This is a really expert question. We have to confess that I carry neither a smart phone, nor a tablet pc with me when I go out. This is because, until lately, I lived in quite a violent area where muggings were routine. The truth is, I’d also leave my iPod and wallet in my home frequently as well.
Anyway, nowadays, in my new residence, I in all probability could stroll down the streets having a pc tablet under my arm and then the worst I would get could be verbal abuse for not having the latest iPad. I can hear it now:
“No lightening port? You Philistine!”
However, the initial point does exist. Almost all these fancy gadgets and gizmos I spend my days reviewing are fine and dandy, but they’re prime targets for thieves. In reality, I do know of at least one tech reviewer who was mugged whilst in fact in the process of reviewing a pc tablet. Until Apple or Android comes up with an app that could electrocute muggers via voice command, you do need to be aware of where and when you’re using your tablet pc.
Now, having said that, there are a number of fine reasons to take a pc tablet out with you (albeit warily). PC World.com contributor Armando Rodriguez said,
“At first, I didn’t see why I would need a tablet. But after observing quite a few PCWorld editors using them around the office, I relented and picked up an iPad last summer. Initially I had purchased the device to browse my massive library of digital comic books, but soon I found it useful for other, more-practical tasks. I started taking the iPad to meetings and using it to do quick Web searches, and it became my preferred way to read and respond to e-mail”.
Yes, tablet pc’s do grow on you (not literally though. That would be odd). These are generally quicker and more trustworthy than smartphones plus they can play quite a bit more. Furthermore, it is far nicer to view the complete web page, as opposed to the scaled-down ‘mobile’ version. On top of that, pc tablets boot up that much faster. Armando says,
“Reaching for a tablet to browse the Web during TV commercials is much easier than getting up, going to your desk, and booting up your computer. Even laptops, which are supposed to be mobile devices, can take a while to start, and they often get uncomfortably hot after a short period of use”.
…And let us not disregard Microsoft’s hours of ‘updates’ that choose to put in themselves for 20+ minutes as you are getting off the bus. However, that being said, Mark Kyrnin of About.com, writes a all-inclusive ‘tablets vs laptops’ piece which concludes that,
“As it stands, laptops still offer a greater level of flexibility when it comes to mobile computing. They may not have the same level of portability, running times or ease of use of a tablet but there are still a number of issues that tablets need to resolve before they become the main means of mobile computing”.
But we’re discussing Smartphones, not laptop computers (I just added that in case you’re thinking), so I go off the point…
Pc tablets also can handle more entertainment than a smart phone (and are much better than a phone for keeping you occupied within the longer journeys), tablets excel at playing films, music, books and an unlimited array of apps.
Armando Rodriguez also states,
“One of the reasons I prefer carrying around a tablet as opposed to a laptop is the superior battery life you get from a tablet. My laptop can go for only about 2.5 hours before I have to plug it in, whereas I can get almost a full day’s use out of a Samsung Galaxy Tab or an iPad”.
Largely, with a tablet pc you will get yourself a more broad entertainment/working/study skill than using a smartphone, as well as an easier and more travel-friendly experience than you will get from a PC.