Tablet devices are most used for checking email, the news and social media browsing, according to a Gartner report.
As more and more tablet devices enter the marketplaceGoogle and Microsoft
are the latest to unveil tablets in an ever-expanding fieldusers are growing
more accustomed to them as part of their daily routine, with checking email and
reading the news as the top two activities, according to a survey from IT
research firm Gartner of tablet users in the United States, United Kingdom and
Eighty-one percent of respondents check email daily, while 69 percent read
the news, according to survey results, followed by checking the weather
forecast (63 percent), social networking (62 percent) and gaming (60 percent).
The rapid adoption of media tablets is substantively changing how consumers
access, create and share content, Carolina Milanesi, research vice president
at Gartner, said in a prepared statement. The survey found that more than 50
percent of media tablet owners prefer to read news, magazines and books on
screen, rather than on paper. On average, one in three respondents used their
media tablets to read a book, compared with 13 percent for mobile PCs, and 7
percent for mobile phones.
The tablet is also the preferred connected device in the home, according to
the report, more so than mobile phones or PCs, with the highest usage taking place
in the living room (87 percent), the bedroom (65 percent) and the kitchen (47
percent). Weekday evenings are the most popular usage time for tablets while at
home, the report found. However, tablet users are also more likely to have
other connected devices like smartphones or notebooks, and use these devices
interchangeably rather than as replacements. Along with their tablets, most
respondents also owned PCs, TVs and mobile phones.
We do not believe that the paperless home will prevail, but it is clear
that the less-paper model is the new reality, Meike Escherich, principal
research analyst at Gartner, said in a press statement. The ongoing
convergence of previously distinct devices seems to be turning the market for
consumer devices from hardware-centric to usage-centric.
Survey respondents also indicated the tablets form factor was the primary
reason for purchase, due to its convenience, small size and light weight. The
results also suggested users view tablets as a very personal device, more
similar to a smartphone than a notebook or PC, with 45 percent of respondents
saying they do not share their tablet at all. Women are more likely to receive
tablets as gifts, while men are more likely to go out and purchase a tablet for
their own use, the survey indicated.