The computer market is moving and shaking again. Just a few short years ago, the Netbook, or mini-laptop was the current rage. Many computer users thought they wanted one, as the price point was comfortable, and the relatively small and convenient size looked attractive. Netbooks utilize Flash memory, making the lack of moving parts found in a typical laptop computer with a rotating hard drive, unnecessary.
Netbooks were predicted to be offered in plastic bubble packaging, hanging on every check out stand at your local store, even grocery and convenience stores.Then came Apple’s I-Pad. The “Internet Protocol Adaptor”. A catchy name for what is really a new Tablet computer, or coverless laptop, in this case with only an onscreen keyboard needed. The phenomenal success of the I-Phone certainly contributed to the instant marketability of the I-Pad. Using an operating system developed in the early 1990s by Apple, the I-Pad is stable, secure, and easy to operate. I-Pads share much of the same onscreen capabilities of the I-Phone, but in a larger and more adaptable package. Many users now own both Apple devices.
Manufacturers scrambled to compete quickly, developing and marketing their own Tablet Computers .
Though some have had versions of the tablet on the market for years, they were essentially small laptops with the ability to use a touch screen, often with a stylus. New Tablets with touch screen operability make the stylus a thing of the past.
School systems around the world are considering purchasing tablets as a replacment for textbooks.
Rapid sales of Tablet Computers are quickly leaving the Netbooks on the store shelves. The new tablets do not employ a Microsoft Windows OS, while most all Notebooks utilize a Windows system. M ost assuredly, at least for now, Tablet Computers are taking over.