(plural tablet computers)
- (computing) a portable computer, that uses an integral combination flat panel display screen / graphics tablet or touch screen/graphics tablet for primary input and primary display, the size of a notebook computer.
tablet-computer - Computer Definition
A general-purpose computer contained in a touch-screen 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 the PlayBook to entice its loyal customers. See iPad, Android and BlackBerry Playbook. Windows Tablets In 2000, Microsoft introduced the Tablet PC, a Windows version specialized for tablets (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 tablet. See Windows 8 tablet and Surface tablet. Thousands of Applications All 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.