Tablet or laptop? A few things to consider before your first year


Faculty: Science and Engineering
School: Vision and Hearing Sciences
Course: BOptom (Hons) Optometry
Category: Vision and hearing sciences

22 January 2018

Technology’s always evolving. University students around the world are all incorporating devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops into their studies. But which should you choose?

With the broad functions provided by these devices, students’ learning experience is bound to be enhanced. So, what if you’re now deciding to purchase a new electronic device for your education? What should you consider?

Well, reading this blog will definitely tackle your doubts! When determining which device should you buy, there are several aspects you can consider to aid you to make up your mind.


First and foremost, let’s take a look at portability. Bring a heavy and bulky device to a 9am lecture can be a headache for most of us. Therefore, choosing something that’s easy to bring around is a bliss. And in this instance, comparing the conventional tablets which are mostly 7-11 inches to conventional laptops which mainly are 12-16 inches.


Apart from portability, the battery life is another vital factor to give a thought of. Due to the fact that tablets have a smaller size, they will always have a better battery than laptops. This is solely because laptops have components that will consume more battery. For example, a much larger screen.


This is also a crucial element when it comes to comparing tablets and laptops. Which in this case is a fairly simple question. Since laptops are bigger in size, they can carry more hardware. As a result, they have a better general performance. Although some might argue tablets are certainly catching up in recent years, one must consider the fact that these tablets mostly are high-end tablets. And for the price of these tablets, one can buy a laptop with a much better performance. Thus, bringing us to the next part.


There’s an old saying that goes: you get what you pay for. It is also applicable to tablets and laptop. The majority of tablets which are good for simple tasks are budget models and they cost under £80. As for the higher-end models, it can range from £600 up to £800 or more.

The lower-end tablets might be able to catch to lower-end laptops. But when it comes to high-end tablets and laptops, they have a great difference. High-end tablets may provide considerable performance. Yet, they tend to start falling behind what laptops at the same price can achieve.


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