Tablets vs laptops


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Tablets vs laptops

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What's coming up?

In this activity, we're going to look at the main differences between a tablet and a laptop, and why you would use one over the other.

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The difference between a laptop and a tablet

The main difference between a laptop and a tablet is that a tablet has no physical keyboard. Instead, it's controlled by tapping an onscreen keyboard.

The lack of a keyboard means that the tablet is usually quite a bit lighter and easier to carry around than a laptop. The battery in a tablet also tends to last longer than the battery in a laptop.

A laptop and a tablet side by side to compare
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The pros and cons of tablets and laptops

Which do you think would suit you best - a tablet or a laptop?

A tablet is lighter and smaller than a laptop. You can use it lying in bed, reclining on a couch, or even standing up and walking around.

A laptop is heavier than a tablet and you usually need to be seated to use it. It tends to be more powerful, however, and having a keyboard makes typing a lot quicker on a laptop.

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Tablets and laptops tend to be used for different activities. Many people prefer a laptop when they have do things like write letters, or make spreadsheets for example.

Tablets are great for situations where a laptop is not convenient, however, like when you're lying on a couch or being driven in a car.

If you have registered and are logged into the Be Connected website, you'll now be able to take a short quiz to finish the What is a tablet? course. If you're not registered, you are now at the end of the course.