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Despite smartphone or tablet hype, PCs and email still dominate, says research

Patrick Budmar | Nov. 26, 2012
While there is a lot of talk about mobile computing, there is a significant difference to the way people are using tablets, smartphones and PCs.

As for what are people doing online and how are they doing it, the survey found the most common thing to do on any device is checking email.

"Whether it is a PC, tablet or a smartphone, email still rules as the number one thing people do online," Stollznow said.

He adds it is interesting how people have a tendency to get sidetracked by the latest thing, but forget about the "nuts and bolts" of communication.

"Namely, if you are going to do one thing it's send an email," Stollznow said.

As for social media, it is the only task that has similar usage among PC, tablet and smartphone.

"There's not a lot of difference in the percentage of people who use a smartphone or a PC or a tablet for social media," Stollznow said.

"So social media is not a mobile exclusive task."


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