In 2011,most tablets are available in the 7” screen size.The new Samsung Galaxy
tab and the Ipad generation tablets are both 10”.Thats as large as it goes for
commercially selling tablets now available in the market.The most common laptop
screens selling over the last 2 years have been the 14.1” size.Netbooks on the
other hand are widely famous in the 10” screen size.So its 7” vs 14” for most
commonly used form factor, of both which is exactly double of the tablet. Screen
size does matter,so that you dot have to strain your eyes too much while
browsing for a longer time.Form Factor is clearly in favour of laptop.
The converse theory can also be applied to portability.In this case,smaller and
more compact are preffered. The standard weight for most 7” tablets are all
below 500gms,whereas the lightest laptop weighs in at 1.5 kgs. Not to mention
the carry bag and adapter. This makes it more cumbersome to carry around.
In todays day and age,optical drives are almost redundant, but we still do have a
lot of media and data on optical discs. Blu Ray is the new DVD,and it hasn’t caught
on that well,but lots of movies realease on Blu ray.its not solid state
media,but a cousin of optical technology.Tablets don’t have optical drives
making it a disadvantage.
One of the striking handicaps of a touch screen device is its lack of a physical
keyboard. Most virtual keyboards are only that good, and pale in comparison to
a physical keyboard. This is particularly unimpressive for people who work on
documents and email a lot.Even the most sensitive virtual keyboards aren’t as quick
responsive as the physical ones.In order to circumevent this drawback,new age
touch screen devices are incorporating voice recognition applications to minimize
the use of the keyboard.
The new games like angry birds and other made for touch (MFT) games are incredibly
fun, in some ways they are more enjoyable and entertaining than standard
classic first person 3d computer games that have dominated the gaming ring for
more than decade. When used as a media
player, tablets are great to watch movies and are far more interactive than the
Referring to number of ports, memory capacity and processor power, the tablet is 10 years behind the laptop, in the least. One thing should be understood here though.
Tablets were built primarily for pocket entertainment, something to play around
with when youre bored, not to run VFX design programs or process data.So its
safe to say that the market for tablets and laptops are far apart, but if in
the near future a tablet released that had the computing power, even of an i3
core machine, it would render the laptop industry obsolete.
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The flip side of having heavy hardware in the laptop to the nascent stage tablet is
that more hardware means more BSOD,which means more crashes. The good thing about having a light OS and minimal hardware means the chances of it crashing are
Most of todays tablets in 2011 are avaiabe starting from Rs.6000 ($120) onwards.In
comparision the cheapest,low life 10” netbook costs Rs.12500 ($250).No prizes
for guessing which one is VFM.
I kept the most vital attribute for last.Its possibly the biggest stumbling block
in tablet technology. All the tablets in the market use operating systems of
mobile phones,the most common being android. In a quest to bring the tablet as
close to the laptop, this is an unforgivable flaw.Mobile operating systems
are,well,meant for mobiles and not mobile internet devices (MID). Its almost
frustrating to use a graphical computing device without “windows” popping
up.This means that two applications cannot be accessed simultaneously.
The laptop just edges the tablet out. But in the near future, when tablets get a
better OS and hardware they will outsell laptops 3:1.