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The modern era of tablet dominance officially began when Apple Inc. introduced the iPad back in 2010.

That initial launch paved the way for multiple tablet variations to hit the market, effectively presenting a challenger to the overshadowing PC industry. This year worldwide tablet sales are expected to reach 119 million so there are several reasons why you may want to consider joining the bandwagon.

Some consumers and old-school hardliners still have a personal aversion to touchscreen devices. However, the reality stands that multitasking and productivity is much more efficiently accomplished through the use of touchscreen gadgets. This is true for smartphones, tablets, and tablet/PC hybrids, which is why many IT departments are purchasing tablets in bulk. If 2007 to the present day could be considered the smartphone revolution, then 2010 to the foreseeable future can easily be coined the tablet revolution.

Prominent tech companies currently competing in the tablet industry are Apple Inc, Samsung, Motorola, Amazon.com Inc, Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba, and recently, Nokia. For the unlearned and/or new converts to the tablet industry, the various operating systems offered are as follows:  iOS by Apple, Android by Google, WebOS by HP, and Windows 8 by Microsoft Corp. These represent the available retail choices, and are considered the most reliable operating systems available.

Until this year, Microsoft had taken a backseat to tablet hardware innovation, while earnestly working on designing their newest Windows operating system for PC’s and tablets. Earlier in 2012, the renowned PC company announced their line of Windows 8 tablets, and laid eyes on the success of the iPad.

Microsoft calls their new device the “Windows Surface” tablet, and it will be available in two different styles; Windows Surface RT and Windows Surface Pro. The RT version has less features than the Pro, but will run the new Windows 8 operating system and is expected to retail similar to competing tablet prices. The Surface Pro version will price at Ultrabook costs, since its computing ability mirrors that of the high-powered PC line.

Windows 8 has been specifically designed with tablets in mind, and possesses Microsoft’s new “Metro UI” operating system, which is very aesthetic and visually appealing in nature. Along with running Windows 8, the Surface tablets feature a 10.6 inch ClearType HD Display, a 9.33mm thickness, and a weight of 676g. Both the RT and Pro version come with a thin and very chic tablet screen cover that doubles as a keyboard.

Comparatively, the iPad remains a steadfast industry king, with the various android tablets all vying for a spot at the top, the most notable of which is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10. While the computing power of tablet devices hasn’t quite reached similarity to PC units, Windows Surface Pro changes that industry standard with its Intel Core i5 chip and USB 3.0 technology.

You might think that owning a PC is the best method of working efficiently, but then again, you’re probably still running Windows Vista. In modern times, the ability to work portably, and that doesn’t mean hotel to coffee shop with your laptop, is key to a productive lifestyle. This can only be accomplished with the ownership of multiple devices, none of which will put you out through outrageous prices.

So this Christmas, consider joining the new standard of efficient living.

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