Tablet PC

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Tablet PC

(1) See Windows 8 tablet and tablet computer.

(2) The first Windows tablet. Introduced when Windows XP was the current version, the Tablet PC was designed to function like a portable writing instrument. It included handwriting recognition for converting characters to text as well as the capability of storing handwritten words and annotations as images.

Since the Windows XP tablet was introduced, Windows tablets have come and gone, while iPads and Android tablets eventually prevailed. However, starting with Windows 8, solid state Windows tablets finally became mainstream in contrast to their hard drive-based Tablet PC predecessors. See Windows 8, Surface tablet, tablet computer and Ultra-Mobile PC.

A Decade Before Windows 8
Tablet PCs were designed to emulate a paper tablet. In 2002 with a 20GB hard drive, this Fujitsu ST4000 weighed a little over three pounds. A docking station housed a CD/DVD drive. (Image courtesy of Fujitsu, Ltd.)

Electrovaya's Scribbler
In the mid-2000s, the Scribbler was one of the first Tablet PCs that docked with a keyboard. Containing a heavy-duty Electrovaya battery, the tablet and keyboard weighed four pounds. (Image courtesy of Electrovaya Inc.)
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To get started users click on the EarthLink Wi-Fi(SM) logo in the connections menu or through the Tableteer portal on the Nokia N800, and upon signing up for an account, customers have immediate access to wireless broadband service with download speeds of up to three Mbps and upload speeds up to one Mbps.
on additional selected Nseries smartphones as well as Eseries smartphones; via the Tableteer site on Nokia N800 and N810 tablets; and via Boingo's website at http://mobile.
com/n800 as well as from the Tableteer site, which can be accessed via the Nokia N800.
application in the United Kingdom and the United States and globally in the Tableteer folder, makes Wi-Fi access effortless for consumers at home or on the go.
The new Rhapsody features are available to Nokia N800 Internet Tablet users beginning Tuesday, March 27, through a free software update, accessible via the device's Tableteer menu and also at http://www.