tablet computer - Computer Definition
A general-purpose computer contained in a single panel. Its distinguishing characteristic is the use of a touch screen as the input device. Modern tablets are operated by fingers, and a stylus is an option, whereas earlier tablets required a stylus. In 2000, Microsoft introduced its first Windows tablet (see Tablet PC). iPad, Android, BlackBerry and Windows After years of limited success with tablets from a variety of vendors, in 2010, Apple's iPad created a tablet revolution as dramatic as it did with the iPhone. Android tablets have given the iPad a run for its money with numerous models from several vendors, and BlackBerry introduced the PlayBook to entice its customers. See iPad, Android and BlackBerry Playbook. Appearing from time to time, Windows tablets have had an erratic history; however, Windows 8 changed the game (see Windows 8 tablet and Surface tablet). Thousands of Apps All tablets come with a Web browser and a variety of apps. Additional applications are available from the vendor's Web-based store (see online app store). See mobile compatibility.