An IBM-sponsored survey finds that consumers and enterprise users are beginning to favor mobile devices, such as the Apple iPhone or the types of mobile Internet devices Intel is helping to develop through its Atom processor, for accessing the Internet compared with more standard PCs, including notebooks. The IBM study also finds that by 2011, 39 percent of those surveyed said they expect to increase Internet use on their smart phone or MID by at least 40 percent.
When it comes to accessing the Internet, more users are turning to their
smart phones and other mobile devices rather than traditional PCs, according to
a new IBM-sponsored survey released Oct. 23.
The survey, which interviewed 600 consumers in United
and the United Kingdom,
found that 50 percent of users would rather use a mobile device, such as a
smart phone, to access the Internet and use Web-based applications than a more
traditional PC. These findings bolster another report, called "Go Mobile,
Grow," that IBM's Institute for Business
Value commissioned in May.
A summary of the IBM survey can be found here.
The IBM survey focused on how mobile
devices, such as traditional cell phones or more enhanced smart
phones such as the Apple iPhone
or the Research In Motion BlackBerry,
compared with traditional desktop PCs and even laptops. The results showed that
for Internet access, users preferred mobile devices to PCs and that is expected
to increase in the next several years. For example, by 2011, 39 percent of
those surveyed said they will increase their Internet use of mobile devices by
The results from the IBM study seem to
reflect the growing enthusiasm from both consumers and enterprise users for new
types of mobile devices and smart phones. Apple's iPhone has proved widely
successful for the company, and other smart phones, from the
T-Mobile G1 smart phone that uses Google's Android mobile operating system
to the BlackBerry
, have also been greeted with enthusiasm.
At the same time, companies such as Intel and Nvidia have looked to create whole,
new types of MIDs (mobile Internet devices) that are specifically designed to
access the Web. This week, Intel
announced that its second-generation platform for MIDs, called "Moorestown,"
will launch in 2009 or 2010 and use a new system-on-a-chip design-Lincroft-that
will include a new 45-nanometer CPU.
While the survey did not distinguish between enterprise users and consumers,
Christian Seider, a senior managing consultant for IBM's
Institute for Business Value, said consumers are adopting mobile devices much
faster than the enterprise. The reasons why vary. However, security, Seider
said, is a major concern for businesses and has slowed the adoption of mobile
"Certainly security is one of those big concerns," Seider told eWEEK. "Right
now, a lot of these mobile devices do not have a firewall or a virus scanner,
and that makes them vulnerable to increasing attacks from hackers."
Other concerns hindering the adoption of mobile devices are cost, both for
service and the devices themselves, and the lack of business applications, other
than mobile e-mail. Seider said companies such as SAP
are trying to create specific business applications for smart phones, but most
application development is focused on the consumer market for now. (On Oct. 23,
announced that it had enhanced Gmail
for the BlackBerry.)
The IBM survey also found that consumers
are much more loyal to applications that they use compared with the devices
that those applications run on. About half of those in the survey said they
wanted the same applications, whether that is e-mail or IM, to work on both
their PC and their mobile device.