What is the difference between a smartphone and a tablet?

Today, the market has a huge demand for mobile equipment. If you used to buy a laptop as a replacement for your home computer, today the laptop itself is increasingly replacing the tablet. And some even have a smartphone.

Not all users know the difference between a smartphone and a tablet, so let’s talk about the differences..

Defining a smartphone and tablet

First, let’s define each device..

A smartphone (from an English smartphone that can be translated as a smart phone) is formally a mobile phone that is complemented by the functionality of a computer. In fact, this is the computer that it can replace for the most part.

A tablet or tablet computer (from English tablet computer) is a mobile computer, which with a stretch can be called one of the varieties of a laptop. At the same time, the tablet does not use a mouse or keyboard, although today many models support these devices.

What is the difference between a tablet and a smartphone?

Definitely worth starting with the main differences..

  • The first and most important difference is that the tablet is a computer with which you can’t call landline numbers, that is, it does not support a SIM card for calls. However, you can still call from a tablet, for example, using the Internet and special applications such as Skype. At the same time, since there is no spoken speaker, a headset is required for talking. It is worth noting that today some tablets support the ability to make calls using a SIM card, but such devices are commonly called tablet phones. As a rule, they are only slightly larger than smartphones (as a rule, the diagonal of the screen does not exceed 7 inches).
  • The second important difference is the screen size. Remember when the very first iPhone came out that turned the world upside down? So, the diagonal of his screen was 3.5 inches, which then seemed something incredible. But only a few years have passed and what do we see? Today, smartphones with a screen diagonal of up to 5 inches often have a mini prefix, and the flagship smartphones of many companies have a screen with a diagonal of at least 5.5 inches. The diagonal of the screen of tablets is usually from 7 to 10-11 inches. Larger devices are still rare.
  • The tablet is heavier and less mobile, which, in general, is understandable. If the smartphone can still be put in your pocket, and even then not always, then you will have to put the tablet in a bag or backpack, if you want to take it with you.
  • Due to the large screen, rare tablets have the same autonomy as smartphones. For example, 8-10 hours of surfing the Internet for a tablet is an excellent indicator, while most smartphones reach these numbers without problems.
  • The functionality of the tablets is much higher due to the screen size. For example, it’s convenient to draw on a tablet, even by touching the screen. Another example is watching a video. Frankly speaking, watching videos on a 5-inch screen is something else. Is it a 10-inch tablet.
  • Oddly enough, but manufacturers are not in a hurry to equip tablets with powerful processors and gigabytes of memory than you can say about the latest smartphones – in terms of their characteristics they are more powerful than many laptops or PCs, although in fact all this power is often excessive.
  • The bulk of the tablets do not have a SIM card slot, that is, they do not have a 3G module.

And here are a few images that clearly show the difference between the devices:

What should I buy?

It all depends entirely on your needs. If you want to always be in touch, then, of course, you need to buy a smartphone.

If you want to be in touch and have a device on which you can watch video, pay attention to large smartphones (phablets) with a screen diagonal of 5.5-6 inches.

If you need a device for entertainment, that is, games, watching videos, surfing social networks, etc., then it is better to take a tablet.

In a good way, it is better to have both devices. You can use the tablet at home, and use a smartphone outside the walls of the apartment.