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This article lists some of the main types of tablet computers / PCs available.


What is a tablet computer?

The term “tabet” or “tablet computer” generally refers to a range of different touch-screen devices.

Devices similar to tablets have been available for many years, sometimes know as “slate” pcs.

The tablet computer has seen a marked rise in popularity since the introduction of the Apple iPad.

Tablets are usually able to browse the internet, and also may include “apps” and games.

Apple iPad

The Apple iPad and subsequent iPad 2 and iPad 3 are market leading tablet computers.

Apple also launched the iPad Mini which has been very successful.

The iPad gives the user access to hundreds of thousands of apps from the Apple app store.

Android Tablets

Android – the mobile operating system from Google – powers many different types of tablets.

You can read more about the different types of Android tablets in our article here.


Comparison of the iPad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy tab vs Motorola Xoom.

Video comparison of the iPad 2 vs Motorola Xoom.

Comparison test between the iPad 2 and the Blackberry Playbook.

Compare Tablet Computers / PCs

An info-graphic from SkatterTech compares the following devices in an easilly understandable visual format:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10
  • iPad 2
  • HP Touchpad
  • LG G-Slate

Click here to view the full info-graphic.


Useful websites

A list of websites that may be useful for someone wanting to learn more about tablet computers:

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