Tablets are our content-consuming devices. With their beautiful high-resolution displays, they’re perfect for streaming our favorite shows and videos. Because they are ultra-lightweight and highly portable, we can carry them just about anywhere.
It’s hard to beat how easy it is to use a tablet with their simple, touch screen interfaces. So easy it’s hard to forget the video of a baby instantly figuring out how to use a tablet, then struggling with printed magazines.
Even on an airplane, tablets have an advantage over laptops: you can hold a tablet during takeoff and landing but must stow your laptop.
Overall, tablets are less expensive too, and with longer battery life, some models can last up to 14 hours without a recharge. So it’s hard to beat a tablet for personal use on the go.
But is a tablet a replacement candidate for your laptop?
In the last few years, tablet technology has skyrocketed. As a result, apple iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface, two tablets that dominate the top rating lists, have become a worthy laptop replacement option.
The answer for most people is that it depends: What do you need your tech device – laptop or tablet – to do for you?
Pros and cons: laptop or tablet
When it comes to multitasking, laptops can cool their processors with fans, making them better at running multiple programs simultaneously. So if you are creating artwork in Photoshop or Publisher, running Quickbooks, Excel/Numbers, email, Word/Pages, and more, a laptop can manage these tasks fast.
And in terms of document storage for local retrieval, laptops have another advantage over tablets as they can store more data.
Yet today’s professional tablets can take a different approach to help you run your business. Instead of keeping everything you need locally, they store and access the files you need remotely: on Google Drive, Dropbox, or other online storage services.
Instead of having to install massive software programs on your tablet, there’s an app for that! Almost every major business tool an agent needs to run their business comes with a mobile version, and many are designed specifically for tablets.
More and more software firms are also moving to remote access software to run on your laptop or tablet. This almost eliminates the differences in what laptops can do that tablet can’t.
The lines are blurring
A great example of how the lines are blurring due to technology improvements is to compare using Publisher vs. Photoshop vs. Canva to create a flyer.
It wasn’t too long ago that for just about any DYI graphics project, you had to have a separate software program that often only ran on a desktop or laptop. But with the proliferation of mobile apps, there are dozens of options that work great on a tablet – including Photoshop versions. For ease of use, Canva offers a 100% online version with similar capabilities with most reviews says is much easier to use than Publisher or Photoshop.
Tech improvements have significantly boosted the productivity and functionality of tablets. With snap-on keyboards that feel better and more responsive than ever, you can use tablets for more tasks than ever.
With the Apple iPad Pro featuring a 12.9 screen, you can connect a wireless mouse, trackpad, or the magic keyboard. Microsoft Surface Pro features two Thunderbolt 4 external ports, meaning you can even connect a monitor – a second screen – to your tablet. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 has 5G support and excellent built-in cameras.
Both Apple and Samsung are about to release new tablet models, increasing their tech capabilities and making tablets even more worthy of replacing your laptop.
Choose what’s best for you: laptop or tablet
If you are an agent who is always on the go, a tablet might be a better option. It’s lighter and easy to carry than most laptops, has longer battery life, and you are less likely to catch a virus or confront problems caused by malware.
If your laptop is your only computer, replacing it with a tablet might not work for you, depending on what you do with your laptop. If you need to rely on local document storage, a laptop is your better choice. If you don’t always have an internet connection, a laptop is better as a stand-alone device. If the extra weight doesn’t bother you or you simply prefer having a built-in keyboard, you are probably better off staying with a laptop.
And remember, if you need help in setting up a new tablet or laptop, reach out to your friends a Tech Helpline for support!