Smartphones or Tablet…. What is the future?
While Smartphones have reached a critical mass audience, tablets are poised to do the same soon. As a form factor, tablets simultaneously take a step toward the living room and the workplace. For consumers, these devices are multimedia machines, offering a glimpse into how consumers might one day accept connected television. For workers, IT departments are already reacting to the “Bring Your Own Device” wave changing the modern workforce.
PROS OF SMARTPHONES
These day tablets and Ultrabooks are stealing the limelight, but this does not mean its downfall. Instead, Smartphones are getting bigger and better day by day.
Giving competition to the 7-inch tablets are the new Smartphones with around 5 inches of screen size. The bigger display offers more space for productivity as well as entertainment.
With the extra real estate, typing over the onscreen QWERTY keyboard becomes a lot easier.
With phones like the Samsung Galaxy SIII, the screen can split for watching videos while working. The full HD bright display can be used for watching full high definition videos and playing games.
As the Smartphones are now used for power hogging apps, chip makers like Qualcomm and Nvidia are adding more power with their quad-core processors that can run multiple, power hogging tasks at the same time. The downside is that not many apps are available in the app stores that are optimized for the multi-core processor. These advanced processors now support full high definition video capture as well.
Another reason of Smartphones outshine is the camera optics. With most of the high end Smartphones having 8 megapixel and above, the images captured are good. Further, the constant connectivity to social networking sites makes it easy to share as well. Then the constant connectivity Smartphones enjoy helping one stay connected and work while on the move. Push mail support, chat messages and millions of apps are just a touch away.
CONS OF SMARTPHONES
While Smartphones are the perfect multimedia device, it has some disadvantages also.
Starting with, the 5-inch display is smaller in comparison to the tablet and Ultrabook and doesn’t come handy while typing long documents, creating presentations or handling work like compressing HD videos, etc. But then it it tough for phones to have a larger display as that will only act as a hindrance for its utility as a phone.
Secondly, the devices are constantly playing catch up with their operating systems. For instance, most Android phones running Gingerbread are still awaiting Ice Cream Sandwich updates. However, with the iPhone, users across the world can instantly update the Smartphone.
Smartphones do offer a good multimedia experience, but can’t match up to ultrabooks.
PROS OF TABLETS
Now what about tablet?. Although heavier than the Smartphones, tablet weight less than half the size of the ultrabooks.
Tablets are the perfect travel companion as they can easily slide into any bag without consuming much space. They can be easily held in the hand for long durations and can be used while standing as well.
Widely available in 7 and 10 inch displays, tablets are personal and flexible to use. These can be used for browsing the web, accessing emails and even reading books and newspaper. One can easily watch HD videos over the big high resolution displays, something the Ultrabooks still lack.
The touch interface offers a great gaming experience too. Tablets are even good at taking notes, showing demos, adding annotations to the images, etc. Tablets get access to a wide variety of applications that enhances their entertainment and productivity experience. There are apps that can be used for calling and messaging, without much fuss. With the increasing megapixel count and better optics, tablets can be used as cameras as well.
With battery being one of the biggest driving forces for any gadget, tablets do offer a good battery backup. These can last for anytime between six to ten hours of continuous usage.
Lastly, the tablets aren’t priced exorbitantly. Considering, the best tablet available in the market, the new iPad has a starting price of around Rs 30,000. Today, we don’t even get the best Smartphone for less than Rs 35,000. As for Ultrabooks, we can’t even dream of owning them at this price.
CONS OF TABLET
Tablets too have their disadvantages. To start with, unlike the Ultrabooks with their large SSD and hard disk drives, tablets barely has any storage. They come in different variants with a maximum of 64GB storage, split into onboard or onboard and expandable.
On the productivity front, typing over the touch keypad is difficult, especially while typing long documents and emails. An alternative can be attaching a Bluetooth keyboard to the tablet.
Even on the processor front, Ultrabooks have an edge. The recently launched tablets have got quad-core processors combined with 2GB RAM, but still can’t compete with processing power.
Ultrabooks are designed with protection for their large screens. The screens of tablets are delicate and exposed if you don’t have a protective case. So, all the time, one has to be careful with the tablets. And if damaged, the repair cost of the tablets is much more than the other two.
From this comparison, I hope this will help you while picking your gadget….