Technological advancements have given birth to a variety of gadgets. Today, you can buy from a whole host of smartphones, MP3 players, tablets and iPods. The choices are endless. If you are in a dilemma and have no idea whether you should go for an iPod or tablet, we can help you. All you have to do is know the difference between the two devices. Let’s help you with this.

Brand Vs Type

An iPod is a brand. In simple words, the term refers to the series of a product launched by a certain manufacturer. The term tablet, on the other hand, refers to a device made by any of the many device makers. A tablet is a type of computer and many tablet PC manufacturers are out there, such as Apple, Sony and Google.


An iPod is a small device. However, a tablet is relatively a bigger device. Usually, tablets look like a book and are used mostly for reading purposes. You can’t hold a tablet in your one hand comfortably as they are bigger and heavier. On the other hand, an iPod is as big as an average smart phone. You can carry an iPod in your hand anywhere.

Operating Systems

All devices of the iPod series run iOS (a mobile OS designed by Apple). All iPod devices have the iOS operation system preinstalled. As far as tablets made by Apple is concerned, you won’t find an Apple tablet that runs an OS designed by a third party. But tablet PCs made by other manufacturers run Android operating systems. So, if you love Android operating systems, you may want to go for a tablet that runs your desired version of the Android OS.


Adobe Flash, often abbreviated to just Flash, is a multimedia platform that allows you to stream audio, video and other types of media. Unfortunately, Apple devices, including iPod series devices, don’t allow you to install Flash. On the other hand, almost all tablets made by other manufacturers support Flash. So, if you are into watching videos that run on Flash, you should go for a table that supports this app.


You can do multitasking whether you have an iPod or a tablet. However, multitasking is done in a different way on both the devices. For instance, when you run multiple programs on an iPod, the first app will be paused as long as you are using the second app. However, some apps, such as iTunes continues to work in the background. But this can’t be true for all the other apps you want to work with at the same time. If you own an Android OS tablet, the apps will run in the background and you can use any of your desired app.

The takeaway

So, these are a few major differences between the two gadgets. Hopefully, now, you can easily choose a gadget that will suit you the best. Just make sure you go for the one that will meet your needs.