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tablet computer

A general-purpose computer contained in a touchscreen panel. Although earlier tablet computers required a stylus, modern tablets are operated by fingers, and a stylus is an option.

iPad, Android and BlackBerry
In 2010, Apple's iPad created a tablet revolution as dramatic as it did with the iPhone. However, Android tablets have given the iPad a run for its money with numerous models from many vendors. BlackBerry introduced a tablet for its customers, which was later discontinued (see BlackBerry PlayBook). See iPad and Android.

Windows Tablets
In 2000, Microsoft introduced a tablet version of Windows (see Tablet PC). However, Windows tablets were not widely used until Windows 8 changed the game in 2012. Any program that runs on a Windows PC can run on a Windows 8 or Windows 10 tablet. See Windows tablet.

Thousands of Applications
Just like smartphones, tablets come with a Web browser and a variety of installed apps; however, a huge number of free and paid apps are available from the vendor's online store (see online app store). See mobile compatibility.

Full Size and Mini
Left to right are the Lenovo IdeaTab (Windows 8), Apple iPad (iOS) and Acer Iconia (Android). The small tablet is the Amazon Kindle Fire (Android). See phablet.

State-Of-The-Art in 1999
Although seriously bulky by today's standards, the Qbe ("Cube") Windows tablet included voice recognition, camera, analog modem, Ethernet and a keyboard for desktop use. (Image courtesy of Aqcess Technologies Inc.)

The Tablet Newspaper Prototype
In 1994, Knight-Ridder's Roger Fidler predicted newspapers would be viewed on tablets in the future. Watch the video:
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