Ever since the first computer was created in the 1936-1938 period, the world of technology has produced some impressive inventions like laptops and tablets aimed at making life even much better.

The current millennial generation has been one of the most exposed and advantaged generation when it comes to usage and knowledge on laptops and tablets. A good example is an initiative by the majority of schools to adopt the portable versions of technology like laptops and tablets in school work studying, research, and communication. Current jobs require access to clients and communication through e, mail or taking media records through the camera and uploading them online to social media. On the other hand laptops and tablets act as alternatives to toys by available computer games, newspaper through easily accessible e-books among others.


The increase in international internet connectivity has led to an increase in demand for electronic devices hence the emergence of different manufacture brands each claiming that their product is the best you can get. Before purchasing, you should ask yourself, what is the difference between a tablet and a laptop? This will enable you to make an effective and informed decision on the device that best suits your personal, professional, or social needs.


Size and Weight

 Tablet as a Laptop

Despite both a tablet and a laptop being much more portable than a desktop computer, the size difference is one of the easiest features to differentiate through observation. Just as the name “Lap” in laptop means, its bigger size allows its usage through easy placement on one’s lap. On the other hand, a tablet is defined as a writing pad hence tablet computers are smaller resembling the size of a notepad.


Laptops weigh much heavier compared to Tablets. This factor is also highly dependent on the type of brand and technological development with time. Newer versions of both tend to be lighter and smaller compared to older versions. Generally, laptops weights surpass the 2 pounds limit while tablet weighs less than 2 pounds. Laptop extra hardware makes it larger and heavier.


Laptops screen display size range to a maximum of 17 inches enabling effective display. Tablets screen display sizes range to a maximum of about 10 inches that is also effective in consideration to its size.


Input and Display Processes

 Input and Display Processes laptop

Unlike tablets that apply inn build virtual keyboard software for input, laptops have properly defined physical keyboard/hardware for data input and a mouse for simplified navigation. The laptop keyboard is bigger for effective typing and identification of numerals and alphabets. Some tablet requires usage of a digital pen to easily navigate the virtual keyboard which is quite smaller and requires screen touching options to change from numerals to alphabets. With production of improved versions continuing, some laptops and tablets can apply the use of cordless keyboards and mouse through Bluetooth enabled applications and software.


Performance Power

 performance laptop

Both laptop and tablet performance is dependent on the type of work it been used for. But in general, given to their larger adjustable capacity of RAM and computing power, laptops processor can handle numerous multitasks at a go at a much better speed compared to tablets. Laptops operate with much complex software that can withstand large files under very high resolutions. Tablets can also withstand this but might take much longer. A good example, in photo editing functions both, can operate under equal processing power, but when it comes to video editing, laptops will be much faster than tablets.


Battery Life

 Battery Life laptop

With both laptop and tablet having rechargeable batteries, a fully charged tablet will last much more compared to a fully charged laptop. Due to the complex and extra hardware and software features and extensions that a laptop possesses, most energy will be used even when the laptop is idle (on but not being used).


Running Software

 Running Software laptop

Laptops and tablets run under different versions of the software. Both could be using the same name of a software but with the difference in versions hence capabilities. A good example is Windows software that is majorly used in laptops while tablets use the IOS and Android operating systems. The type of software also determines the specific types of applications that the device can use.


Storage Capacity

 Storage Capacity laptop

Tablets majorly apply the usage of easily portable memory cards. The memory cards vary in storage and use little power hence enhancing storage. The available memory cards maximum limit is 128 GB hence limiting the data one can store n their tablet. On the other hand, laptops have larger storage capacity. Through the application of adjustable drives, one can store lots of data in a single terabyte laptop hard drive.


Booting Time

 Booting Time laptop

Generally, tablets are faster at their booting time compared to laptops which require the closing of the many software before booting. New versions of laptops tend to take even smaller time in booting compared to the older versions.



 Accessories laptop

Laptops are strategically built to support compatibility with other accessories that include media devices through High Definition Multimedia Interface AND Universal Serial Bus cables AMONG OTHERS. On the other hands, tablets can support other accessories but fewer when compared to laptops. Depending on the brand and features, some tablets can support more accessories than others. Keyboard and printers are common accessories supported by tablets.


Touch screen options

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Tablets are basically meant for touchscreen functions. Some laptops also possess this feature that can be used in the absence of a physical keyboard.




Pricing is highly dependent on ones special needs compared to the most suitable tablet or laptop. Some tablet brands sell at equal costs to laptops and vice versa. It is advisable to consider which of the two devices will absolutely make your life much easier and count it as an investment.


To sum it up, the difference between a tablet and a laptop are majorly based on features and limitations. These differences include Size and weight, input and display processes, performance power, battery life, type of running software, storage capacity, booting time, accessories, touchscreen options, and last but not least pricing. One should consider their current and future needs and wants and consciously compare the differences between a laptop and a tablet in order to purchase the most suitable device.