The biggest difference between tablets and laptops is that tablets have no keyboard, forcing the user rely solely on a touch screen. While this is perfectly fine for some purposes, it’s not so jazzy for others.
For example, tablets are an excellent tool for things like Internet browsing, reading books online and listening to music. Tablets users can also easily enjoy playing a host of games that don’t require a keyboard.
Laptops, on the other hand, can do quite a bit more because they were built with productivity in mind. Due to the inclusion of a keyboard, laptops are also a better computer for people who have the frequent need to type. For instance, if your computer usage leans more toward creating documents and communicating by email, you are going to prefer a laptop to a tablet.
Laptops are also more powerful than tablets, can handle programs with more features and offer more storage space; while tablets are smaller and lighter – making them a great computer for travel. Additionally, because of their relatively small power requirements, tablets provide longer battery life than laptops. In comparison, a tablet’s battery might last around ten hours to a laptop’s eight.
How about cost, you ask? Tablets and laptops are pretty similar when it comes to purchase price. A cheaper laptop might run you about the same as a mid-level tablet. Believe it or not, there are even convertible laptops on the market now; but the best of both worlds (if you can swing it) might be to use a tablet as an add-on to your laptop.