What is most suited to what you need, a laptop or a tablet?
As often with tech, the initial answer is, it depends. It depends on what you want to do and what you might want to do in the forseeable future. So what do you need to know to make the right choice.
A laptop is almost always going to be the safe option. It’s portable, has a proper keyboard, USB ports for connecting and normally a significant amount of disk storage built in. But it can be more complicated to use than a tablet and needs recharging more often if not plugged in to the mains.
So what about just having a tablet. Yes, it is easy to use once you get the hang of it. It’s also easy to carry around and you can print to a Wi-Fi printer, so long as the printer is relatively new. So if all you want to do is browse the Internet and send and receive emails, it may well be all you need, especially if you buy an add on keyboard.
One of the limitations of tablets is the amount of storage, which becomes more of an issue if you take a lot of digital photos and want to view them on your tablet. It can fill up quickly, assuming that you are taking the photos with the internal camera. If you are using a digital camera or smartphone, you need extra bits of kit to connect to the tablet to copy them across.
The way around this is a Dropbox account, you can synchronise your smartphone and tablet, and be able to view your photos on a tablet.
There is of course the hybrid option. You can get laptops with a detachable touch screen you can use like a tablet, or tablets with a detachable keyboard such as the Microsoft Surface. The main issues with these is the eye-watering cost and connection options.
Sometimes choice is a good thing, sometimes not so much. You will always find people more than willing to tell you what works for them, but that is the point, it’s what works for them, not necessarily you.
If you are shopping for a new device, it makes sense to talk to someone who has wide-ranging professional experience, can give you impartial advice and guide you in the right direction.