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Netbooks are out, Tablets are in: The Core Differences that Defined the Shift

[ 0 ] Posted by on February 14, 2013

iPad Mini with Keyboard

Over the last few years there has been a significant shift in support for tablets over netbooks. You’re probably wondering what all the fuss is about. What’s the difference between them, and what is a ‘tablet’ and ‘netbook’ anyway?

No longer just little pills you take when you’re ill, the term ‘tablet’ also refers to a flat, touch screen, and rather handy, device. They are currently the most ‘in’ bit of computing kit, having surpassed the netbook both in technology and sales. They are growing in popularity, not least for their lowering price tag and ability to fit into most handbags!

Both are small, but tablets just beg for interaction

Netbooks are smaller, lighter and thinner than regular laptops, which make them more ideal for doing serious work whilst travelling long distances. However, tablets are touchscreen with no external keyboard, making it lighter, smaller and faster than a netbook laptop, and therefore so much more charming and refined. There’s something very cool and glamorous about sweeping your hand over the tablet screen and seeing it come to life, leaving the more traditional netbooks looking and feeling a bit out-dated.

Due to the interactivity of a tablet it can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, with it’s clear and colourful display screen making it ideal for playing friendly apps, and watching movies, for families at home or on the move. Tablets are also much quicker, simpler and easier to use than a netbook, which is brilliant if you’re not too savvy with computers, or even for the kids, ensuring that using tablets really is child’s play.

Due to apps, the uses for a tablet are huge

It’s also great for family holidays, since it can be multi-used for games, eBooks, video and picture taking and as a computer all in one. In some cases tablets can also be used as smartphones! It’s therefore more convenient than packing each of these separate gadgets. With it’s inbuilt light you can even use it whilst sunbathing- you certainly can’t take a netbook on a beach!

Despite the above, numerous computing manufacturers are still creating netbooks as well as releasing new models with faster processors, more RAM and better form factors. With Windows 8 now released, netbooks may make a brief return to headlines in the future with manufacturers tipped to release a number of smaller sized touch-screen netbooks to make full use of the Windows 8 tile based interface. Despite this, it is likely they won’t be able to stem the growth of the tablet PC market.

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