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What is the difference between a smartphone and a tablet?

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    Default What is the difference between a smartphone and a tablet?

    Honestly I do not see any big difference apart from screen size. Tablet inserts a sim card, makes calls, messages, has a camera which infact has lower focus than a smart phone and is in my view a big smartphone. So what is the big fus about having bought a smartphone and a tablet?
    Personally I hate big things and prefer the smallest phone in the market. But maybe that is just me. So what do you think smartphone or tablet?
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    There's also the mix called phablet. It's like a fat phone!

    I use my tablet just to read e-books when I'm on vacation. I got this tablet for free as a gift from college. As for my phone, I use it only to make calls, SMS and some inputs such as video and voice recordings, and of course to listen to music in the bus. My tablet is much bigger than my phone, and it stays at home. My phone is one of the smallest existing phones (Samsung Star) and I bought it because it's light and I'm not afraid to lose it.
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    It is easier to carry a mobile phone instead of a tablet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aimayaram View Post
    There's also the mix called phablet. It's like a fat phone!

    I use my tablet just to read e-books when I'm on vacation. I got this tablet for free as a gift from college. As for my phone, I use it only to make calls, SMS and some inputs such as video and voice recordings, and of course to listen to music in the bus. My tablet is much bigger than my phone, and it stays at home. My phone is one of the smallest existing phones (Samsung Star) and I bought it because it's light and I'm not afraid to lose it.
    Tablets with a wider screen is suitable for reading e-books and such materials. Doing it in a smartphone could be strenuous. I am not an extensive user of smartphone. I only use it for calling, texting and sometimes just to check the stock market updates. If I use it continuously it gives me a headache. I use my laptop to surf net.

    I think Samsung Star runs on BADA OS, am I right? Even though that OS was a failure, it is a very durable phone indeed. It got a metal body with compact design. How long have you been using it? I got a Samsung touch-phone on BADA which is more than seven years old and it is still working without any issues.

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    Not all tablets allow you make calls, with your sim service network, most calls made with a tablet are through the internet. Tablets are good for playing games, watching videos, video calling and reading books, in my opinion, I rather use a phone to make calls and every other thing that a phone can offer that I didn't mention. I prefer a phone

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    I don't think all tablets were text and calls enabled. Most tablets still has no SIM slots. Smartphones are more for mobility too. A standard tablet has 7-inch size while phones were below that size. Admittedly, I prefer phablets (sized from 5 inches and lower than 7 inches),

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    Apart from the ability to make calls and send txt messages, the difference between a tablet and a smartphone IS just the size of the screen.

    A lot of people will use both depending on where they are, but personally I don't tend to use my tablet out of the house as the smartphone can do the same job, and receive calls of course.

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    We can call tablets as a mini laptops with touch screen. High portability and ease of handling are the two important benefits of owning a tablet. Advent of tablets will definitely pose a threat to laptop markets. There is also another version called 2-in-1 laptops which is a combination of laptop and tablet. you can just detach the screen from keyboard and use it as an independent tablet. The monitor is a touchscreen and a touch screen keypad will also be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    We can call tablets as a mini laptops with touch screen. High portability and ease of handling are the two important benefits of owning a tablet. Advent of tablets will definitely pose a threat to laptop markets. There is also another version called 2-in-1 laptops which is a combination of laptop and tablet. you can just detach the screen from keyboard and use it as an independent tablet. The monitor is a touchscreen and a touch screen keypad will also be there.
    I love the 2-in-1 laptop and how it can be easily converted into a detachable tablet, yet still being able to use the keyboard. I watched a TV show in which the characters were advertising the laptop, but sadly they covered the name of the brand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    We can call tablets as a mini laptops with touch screen. High portability and ease of handling are the two important benefits of owning a tablet. Advent of tablets will definitely pose a threat to laptop markets. There is also another version called 2-in-1 laptops which is a combination of laptop and tablet. you can just detach the screen from keyboard and use it as an independent tablet. The monitor is a touchscreen and a touch screen keypad will also be there.
    My friend has a tablet similar to what you described. . . I heard from somewhere that time will come that the conventional laptop we often see and used will not be manufactured and touch screens will be sold in the market. I am not sure if it is true but I look at it as possibility. With the advancement of technology, everything will be touch. But for me, I still prefer a computer using a mouse. However, I can't do anything when that time will come. I will just have to adopt to it.

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    Smartphones can be used for making calls, but all tablets do not provide the facility for calling. When the screen size exceeds a certain limit, then you call it a tablet. I guess that particular size is 7 inches. Tablets are little difficult to carry, smartphones can be carried conveniently without any hassle. Tablets are better for reading purposes, due to a huge screen size. Smartphones may not be that comfortable for reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamoniMaity View Post
    Smartphones can be used for making calls, but all tablets do not provide the facility for calling. When the screen size exceeds a certain limit, then you call it a tablet. I guess that particular size is 7 inches. Tablets are little difficult to carry, smartphones can be carried conveniently without any hassle. Tablets are better for reading purposes, due to a huge screen size. Smartphones may not be that comfortable for reading.
    I often see people using tablets for calling. It was quite disturbing though if I am going to use something very big on my ears, lol! You are right, 7-inch is the size of regular tablets. Going below thay size is a phablet which is primarily considered as a phone.

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    I noticed on the iPad that even for Facetime you can only make vide calls, meanwhile on the phone you can make Audio and Video calls through Facetime, which furyhher dictates and preaches that Tablets aren't built as phone replacements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    I noticed on the iPad that even for Facetime you can only make vide calls, meanwhile on the phone you can make Audio and Video calls through Facetime, which furyhher dictates and preaches that Tablets aren't built as phone replacements.

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    I never used Facetime. But I think iPad is much bigger and it doesn't have the functionality of audio calls. Still, they should incorporate that functionality in any devices.

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    If everyone had the possibility of using a smartphone and a tablet for a while, find that they not only are distinguished by the version of the operating system, for its size and design, but also the tasks that can be performed with each device. Not everyone needs to buy or yes, a tablet and a smartphone. Each user performs various activities in your day to day and that's crucial when you choose to buy an Atrix, Galaxy S II, Xperia Arc or opt for a Xoom, Galaxy Tab or iPad.

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    The basic purpose of a tablet is net surfing while a smartphone gives the luxury of calling with a limited access to net surfing. Yes, I know nowadays there is nothing called "limit" and every device is packed with limitless possibilities. There are people who use smartphones extensively for net surfing and tablets for making video calls. Technology is changing every day.

    I think if foldable device could become a reality there would not be much difference between a tablet and smartphone. A foldable device can be folded and keep it as compact as a smartphone. When unfolded it can be used as a tablet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipol12 View Post
    I never used Facetime. But I think iPad is much bigger and it doesn't have the functionality of audio calls. Still, they should incorporate that functionality in any devices.
    I noticed that Facetime eats a lot of data, so I'll be toning down my usage of it. I wish they allowed WhatsApp on tablets, it's more easier and data cost effective when using it to call people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    I noticed that Facetime eats a lot of data, so I'll be toning down my usage of it. I wish they allowed WhatsApp on tablets, it's more easier and data cost effective when using it to call people.
    Is Whatsapp not available in tablets? My tablet is Windows 10 so I am not expecting it will be available there. But I never thought it is not available in Android tablets. I think Whatsapp eats a lot of data too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipol12 View Post
    Is Whatsapp not available in tablets? My tablet is Windows 10 so I am not expecting it will be available there. But I never thought it is not available in Android tablets. I think Whatsapp eats a lot of data too.
    It doesn't I have had a call for an hour take not more than 10MB. I mean on the iPad and even iPod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    It doesn't I have had a call for an hour take not more than 10MB. I mean on the iPad and even iPod.
    Are you pertaining to Whatsapp? That's why I always clear my data. But you have to re-log in if you want to go back to using it. It's a hassle but it's the only way. I do hope these apps would not eat too much storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipol12 View Post
    Are you pertaining to Whatsapp? That's why I always clear my data. But you have to re-log in if you want to go back to using it. It's a hassle but it's the only way. I do hope these apps would not eat too much storage.
    Wow, my WhatsApp doesn't eat storage at all, its very lite and easy to use, as long as you're not storing videos and pictures.

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    I see just different size :P And maybe performance.

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    Yes, size is definitely a major differentiator, but performance depends on the model you have in hand. I think a tab is not highly portable as a smartphone which you can carry anywhere you go. A smartphone keeps you in touch with the rest of the world. A tablet is more meant for net surfing than making calls. Yes tablets usually allow you to make calls, but think of those large screens on your face talking to somebody.

    A smartphone is quite handy, a tablet is better for viewing videos as it got a much large screen size.

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    I don't think there is any difference between a tablet and a smartphone apart from the size. Perhaps, the hardware and processors on tablets are better than smartphone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    Wow, my WhatsApp doesn't eat storage at all, its very lite and easy to use, as long as you're not storing videos and pictures.
    How could that be possible? Mine eats a lot of space and stores a lot of cache. Recently, I am saving the conversations on ny Google Drive as I found out it is enabled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipol12 View Post
    How could that be possible? Mine eats a lot of space and stores a lot of cache. Recently, I am saving the conversations on ny Google Drive as I found out it is enabled.
    I have to admit that I've been using whatsapp for a while now and I haven't noticed that it uses an excessive amount of space either.

    It's always going to be running though in the background so it willl consume quite a lot of cache but nothing overly to bad.

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    Tablets are a cross between smartphones and laptops, have a bigger screen than smartphones and provide a better multimedia experience. Smartphones are mobiles that have capabilities like mini handheld computers.

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