Blogging is quickly becoming a major way for writers and brands to stay in touch with their audience while cultivating more fans. Between desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones, there are a lot of devices you can blog from. But with today’s mobile world, does it really matter what device you use? Consider some of these pros and cons of tablets and laptops for your blogging work:
Some of the major differences between laptops and tablets are their size and weight. Even the lightest of laptops weighs several pounds whereas a tablet is considerably lighter and easier to transport. For example, the iPad Air 2 weighs less than a pound and is the thinnest iPad yet, at 6.1 mm in thickness.
At the same time, what makes laptops heavier is also their general advantage, namely being the attached keyboard and larger battery. With these components, users have a longer working life and the ability to input information at a much faster pace as compared to touch-screen keyboards.
Tablets have a major advantage because you can use them in almost any situation much more quickly and easily than you can pull out a laptop. The ability to quickly move locations is also a great advantage. There isn’t the need to carry around big, heavy power blocks because a simple USB wall outlet is usually enough to give your tablet a charge. There also is little to no lag if you need to shut down your tablet screen, which is something a laptop can’t admit to. Especially if you write in a stream-of-consciousness style, the portability of a tablet over a laptop is a huge advantage.
While the writing process on a tablet can be simple, editing is more difficult. Unless you have a stand-alone keyboard for your tablet, your virtual keyboard pops up when typing and thus blocks a large portion of your screen, making it harder for small details to be adjusted. Tablets also tend to focus more on single applications, which can be difficult when checking sources or researching information for your blog post. Laptops are much easier to use for writing and editing because you can have multiple tabs and windows open, and you have a larger screen to view your post.
However, another advantage of tablets is their voice recognition software, which is great for taking notes, dictating thoughts or recording interviews. All the major manufacturers have made great strides in this area, and the function is near perfect in most tablets.
Depending on the tablet, many today have the ability to access mobile data. This eliminates the need to carry around a separate Wi-Fi hotspot or to be connected to a stationary Wi-Fi connection. This enables you to upload directly to your site, research on the web and download resources or documents on the fly.
Many developers have created dedicated blogging applications for mobile devices. Major blogging services, such as Tumblr and WordPress, have apps that allow users to post directly to their sites. In addition, apps like Disqus can let you moderate and contribute to the discussion your followers are having in your comment section.
There really is no perfect tool for blogging. If you prefer a more spontaneous and mobile approach, a tablet may be the right tool for you. But if you prefer a long-form style, a laptop or desktop may be more advantageous. So before you invest in a blogging device, be sure to decide what factors are important to you, and then post away.
Aaron Foster is a Phoenix-based tech enthusiast. He specializes in digital cameras and accessories, Android mobile devices and PC hardware.