Hybrids are all the rage these days, but that doesn’t mean that the regular tablet doesn’t still have its uses. In fact, for certain uses, a regular tablet makes much more sense than a hybrid. Don’t always believe the hype, regular tablets still have many great uses and depending on how you plan on using it, it could make more sense to go with one of these instead of the new hybrids on the market.
Traditional Tablet Defined
First, let’s take a brief moment to define what a traditional tablet is. A traditional tablet is a basic iPad, for example. It looks like a larger smartphone and doesn’t come with any of the bells and whistles of a hybrid such as a keyboard or any flip capabilities. These are where tablets got their start, and while they aren’t as popular as hybrids today, they still have their uses.
Reasons to Choose a Traditional Tablet
Let’s take a look at why you should consider a traditional tablet instead of a hybrid when you are shopping for your next device.
1. The Price
All tablets are expensive. At least the good one are and I highly recommend you avoid those ultra cheap tablets out there. Trust me, you won’t like them. However, compared to a hybrid, they are the much cheaper alternative. Some hybrids can cost you well over $1000 meaning you will pay the price for a little extra flexibility. If you don’t need that flexibility, why waste your money. Instead, grab a new fast traditional tablet and I guarantee you will be glad you did.
I love how light my Samsung tablet is. Even with a keyboard connected to it is very light and easy to carry around from room to room in my home or when I head out the door for work. Hybrid tablets, while they are still pretty light, are heavier than a regular tablet. That’s because they cram in extras such as a full keyboard or even fancy hinges to convert from laptop to tablet and then back again. If you really want something lightweight and easy to carry with you, then a traditional tablet is definitely the best option out there for you.
If there is one thing that the traditional tablets wins at every time, it is portability. Only a smartphone is more portable than a regular tablet. Most of the premium tablets today are very lightweight and can easily be held with just one hand. Their smaller size means they will fit into a bag with ease so you can carry with you wherever you go. If you want a device you can take with you anywhere, look no further than a traditional tablet.
4. Great for Movies
I love watching movies in bed. There is nothing more relaxing. Sure, we have a television we can use but sometimes it is nice to curl up together and enjoy a movie. Because of the portability, I can rest on the couch and watch or take it with me on the train when I have to go to the city. Add a pair of headphones and that means I can enjoy my favorite movie from almost anywhere. Sure, you can do this on a hybrid, but there is just something more convenient about a regular tablet.
5. Perfect for Reading
Ebooks are all the rage today. Now, you can find almost any book you can think of in digital form that you can purchase online and download to your device. You can read these on almost any platform you use today, but I think they are best viewed on a regular tablet. Think about it. What device looks more like a book? Add to that their weight and portability and they are perfect for carrying with you so you can read no matter where you are.
You may want to turn your tablet into more of a mobile workstation, but that doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy an expensive hybrid to do it. There are many great accessories out there such as keyboards that can transform your regular tablet into a viable mobile workstation. For the record, I’m typing this on a tablet right now. It’s not a hybrid, just a regular tablet with a keyboard accessory. In most cases, I use this device for entertainment so I don’t want to be weighed down by the bulk of a hybrid, but adding this little keyboard is all I needed to actually get work done on my tablet.
As you can see, traditional tablets still have many great uses and shouldn’t be ignored when you are shopping for a new tablet. Sure, if you are looking for one device to do everything, than a hybrid will make the most sense. However, if you want a tablet for specific reasons and don’t want one that can also be a laptop, then regular tablets still make the most sense.
Which tablet do you plan on getting next? Do you plan on going with a regular tablet or are you planning on switching to a hybrid? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I would love to hear what you think.