Best Argument: Tablets
Audience Favored: Tablets (64%)
Proper work requires a tablet
Matt Baxter-Reynolds: Smartphones, like all computers, will get more powerful. But that doesn't make them as functional as a tablet.
What has shocked the computer industry is how tablets are affecting PC sales. It's not true to say that tablets are replacing PCs *per se* -- what is true is that people increasingly find ways to use a tablet for certain tasks rather than a PC.
When you're actually at work, you're still looking to get work done. When you make a device small, you trade usability for portability. Smartphones are "hyperportable" -- they are so portable you always have them with you. But with that hyperportability comes a tiny keyboard and a small screen.
A tablet is less portable, but less of a compromise is made on portability. You can replace PC functions on a tablet more readily than you can with a smartphone. That's why we'll always see that people who are looking to do proper work in business will use tablets as their go-to device.
The tool that people carry with them
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: There's an old adage that says that the best tool for a particular job is the one you happen to have on you. We don't all walk around with rucksacks and cases everywhere we go, and as a result space for every-day-carry items is severely limited.
The other day, I ended up fixing a PC with my trusty Swiss Army Knife after I forgot my toolkit at home. It got the job done.
This is exactly why I prefer smartphones over tablets. Sure, I love my iPad and my Nexus 7 dearly, but more often than not these devices are left at home or the office, leaving me with only my smartphone. Even the majority of phablet are too big and cumbersome to be daily carry devices.
The smartphone is the tool that people carry with them, and this why it is the future for business.