Laminate does have a different sound when you walk on it, however, there are acoustical underlayments available that deaden the echo and make it sound much more like a real hardwood floor. Make sure to voice your concern so the appropriate underlayment is used in the installation process.
There are many types of tiles to choose from that provide a high slip coefficient. Keep in mind, the higher the slip coefficient, the more difficult the tile is to clean. Most tiles today offer a nice balance between ease of maintenance and safety.
Laminate floors are not attached to the subfloor. They float above on top of a dense cushion. As a result, they do have give when you walk on them.