Tablets may not be as hot as they once were, but the form factor is still popular and a very useful form of computing. Case in point, when millions were forced into working and studying from home, tablets nearly became a necessity for teleconferencing, or if you needed a second screen to be more productive, all while being less expensive than a full blown laptop.
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While shipments are still far from their peak five years ago, tablet sales have seen a bit of a resurgence recently. This can be put down to several factors, including Apple's constantly improving and growing line of iPads, and the fact that slates are moving ever closer to laptop replacements, or at the very least preferred consumption devices for many.