If I say:

The new ipad has a 4.5" lcd screen and a microUSB slot.

instead of:

The new ipad contains a 4.5" lcd screen and a microUSB slot.

Is it better or worse? Is "contains" necessary, am I losing some meaning by simply putting a broader "has".

  • I think everyone understands it either way but "has" is definitely the word you should take here ;)
    – Em1
    Commented Feb 13, 2014 at 11:26

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In this case "has" is certainly the preferred option.

"Contains" seems to indicate that something resides inside something else, or that something is an ingredient of something.

With electronic equipment the features the object has are being used by it, they are not simply inside (or in the case of a screen, they are actually on the outside.

Milk contains fat.
This box contains my stamp collection.


My car has leather seats.
My TV has an internet connection.

In the case of your iPad:

The new iPad has a 4.5" screen.

Alternatively, since we can think of the iPad as "showing off" the really nice screen:

The new iPad sports a 4.5" screen.

Off-topic, I'm not following these things very closely, but I have a 10" tablet. Is 4.5" very small for a tablet, or do you mean an iPhone?

  • Thanks. Yes it is small, I just typed a random number :)
    – user65740
    Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 9:15

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