Tablets are the newer devices that are slowly improving, but they generally still have a lot to catch up with in terms of performance. However, for the user who uses computers for simple things like checking email, playing games, going on social networks, and so on that don't require the computer to process heavily, then tablets just may be the answer.
Pros of a Tablet Computer
These are the benefits that tablets can offer which laptops can't:
Tablets are smaller in size compared to even the smallest types of laptops, and this travel-sized gadget definitely appeals to those who don't want to lug the heavier laptop around but still want to bring along a computer. They are also lighter than laptops, putting less stress on the user's body and can be handled easily with one hand, unlike laptops.
Longer Battery Life
The best models of tablets can hold power for up to 8 hours or more of typical use, which is significantly longer than any laptop. They can even be on standby for days.
Specific Touch Input
Some users actually enjoy using the touch input as opposed to a keyboard input, and touch input is especially useful for drawing digital images, playing certain games, or manipulating certain programs.
Cons of a Tablet Computer
As new as tablet computers are, they still cannot beat laptops because of the following disadvantages:
Lower Performance Ability
Tablets do not have the same processing power as laptops, and can easily become overloaded if a lot is done on them. They are only suitable for simple computer usage that doesn't involve heavy multitasking.
Most users still prefer the comfort of using a keyboard to type in data, as using a touch input is much more time consuming and can result in many errors if the user isn't accustomed to that kind of input. Using a tablet and its touch input can also be stressful to the wrists and arms of the user since there is no place for the user to rest his or her wrists, and he or she has to use the arms to hold up and use the tablet as long as needed. However, some tablets do come with full keyboards as an add-on accessory.
The touch-sensitive display of tablets are also a weakness, as this renders them fragile and in need of proper care. Otherwise, the screen can easily be damaged, and once the screen is damaged, the tablet is unusable. This also means higher costs to maintain the tablet because the user will have to purchase protective covers and screen protectors.