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.