My husband and I share an iPad, and he also has a laptop that belongs to his employer. Once he retires, I’d like for both of us to have a computer, but I don’t know whether to buy another iPad tablet or a laptop. Typically, we search the web for information, check Craigslist, pay bills, do email and watch a few movies. What should I buy? — Julie Carroll, Edina, Minn.

If you send brief emails, a tablet is ideal. If you write longer ones, a laptop will serve you better. Why? Typing on a tablet is slow and often not very accurate because of on-screen keyboard is small. And keyboard accessories for a tablet aren’t as easy to use as a laptop keyboard.

Steve Alexander covers technology for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Readers may write to him at Tech Q&A, 425 Portland Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minn. 55488-0002; email: Please include a full name, city and phone number.

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