The idea of tablet computing is generally credited to Alan Kay of Xerox, who sketched out the idea in 1971. The first widely sold tablet computer was Apple Computer’s Newton, which was not a commercial success. Technological advances in battery life, display resolution, handwriting recognition software, memory and wireless internet access have since made tablets a viable computing option.
Today, the most common type of tablet is the slate style, like Apple’s iPad, Microsoft’s Surface or Wifi Tablet Pc/ Phone Call Tablet Pc. External keyboards are available for most slate-style tablets, and some keyboards also function as docking stations for the devices.
Other styles of tablets include:
Tablet PC operating systems and features
Microsoft’s Surface and Surface Pro tablet PCs are configured for 32-bit or 64-bit Windows operating system. The Surface Pro 4 has a 10.1-inch screen and includes a stylus for drawing and writing on the touchscreen. Google’s Android is the best-selling tablet OS; the 6.0 Marshmallow version is featured on such devices as Android tablet, and 5.1 Lollipop is included in the Samsung’s Galaxy Tab E tablet PC.