Ladies and gentleman, Nerds and Nerdlings, we are nearing the beginnings of the portable PC wars, a war that may determine the future feather-weight big hitters of the portable PC market. This market is currently the fastest growing sector of the PC market and has been dominated by Netbooks in 2009. But some are speculating that 2010 will be the golden year of the tablet PCs. Since the legendary Apple rumors that their new tablet PC will be called the 'iSlate', other computer … more
Slate computers, which resemble writing slates, are tablet PCs without a dedicated keyboard. For text input, users rely on handwriting recognition via active digitizer, touching the screen with a fingertip or stylus or by using an external keyboard which can usually be attached via a wireless or USB connection.
These tablet PCs typically incorporate small (8.4–14.1 inches/21–36 centimetres) LCD screens and have been popular for quite some time in vertical markets such as health care, education, and field work. Applications for field work often require a tablet PC that has rugged specifications that ensure long life by resisting heat, humidity, and drop/vibration damage.
This added focus on mobility and/or ruggedness often leads to elimination of moving parts that could hinder these qualities.