Tablet History Unfolds – Failures and Successes

Throughout the history of tablets, the failures have come through the attempt at making tablets work as though they were computers when in effect, that wasn’t what it was. A tablet is an extension of your computer that you make use of for convenience rather than as a primary device. While many people and brands over the years, dating back to the Dynabook in 1968, have tried to create a functional tablet, most failed to provide what the public wanted and in many cases, they just weren’t ready for the technology.

Amazon Kindle – 2007

The Kindle wasn’t really a fully functional tablet, however, it was a step in the right direction. The device allowed users to download books and read them on the device. The software was made available through a variety of streams. I-Phone, Android, Blackberry, PC, Mac and Windows phone users all had access to the software creating a situation where a book could be bought once and read on a variety of devices. While the primary use of the Kindle was as a reading device, it was the first hint that developers were finally on a path to creating something that wasn’t intended to be a replacement for a fully functional computer.

Apple iPad – 2010

2010 Was a year in tablet history that will be remembered. Apple launched the iPad for the first time. The powerful processor, brilliant battery life and the almost 10-inch screen created a stir in the technology world. The addition of an app library that was vast was a benefit to those who chose the device. While the iPad isn’t intended as a computer, the availability of apps makes it fully functional for the intended use. Apple wasn’t trying to create a computer in tablet form. The ability to browse the internet, check your email, play games and perform work tasks while lying in bed or in the car was what the world had been waiting for.