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Difference Between Tablet and Smartphone

Tablet vs Smartphone

Smartphones and tablets are the hottest gadgets nowadays. Even though tablets and smartphones look pretty much the same, there are still major differences between them. The main difference between tablets and smartphones is obviously the size. Tablets are much bigger than smartphones, and the screen size is typically the basis of measurement. Tablets range from models with 7 inch screens, with models around 10 inches being the most popular, and there also models that have even larger screen sizes. Smartphones are much smaller with most models sporting 4 inch screens. It is important for smartphones to be small since majority of people carry them in their pockets, especially men.

There is also a difference when it comes to the applications that you are able to run. Tablets and smartphones typically share the same operating; Android tablets and smartphones, as well as the iPad and the iPhone. But there are applications that only run in tablets and not in smartphones. This is not because of limitations in the processor but usually because of the impracticality of small screens with the app.

When it comes to network connectivity, smartphones trump tablets. Virtually all smartphones have WiFi and 3G connectivity, the latter is basically a given since connecting to a cellular network is a must for smartphones. Tablets have WiFi at the very least for connectivity, but only high-end and pricier models feature 3G connectivity.

Despite having a wide array of uses, the primary function of smartphones is still for communication. Tablets on the other hand are not intended as phone replacements. Although some tablets have the ability to send SMS or do calls, many do not. You can immediately rule out tablets that do not have 3G as the hardware is necessary for this functionality. And even if your tablet allows you to make calls, you would probably have to purchase a Bluetooth headset as it is rather awkward to hold a large tablet to your face.

Smartphones can do the job of a tablet and more. If you are usually on the go, a smartphone is the better choice as you can quickly pull it out or store it when the need arises.


  1. Tablets have much larger screens than smartphones
  2. Smartphones are more portable than tablets
  3. Smartphones have call and SMS functionalities while many tablets do not
  4. Some applications may only run in tablets and not smartphones
  5. Smartphones have both WiFi and 3G while only some tablet models have both

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  1. execellent article.

  2. many smartphone have dual cameras but most tablets have only one and also smartphone have high megapixels camera (1.3 to 8) but tablets most of only 0.3 pixels front facing.tablets are cheaper than smarphones.

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