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On these pages at Laptops House you will find an extensive selection of tablet computers for sale from all the top retailers. This enables you to compare all the prices on offer and get the best deal.

A Tablet computer is a computer like device that is operated primarily by a touchscreen but not intended to run general PC operating systems or applications. The tablet computer market was kick-started by the introduction of the Apple iPad in 2010. It is predicted the market growth the tablets will be from 7.6 million in 2010 two 46 million in 2014. Recent predictions suggest it could be anywhere between 26 to 64 million in 2013.

The success of the iPad has led to many other manufacturers introducing their own tablet computers for sale. At the consumer Electronics show in 2011 80 new tablet computers were announced to complete with an iPad. On theses pages at www.laptopshouse.com you can compare prices of other tablet computers with the iPad and see what other options are available that best suits you.

The majority of alternative tablet computers run an Android operating system. Android 3.2 honeycomb is the latest version that has been specifically optimised for devices with larger screens, mainly tablets. HP released Its Touchpad based tablet on the webos system, only to discontinue it after 49 days because of sluggish sales.

IPad's are the best tablet computers outselling Android and other operating system tablets by ratio of 8 to 1. The Android’s tablet appeal seems to be affected by the perception of high prices, weak user interface and limited tablet applications. This has led to predictions of the Apple iPad continuing to dominate the market in the future as well.

The advantages and disadvantages to tablet computers over laptops are subjective but some key points are listed below. (From Wikipedia)

Advantages

  • Usage in environments not conducive to a keyboard and mouse such as lying in bed, standing, or handling with a single hand.
  • Lighter weight, lower power models can function similarly to dedicated reading devices like the Amazon Kindle.
  • Touch environment makes navigation easier than conventional use of keyboard and mouse or touch pad in certain contexts such as image manipulation, musical, or mouse oriented games.
  • Digital painting and image editing are more precise and intuitive than painting or sketching with a mouse.
  • The ability for easier or faster entry of diagrams, mathematical notations, and symbols.
  • Allows, with the proper software, universal input, independent from different keyboard localizations.
  • Some users find it more direct and pleasant to use a stylus, pen or finger to point and tap on objects, rather than use a mouse or touchpad, which are not directly connected to the pointer on screen.

Disadvantages

  • Higher price – convertible tablet computers can cost significantly more than non-tablet portable PCs although this premium has been predicted to fall.
  • Input speed – handwriting or typing on a virtual keyboard can be significantly slower than typing speed on a conventional keyboard, the latter of which can be as high as 50–150 WPM; however, Slideit, Swype and other technologies are offered in an effort to narrow the gap.
  • Ergonomics – a tablet computer, or a folded slate PC, does not provide room for a wrist rest. In addition, the user will need to move his or her arm constantly while writing.
  • Weaker video capabilities – Most tablet computers are equipped with embedded graphics processors instead of discrete graphics cards. In July 2010, the onlytablet PC with a discrete graphics card was the HP TouchSmart tm2t, which has the ATI Mobility Radeon HD5450 as an optional extra.
  • Business-oriented tablet personal computers have been slow sellers from 2001 to date.
  • Screen risk – Tablet computers are handled more than conventional laptops, yet many are built on similar frames; in addition, since their screens also serve as input devices, they run a higher risk of screen damage from impacts and misuse.
  • Smaller display and lack of keyboard.