For many years a PC may have sat on a desk in an office or in your home, but a PC tablet is a type of portable computer with a screen on which the user can write using a stylus and the handwriting then can be digitized (The Macquarie Dictionary, 2005). Today tablet is exactly what the name implies: a thin slab, dominated by its screen. These slender systems generally weighs 1.5 pounds and few of them take up more space in your bag than an old fashioned composition book world (Strohmeyer, 2011).
Years ago what we considered a tablet was just a laptop with a screen, yet bulky and uncomfortable to carry around. With technology changing we soon had the world of smartphones, however phones were too small to replace PCs completely. We needed a device to bridge the gap between what the computers do and, what the smartphones do. That is where the tablet comes in to play. Tablets are growing at an unprecedented pace, according to some stunning statistics. In April 2010, the tablet market was born with the launch of the iPad, and within 18 months, it reached 11 percent of U.S. households. Apple has proven early critics wrong by selling over 84 million iPads (Farr, 2012).
The devices come in two styles: convertibles and slates. Convertibles look very similar to laptop computers (although slightly thinner and lighter), although the screen can swivel 180 degrees—and then be folded back down on top of the keyboard with the screen now facing up. Slates do not have an attached keyboard, but they can be placed in a docking station and used with a wireless keyboard. The tablet screen is not touch-sensitive. It only responds to the EMR (Electromagnetic Resonance) stylus. This is hugely important, because it means you can rest your hand on the screen itself. The software has change as well. Instead of running the full version of windows, most tablets nowadays run a relatively light weight operating system such as Apple iOS or Google Android. The latest tablet computers... [continues]
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