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Computers have been booming ever since the internet emerged in the 1990′s as a mainstream source of information and entertainment. Along with the personal computer came the laptop computer. The laptop computer allowed users to bring their computer with them everywhere they went and could work virtually anywhere. As the years went by, laptop computer continued to get smaller while holding more information.
In 2010, Apple Computers came out with a revolutionary device called the iPad. This tablet device has a 10′ screen and has virtually the same capabilities as a laptop computer. What sets this apart from the laptop is that you can purchase a plan that allows you to connect to the internet with a cellphone signal or connect with WiFi. You are also only holding a device that is a thick as the typical cellphone and weighs less then 1 1/2 lbs.
As the Apple iPad hit the world by storm, other competitors began to emerge in the new and little explored tablet market. Google became the next major player in this market with their Android Tablets. Google and Apple both had tablet operating systems that were well known in the market place on their already popular cell phones. This gave Google and Apple an advantage over the other players in this market such as the Blackberry Playbook, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Dell’s Streak 7.
As the battle heats up in the tablet marketplace, we should see other players emerge. This will hopefully give us more options to choose from and at lower prices.