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The IDC report echoes other studies that come to comparable conclusions about tablets, as the flat devices become widely used for consumption like Web surfing or online video watching and take a key position in the touch-oriented strategy of the new Windows 8. In June, for instance, the Yankee Group issued a report that predicted "post-PC devices," including smartphones as well as tablets, would outsell PCs within four years.
However, the tablet form factor itself may be changing quickly. The IDC report, for instance, discusses tablets as the standalone devices they have been since the iPad turbocharged the category, but Windows 8 is leading to a flood of hybrid devices that are part tablet and part laptop .
The IDC report clearly counts Microsoft 's Windows 8-based version of its Surface tablet, with a keyboard-cover that effectively turns the product into a laptop. But it doesn't seem to include the Windows 8 laptops with screens that swivel and twist so that the laptop quickly becomes a tablet, such as models from Lenovo.
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The Hero also offers a MicroUSB port for connection to printers and other electronic devices, a MicroSD Memory Card slot for unlimited storage (up to 32GB Memory Cards), front and back cameras with a 2 Megapixel rear camera; and has HDMI output, which is a nice feature to download movies and watch in Full 1080p (HD) on to a large screen TV. It also makes a great gaming device with its high resolution screen and motion sensor.
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