A tablet is a handheld computer with a touch screen, just like a smartphone. However, this device has a significantly larger screen and thus a few other features. Tablets are being described as the perfect combination of a smartphone and a laptop. They’re more convenient for browsing and watching movies compared to a phone, but not as useful as a laptop when it comes to productivity.
There are tablets in all price ranges on the market today, and they all offer various features. Top tablets from Apple and Samsung, for example, are comparable to laptops and can even make a good replacement for a laptop if you buy a keyboard. However, the interfaces are not completely optimal for advanced users and a laptop will always be a better alternative when it comes to productivity. These expensive tablets do, however, work as a great addition to a laptop, even for advanced users.
A much more common area of use is leisure. Tablets are, above all, the perfect device to bring along when travelling. You can use it to play games, watch movies, browse and listen to music in a way that is much more pleasant than from a smartphone or dealing with a laptop. Tablets are usually very popular amongst kids, and there are plenty of games to keep them busy for hours. Tablets for this purpose are not as expensive as the professional models.
An iPad is a tablet. It’s actually just the name of all tablets from the brand Apple. Most remaining tablets are Android and a few are Windows. The biggest difference between iPad and Android-based tablets are the apps; apps for iPads are usually developed for their tablets. Apple even has their own operating system for iPads, called iPad OS. But it works just fine to run iPhone apps on an iPad as well. Android-based tablets run Android apps.