History of the tablet computer

POSTED: 08:43 AM PDT Sep 07, 2012    UPDATED: 09:25 AM PST Nov 12, 2013 

In something of a surprise move, Apple began selling its new iPad Mini on Tuesday. The tablet is available from Apple's online store, from wireless partners AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, and select third-party retailers such as Best Buy. Look back at the surprisingly long history of the tablet computer.

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Amazon Kindle. Released 2007. While Amazon's first model wasn't nearly what tablets are now, it proved beyond doubt that the time was right for ebooks and e-readers to make their move.

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