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Study shows most tablets never leave the home

Study shows most tablets never leave the home
Study shows most tablets never leave the home
91 percent of tablet owners use their tablets on the sofa and in the garden or bedroom, according to a recent survey on Bitkom.

Convertible devices make up the bulk of 2-in-1 hybrid notebooks, which are expected to grow in demand according to a separate study from Gartner. For simple office tasks, browsing, and YouTube playback, the performance of the latest generation of convertibles is more than enough. Even Microsoft's Surface 3 Convertible can replace most of what a standard day-to-day laptop can perform. In short, overall performance of hybrid notebooks make classic entry-level notebooks look outdated and unattractive.

A survey from Bitkom reveals that as portable as tablets may be, 91 percent of them are mostly used at home. About 30 percent remain indoors exclusively and another 30 percent will occasionally see some traveling. Only 6 percent of users say they mostly use their tablets outdoors and away from home.

The data is perhaps unsurprisingly considering that tablet computers are replacing many conventional devices at home. Bitkom mentions that tablets are an excellent substitute for magazines, TVs, game consoles, cookbooks, and photos. 82 percent of users from the same survey say they rely on the device when on the living room sofa.

As for elsewhere in the home, about half of users frequently use their tablets on the balcony, garden, or bedroom. 47 percent use their tablets while sitting at the desk and 39 percent use them in the kitchen. Last but not least, about 7 percent admit to using them while in the bathroom.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2015-07- 6 (Update: 2015-07- 6)