With the advancement of tablets recently, the debate of if a tablet can replace a laptop is always in the hot seat. However, even with all the tablets that are available right now, purchasing a laptop could still be the best option for you. If you are in the market to purchase a new laptop or tablet this should help you decide which is the best option for you.

The advantages of tablets, like iPads, are how affordable and portable they are. Since iPads are smaller in size than laptops like Macbooks, Macbook Pros and even Macbook Airs they can be better for traveling or taking on the go. If mobility and size are big factors, tablets are available even smaller than before. iPad Airs now have a 9.7-inch screen and the even smaller iPad Mini weighs in at less than a pound with a 7.9-inch screen.

iPads are compact, lightweight devices that are good for anyone who needs a device for basic use of the web, social media, watching TV or movies, needs to pull up a quick presentation or wants to read the newest best seller. iPads are simple to learn with the touch screen, making it easy to manage different apps and open programs with a simple swipe. Also, with over 90,000 apps available for iOS devices it’s easy to find a solution to any obstacles you might be having with other tablets.

iPad Positives

  • Size/Portability
  • Cost
  • Easy to use
  • Syncs to your iPhone, iMacs or Mac Pros

Even with all the innovation that tablets and iPads have gone through they aren’t always suitable for every task. Sometimes simple web browsing on iPads can be difficult, because not all websites have been updated to be tablet friendly and might have a heavy use of Javascript or Flash.

Also, not all tablets are compatible to desktop operating systems that many people are used to working with on their every day computers so there can be a little bit of a learning curve with buying a tablet. Having less processing power than laptops can also be a disadvantage making it difficult to do more high performance tasks like gaming, work or designing.

iPad Disadvantages

  • Less expandability
  • Hard to multitask
  • Software selection
  • Light web browsing and productivity

If you are looking for a device that will have faster processors and better screen resolutions a laptop like a MacBook Pro might be what you are looking for. MacBooks and MacBook Pros are also better for multitasking, and are compatible with accessories and storage devices with their USB ports and HDMI outputs. As a student or professional a MacBook is a great option because it provides them the ability to do everything they use a desktop like an iMac for, but with more convenience.

MacBook Positives

  • More Power and multitasking
  • Suitable for a more complex work load
  • Good for students and professionals

Although, iPads are lighter and easier to travel with than laptops, MacBooks have also been transforming to fit this need. The MacBook Air is an example of a laptop that can be as small as 11 inches and weighs in at just a few pounds, making it easy to take this laptop anywhere.

MacBook Disadvantages

  • More expensive
  • Not as portable as an iPad
  • Battery life isn’t as long

There are advantages and disadvantages to both buying a laptop or tablet, but when making a final decision on which is right for you, the main points to keep in mind could be price, mobility and what you will be using the device for.

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