A tablet personal computer (Tablet PC) is a tablet computer having the main characteristics of a personal computer in the tradition of the Microsoft Tablet PC, as a machine operated by an end-user with no intervening computer operator. A portable tablet PC is equipped with a touchscreen as a primary input device and designed to be operated and owned by an individual. The term was made popular as a concept presented by Microsoft in 2001, but tablet PCs now refer to any tablet-sized personal computer, even if it's not using Windows but another PC operating system. Tablets may use virtual keyboards and handwriting recognition for text input through the touchscreen.
All tablet personal computers have a wireless adapter for Internet and local network connection. Software applications for tablet PCs include office suites, web browsers, games and a variety of applications. However, since portable computer hardware components usually have lower performance, demanding PC applications may not provide an ideal experience to the user.
According to a study released by the law firm Olswang in early 2011, the tablet market is in an early stage with 3% of Americans owning an iPad and 2% owning some other kind of tablet, with Apple users being more likely to show brand loyalty.
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