What’s a tablet PC?

A tablet personal computer is a handy personal computer outfitted with a touch screen as a principal input device. Tablets may use virtual keyboards and handwriting recognition for text input through the touch screen.

All tablet PCs have a wireless adapter for internet and local network connection. Software applications for tablet PCs consist of office suites, web browsers, games and a variety of applications.

Tablet computers may only now be coming to eminence, but the idea has been around for ages. Remember the imaginative sixties series of Star Trek, with crew members carrying large, wedge-shaped electronic clipboards, operated through the use of a stylus? Speaking of which, the US patent on an electrical stylus device for capturing handwriting was first granted in 1888, over 120 years ago!

Why would I want one?

Tablet computers are extremely simple to use, very handy and ultra-convenient. You can relax on the bed as you check e-mails or keep posted your social networking sites. Thanks to their condensed size, you can take them on weekends away, making it simple to check on a museum’s website for opening times, for instance.

Most can also run ‘apps’ as well – those fun or practical programs you probably already use on your Smartphone. As more of them are launched for tablets, they’ll become even more useful and precious!

What are the choices?

The brand that’s bought the tablet PC to everybody’s realization is Apple. The California-based technology behemoth accounted for 75% of all tablets sold in 2010 with its iPad, and it’s easy to see why. The iPad runs the same operating system as the iPod touch and iPhone – and can run its own applications as well as iPhone applications.

The new iPad – the latest personification – following features:

  • New super-shar Retina display,
  • Front and rear-facing cameras designed for FaceTime video messaging –
  • Capable of messaging with iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4, and Mac OS X Snow Leopard devices.
  • Also runs on a dual core processor with quad core graphics ensures that this tablet is super-responsive too!

Acer Transformer Prime

Packing quad-core speed and loaded with the Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 operating system, the Acer Transformer Prime is a strong competitor for hottest tablet of the year . It’s fully geared towards improved wireless and GPS performance, while the multi-touch 1280×800 screen makes navigation quick and intuitive. It’s the separate docking bay that really sets the Transformer Prime apart from the herd. It is complete with a full keyboard, trackpad, USB port, card reader and back-up battery it combines this already powerful tablet with the versatility of a notebook.

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