Tablet versus Laptop: Which is the Best Option for Your Child?

As the school year ends, and summer begins, chances are you are have already begin giving thought to the next school year. And, as technology use in the classroom increases, there’s also a chance you;ve given thought to buying your child a tablet or a laptop.

But how do you know which one to invest in?

Either device will help your child succeed in school. However, there are some pros and cons to both that can make deciding which device, especially if it’s your child’s first smart device, harder to do.

Luckily, we’ve got the inside scoop and are here to break it down for you so you can make the best decision for you and your kiddo.


The point of giving your child a smart device is to help them with their education. And, while tablets such as iPads are helpful when it comes to playing educational games, the truth is, the older your child gets, the less efficient a tablet becomes for helping with schoolwork.

Kids can’t do their homework on the small screens that iPads have, especially if it requires a lot of typing. After all, laptops are perfect for office type work such as writing essays or editing. Tablets on the other hand, are harder to maneuver, even when it comes to surfing the internet for research reasons.


There’s no denying that using a tablet is a lot easier than using a laptop. After all, with iPads all you have to do is install your child’s favorite apps. With laptops, there are apps, software, and complicated settings that can easily be disrupted by tiny hands that don’t know what they’re doing.

So, whether you need a tablet, or need to sell your MacBook Pro so you can get your child the best laptop on the market today, will largely depend on your child’s skillset, age, and the reason for needing the smart device.


Tablets are the clear winner when it comes to portability. They can easily slide into your child’s backpack and don’t require an separate bag to lug it around. That said, they are also easier to lose and become a prime target for theft when brought around other students.

Laptops are also much heavier, which only adds to the weight of your older child’s backpack. Combined with books, binders, and who know what else, a laptop can become a burden very quickly.


Price is always something parents need to think about when it comes buying a smart device for their child. And, matters only get more serious when you have more than one child.

The problem is, if you’re thinking about getting your kid a high-end tablet, that comes with all the best features, screen displays, processing power, and storage space, you’ll end up spending nearly as much on it as a high-quality laptop. And with a laptop, you get even more features, better screen displays, faster processing, and of course, much more storage