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 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 several vendors. BlackBerry introduced the PlayBook to entice its loyal customers. See iPad, Android and BlackBerry Playbook. Windows Tablets Starting before the turn of the century, Windows tablets have had an erratic history; however, Windows 8 changed the game in 2012. Any program that runs on a Windows PC can run on a thin Windows 8 tablet, and there is a greater variety of Windows tablet sizes than for any other platform. See Windows 8 tablet and Surface tablet. Thousands of Applications All tablets come with a Web browser and a variety of apps. A huge number of additional free and paid apps are available from the vendor's Web-based store (see online app store). See mobile compatibility.