Question by wildmick21: What are advantages to buying an iPad tablet over a laptop computer?
My kids want iPads, but I don’t see any advantage to have them over a laptop computer. They seem limited on what they can do compared to a laptop. Anyone was technical experience explain the advantages, if any, of an iPad over a standard computer?
Answer by mike_21
First and foremost you must consider the iPad’s strength which is it’s ultra light-weight design, long battery life and of course it’s greatest asset the iOS. The iOS, the iPad’s operating system, is a very responsive, fast and resource efficient OS allowing the iPad to run PC-like interface on such low-powered (compared to laptops) components. Next are the apps, the iPad’s apps allows you to do almost anything on the iPad, including, but not limited, to PC-like applications such as excel, powerpoint presentation, word documents; An entertainment value since it plays a lot of games, movies and music; As an educational value, the iPad has apps from dictionaries to encyclopedias to it’s huge amount of library ebooks, most of which are free. Software costs should also be taken into consideration, most apps are priced at around $ 4.99 vs the average computer app which costs at $ 29, hence you can have about 6 iPad applications for every application you install on a PC.
On the laptop’s defense, you can do some technical stuff like installing specific, foreign or outdated software or hardware issues like a USB drive. Other than those I would definitely recommend buying an iPad especially if you’re considering a netbook. The iPad would beat most netbooks any day and would give much better user satisfaction.
Bottom Line: If you’re just going to use the device on common everyday task, like browsing, office, word, excel and even some gaming go for an iPad 2. If you just can’t let go of that rare software or you need to use specific hardware or you simply need that too much extra performance go for a laptop.
Personally I’d go for an iPad 2 instead of a netbook, but between iPad 2 and a laptop/notebook computer. It’s down to the user’s needs.
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