Plus 2 less obvious motivations for choosing a tablet over a laptop

I recently started my own writing business, which means my physical office is sometimes my home office or my kitchen table. It’s also sometimes the subway or a local wireless café, depending on my day. However, thanks to mobile tools like laptops, smart phones, and tablets, I’m able to conduct my business and my craft from anywhere, at any time.

Understandably, I wanted a device that meshed with my new mobile work-style. However a device that also offered strong productivity tools—such as a good array of programs, decent processing strength, and a big, bright screen was also very important.

In addition, I didn’t want to spend money on more than one tool—a desktop computer for my office, a laptop for portable writing and a tablet for on-the-fly work, I wanted it all in one tool. In the end I chose an android tablet over a laptop for the fact that tablets offer the bright, clear screen size that I wanted, the light weight size and weight for extreme portability (I can literally slip my tablet in my purse), and the usability that a tablet offers when it comes to things like answering email, texting, and creating and editing short documents on the fly. However, these reasons are the obvious ones.

Here are two less obvious reasons why you’re better off buying a tablet versus a laptop.

1. Convenient portability

When it comes to deciding between a laptop and tablet for transportation—the tablet will win each and every time. To solidify this point, here is a situation that I found myself in on a plane to Chicago just last week. I knew that I needed to do some work on the flight—answer emails, touch base with the client I was meeting and send him a slide share presentation, touch base with the office at home, and edit a few website changes for a client using a content management system. So when I got my tablet out of my carry on during the flight, I wasn’t the least bit annoyed when the overweight gentleman sitting in front of me had reclined his seat fully to take a nap…which he did for the full flight. If I’d had a laptop, I wouldn’t have gotten any work completed, but because I had a tablet, I was able to do my work, plus read a bit of a book and catch up on the last episode of The Walking Dead. The fact is that the enhanced portability of my tablet means I didn’t need the turn down tray as a flat base to work from. The tablet made a very public space (an airplane) my private working area—because I don’t need much space to use it at all.

2. Facilitates quick communication

My tablet facilitates quick and easy communication when I’m out and on the go. For instance, I don’t need to carry an awkward laptop bag to the café when I’m walking or riding my bike. I can slip my tablet into my purse or backpack along with everything else I need. At a busy coffee shop, I can use my tablet to send a quick email, read and send text, Skype and much more! And even though my tablet lacks an impressive physical keyboard, the screen is large enough to work without straining your eyes (the keyboard is better than the small “keyboards” and screens on phones, of course). You may get more bang with current laptop deals in terms of computing power, but when it comes to short communications and overall accessibility — touching base with clients, Skype meetings, small edits to documents, reading or researching — my tablet is the way to go.

As far as the following reasons, my tablet wins over a laptop each and every time:

  • It doesn’t require much space to use—no flat top required
  • The lightweight size makes it extremely portable and easy to transport
  • It offers the idea screen size for reading, editing documents, write short emails and texts
  • It’s a commuter’s ally—I can walk, bike, or take public transit with no trouble

So while the tablet might lack in programs and a physical keyboard, and while developers still haven’t quite nailed a device that marries a tablet with a super thin laptop, the tablet is my number one choice for mobile workers like me.