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Microsoft Surface Pro 3: 10 Tablets Paved Its Way

About 40% of Americans own a tablet or e-reader, but that didn't happen overnight. These 10 devices shaped the evolution of the modern tablet.
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PalmPilot: Where It All Began

OK, it didn't ALL begin with the iconic PalmPilot. Again, you can go much farther back than 1996 if you're tracing tablet lineage. And then there's the fact that no one called the PalmPilot a 'tablet' -- PDA, please. But Palm's handheld device line, which first debuted in 1996 in all its monochrome glory, proved the major mainstream potential of a highly portable, touch-oriented device, so that's where we're starting.

(Photo: Letdorf)

PalmPilot: Where It All Began

OK, it didn't ALL begin with the iconic PalmPilot. Again, you can go much farther back than 1996 if you're tracing tablet lineage. And then there's the fact that no one called the PalmPilot a "tablet" -- PDA, please. But Palm's handheld device line, which first debuted in 1996 in all its monochrome glory, proved the major mainstream potential of a highly portable, touch-oriented device, so that's where we're starting.

(Photo: Letdorf)

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melgross
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5/25/2014 | 12:00:14 PM
Re: Twenty years late
None of those were tablets. That's why no history of tablets mentions them.
melgross
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5/25/2014 | 11:58:52 AM
Re: Twenty years late
No, the Psion was a much more primitive machine. You should learn about both before making silly comments.
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5/25/2014 | 4:29:23 AM
Re: New Hybrid
Another tablet launching this week is the first Windows 8.1 - Android O/S Hybrid -- with Ramos technology partnering with Intel for the new Ramos i10 Pro tablet, which was showcased by Intel at CeBit 2014 and offers the first Dual-boot tablet on the market that makes it easy to use both Windows software and Android Apps on one device, and features a 10-inch, full HD display, an Intel Bay Trail 64-bit processor and 9 hours battery life.

 More on this new hybrid model at the site -- i P r o T a b l et
PeteMacKay
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5/25/2014 | 2:30:14 AM
Re: Twenty years late
The Newton was Apple's knockoff of the Psion Organizer. Development of the Newton started 4 years after the Organizer was released. Psion's software later begat the original phone OS - Symbian.
celticlandcom
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5/25/2014 | 12:39:12 AM
Re: Twenty years late
Or before the Newton .... The Casio casiopeia, and even earlier organizers from Casio and Zaurus.... Some with stylus
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5/24/2014 | 5:59:09 PM
Twenty years late
I'm guessing the writet is under 30 as he did not even mention the Apple Newton- the real progenitor. I got my Palm Pilot several years later.
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5/24/2014 | 4:24:11 PM
New Windows 8.1 - Android O/S
Also new this week is the first Windows 8.1 - Android O.S.Hybrid -- with Ramos technology partnering with Intel for the new Ramos i10 Pro- which was showcased by Intel at CeBit 2014 and features the first Dual boot tablet available to make it simple to use both Windows software and Android Apps on a single device--  and offers a 10 HD screen, Intel BayTrail CPU and battery 9 hours life; plus keyboard and case.

One U S.source with more on the Ramos i-series is-- iP r o T a b l e t
EddieJ123
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5/24/2014 | 2:32:49 PM
Re: Writer 100% incorrect. Tablets came after.
I actually own 2 TC1100s...I use them every day. Other than the dimmer screens...the devices are still quite superior to most tablets under $500.

http://eddiejackson.net

 
HoratioF144
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5/24/2014 | 12:32:28 PM
Writer 100% incorrect. Tablets came after.
Actually if you want to know what really happened the idea for Surface and all these models came up in 2005-6 and commercial that aired last year was mostly shot in 2007.  What happened is that Microsoft did not follow its value proposition and original marketing instincts and decided to be extemely conservative (they are very good at that) and wait for everyone else to pile in and witness success and failure in tablet land before launching what they easily could have 5+ years ago.

True.  Call Panos Panay and ask him!

Horatio
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