When it comes to computers, the decision used to be whether or not you wanted to buy a desktop or a laptop. These days, the game has completely changed as tablets and similar devices have entered the market. So which do you need: A laptop or a tablet?

What Are Your Needs?

The first thing to consider when deciding between a laptop and a tablet are the uses for which you will need it. If you need a lot of storage, power or very fast processors for graphics or video, then a tablet is probably not going to be the best option. If you’re constantly on the go and need to use your device for keeping in touch with your family, friends or business associates, then a tablet may be the best fit. Some of those devices come with 3G or 4G connections so that you can get a signal even if you’re not within range of a WiFi outlet. If you need speed, storage and mobility then think about choosing a laptop.

The Differences between Laptops and Tablets

For most users, the main difference between tablets and laptops is storage. Although many tablets now come with no more than 64 GB of data storage, some allow for exterior devices that plug into the tablet to extend storage. And, again, although tablets are fast and are designed as multimedia machines, they are not quite as fast as laptops and desktops. Also, if you use specific programs that eat up a lot of available memory or processing speed, they will likely not work on a tablet.

Tablets and Mobility

Most people who choose tablets do so because they are able to be transported almost anywhere. Although you may not be able to find a usable WiFi signal, you can still use the media you have stored on the device. Although the same can be said of a laptop, a tablet device can be small enough to fit in a large pocket and they are, obviously, much lighter than laptops.

Your Options

Many people prefer not to use tablets because of the touch screen keyboards. They are breeding grounds for typos and autocorrect, but there are new devices on the market that either come with keyboards or are compatible with them. This can transform an ordinary tablet into a hybrid version of a tablet and a laptop.

Some tech experts suggest that you do not buy a newly released model of any of these mobile devices, however, until they have been proven to be issue-free. Waiting a few weeks before making your purchase is usually a good idea.

The good news is that, whichever you choose, there have been major advances in technology that will allow you to easily transfer information from your tablet, your cellphone and your laptop. This should make your decision a little easier!