Netbooks Vs Laptops Vs Tablets

I will lay it out straight right now. From the bottom of my heart, I really feel that you should not get a netbook under almost any circumstances, not today. Netbooks are sub-powered, affordable, mini laptops that were extremely popular during the pre tablet days. Since the introduction of tablets, many major PC manufacturers have stopped producing any new netbook models due to their dwindling demand.

The Acer Google Chromebook © google.com

The Acer Google Chromebook © google.com

The truth is there are very little reasons for anybody to get themselves a netbook in this day and time. The prices of laptops today have fallen so drastically, closing its gap with netbook prices. There are also new laptop varieties such as Google Chromebooks that are not only slimmer and faster, but also much cheaper than your average netbook.

So should you consider getting a netbook? The short and quick answer to that is a resounding ‘no’. With that out of the way, the remaining question is whether you should get a laptop or tablet. This heavily depends on what you plan to use the computing platform for. An easy way to choose is to ask if you plan to view and edit Microsoft Office documents such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint files on a regular basis. If the answer to that is ‘yes’, then you should definitely get yourself a laptop.

Although there are many apps in the Google Play and Apple’s App Market that lets you view and edit Microsoft Office files, the experience and ease of use is a far cry from than that of a laptop. The Windows Surface Pro 2 tablet is of course, an exception to this rule. The only catch is that the Surface tablet cost much more than your average tablet, putting it in a class of its own. If you intend to use your new computing platform just for surfing the net, watching movies, playing some games and checking your email, a tablet might just be the right choice for you.

The tablet is essentially designed and built for these casual purposes. Should you choose an Android or Apple tablet? If you are a first time tablet user, I would strongly recommend getting an iPad. They are extremely easy to use due to their intuitive interface. If you already own a laptop and plan for an upgrade, an Android tablet would make an excellent choice. Android tablets are highly customizable and in my opinion, much more fun to use. For the best Android experience, get your hands on a Google Nexus Tablet.

For more gadget comparisons, check out these articles:

Smartphones Vs Tablets

Laptops Vs Desktops

Chromebook Vs Laptops

Tablet Vs Textbooks

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