The best tablets for 2018: Our top picks

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For many people, the tablet era began in 2010 with the launch of the original 9.7-inch iPad. But tablet devices have a much longer history than that. For example, I recall seeing Bill Gates show off the first prototype Windows tablet at Comdex in Las Vegas a decade before Steve Jobs took to a San Francisco stage to declare the first-generation iPad “our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price“.

Still, it was undoubtedly the iPad that gave a massive boost to the tablet market, which appears to have peaked in 2014:

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Why the subsequent decline? One clue may be found back in

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