Smartphone or Tablet?

Unless you’re a big Apple or Android fan, chances are is you only want to buy one handheld device that can run mobile apps. Having two devices, although cool, can get really cumbersome if you aren’t too keen on syncing or have stable Wifi internet connection. If you’re just planning on getting your first handheld device, then take a look at the following:

  • If you already have a phone, acquiring a tablet gives you more functions but requires you to take two devices with you all the time. Depending on the size of your planned tablet, this may or may not be an issue.
  • Some tablets are phones as well such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab series. Functionality may be integrated but you’d surely look silly when you put a tab against your ear. You usually need a headset to use phone functionality.
  • Although Apple and Android are similar in their goals and functions, you have to consider whether you want ease of use or customization. Apple devices are generally less powerful than Android devices but are much easier to use and have better design. You can’t customize them much, though. Android devices can be tweaked to look just as you want from the font style to the screen transition.
  • Consider the option of screen size to portability. A smartphone can easily fit in your hand but a tablet might always needs two hands and a larger bag to carry around. A tablet is like a book, your hand eventually gets tired of clutching it. A smartphone, on the other hand fits right in your pocket. What you trade for the portability is the screen size, though. You can’t exactly watch a movie on your phone and expect to see small details in the picture.
  • Consider the apps you plan to use. Most of the time, an app can be used on a tablet as well as a smartphone, but the experience may differ. There are also apps that don’t have tablet or smartphone versions. Make sure to check if you need that particular app for work.
  • Check out the battery life of the devices you’re looking at. Battery life varies so you have to ask the sales representative about how long it will last on full brightness or while running apps.
  • Check for available accessories. Some devices need you to purchase additional accessories like adapters, cables, screen protectors or covers. Scarcity of replacements for parts or cables and adapters is a big factor to consider. You may lose or break the unit so make sure you can get it repaired easily in your area.
  • Check for repair centers. If the only repair center for your device is in another country, you might think twice before you buy a device that may take a month or two to fix if it ever gets broken.