The earlier (failed) tablet revolution

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When Apple launched the iPad in 2010, the tablet revolution was launched. However, an earlier tablet revolution led by Microsoft and Windows XP Tablet Edition had failed to find much traction. Lets look back at some pre-iPad tablets.

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The earlier (failed) tablet revolution

  1. 1. The earlier (failed) tablet revolution When Apple debuted the iPad in 2010, the tablet revolution was launched. However, an earlier tablet revolution led by Microsoft and Windows XP Tablet Edition had failed to find much traction. Let’s look back at some pre-iPad tablets. By Jeff Jedras
  2. 2. Microsoft Tablet PC Microsoft coined the term Microsoft Tablet PC in 2001 to refer to a pen-enabled x86 PC meeting certain hardware specifications and running Windows XP Tablet Edition. The first OEM devices appeared in the market in 2002.
  3. 3. Compaq TC1000 In 2002, Compaq launched the TC1000. It was pitched as three devices – a slate, a tablet and a laptop – in one. The small keyboard detached to make it a true tablet, and an optional docking station added an optical drive.
  4. 4. Fujitsu Stylistic ST5000 Designed primarily for business, 2004’s Fujitsu Stylistic ST5000 was a pure tablet device, although an optional keyboard and docking station could be purchased. It had a 12.1” display and a speedy 1GHz Pentium M processor.
  5. 5. Motion M1400 Tablet PC Also debuting in 2004, the Motion M1400 had enterprise security in mind with a fingerprint scanner. It had a 12.1” display and weighed in at 4.1 pounds; travel-friendly for its time, if considered a bit bulky today.
  6. 6. HP Compaq TC4200 The year 2005 brought us the HP Compaq TC4200, an Intel Pentium M-powered convertible tablet PC. It had the same specs as a comparable notebook, but the screen swiveled into tablet mode and a stylus was built in.
  7. 7. Lenovo X61 Launched in 2007, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X61 was a convertible that could run in laptop or tablet mode by swinging the screen around. It ran Windows Vista Ultimate and was powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo chipset, and used Wacom active pen technology.

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