Tablets versus Smart Phones

Some people who haven’t used much in the way of tablets, find it harder¬†understand the need for one. But there are some very essential differences in the experience, that make a tablet quite desirable.

The biggest difference is the screen size. Consider the differences between the size of other display and input devices, say a watch calculator versus a full sized calculator, or indeed a smart watch versus a smart phone – the display and interface are more difficult to use and view, and the portability higher for the smaller device.



With a tablet, you can read and view the device more easily. With smart phones and reading, you often see people holding the phone quite close to their face, using different orientations, and pinch zooming and scrolling a lot. With a larger screen, you can hold it more comfortably, have the screen contain more text, easier to see graphics and so on. It makes the experience more comfortable and more visual.

You can see these differences in the way people use a smart phone versus a tablet. People are more likely to make purchases on a tablet. more likely to use it in the lounge, home office, or kitchen. People often use them whilst traveling. Tablets are often shared with spouses, children, whereas mobiles are not – they are great for sharing content with others, and frequently find a place in the living room, as a go to computing device.

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Mobiles, are pocketable and so are used for communication, mobile Apps. Tablets are used more for content consumption, movies, internet, games, books and magazines. And sometimes they are used more like desktop computers, for work applications. And like some mobiles bridging the gap a little – phablets which are between 5-5 and 7 inch screens, their are tablets that bridge desktop and laptop gaps, so called hybrids, 2 in 1, and 3 in 1 devices – tablets that can be used as netbooks, laptops or desktops.


Tablets frequently have expandable memory, and additional ports like micro-USB, and mini or micro-HDMI, to support their more desktop or laptop style of function.

And I have heard of people using their phone less, or even going to a dumb phone, when they get a tablet. Overlap between devices means that, yes if you had a smart phone, 7 inch tablet, 10 inch tablet, laptop, and desktop – you might use them all.

Certainly the sizes would give some different function – but with that many devices one would be inclined to ignore many of them due to overlap, and habits. Device overlap creates some redundancy, and at the same time, a great deal of expense and file syncing – and this is where tablets rule – because they can be 2 in 1, and 3 in 1, the right device can cover nearly all of that space unlike any of the others – and they can have text and calling functions. One device, but the role of many.

Not only that, but CPU chipsets just coming into the market (watch this space, I will be stocking these devices soon enough!) allow tablets to compare in speed with laptops, closing the gap between these devices.

And that is why a tablet is a lot different from a regular smart phone. It can reduce all that redundancy, acting in the place of a range of devices – offering a convenient, easy and enjoyable portal to the Internet, and media around the home, which is superior in many ways to a phone with its screen size, more convenient than a desktop or laptop, and a more portable form for on the go for school, work or personal use, than the laptop.