Tablets vs. Laptops

Which is best?

As tablets rise in popularity, the question is asked more often. Can a tablet be used instead of a laptop? There's no easy yes or no answer to the question - it really depends upon what you plan to do with your device.

Ed Hardy of Notebook Review attempts to answer the question in this article. And, just to make things interesting, he also looks at the option of using a 2-in-1 device to get the best of both types of devices. Hardy looks at different types of devices and compares various aspects of each, including processors, operating systems, graphics, and availability of applications.

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Discussion Questions/Activities
  1. Poll the class to see what sort of devices students have. How many have laptops? How many have tablets? Are the tablets iPads, Android, or some other type? Some students may have both laptops and tablets. What types of activities do the students use each of these devices for?
  2. Divide students into two groups. One group should research laptops that would be appropriate for students to use for college. The other group should research tablets that would be useful for college students. Each group should put together a presentation to showcase the devices they researched and present their top choice. Groups should include information such as price, manufacturer, operating system, processing power, software/apps, memory/storage, etc. Each group should also provide their reasons for selecting the top choice in their category.
  3. As an individual project, as students to research 2-in-1 devices. What are the advantages of a 2-in-1? What are the disadvantages? If cost was not an option, would students select one of these devices? If so, which one? Students should write a brief report to summarize their findings and discuss their final choice.


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