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Types of Tablets

There is a plethora of tablets. The competition between the different kinds are grand. They can be grouped into several categories by physical size, operating system, and input/output capabilities. A few I will go over in this brief are mini tablets, phablets, and hybrids.

Mini tablets are sized between 7-8 inches. They work the same as larger tablets, but have lower specifications and can't multitask as well as larger tablets. Some mini tablets include Amazon Kindle's Fire, Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet and Samsung's Galaxy Tab. Recently in 2013, Apple released the iPad Mini 2 which remained under 8 inches and nearly matched the hardware of the iPad Air

Hybrids are also crossover devices. They are a 2-in-1 PC. These are those computers you see that can turn from a laptop into a tablet.


In the market today, there are two major architectures that dominate the tablet market. These include ARM Holdings' ARM Architecture and Intel's an AMD's x86. ARM had a licensing model that allowed device manufacturers to license and alter their own system on chip (SOC) derivatives so that it would fit their products perfectly. This allowed multiple fabricators to supply nearly identical products to the original tablet that was made popular by Apple. The aspect of the tablet that made the market soar was the touch input on the LCD screen. This allowed users to navigate through a touch on the screen. The first tablet that had a touchscreen that responded from users' fingers or styluses was the GRiDPad mentioned earlier in the brief history. Since the mid-2010s, most tablets have capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch which is more responsive than resistive touchscreens. Those are the screens that can only detect the touch of a stylus.


As far as software goes, tablets are all about apps. This provides a user experience that is tailor-made for just them. These apps are less expensive than what is offered for PC software and has a large collection of free apps. Because tablets are mini computers, they have operating systems. Different manufacturers have different operating systems. It is rare for a tablet to have two operating systems. Tablet operating systems come in two classes: Desktop computer operating system and Mobile operating system.

Desktop OS-based tablets are currently thicker and heavier. They require more storage and more cooling and give less battery life. Because the operating system is based off desktops, they're able to do a lot more multitasking than the mobile-based tablets. Mobile-based tablets are the opposite in which they can only run mobile applications. Since the processor is significantly smaller than desktop operating systems, they don't use as much battery life as fast.

The Market

For businesses, tablet uses have increased. They started being used in business events such as conferences and trade shows. As of the beginning of 2014, 44% of US online consumers own a tablet. This is a siginifcant jump from the 5% in 2011. The biggest manufacturers of tablets right now are Apple and Samsung. Of course, there are manufacturers that, as a whole, have a higher market share than Apple and Samsung. Apple, is leading the tablet market share with a strong 21.5% and Samsung follows it with a 15%

Tablet Market Share by Manufacturer

In the global tablet market, the unit sales from 2010 and 2011 soared from 17.6 million to 60 million. The following years after, the global tablet market has only gone up. In 2016, around 175 million units of tablets were shipped worldwide.

Global Shipments of Tablets


Europe is the largest region for the shipment of tablets and it is expected that shipment sin this region will only increase further with a number set to reach over 100 million tablet shipments by 2017. I think as technology progresses, the uses for tablets will only increase. Even the sky isn't the limit. As users figure out the full capabilities of what a tablet can do, there will be no stopping them. Tablets are currently paving the way to our future. They will be part of the revolution that helps ease and enhance virtually all aspects of life.

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