So a precursor - I'm not intending to call their relevance into question, rather I am a non-expert looking primarily for an expert's view on whether a graphics tablet (the input device) offers any functional advantage over tablet computers such that they are still relevant tools to a modern graphics designer.
Long story short, my SO is an artist and she is purchasing a new laptop and is wanting to get more into graphic design. I had thought about buying a graphics tablet for her as a gift, as this is what all my artist friends used in university. However, I'm not really sure if they're still relevant? Other than cost, does using a graphics tablet offer any functional advantage over a tablet computer?