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iPad or Laptop: Choosing Between The Two

October 1st, 2012 by Tanbir Leave a reply »
     




If your old laptop is becoming redundant, it may be time to consider replacing it. You can either purchase a new laptop or opt for an iPad. You may be wondering whether an iPad will truly replace your old laptop or whether it simply has too many limitations to successfully carry out all the tasks you would usually perform on your laptop.

An iPad is good for leisure purposes but its abilities are lacking in relation to the laptop. You cannot use an iPad to burn music to a CD or watch a DVD and it is not easy to print from an iPad, useless you have a compatible printer and the correct app. The battery life of an iPad far exceeds that of a laptop. In the absence of mains electricity, a laptop can sustain around two to three hours of usage while an iPad can last around 12 hours. An iPad is lighter and more comfortable to use than a laptop. It does not get warm, lacks the noise of a laptop’s fan and you can take it anywhere you like with the greatest of ease.

The iPad comes with a touchscreen and, if you have never used one before, you may find it difficult to use. However, the iPad’s interface is intuitive and this means that it is easy for novice users to navigate. An iPad is always ready to use in an instant – you do not need to wait for it to boot up. You can leave an iPad on standby but have it connected up to your broadband Internet so that you receive alerts whenever you receive an email or social networking site update.

Many apps are available for the iPad. However, word processing programs comparable those that can be used on a laptop are hard to come by. This makes the iPad inferior to a laptop if you regularly use word processing software. Laptops that possess all the right software can display and play almost any type of file format. The iPad, on the other hand, is more restrictive, meaning that you may have to convert files before you can open them. The iPad fails to support Flash and this means that you will be unable to view certain videos and websites.

The average hard drive size of a brand new laptop is around ten times the size of the storage capacity of an iPad. Furthermore, it is easy to add storage to your laptop through the use of external hard disk drives. The largest storage capacity of the iPad stands at a meagre 64 GB and methods of adding storage to this device are yet to be explored.

In conclusion, it is best to purchase a laptop alongside an iPad. This way, you will always possess a backup computer in the event that you are unable to perform a certain task on your iPad.

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