What type of portable internet is the best – Mobile, Smartphone or tablet broadband?

With almost every device in the world now internet enabled its unsurprising that we are all spending more and more time online. We’re now looking at Facebook, sending emails, keeping in touch with friends and family and working online almost wherever we happen to be and it has become incredibly easy to stay online. However, now that so many devices are internet enabled it can be hard to choose which one you should get. With that in mind I thought I’d look at which kind of portable internet is the best – Mobile, Smartphone or Tablet.


In terms of which type of portable broadband is right for you nothing is more important than usage. How you use the internet and how you want to use the internet. If you are a light internet user then smartphone broadband is probably the cheapest option as you will be able to get a package deal with enough internet to see you through. If you are a medium internet user and like to stream the occasional video or listen to radio then the tablet offers a more versatile platform with slightly more speed and higher bandwidth allowances. If you’re a heavy internet user then mobile broadband offers the highest speeds and a generally better signal strength.


In terms of speed mobile broadband offers the highest speed at the moment with top speeds of up to 21MB. Tablet broadband can also currently reach speeds of up to 21MB but the technology isn’t quite as reliable or developed. Mobile phone offers give you varied speeds but you won’t get anywhere close to 15MB in most areas. In terms of speed tablet and mobile are the clear winners which means that if you want to use the internet heavily these give you the best options.


In terms of work each platform actually has its benefits. Mobile broadband attached to a laptop clearly gives you the most work versatility and makes it easier to run your day to day work from one place. As well as having the internet you have access to all the tools, data and space that a laptop provides so you can do everything you normally would from the office. Tablet broadband gives you less of the tools and the data capabilities you might need but you still have access to the majority of online services you’d need and can still type, create presentations and do a variety of work based tasks – though often you will need to pay for apps to do so. For Smartphone internet you have the greatest amount of portability and smartphones probably provide the easiest platform for work scheduling, keeping in contact and quickly answering emails on the go. The ability to create diaries, reminders and memos on Smartphones is a big bonus when it comes to work.


Price is always a big consideration when looking at these types of platforms and of course with each one you are not just paying for the internet – mobile broadband requires a laptop, Smartphones require contracts and tablet broadband of course requires a tablet. As most of us have a phone Smartphones tend to be the cheapest and there are plenty of deals out there which will give you a lot of internet for very little extra cost; with iPhone deals currently being the best in terms of maximum internet use. Tablets are currently the most expensive option as, though they all come with wi-fi, tablet broadband prices usually include the cost of getting a tablet as well – so you can pick up an iPad and broadband for £50 a month. Tablets are very popular for their cool factor but won’t necessarily give you the best deal. Mobile broadband is probably the cheapest option if you already have a laptop as you have the most varied contracts; from pay as you go broadband to unlimited monthly contracts.