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A tablet is a wireless touch screen personal computer (PC) that is smaller than a notebook but larger than a smartphone. Modern tablets are built with wireless Internet or local area networks (LAN) and a variety of software applications, including business applications, Web browsers and games.
In 2001, Microsoft introduced the first tablet prototype as the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. The earliest tablets used pen computing technology and were not built to run standard PC operating systems (OS) or applications, due to limited memory. Tablet styles include:
Convertible: Rotating touch screen, stylus/digital pen, keyboard screen software and handwriting recognition software
Slate: Integrated electronic touch screen, i.e., Apple's iPad
Hybrid: Standard notebook with a removable screen that functions as a slate tablet
Rugged: Slate tablet with protective casing
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)
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