The following is a brief overview of how Tablet PCs recorded in the personal and mobile computing arena and how the iPad and Android turned tablets from geeky to sleek and sexy and literally catapulted this Devices, in the top of the hi-tech gadgets market and into peoples hands.

A Brief History of Tablet PC

Some people may not know, but tablet PCs did not start with the iPad but actually came into existence way back in 1989 in the form of tablet GripPAD |.   * GOME Flytouch Apad Android 2.1 This early version was still running on DOS and was using an inductive pen as input device. It has basically the same size as an iPad but weighs over 10 kg.

Palm Pilot is another early version but this time it weighs only 160 grams, or 5.6 6 ounces and already has a touchpad, but require a stylus or a sharp point for the input. From these two early versions of tablets, later versions that people enjoy now gradually emerged. However, there were multiple users problems with these early versions of these gadgets were only function satisfactorily in an area of mobile computing, but failed miserably in others. This did not work well with the public.

Emergence of IPAD however changed publics perception of tablet device and enhanced tablet PC market and changed the way people communicate with each other and with the world. Android tablets have taken this trend one step further by providing features and capabilities that compensated for the iPads missing. These tablets taken into account the growing need for people for mobile computing applications: Internet, video on demand, social networking, chat, video chat, and e-mail in one slim but very convenient package C everything they need in a mobile computing device.

IPad and Android Tablet Devices Market

Apple iPad tablet dominated the market when it was launched, covering more than 19.5 5 million tablets sold in 2010. More OEM manufacturers wanted a piece of the pie tablet and introduced their own versions of the tablet, most of which make use of Android operating system. Some of these new tent products include:

* Fusion Garage JooJoo
* Archos Tablet
* Dell Streak
* Augen GenTouch78 Android Tablet
* Samsung Galaxy Loss Android Tablet
* Toshiba Folio 100
* LG Optimus Path
* ViewSonic ViewPad 100
* Dell Looking Glass
* ASUS EeePad
* Cisco Cius tablet
* LG UX10
* Lenovo LePad
* Sony Tablet
* Best Buy Rocket Fish
* BlackBerry Tablet
* MSI Android Tablet
* HP Slate
* Verizon   Google Tablet
* Nokia Tablet
* Open peak OpenTablet7

Tablets exploded in popularity around the world much further with the arrival of Chinese manufacturers and wholesale brands present their own versions of the iPad but instead of using an Apple OS, these tablets use the Android operating system.

One of the more prominent specimens which created quite a buzz in the tablet market P88 from Shenzhen Great Loong Brother Industrial Co. This is similar to an IPAD clone with the exception of the USB ports iPads missing. Manufacturers of P88 claimed that their unit was released three months before Apples IPAD was released and accused Apple of copying its multi-touch tablet design. Aside from the P88, there was other Android-based China tablets on the market, and slowly make the whole world through different online stores and retailers dropship. Some of these Chinese tablets are:

* Epad Tablet PC
* Eken M005 Tablet PC
* Apad iRobot Telecom Chip TCC8902 Android 2.1 A Tablet PC
* Utopia Apad iMX515 Android 2.2 2 Tablet
* Haipad M701-R APAD HDMI Chip Tele Android Tablet
* Wopad capacitive touch CT7001 RK2818 Android 2.1 1 monkeyed Android Tablet
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* Malata Zpad T2 2.2 2 Capacitive Tablet
* Zenithink ZT-180 10 “A105 Android 2.1 Tablet 1
* 9.7 Gpad 7 ‘capacitive multi-touch screen Android 2.2 2
* Witstech A81-E 7 “Android 2.2 2 Tablet with Removable Battery Free Case
* C901 WiFi 7.0 0 inch Touch Screen MP4 Player with Android, MID, & E-Book Reader
* iMito iM7 7 “Touchscreen MID & E-Book Reader Tablet PC Telecom Chips Android 2.1 1
* SmartQ SmartQ T7 and T7-3G Android 2.1 1 tablets
* Top-A1 7 “Android 2.1 A Tablet PC
* Flytouch Epad Ep07 seven Google Android 1.6 6 EPad Tablet Slate
* 7 Moonse E7001 Aluminum Android Edition 1.5 5 MID Slate Tablet Device

Future trends in Tablet Devices Market

Experts in the mobile computing industry are synonymous to declare that the manufacture and sale of tablets in the next 12 months would remain attractive to grow now that more and more manufacturers from around the world jump into the tablet bandwagon. Android will continue to gain popularity as more features like video calls are added to the flagship units. IPads Apple will continue to see strong sales and experts expect the new versions and any updates to their devices this year.