The modern rhythm of life requires us to be constantly in touch and in a working rhythm. This means that there should always be a suitable device at hand to perform basic tasks, and not always a smartphone is ready to perform this function. Therefore, we carry portable laptops or tablets with us. But how to make the right choice and not make a mistake? We will talk about this, given the functionality and power of various devices.
The first thing to figure out is the main task list for which you intend to use your laptop or tablet.
If you are most often dealing with texts and similar files, then you will need a keyboard. Despite the fact that tablets allow you to type text both from the screen and using an additional Bluetooth keyboard, laptops are more efficient for such tasks. Tablets, as a rule, work on Android, and the functionality of Windows OS is much more convenient for printing.
It is the laptop that will provide you with the usual layout and large keys. A separate plus is a large screen on which it will be easier and more convenient to recognize text.
If you need not only the functionality of a typewriter, but also portability, then you can pay attention to a transformer laptop. Depending on the model, you will get a large screen resolution, a touchscreen, plus the ability to use the screen as a full-fledged tablet in case you need to read text or show something.
The opposite situation applies to those who work with graphics. In this case, you should pay attention to several parameters. First, you need the ability to work with a touch screen or a stylus. If you only want to use one device, rather than connecting your graphics tablet to your laptop, then a portable tablet is the way to go. At the same time, digital painting requires a certain set of applications, and in this regard, Android tablets are somewhat limited in choice. The specifics of working with the stylus are also important, such as recognition of the pressing force. Therefore, for graphics, one of the most versatile and functional devices is the Apple iPad Pro tablet.
Laptops can have their benefits too, but portability isn’t one of them. In addition, the characteristics of the screen often do not meet the requirements of the artist. Even when working on a PC, art workers prefer to choose external and most advanced monitors. iPad has the same features as Mac laptop monitors, making it ideal for artists and designers.
However, if the task is not only to work with graphic applications, but also to build 3D models, the user will need high computing power. And in this regard, despite the improved functionality of modern tablets, their characteristics will not be enough. Here you will have to turn to the most sophisticated and, accordingly, large-sized laptops with high parameters. A powerful processor, Intel Core i7 or Intel Core i9, a large amount of RAM, built-in SSD memory and a discrete graphics card will become a mandatory element. All this increases both the physical size of the laptop and its cost. In this case, you will have to forget about portability. The most versatile option, again, is a transformer laptop, however, such devices rarely receive high computing power, so we recommend a regular laptop.
Now a lot of users work with video content. For such tasks, in principle, you can equally successfully use both a laptop and a tablet. If you have to edit video, then the tablet’s touch interface can be much more convenient than the usual mouse + keyboard principle. You will be able to control actions much more accurately, understand where to cut video or audio. All this can be done on the go, right on the way from filming, especially if you use cloud storage to ensure that you have access to the video from any device. Even by connecting Bluetooth headphones, you can listen to the audio track and synchronize it with the video.
The laptop wins in display size, but loses in portability. To use it, you will have to select a place, and even more so, you will not be able to mount the roller on weight. But you can store files and finished videos directly on the computer’s drive, and then everything is much easier to transfer to your home PC.
If you use your devices mostly for surfing the web, reading content or watching movies, but a smartphone is not enough for these tasks, then a tablet will be the best option. Its dimensions are rationally larger than those of a smartphone, so both movies and books will be easily recognizable. A set of applications allows you to play both, and even listen to music. If you choose a tablet model with a suitable amount of internal memory, then you can store all the necessary files directly on it, and you will not have to look for Wi-Fi if you are on the road. Modern tablets can use 4G networks by connecting a SIM card. That is, it will not even be necessary to distribute the Internet from a smartphone in order to enjoy all its advantages. Tablets also have special brightness settings for screen readers, at these settings, the eyes hardly get tired, since the brightness is lowered. This is much more convenient than constantly adjusting the brightness on a laptop. In addition, you can simply download the necessary applications where you can buy and read comics and books, as well as use a streaming subscription.
There is also a category of people who use devices mainly for communication and calls. In this case, it is enough to get by with a smartphone with a large screen, but if you still want to purchase a separate device, then a folding transformer smartphone may be an ideal choice. Several modern models unfold to turn into a tablet, and also function in a semi-folded form, representing a smartphone with an additional keyboard on the second screen. Such a smartphone can replace the functionality of a tablet, expanding the standard capabilities of a smartphone. In addition, due to the presence of high-quality cameras, it is suitable for video communication and photography. Standard tablets often get less advanced cameras than smartphones, so their power is not always enough for photography.
The Apple MacBook Pro 13″ is the all-in-one choice for graphics, audio, digital painting, text, and more. The laptop features a high-quality Retina screen, state-of-the-art performance and power to work with computing and complex demanding applications. MacBook Pro runs on a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with up to 4.7 GHz in boost mode. You can choose a model with up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of internal memory on an SSD drive. Alternatively, you can purchase the ultra-modern 16-inch MacBook Pro or the less powerful but more portable MacBook Air. In any case, you can enjoy all the advantages of Mac computers, especially if you use an iOS smartphone. Apple laptops are valued for their quality software, free upgradeable operating system, and speed. In addition, users are attracted by the stylish design and premium features of the devices.
When choosing the perfect tablet for work, it’s hard to find a better option than the iPad Pro. Designed specifically for artists, this tablet meets their key requirements. A wide range of applications designed for drawing, photo editing and design allows you to complete tasks even on the go. The tablet works with the Apple Pen, turning into a real drawing tablet that is not inferior in its capabilities to specialized devices such as the Wacom Cintiq. If you connect a Bluetooth keyboard to it, it will turn into a compact and lightweight laptop. The high-quality Retina display is capable of rendering colors with incredible fidelity. Its diagonal is 11 inches in the younger model and 12.9 inches in the older one, and there are thin frames along the edges. The device is easy to transport and looks stylish and modern.
One of the best convertible laptops you can buy today is the Asus Chromebook Flip C434. This model has a premium design with a solid body and thin bezels around the screen. Thanks to this, it looks spectacular both in a full-fledged laptop format and as a tablet. Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is not the most affordable model, but it got the power of a laptop and touchscreen functionality. Two options let you choose between an Intel Core i5 processor and an Intel Core i7 processor. The screen diagonal is 14 inches. The case has USB, 2 Type‑C inputs, a card reader and a headphone jack, but it is located on the keyboard panel. The screen received impressive brightness and quality. You can also choose a modification with 8 or 16 GB of RAM, and the SSD has a capacity of 256 GB.
The choice of folding smartphones is still small, but even among them there are already something to pay attention to. Samsung Galaxy Fold is perhaps one of the most popular devices of this type. When folded, the screen has a diagonal of 4.6 inches, when unfolded — 7.3 inches and a resolution of 2152x1536. The smartphone folds in half vertically and weighs 276 g. It is significantly larger than other smartphones. The display folds in half with Infinity Flex technology. The external Super AMOLED screen has a 21:9 aspect ratio and HD+ resolution.
In addition, the smartphone received modern cameras — a 10 megapixel selfie camera is located on the front panel. Likewise, inside is the same selfie camera and an additional 8MP depth sensor for portrait mode.
The main camera consists of three sensors, 16 MP ultra wide-angle, 12 MP wide-angle and 12 MP telephoto. Samsung Galaxy Fold runs on OC Android and performs the functionality of a smartphone and tablet at the same time.
Choosing one universal device for all tasks is much more difficult than it seems. In most cases, you will always find flaws or features that you would like to add. Therefore, always make a decision based on the tasks that you have to perform most often.