Tablets and Pads

History Of Tablets

Tablet computing dated back in the 1900s. In fact, the tablets back then are devices you wouldn't recognize today. In 1915, the first patent for a device that recognized handwritten characters was granted and in 1956, the first demonstration of the device was revealed. These systems looked a lot like Etch n' Sketch toys with an attached pen rather than the modern-day tablet, being the very first of its kind. The idea for the modern-day tablet didn't really emerge until a man named Alan Kay came about. He designed a concept tablet for students that was able to show several printed characters on display, including removable storage and access to digital books and media. This idea eventually led to the invention of the modern everyday Tablets.

Tablet Market

Although Apple is dominiating the Tablet Market, they were not the first ones to make tbalets commercially available. Technically, the first tablet pen deivce ever to be sold on the market was called the GridPd, but it did not really have a functional purpose. It ran Microsoft's DOS and was very bulky and large. The first tablet pen device to be sold and had a "built-purpose" is called the Pen Point OS. This device allowed Microsoft to enter the realm of Tablets.In the 2000s, Windows based tablets began to appear anf then the Apple iPads followed in 2010. When the iPads reased, they were not quite that popular as they are today. In fact, they were primarily used for healthcare, retail, and other business uses. Most of the tablets sold back then were not even iPads but other name brand Tablets. In the tablet market today, Apple still leads the coptition with about 30% of the market share while Samsung is slowly closing in at 15%. Amazon, Asus, and Lenovo are now emerging in this market as well, building a reputation for themselves with about 5-10% of the market share each. The reaining percentage goes to the other brand tablets out there such as Leapfrog and Nabi Tabs.



With Apples being the most widely-lnown tablet out there, it only makes sense to start with it first. Apple Tablets run the iOS operating system on their devices. All the devices bear extreme simlarities, each getting thinner and smaller as each year goes by. The very first Apple iPad, iPad generation 1, contained an A4 processor and had a 9.7" touchscreen display. The operating system running on this device was iOS and it did not possess a camera. It featured a WiFi/Cellular option, and a plain Wi-Fi option. iPad generation 2 featured a thinner build and contained an A5 processor with front and back facing cameras. Generation 3 and 4 featured the same specs but contained a different processor, A5x and A6x respectively. Retina display, which adds a more vibrant color display was also added to these tbalets. The current tablet on the market today are the iPad Minis, Airs and Pros. In a nutshell, each tablet is faster thean the other respectively, still baring extreme similiarities. The pro which is currently the newest iPad on the market aims to change tablets forever. Ultimately, this model aims to replce even you desktop. With is compatibility with the Apple Pencil, it targets artists, phot editors, movie makers, and even note takers.


The next brand is Samsung, a Korean company and the leading competitor to Apple. Samsung Tablets run Android OS on their devices, making it more user friendly and a lot more flexiable than iOS in terms of customization. The tablets run Quad or Octa-core processorsm with some devices featuring expandable memory and AMOLED display. The very first Samsung Tablet was the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0. It featured a single core Exynos processorm 7-inch LCD display and had Wi-FI with optional 3g.4g cellular plans. It also contained front and back facing cameras. The next tablet was the Galaxy 7.0 Plus which had exactly the same specs but featured a IPS panel upgrading the LCD screen for viewing purposes. The tablet following this is the game changer for Samsung. Galaxy Tab 7.7, which has the Super AMOLED display, dual core processor and expandable microSD up to 32gb of storage. They began to make the same tablet in different sizes and evetually the Samsung Galaxy Tab S was born. Quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, built in finger scanner, Super AMOLED disply, 8.0MP rear facing camera and mch more, the S series of the Samsung's flagship products still continues to amaze the world.


Asus, a Taiwanese company, is one of the first companies to introduce the Android Tablet computer which is a Tablet with a detachable Keyboard included. Working with google, they were able to create the Nexus 7. They also have been working with Microsoft to develop the Android Tablet computer, which later was released as the Transformer Book. It featured a dual core Nvidia Tegra chip, 1GB of RAM, and 16 to 32 GB of storage. It also had expandable memory and front and back facing cameras. Next, Asus developed the EEE Pad Slider which ran a Tegra 2 processor and had a completely revamped look from the Transformer Book. Following was the EEE Slate which was truly the first non-keyboard-attached tablet. It ran an incredible core i5 processor, Windows 7, and front/back facing cameras. This device was truly meant to be used as a pwer computer on the go, without the bulk of a Laptop. Lastly, the Asus ZenPad z8. Running Android Marshmallow, this device features a Snapdragon 650 chip, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal Storage, and a MicrSD slot that can exapnd to 128GB. It uses the latest USB type C port and has cellular options as well.


Lasly, Amazon, known for its Kindles, Amazon provides tablets at an affordable price. The devices run Amazon's operating systems, Fire OS and Kindle Oasis. It is not very friendly with other brand software such as google play store apps which make the devices itself feel limited. The Amazon Kindle first generation featured a 6 inch 4-level grayscale display with 250MB of internal storage, and a headphone jack which allowed users to listen to audiobooks. This device was meant only for reading purposes. As each year went by, the Kindle readers slowy become more appealing and more user friendly, for instance they added backlighting while still preserving the natural book paper look. Soon enough, the Kindle Fire Tablet was released. THe specs of the Kindle Fire include a dual-core cortex A9 processor 8GB of internal storage, and a 7-inch screen. As the years went on, the Kindle Fire now has a faster processor, front and back facing cameras, and expandable memory.

Types of Tablets

2 in 1s

Moving on, Tablets can be identified in many different types, but the two that will be focused on are 2 in 1s, and Kids tablets. 2 in 1s are laptops that can be found in most electronics sotres now-a-days. They are hybrids of a computer and a tablet. The screen can turn 360 degrees disabling the keybaords so that when in tablet mode, the keys are not accidentally pressed. Computer manufacturers such as HP and Lenovo all make these types of tablets hybrids and are becoming a necssity for success in the world. Some applications are now enable to allow for the use of styluses to draw on screens, making graphic dsigns significantly easier than before.

Kids Tablets

As for Kids Tablets, they are not like the everday tablets. These types often aim to educate the user using the device. Companies such as Leapfrog, Nabi, and even Amazon develop these tablets so infacts and toddlers can have a head start in the learning process. Some of these tablets even have cameras enabled that support augmented reality so that they may interact with the environment around them looking through the tablet itself.


From the very first Tablet, to the most modern, it truly has come a long way. Greatly evolving throughout the years aiding us in our journey through the digital world. I for one truly cannot wait to see what great upgrades the furture has in stire for the tablets. Perhaps holographic video chat like in Star Wars will be applied to the device. One things for sure, the iPads will most likely still look the same in the years to come.