Alternatives 1. Netbooks Netbooks were designed to be smaller, lighter and cheaper laptop PCs for those who can get their work done using Web-based applications like an email client, database front ends or cloud apps. Like laptop PCs, netbooks can also run native apps like word processors, spreadsheets and presentation software. 2. Tablets Tablet PCs like Microsoft's Surface, Apple's iPad or Samsung's Galaxy Note are devices with a smaller, lighter form factor that fill the same niche as netbooks for some users. Tablet PCs are easier to carry in small bags or purses than laptops and have much longer battery life. 3. Chromebook Chromebooks are a class of netbooks powered by Google's Linux-based, ChromeOS operating system. At the heart of a Chromebook is Google's Chrome Web browser, which enables you to work using cloud-based productivity apps like Gmail and Google Drive's word processor, calendar, spreadsheet and presentation apps. 4. Smartphones and Phablets Smartphones combine much of the computing power of tablets with the form factor of mobile phones. You can install native business-related apps on your smartphone or use its Web browser to access cloud-based apps as well. Some larger smartphones -- called “phablets” -- straddle the line between phone and tablet, featuring generous touchscreens while still allowing you to make calls and send text messages with the device.