Most people browse from computers, not mobiles

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Do you view web sites mainly from your mobile or your computer? graph of japanese statisticsjapan.internet.com recently reported on goo Research’s second regular survey into web site viewing, specifically comparing computer versus mobile phone (including smartphone) browsing habits.

Demographics

Between the 28th and 30th of November 2011 1,092 members of the goo Research mobile monitor group complete a private mobile (including smartphone) internet-based questionnaire. 58.2% of the survey were female, 3.3% in their teens, 22.8% in their twenties, 37.1% in their thirties, 26.0% in their thirties, and 10.8% aged fifty or older.

I’ve now finally joined the odern age and got my smartphone, a dinky wee P-01D job. However, I don’t have an unlimited packet deal, and as one of the reasons I signed up was to get access to my carrier’s wifi system, any mobile browsing will tend to be done on my netbook, not smartphone. Anyway, it also supports tethering, so if I do go unlimited, it will be spending a lot of time acting as a hot spot for my real computer.

Note that tablet computers were not asked about – it doesn’t say if they were specifically excluded, but the impression I get from the text is that they were. However, the article does mention that it would be good to start explicitly asking about tablet habits too, as they combine many of the good points of both smartphones and computers.
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Android beating iPhone, catching up on iPad

My last smartphone survey for the week is this from goo Research, reported on by japan.internet.com, looking at mobile devices, the second in a regular series.

Demographics

Between the 26th and 29th of October 2011 1,085 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.9% of the sample were male, 16.4% in their teens, 18.2% in their twenties, 21.4% in their thirties, 16.4% in their forties, and 27.6% aged fifty or older.

I was looking at docomo smartphones and tablets today, and I was quite surprised how cheap they are! There’s a new Panasonic P-01D out with a 3.2 inch screen that’s just about 10,000 yen to upgrade to, the 7 inch Galaxy Tab is just 3,000 yen if you pick it up as a second phone, and even a top-end 10 inch water-resistant Honeycomb tablet with LTE 4G is just a touch over 20,000 yen. The offers last until Christmas, so don’t leave it too late! I’m very tempted by the tiny Pana I mentioned, and if I use my saved-up points I can get it for just about free! If I can set up a firewall or router or the like on the phone, I can force it to use wi-fi all the time and avoid packet charges, making it in theory cheaper than my current feature phone. Here’s a video of it in action – I’ll give the pink a miss this time…


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