 years ago, will surely find that he has 256 gigabytes in the aggregate engaged in information and free. More modern models are provided with ROM memory even better - they have hard drives on 512 - 2056 gigabytes.

The volume of user memory in the tablet, as a rule, is from 8 GB to 32 GB. In this case, the manufacturer makes the reservation: if necessary, it will be possible to expand with the card microSD - they say, it compensates for its limited quantity. However, that the expansion of memory may be very expensive, not mentioned. How much does it cost, in your opinion, such a "baby"?

The cost of Flashkin MicroSD is about 10 thousand rubles! This amount is commensurate with the price of one mid-level tablet or with a total value of 2-3 budget class tablets. It is not surprising that users, recognizing the price of such a flash drive, begin to learn to do those with the volume of gigabytes, which is in the default "tablet".

According to the volume of RAM, laptops also bypass the tablets - even if not so much. Modern "tablets" are equipped, as a rule, 2-4 GB RAM, and laptops - 8-16 GB.

Hard disk for a laptop (form factor 2.5) The volume of 512 GB costs 3,000 rubles, and the flash drive for a tablet by 256 GB is 10,000 rubles. Provide laptop memory is much cheaper, so we count the point in their favor, 2: 2.

The ability to connect external devices

To the laptop, you can connect a huge number of external devices - including:

  • Printers and MFPs.
  • Computer monitor and TV.
  • Acoustic system and DVD player.
  • USB flash drives and smartphones.

Connecting third-party devices to tablets over time is becoming an increasingly simple task - for example, many of Modern "Tablets" support technology OTG, due to which USB flash drives can be connected using special cables. However, by wire (which is considered the most reliable), a very limited number of devices can be connected to the “tablet”.

Establishing communication between a laptop and other home appliances is easier. One more point falls into the piggy bank of laptops, 2:3.


It is impossible to objectively say which of the operating systems - Android or Windows - is simpler and more convenient: it is rather, a matter of taste. People are familiar with desktop Windows from an early age, they also got used to mobile Android - after all, the vast majority of modern phones and tablets are running this particular OS.

The difference between tablets and laptops is not the convenience of their operating systems, but the quantity and quality of programs. Yes, the Android Google Play app store is very rich, but the number of utilities for desktop Windows is truly impressive. A variety of software for Windows has been developed for decades and has been accumulating on the Internet all this time - a laptop user can find a software product on the network to solve almost any task and download it for free using a torrent tracker.

It should also be noted that original applications are installed on laptops, and their mobile versions, often less convenient and rather stupidly adapted, are installed on tablets. Because of this, it is difficult (or completely impossible) to perform certain operations on the “tablet”, for example, editing photos and videos, scanning documents, making presentations. Not to mention “collecting a farm in Odnoklassniki” - applications from social networks rarely load in a mobile browser, a tablet requires a Flash player.

There are more programs for PCs, and they are easier to use - therefore, laptops get another “karma plus” and go ahead, 2:4.

Other criteria

The advantage of laptops over tablets seems significant, but tablets have several advantages that have not yet been mentioned was:

  • Tablets are stronger. If the laptop is dropped, it will almost certainly fail, because the laptop hard drive is a very fragile component. The fall of a mobile gadget is unlikely to be fatal - except that the display will crack.
  • Tablets have cameras. Taking a selfie with a tablet is trivial. But with a laptop to capture a moment will not work.
  • A tablet can replace many devices. The owner of the "tablet" can send to the scrap and a digital frame, and a GPS-navigator, and an e-book. The tablet performs the functions of all these devices “perfectly well”. By the way, if you are a literature lover, it will be useful for you to familiarize yourself with the rating of the best tablets for reading.
  • A tablet is a fashion item. A person who deftly manages the touch screen of the "tablet" looks modern.

All of the described advantages are not significant, so we will award one point for them all in all. His tablets, alas, are not enough to catch up with laptops.


In our little versus-battle, laptops won. This means that if the buyer is puzzling over what is better to buy - a tablet or a laptop, it is better for him to opt for a device of the second type. Tablets are not yet functional enough to claim the role of a full-fledged replacement for laptops.

But if the user already has a laptop, he should think about buying a "tablet" - albeit a budget one - as a "camping" gadget. Laptops are too bulky and don't last long without recharging, so taking a laptop with you on a long trip is not a good idea.