Exploring the pros and cons of mobile devices for moms

As a busy mom on the go, I can attest to the desire for an electronic device that’s portable, fast, and convenient to lug around town with 2 toddlers in tow. I can also understand that I don’t want to have to purchase a desktop computer for home, a laptop, and a tablet. I want to limit my devices as much as possible.

However, how do I decide what kind of computer is the best for an on-the-go mom like me? I actually did the research and made my final purchase based on the following advantages of tablets versus laptops. Here are the pros and cons of touch screen tablets vs. laptops (or lighter new ultrabooks) to help other moms out there decide what the best device is for them.

First of all, let’s explore the pros of tablet.

1. You can get more done with a tablet
Touch screen tablets don’t offer the physical keyboard that a laptop does, however, as far as sending emails, texting, Skype messaging, reading and consuming media, the extremely friendly user interface and bright, bold screen makes tablets easy to use simply tapping, swiping, flicking and pinching your fingertips together to maneuver the screen—its one device that really masters getting things done, and quickly, from the same device.

2. Portability
Tablets are just more portable than laptops due to their physical makeup—they are just much thinner and much lighter. At just a few millimeters thick and weighing typically less than a pound, tablets can be tucked into a purse or diaper bag, out of the way. Unlike a laptop that needs its own bag and can be quite heavy and inconvenient to lug around when you have your hands occupied with children.

3. Quick processors
A tablet turns on right away! Try that with your laptop and you’ll have to wait for it to boot up, load programs, etc. A tablet is similar to your smart phone in that it turns on and is ready for use right away.

4. Lengthy battery life
A laptop’s battery typically lasts anywhere between 3 to 4 hours. However, a tablet is usually fully charged for between 6 to 8 hours without an additional charge. That’s double the battery life, which is essential for mobile moms who can’t always find a free outlet.

5. Multipurpose devices
A laptop offers the internet on a fairly stable device (meaning, you can’t unplug it and walk around with it conveniently). A tablet on the other hand can connect to a Wi-Fi hot spot or turbo stick and be used for mobile photography, video walking tours on Skype, and even as a GPS for navigation and location-based services while you’re on the go! So if you need to find the nearest restroom for junior, you can do so on the fly with a tablet.

6. Installing apps
The app-based function of a tablet means that finding and installing software doesn’t take a disk that you need to run and wait for, it means you can download applications the Google play store or iTunes library and automatically install them in seconds to your device. So mom’s, things like shopping apps, task management apps, children’s games, songs, movies, and etc., are all instantly downloadable (and a lot of them are free) on your tablet.

7. Great for mobile media consumption
If you’re always on the go with your kids, you rarely have time to read a book or catch up on your favorite television series. However, with a tablet, you can read an e-book, flip through a digital magazine, or stream video while you wait at daycare or for a doctor’s appointment.

Finally, Android tablets are just one category of the tablets available – iPad is another widely popular brand as are the new iPad Mini and eReaders like the Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble Nook.

Image Source: Dell

Now, let’s explore the pros of laptops.

1. Physical keyboard
Sure, tablets offer numerous advantages, however one can’t deny the typing abilities (i.e., physical QWERTY keyboard) of a laptop vs. a tablet for things like lengthy emails, writing documents, financial spreadsheets, etc.

2. Screen view
A laptop let’s you multitask between programs—whereas you can’t with a tablet. The impressive, standard 14 to 15-inche screen of a laptop tops a tablet by at least 3 to 5 inches, which means less eye strain.

3. Movie goers
If you love to watch movies, a laptop is your only choice because it has a drive to play actual DVDs or Blu-ray discs.

4. Array of programs
Sure, you can download programs fast on a tablet, but you won’t be able to find half of them. A laptop will ensure whatever software you need (i.e., Word and office programs for household tasks) is available.

5. Storage
Sure, a laptop is larger to carry around. However, it also offers more storage than a tablet—actually 10 times the storage (or minimum 320GB) via the hard drive. You’ll only get about 32GB of Flash memory storage availability with a tablet, and you’ll need a USB stick or SD card in order to do so, which can easily get lost in your purse or diaper bag. Considering the pros and cons of both tablets and laptops, I ended up purchasing a tablet for my day-to-day online, mobile tasks. As far as an invest that suited my life, the portability of the tablet won out. Plus, I find that I’m super comfortable with a touch screen.

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About The Author
Leslie is a freelance writer from Houston, Texas who specializes in all things mobile and electronic. She’s a graduate of the English and Media program at the University of Texas and can often be found testing the newest apps, social networking tools, and electronic gadgets. Leslie is always open to new writing opportunities and can be reached at leslieekrick@gmail.com.

10 Comments on Tablets or Laptops—Which are Better for Moms? {Guest Post}

  1. Multi-Testing Mommy
    November 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm (5 years ago)

    GREAT comparison! I think they are both great for different reasons.

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  2. Cheryl Kirkness
    November 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm (5 years ago)

    I’d love to have a tablet for travel but I’m embarrassed to admit that I have no idea how to use one!

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  3. Sny Med
    November 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm (5 years ago)

    Nicole, I like Leslie’s article. I can tell you that my kids & hubby use the tablet non-stop, but I use my laptop to do all my writing.

    Jenna
    http://www.snymed.blogspot.ca

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  4. Christine McN
    November 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm (5 years ago)

    This is great! I’ve been contemplating that very question, as we are now up for a new computer. We have two tablets already, but I think I need a new laptop. They’re both great for different reasons. I find I have a miserable time typing on a tablet! LOL!

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  5. Journeys of The Zoo
    November 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm (5 years ago)

    I love my laptop. I have a 19″ screen so it’s pretty comparable with a desktop. I’m in the market for a tablet for extra portability. Thanks for loaning me yours at ShesConnected.

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

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  6. Mom vs. the boys
    November 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm (5 years ago)

    we have both but I much prefer my laptop and my desktop above that

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  7. Denise G
    November 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm (5 years ago)

    Great post! I don’t have a tablet but I wasn’t aware of all the positive features of it. Thanks for sharing this!

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  8. Bonnie Way
    November 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm (5 years ago)

    My husband and I looked at this last year… and decided to get a Netbook. It’s small like a Tablet but has the keyboard like a laptop (and I find the keyboard pretty easy to type on). About the only thing I don’t like about my Netbook is the fact that I can’t watch movies on it… otherwise, it’s been perfect for me. 🙂 Thanks for a great post! Wish I’d seen this last year when we were shopping around. 🙂

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  9. Brandi Yee
    November 26, 2012 at 11:38 pm (5 years ago)

    I love my tablet and laptop for different reasons. The convenience and simplicity of the tablet, but the functionality and depth of work I can do on the laptop 🙂 They’re both awesome!

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  10. cavalli in vendita
    December 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm (5 years ago)

    a laptop is your only choice because it has a drive to play actual DVDs or Blu-ray discs.

    Reply

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