The number one thing to consider when asking if you want a longboard or a skateboard is going to be what kind of riding do you want to do?
If you answered tricks, a skateboard is going to be the better option.
If you answered cruising, a longboard is going to be the better option.
Still undecided? A hybrid, such as the Landyachtz Dinghy is going to be the best option for you.
Longboards and mini cruisers tend to be a little more expensive than skateboards, but they offer a smoother ride and are easier to control.
Longboards can be better for beginners because they're more stable and easier to balance on. However, if you want to learn tricks such as ollies and kickflips, we recommend going with the smaller skateboard.
When it comes down to it, the best decision is probably going to come down to personal preference between skateboards and longboards.
Whichever you choose, just make sure to wear protective gear and have fun.