So you’re thinking of getting a new phone or tablet, but don’t know which is the better choice. Both gadgets are improving at a break-neck pace, so it makes sense to deliberate.
A phone and a tablet can do a lot of the same things. There is so much overlap that it can be very challenging to decide which to purchase. The scales are usually in favor of phones, mainly because of their small size and lightweight design. For this reason, tablets don’t always get the respect and consideration that they deserve from consumers. But I’m here to show you the merits of choosing one over a new phone! We’ll take a look at the top 5 reasons to choose a tablet below.
Phone vs Tablet – 5 Reasons Why You Should Opt for a Tablet
1. Screen Size
Phone and tablet screens generally have the same resolution (or thereabouts). It’s not the quality, but the size of the screen that is blatantly the biggest difference between a smartphone and a tablet. Even the largest screens on phones have nothing on the big, beautiful displays of modern tablets.
Games are a lot more enjoyable to play on the big screen. It is a different experience playing fallout shelter on a screen where you can see what you are clicking than on the tiny, cramped display of a phone. Obviously, this means that if your plans for your new device include a lot of watching movies, playing games, or even reading and surfing the web, then a tablet is a much more sensible option for a new purchase or an upgrade.
The market for tablets is huge. Companies like Apple and Samsung are constantly bringing out newer and newer tablets with better and better specs. It would be difficult not to be able to find the thing you are looking for.
Apple’s tablets follow the well-established schematic of their phones, with the user having access to any app from the front screen. This means it won’t take long to learn the interface, as it’s intuitive and familiar.
On the other side, Android-based tablets are so numerous that they deserve their very own article. The Android system is flexible and allows a more adept user to tailor their tablet to their needs with hundreds of settings.
Keep in mind that some apps are specifically designed with tablets in mind. They are of course available on phones as well, but they are better for viewing on big screens.
Believe it or not, a high specification tablet is often cheaper than a phone with the same, or sometimes worse, specs. It is a walk in the park to choose a tablet with all the extras for under $600. The same can’t be said for phones, which will cost you up to $1000 on the higher end of the price spectrum.
Of course, you can find a tablet to suit any budget, from the ultra-cheap, Chinese knock-offs to the ultra-expensive, everything-included flagship tablets from the biggest brands. The price category of under $200 is hardly worth a mention in terms of phones, but for tablets, it might be worth a second look. Companies know that tablets are overlooked, so they don’t push the prices quite as high as they do with their phones. Grabbing a bargain on a tablet is so much easier than doing so with a smartphone!
4. Best of Both Worlds – Tablet Laptops
A relatively new entry onto the laptop and tablet markets are tablet computers. These little wonders feature a keyboard with either a detachable tablet or with the ability to fold the keyboard back and use just the screen. The power in these is far superior to that which is in any phone. Having a touch screen to do the navigating on-screen makes day to day tasks on a computer so much easier to handle, not to mention a lot more intuitive. It is convenient to be able to apply the same gestures to a laptop that you would to your phone. Getting rid of the mouse as a clumsy middle-man is the best idea tech has had in this century so far.
In addition, tablet-laptops still allow you to use the keyboard function. Normal tablets can get slightly annoying when you have to type on a screen that’s just too small for real, two-handed typing, but too large for skype or even two-thumb, phone-style typing. This isn’t a problem when you can just fold the keyboard back to the front of the tablet-laptop and start tapping away like you would on a normal laptop.
As a direct result of the much larger size, tablets sport much bigger batteries than their phone counterparts. This is in line with the big screen design. A screen that size means that people will be watching sports, streaming Netflix, or even reading their kindle books (there is a Kindle app for tablets) on it. That amount of power-hungry activity and screen on-time necessitates a bigger power bank. This was not lost on manufacturers, and the result is that tablets can go for days without needing a charge. Very convenient by any standard.
It all falls to what you intend to do with your new gadget. Both a phone and a tablet can make voice calls, video calls, run the same apps and access the internet the same way. The key difference is that a tablet allows you to actually see what is on your screen! Reading is no good on a tiny phone screen, and most of the reading apps are designed for use on tablet screens anyway. Watching movies is also a pain on a smartphone, with Netflix also appearing very busy on a small screen.
If you need an entertainment device, then definitely opt for a tablet. If you need a lot of power and battery, then, again, we recommend going for a tablet. It is just as portable as a smartphone is, and who’s to say you can’t take along your old phone as well as your new tablet?