Laptops and tablets have started to merge, though there are still significant differences. Laptops offer more memory, hard drive, processing power and screen than tablets, and only a Windows tablet runs full-fledged PC software. If you use an iPad or an Android tablet, you’ll need to buy apps to duplicate your laptop software (if you can find them). Some apps are quite good, but they lack the full capabilities of laptop software.
Two recent experiments offer a glimpse into the world of tablets as laptops. I’m most intrigued by Next Web’s trial of a Windows Surface tablet. I’m about to give a Windows tablet a trial, and I’m toying with the idea of using it as a laptop. I like my iPad, but I also feel constrained by weak or nonexistent versions of some of my favorite programs: Evernote, SnagIt, Scrivener and Articulate Storyline to name a few. Digital Trends expressed similar frustration in its attempt to replace a laptop with an iPad.
Both articles suggest that boundaries between tablets and laptops are are diminishing, but the verdict is that tablets aren’t ready to replace laptops yet. That’s not surprising. Those of us looking to cut down on hardware without compromising processing power and functionality will have to wait. Question is, for how long?