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Differences between a laptop, tablet, netbook, desktop and a smartphone

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Almost everyone today has a laptop, tablet, netbook, desktop and smartphone. You really cannot get along without these devices since you will be cutting yourself off from the rest of the world. The irony here is that while we use these devices, many of us do not have a lot of knowledge about what separates one device from another.

Laptop:
Think of a laptop as a desk-top computer on the go. It basically performs the same functions as a desk-top with the cool convenience of being able to use it anywhere. And with Wi-Fi (wireless Fidelity)connecting to the internet is not a problem.
Laptops have CD/DVD internal drives and built in batteries that gives it on average four to ten hours of continuous use, with an added feature of sleep mode that allows it to remain on to save on battery power when not in use.
Generally laptops are scaled down and weighs a few pounds causing the keyboard and screen to be smaller than a desktop. The processing abilities of laptops are impressive with some having a standard five-hundred gigabytes of storage space or even up to one terabyte (1000 gigabytes). External ports for peripherals such as mouse, printer and internet connectivity are included.

Tablet:
Imagine standing in a long line for whatever reason and not being bothered by it. Most likely you would have a tablet to keep you company through the long wait. A tablet is a free standing computer that is held in one hand and by gently tapping or sliding your finger across the screen you can access information from it. Usually 10 inches tall and 8 inches wide, it resembles a very thin book and a tablet have the capabilities of accessing the internet wherever you are. It does not have external hardware such as a mouse or keyboard (even though these are available as accessories) because of its touch-screen technology and stylus pen used for writing. External ports allows the tablet to be docked.

Netbook:
A great machine for students looking to save files and check their email on the go. Characterized by its small size and weighing on average between two to three pounds. Netbooks have one and a half gigabytes of ram with small storage of four to six gigabytes. It does not have internal hard drives and battery power only lasts a couple of hours unless you upgrade your battery.

Desktop:
Commonly referred to as a personal computer (pc) simply sits on a desk because it cannot be portable. A desktop consists of several pieces of external hardware such as a keyboard, mouse, monitor and tower with internal CD/DVD hard-drives. Standard processing is AMD with five-hundred gigabytes of storage space. It has all the external ports for a printer, scanner, fax-macine and connects to the internet via an Ethernet cable or through Wi-Fi.

Smartphone:
It is great to have a device that fits in the palm of your hand, that can make calls,store files, send and receive emails and text messages, play games, record video and pictures and other cool capabilities such as processing credit-card transactions. No matter where you are in the world! Smartphones uses an operating system from its creator for example Apple’s iPhone uses iPhone OS.

The essential differences between these devices would be the size, design, price and functionality of each device. For example you would not use a laptop or a computer to make calls, nor would you want to use a tablet to store a mountain of files. You will learn all of this information by pursuing a bachelor of information technology degree.

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