Wednesday, January 15, 2014

How to Choose Between a Smartphone and a Tablet?

In a technology dominated era, it is difficult to choose between different gadgets that get launched every now and then. A device that is considered to be the most advanced today can easily become obsolete in a span of one year only. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly difficult to choose the device that can cope with the rapid technological advancements. The biggest dilemma that most people face today is whether to invest on a smartphone or a tablet.

Both these devices are of the same genre and share a lot of common functionalities. Firstly, tablets and smartphones have the same operating system, so there is hardly anything to distinguish them when it comes to the look and feel. This is further complicated by the fact that most of today's apps are compatible with both tablets and smartphones. Certain features like digital camera, Internet connectivity, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatibility, and support for multimedia files are available on both these devices.

On the other hand, there are some aspects that distinguish them. Tablets generally have a larger screen-size, so it is easier to play games and watch videos on a tablet PC. Smartphones are capable of making voice calls and send text messages, which are its primary uses as well. Although some high-end tablet PCs provide data calling and text messaging features, it is not convenient to talk for long hours using a bulky tablet.

However, the deciding factor between a smartphone and tablet is the purpose of using the device. If you need to a handy device to make several calls during the day and occasionally browse the Internet, smartphone would be the ideal choice. It is easier to carry than a tablet and can cater to your voice calling needs.

Alternately, if you are in need for a portable computer, tablet is the device you would want to buy. Business professionals and students generally prefer tablets because it can be alternatively used for official and entertainment purposes. It is easier to view and edit documents on the large screen, while the superior display is a major factor behind its popularity as an entertainment device. Since voice dialing is not its primary feature, the battery life of a tablet PC is considerably longer. This helps you use the device even when you are on a long journey.

Even with all the features stacked up against each other, it may be difficult to choose one over another. Fortunately, handset manufacturers have come up with phablets, which can be considered as a hybrid of both tablets and smartphones.

Latest smartphones like Samsung GT-I9500 S4 can be purchased online, along with tablets of different screen sizes. The 7 inch android tablet is generally considered to be the ideal size to operate a tablet.

By Shelia Z Smithson

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