Most people use smartphones to access the web, laptops not getting as much internet lovin'

Most people use smartphones to access the web, laptops not getting as much internet lovin'
What kind of device do most consumers use to satisfy their internet access needs? If laptops are what you have in mind, then you might actually be wrong. According to a recent study conducted by Google, the number of people with an internet-capable mobile device has surpassed that of desktop or laptop computer owners.

The study, whose primary goal was to collect data about smartphone and feature phone ownership, was conducted in five major markets, namely the U.S. France, Germany, the U.K., and Japan. It revealed that in the U.S., 78 percent of internet users access the web form their handset whereas 68 percent use a desktop or a laptop computer for that purpose. Some of the respondents admit that they regularly surf the web using both types of devices. Tablets were not part of the study as only a total of 13 percent of the people that participated own one.

That users are starting to lean towards smartphones whenever they need internet access should not come as that much of a surprise. With each passing month, smartphones are getting more and more powerful, and today's cutting-edge models are well capable of doing most of the tasks that one would usually perform on a desktop or a laptop computer – surfing the web, accessing social networks, watching HD video, and much, much more. At the same time, the advancement of wireless networks has brought true broadband speeds to our mobile devices, with the latest LTE smartphones well capable of reaching real life data transfer rates between 10 and 20 megabits per second.

How many of you are starting to feel that they use their laptops less and less nowadays? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

source: AdAge via Gizmodo



9. androidios

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

530Gemini UPS is awaiting for this to be added on well u can't have that u want to but can't wait another 2 years so does everyone else but u can't on ur iPhone so sad so restricted outdated plain and simple atleast Android is fully loaded but ios ip4 go and drive bm 320 while we driving m3 power haha

8. handicrapguy

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

I find general web browsing on my smartphone rather painful at the best of times so i only use it for that when i'm away from home. At home most of my web browsing is done via my tablet. My laptop is pretty much only used for gaming these days.

7. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

This is true for iphone users. However, for android users, I am getting the impression that they use their android devices more on customizing ringtones and wallpapers, as they give so much emphasis on that :)

10. rhiey

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Another simpleton iFan. They costumize their tones and wallpapers coz their device is capable of doing it and besides, some android handsets are clearly faster than your precious iphone but at a cheaper price. Tsk tsk tsk..

6. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Laptops/Desktops will always be the number one choice for web browsing when at home. On the go when I'm in a store and just want to check something really quick or the price of an item, then I will use my phone.

5. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

Convenient and easy to use. Plain and simple. I got rid of my laptop after college and use a tablet and smart phone for almost all websurfing now. However, desktops and laptops will serve as workhorses for graphic designers, engineers, audio & video producers for the time being. When tablets and smart phones can create more efficiently instead of consume that's when we'll see laptops and desktops completely taper off.

4. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Smartphones serves it purpose when you are in crowded areas and you want to check Gmail, Facebook, or Twitter.......however im in school so i have to get a laptop for typing papers . I feel bad for the PC because i tihnk that they are slowly dying off. more people perfer labtops than a PC

3. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

when i go to bed this shtbook calls me again and again, hey check me check me, i have something new for ya, commmmmmon just one last time,... so i am left with no option but to use my phone.

2. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

i will use a laptop because its a bigger screen, typing is easy. And i will use a mobile phone for some services e.g. when i am lying in bed and i want to watch yuotube or check facebook etc

1. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

I'd prefer using laptop for surfing but on the move well dont have much of a choice as mobile is much easier to carry around

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