10 Differences Between Smartphones and Tablets

Smartphones and tablets are two of the most popular devices for accessing the internet. They both run the same operating system, they have similar apps and they’re both handheld devices that you can use to surf the web, play games, and watch videos. While they are similar in many ways, there are some key differences between them that you should be aware of.

Here are some ways in which a smartphone differs from a tablet:

1. Screen size

Tablets are typically larger than smartphones, which means they have larger screens and more room for navigation buttons. The larger screen size is also better suited for watching videos or reading text on a computer-like interface.

2. Storage capacity

Tablets come in capacities ranging from 16 GB up to 128 GB; some have additional storage via microSD cards. Smartphones have storage capacities ranging from 8 GB up to 256 GB (or more).

3. Weight

Tablets tend to weigh more than smartphones because their screens are larger and they need more battery power than phones do. The average tablet weighs just under 1 pound (567 grams); however, some models weigh less than half a pound (226 grams). On the other hand, most average smartphones weigh less than 5 ounces (142 grams).

4. Availability of apps

Both tablets and smartphones offer thousands of apps (applications), but the availability of certain apps varies by device type and operating system. For example, many games available for iPhones aren’t available for iPads; likewise, many games available for Android phones aren’t available for Android tablets or Chromebooks.

5. Screen resolution

Smartphones have small screens, which makes it difficult for users to view videos or games in detail. On the other hand, tablets have large screens so they can display high-quality images with ease. They also come with better sound systems that allow you to listen to music without having any problems with distortion or interference from other devices nearby.

6. Battery life

Another important difference between tablets and smartphones is their battery life – smartphones usually have shorter battery lives than tablets because they are smaller devices with less power than their larger counterparts.

7. Functionality

Smartphones typically have all of the same features as tablets, including Web browsing, emailing, and texting capabilities.

8. Hardware

Tablets often have faster processors than smartphones because they need more power to handle their larger screens and more complex applications (for example, games).

9. Build quality

Tablets generally have a more rugged construction than smartphones because they were designed primarily as consumer devices rather than business tools like laptops and netbooks. They’re usually made out of aluminum or plastic instead of glass and metal like phones; they also don’t have moving parts such as hinges or buttons that could break easily if dropped or mishandled by kids or pets.

10. Portability

A smartphone is easier to carry around than a full-sized tablet because it’s smaller and lighter. Tablet is not as portable as a smartphone because it has more weight and bulk due to its larger size and possibly larger hardware parts.


There’s certainly a lot more to learn if you go down the rabbit hole, but hopefully, this gives a bit of a primer so that you can at least differentiate between the two when you are looking for directions.


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