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Difference Between Tablet and Notebook

Tablet vs Notebook

Tablets and notebooks are two devices that satisfy most people’s computing needs while being mobile. A notebook is basically just another name for a laptop, which is basically a computer that is squeezed into a very small package. A tablet is a smaller and sleeker type of computer as it forgoes the physical QWERTY keyboard found on most notebooks, which takes up a big amount of space on the device. Instead, the main input device of tablets is the touch sensitive screen. A tablet is packaged with a stylus which one can use as a pointing device or as a pen when writing input. Operating systems that are used with tablets are packaged with very capable handwriting recognition software that would decipher what one is writing and convert it to text. If one does not want to use handwriting recognition, one can also pull out an on-screen keyboard that one can use for input.

The main advantage of tablets is in their flexibility. Unlike notebooks that one needs to open and place on a stable surface in order to use comfortably, one can use one hand to hold a tablet and the other to manipulate it. This is one of the reasons why tablets are preferred by people who are always on the go. Note-taking is one use where tablets excel considerably over notebooks.

Given the advantages of tablets, they also have their disadvantage, namely the price. For a given specification, tablets cost considerably more compared to notebooks. If one is on a tight budget, one can get more for the buck with a standard notebook rather than with a tablet.

The lines between tablets and notebooks are beginning to blur due to the appearance of convertible notebooks that are equipped with touch screen displays which can be rotated and flipped to act as a tablet. These offer the best and worst of both worlds. While one can have the flexibility of having a notebook and a tablet in one, the device is also considerably heavier and comes with a steeper price tag than most notebooks. The hinge of the rotating LCD display also presents a weak point for the device where damage can quickly occur.


1.Tablets often lack the full QWERTY keyboard seen on notebooks.

2.Tablets have a touchscreen interface not found on most notebooks.

3.Tablets are more flexible compared to laptops.

4.Tablets are much more expensive compared to notebooks

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  1. in tablet i have not hard disk ( or better i have a space where i can put file)
    but i can’t install no one program locally ( is this right?)

    how can i use this function in tablet
    only if i use program in cloud ?

    thanks Alberto

  2. Great service- Alberto is waiting almost six years for a reply???

  3. Poor Alberto is still waiting….


  5. Jyotsna the answer you seek is with Alberto, who has long since gone to the cloud, his own question unanswered.

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