Tablet use most common on the couch, in the bedroom
For all the talk about tablet computers making their way into the enterprise, the majority of tablet use still takes place in the home, according to a study from telecommunications analyst company CCS Insight.
Of the nearly 4,500 tablet owners surveyed across six European countries, 79 percent indicate they use their tablets in the living room. Sixty percent say they use tablets in the bedroom, often as an alternative to a laptop or netbook computer.
In contrast, 27 percent of respondents indicate they have tablets for on-the-job use, and only 7 percent say they use them primarily for work. According to the report, this suggests that many businesses are not yet ready to dive head first into tablet technology.
"This statistic will alarm tablet-makers that are trying to sell devices to the enterprise market," says Martin Garner, senior vice president at CCS Insight. "Business customers will not engage with tablets until they see a vast improvement in enterprise software on tablets."
Despite CSS Insight's findings, a May 2011 Dimensional Research study suggests many companies are transitioning to tablets. In a survey, 30 percent of respondents say their companies are in some stage of a tablet deployment plan.