Are Smartphones or Tablets Better for Gaming?

Tia Winter | 23 February 2018

To use a smartphone or to use a tablet? That, in modern life, truly is the question for many people. The fact that we’re in the middle of a mobile revolution, with mobile technology changing the way we do almost everything, is absolutely indisputable. The question of whether to ride the revolution on a tablet or a smartphone is still up for debate.

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In considering smartphones versus tablets, the advantages of one are essentially the disadvantages of the other, and vice versa. When it comes to gaming, whether at your favourite mobile casino or on your favourite video game, the biggest issue is probably screen size. Both smartphones and tablets offer the touchscreen experiences that are more immersive than using a mouse on a conventional desktop monitor, but the graphics are best on the larger tablet screens.

In the case of video games, the impressive direction is also more properly showcased on a tablet rather than a smartphone screen and, as you can imagine, the bigger screens are better for watching movies and television series too. A lot of the other differences between the types of devices also make for different gaming experiences.

Pros and Cons of the Two

Tablets tend to be more durable than smartphones, and to have longer battery life, both of which make them a better option for gaming. Interestingly, although both phones and tablets are portable, people tend to use their tablets at home rather than taking them out with them the way they do with smartphones. Smartphones, because of their text messaging and phone call capabilities, seem to be considered a necessity rather than a luxury. For tablets, with the same reasoning, the opposite appears to be true.

Tablets are also ultimately more like desktops than smartphones are, and are thus more flexible and better for work as well as entertainment. While there are office apps that have been specifically designed for smartphone use, larger-scale projects such as spreadsheets and presentations are a lot simpler to manage on the larger devices.

A notable difference here is with social media; perhaps because it is easier to take pictures with smartphones, they are used to capture moments and upload them to various profile pages more often than tablets are.

Overall, if you had to choose between the devices, smartphones would probably trump tablets. They’re smaller and easier to carry, and the fact that they can be used to make phone calls is a huge consideration. Social media, work and other apps do perform satisfactorily on them, as do video and casino games.

Better for Different Functions

For most dedicated activities, however, tablets are the better choice. Phablets are an interesting compromise between the two and could be a good option for people who simply can’t decide. With their bigger processors and screens the latest generation of smartphones are almost in the phablet category themselves, though it must be noted that, even with all their advantages, phablets are still unable to offer the same screen size advantages that tablets can. They are also a bit of an awkward in-between, as they won’t fit in your pocket easily, and can be tricky to talk on the phone with due to their larger size.

In a perfect world, of course, gamers would be able to buy and use both a smartphone and a tablet. In fact, a tablet completely dedicated to games, with no other demands on its capacity, could be the ideal situation.

If you’re not lucky enough to find yourself in that situation, you’ll need to think carefully about what kind of device is going to give you the most entertainment, and what your other requirements are. Once you’ve identified your needs you can select the device that works best for you.

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