History of the tablet computer

POSTED: 08:43 AM PDT Sep 07, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 26, 2016 

With Wednesday marking the sixth anniversary of the unveiling of the original iPad, take a look back at the surprisingly long history of the tablet computer.

Amazon Kindle Fire
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Kindle Fire

With the release of its first real tablet in November 2011, Amazon targeted the lower price segment of consumers while also trying to create a device focused on media consumption. The original Kindle Fire featured a 7-inch display and combined the functions of Amazon's Kindle e-readers with streaming video and music. It also offered apps, WiFi and Internet, all run on a customized version of Google's Android operating system. The price, $199 as compared to the then $499 starting price of the Apple iPad, was designed to get the device into consumers' hands on the cheap so that Amazon could then sell digital goods and services.


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