Laptop vs. Smartphone vs. Tablet: Which is Worth the Money?

Last Updated: February 15, 2017
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In every group, there is one friend to whom everyone comes for advice. Not for relationship advice, but for advising regarding what tech gadget to buy. I am that guy in my group!

There has once been a time when the line between smartphone, tablet, and computers was very broad. Like computers weren’t meant for running applications, smartphones came with type pad and served for one single purpose – calling (and sometimes playing games or music), and people weren’t paying much attention to tablets due to high price.
But these days, the line seems to almost vanish.
Smartphones are now being released with as much as 4gb ram, tablets with capabilities of handling desktop tasks and desktops turning into portable devices.

smartphones vs tablets vs laptops

With this line being almost worn out, it’s quite necessary to learn on what you should spend money on – Laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Laptops

Unlike heavy desktops, laptops are personal computers which are easy to carry around.

Laptops aren't fixed to a place neither they need a lot of cable work(which makes them easy to carry). The tech in laptops has been advanced dramatically in last few years which enabled them to give a hard competition to desktop computers. I personally ditched desktops 2 years ago and started using laptops. As of now, my workstation has both desktops and laptops.

When it comes to newbies, I'd always recommend getting a desktop instead of a laptop. Because I personally learned computers using my desktop PC. Due to my desktop, I have a sound knowledge of what hardware goes inside a computer.

The laptop is for when you don't have to do tedious tasks like hardcore gaming, or run industry standard software.

Pros of Having a Laptop

  • You can have a full-fledged computing experience despite the fact that you don't have to go through all the hassle of wires and another thing.
  • Let it be gaming or office work, you can do anything that you could do on your desktop.
  • Not to forget that your device is portable, you can use it wherever you want ! Coffee shop, bedroom or office desk - whatever works for you!(and has an electric socket).

Cons of Having a Laptop

  • Even with the same configuration, Laptops are more expensive than desktops.
  • Despite being referred to as 'portable,' these devices do carry some weight.
  • Costs of laptop repair are far more than that of a desktop.

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Tablets

They were once compared with the smartphones because of their low specifications. But, with the time, they are now competing for the end to end with even laptops.

Laptops took in one step further when they added portability in their feature. The tablets took the whole portability thing to one step further.

The main reasons people prefer getting a tablet over a smartphone(or sometimes even a tablet) are -

Portability: As mentioned above, the USP of tablets is their lightweight and ease to carry them around. You'll agree with this as long as you don't have a MacBook. Despite being portable, laptops do carry some weight.

Productivity: These days, with more and more applications being made for tablets(Android), tablets are fast becoming the choice of users. Primarily because tablets have comfortable touch surface, added with a Bluetooth keyboard, it works like a charm. It might not offer as much functionality as a laptop, but definitely more than a smartphone.

Easy to use: Laptops are easy to use if you are in a coffee shop or have a proper surface to keep your laptop on. If you are in a taxi or walking down the road, you won't be able to 'comfortably' use your laptop. This is where tablets leap one step ahead. Unlike laptops, they don't need space to be flipped out. All you have to do is to power up them and start using. Rest, it depends on you whether you wish to work on work document or play candy crush saga(no this isn't sponsored).

Battery life: I won't blame laptops for not having a long battery life. With so many programs and functions, it becomes very hard for a battery to last long. Although, this isn't a problem in a tablet. The majority of the tablets have more battery life than a laptop and last long than what a typical laptop does.

Flexible: Increase the screen size, your smartphone comes near a tablet. Remove the keyboard from your laptop, it comes near the tablet. The point is, a tablet is somewhere between a smartphone and laptop. You can use it for writing word documents, making video calls, and shooting videos.

Cons of tablet

  • Some users are not much comfortable with touch screen keyboards. Although they can get a Bluetooth keyboard, still carrying it around takes effort.
  • Tablet PCs are not good for gaming.
  • The majority of the tablets don't provide a voice-calling feature.

Smartphone

Now the thing that took the whole society by storm. This is indeed the most widely used piece of tech gadget in the 21st century. I can hardly recall anyone whom I met, and they didn't have a smartphone(trust me I try).

The USP of smartphones is their ultra-portability. Smartphones can easily be carried in the pockets. Small tasks such as reading a document or browsing the internet can be done easily with smartphones. Not to mention that you can shoot videos, listen to music and play games too.

Pros of smartphones

Cons of Smartphones

  • For reading ebooks, the screen size might be a problem.
  • You can't do heavy or even moderate work on your smartphone.
  • They need a laptop or desktop to feed large chunks of data.

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To narrow it down - it all depends on what you need the device for.

Do you need a device for blogging? - Get a laptop!

Do you need a device for listening music and browsing the internet? - Get a smartphone!

Before going for any device, make sure you firstly figure out what you need a device for and then buy one accordingly.

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Ogunrinola Adam Hiidee is an Enthusiast Tech. Blogger and Civil Engineering Student. I do discover new stuff and think on informing others about it through Blogging. You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and I would love to have you connected.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Ethernet I first bought my Sanding tablet it cost me a pretty penny. Of course it was a Sanding Galaxy Note 10.1(2014), but it was about the best purchase of my life. I really love it and it has totally replaced laptops and desktops. With 4GLTE connectivity it has also replaced my phone. S Pen technology is just incredible, and with full multi-windowing, multi-tasking capabilities, is smooth, fast, and at the moment, there is nothing out there as capable. With an Sdcard safely tucked inside I have a total of 160 gigs of storage, cnn p which is good because I have thousands of pages of sheet music stored that I display, as needed, and with an Air-Turn Ped I effortlessly turn the pages while I play my Yamaha PSR S770. These are the two best purchases I've ever made and I'd be a fool to part with either of them.

    • Hi Robert, it is great having you as part of our community. Note 10.1 was a great device back then but now we have more devices better than the device in Market. Thank you for sharing your experience with the best device you have bought so far. Hope to see your comment soon once again.

  2. Hi Hildee, I know that there are many new tablets coming out this year. Though there have been machines that have newer hardware than my Samsung Note 10.1 (2014), there are none, that I've seen till this date, which have equalled or exceeded it's day to day real world performance. It just works-smooth, fast, unfailing, without the lousy touch screen optimisation the Surface offers, or the poor means of optimisation of upgrades to the system that Microsoft has used. The poor battery life of the Surface and Surface Pro tablets is almost legendary. Sure they offer more memory, and more ports, but lack so much overall that they're not worth it. The IPad Pro offered so much in conjunction with the Pencil when it originally came out two years ago, but the cost of the Pencil has proven to be prohibitive. Most have avoided it for numerous reasons, excessive cost, easy to lose, easy to damage, etcetera. Moreover, the drawbacks of the IOS system and lack of optimisation for the screen on the larger IPad tablet are still with us today. Perhaps as soon as tomorrow, February 26th,2017, there will be a tablet that will excel, and equal, or exceed the overall performance characteristics of my Samsung, but it hasn't happened yet. You should really try playing Relic Run, or Asphalt 8 on my tablet before telling me how good everything else can be. These and so many others are exquisite on mine, besides how wonderfully my tablet performs and excels in real world performance and productivity.

    • I understand that Samsung Note 10.1 is a great device but we will still welcome some new tablets that will be better than it in the coming years. Thanks for the great comment.

  3. Thanks Hiidee for sharing this amazing post. This is very informative post for me and very well explained about laptop, smartphone and tablet.

  4. For me Smartphone is in different way and its uncompareable to Tablet nor Laptop, but if Tablet vs Laptop I would obviously prefer to Laptop Hybrid 2 in 1...

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