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Laptops vs. Tablets - which one is better?

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I have no experience with tablet use, but my laptop conked out on me after a couple of years worth of use and now I'm left with the question of modern-day techies - laptop or tablet?
Actually, I had a netbook before and loved it. I was able to do all the work I needed, but it was sort of annoying that I didn't have an internal CD drive. I write for a living, writing copy for various websites, and really enjoyed the convenience of taking my 'puter with me where I needed to go. I do have a smartphone, and know what a pain it is to text with the small letters. Is that similar to a tablet?
I'd just like some input, if possible ... thanks!
munkin2u posted Feb 02, 2012

Thinkpad = trackpoint = my choice

encorez (rep: 10k) posted Feb 02, 2012


apple ipad tablet = wonderful

gangstabarbie (rep: 21k) posted Feb 02, 2012


If you write for a living I would get a laptop. My guess is that you would find writing on a tablet for more than a few sentences pretty annoying. With that being said, if you are really wanting the convenience of a tablet, then you can get an iPad case with Bluetooth keyboard built in. This could set you back another $60-$100 though.

jasoned (rep: 8.9k) posted Feb 02, 2012


my choice for you would be a laptop. for what you described, i feel like you could benefit from having a bigger keyboard and the ability to possibly play cd's and stuff like that. tablets are definitely convenient, but they do have limitations.

nowadays, though, you can probably get either a laptop or a tablet for nearly the same it's just about what fits your lifestyle better. maybe go to a computer shop and try them both out..see if one is too heavy..if one is annoying to type on...stuff like that. ooh..also check battery life..i think that plays a role too. good luck.

nimrodboy3 (rep: 68.2k) posted Feb 02, 2012


If you only get one, I would get a laptop there is much more you can do.
I have both, and sometimes when I can't do some thing on my tablet I pull out my laptop.
free hulu
Long emails
Mouse rollover
Word processing
Star craft

I use the tablet for quick
Web surfing
Emails reading
Searching on deals plus

additc (rep: 1.8k) posted Feb 02, 2012


I have an iPad, netbook and notebook. iPad is great when i'm on the go and have to something quick to check up on or write. I use a netbook or notebook if i have to do more writing or ripping or streaming. So depending on your use, if you can get by with a tablet, go for it. iPad 3 announcement soon should drop the price of the iPad2.

chuckydealpl (rep: 59.7k) posted Feb 02, 2012


i also suggest you to buy a tablets,it will be very convenient for you to write things and it is so smart and light that you can take it anywhere you want!

zhn2011zhn (rep: 979) posted Feb 02, 2012


If you have to pick one I'd say a laptop ,a laptop is a necessity & a tablet is a luxury ,you certainly can think of many things you can do on a laptop that you can't do on a tablet .plus a laptop priced the same as a tablet ;would be much more powerful and more equipped

wonder (rep: 7k) posted Feb 03, 2012


Neither tablet or laptops but the new Ultrabook. Because it gives you the long lasting battery life like the tablet and more of the CPU like the laptop.

wdjdac (rep: 45.2k) posted Feb 03, 2012


I have never been able to have the same experience with something other than a computer for my computer needs. Also, imagine having to type something long on a touchscreen. Doesn't sound too fun. Hey, just my two cents.

iowahawkeyes (rep: 4.3k) posted Feb 03, 2012


Thanks so much for all the responses! Seems like laptop wins ... I think I'll start shopping in the next few weeks :)

munkin2u (rep: 1.3k) posted Feb 03, 2012