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Tablet vs Phone

It’s a reasonable question with a lengthy list of pros and cons. Here’s what you can expect to compare when you research.

What you can expect from a new phone:

In addition to phone and text capabilities, your phone can:

  • Keep track of your professional, personal, and social life;
  • Be your alarm clock, stopwatch, and timer;
  • Provide full access to the internet;
  • Record audio, video, and take phenomenal photos;
  • Offers access to a plethora of apps that will help you with anything from online banking to wasting time while you’re in line at the grocery store with games galore. 

A cell phone is a pocket-sized personal assistant.

Brand new cell phones can easily cost over $1000, or (and!) lead to a hefty monthly service bill. You can get a discount by signing a 2-year contract, so it’s worth shopping around or holding out for a great deal. Pay attention the amount of memory available if you buy an older phone – new apps take up a lot of space, fast. The good news is that most phones built within the last 3 years are top quality, no matter your needs. The shiny new ones pander to fashion more than necessity. When you do your research look closely at camera quality, memory space, and app compatibility. 

What you can expect from a new tablet:

Your tablet is a palm-sized personal assistant, and although some tablets can support cell phone communication, it does not replace your phone. Think of a tablet as a touch screen laptop. You can get a detachable keyboard for your tablet, and you can also get a laptop with detachable keyboard if you need more power. Size is the main difference between cell phones and tablets: On your tablet, drafting documents, answering email, gaming, reading ebooks, and video conferencing will all be much easier to see. And a brand new tablet will be much cheaper than a brand new cell phone. 

Put comfort near the top of your list of tablet qualities. You need to consider weight, and whether the screen size provides a comfortable work space, (especially if you’re typing on the touch screen). We recommend that you test tablets out, either in a shop or by asking friends with tablets for a tutorial. You will also want a case or stand if you intend to use your tablet on anything else but your lap.

Whether you choose to buy a tablet or invest in a new phone depends on your how you intend to use the device, and your budget. Battery life and overall device life expectancy are fairly equal. If your old phone still works well and you’re happy with your service, a new tablet might be just right. If your phone is on its last legs, an upgrade is worthwhile, especially if you already have a quality desktop or laptop computer. Always ensure that device software is compatible with the apps you intend to use. Investing in an accidental warranty – which is above and beyond the standard warranty – Is never a bad idea with either purchase. Are you comparing tablets and cell phones for your staff?

Contact Polarverse to book a consultation about communication technology and security for business. Call 519-489-0646 today!

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