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Study results are in  (Source: Meraki)
Desktop devices are shrinking in use

A study conducted by cloud networking company Meraki has looked at the amount of data consumed by various types of devices via Wi-Fi. The study is a comparative analysis of devices between 2010 and 2011. The results of the study are now available and show that mobile platforms have gained significantly compared to desktop platforms. 

The average monthly Wi-Fi data consumed according to Meraki by Android, iPhone, and iPod users is about 40MB while the average iPad user consumes 200MB of data each month.

According to the study, iOS devices and Android devices now account for 58% of all Wi-Fi devices. In 2010, the percentage of the same devices was 33% showing a significant growth. Desktop platforms declined over the study period slipping from 63% for Windows and Mac combined to only 36% this year.

IOS devices grew significantly over the time period going from 32% of Wi-Fi traffic up to 47%. Android on the other hand went from 1% to 11%.

The study found that the single most popular Wi-Fi device is the iPhone, which should surprise no one. The survey gathered its data from the 17,000 deployed cloud networks Meraki runs around the world. Those 17,000 networks have more than 40 million different users and the study data was gathered using information about what devices connect to those cloud networks.

It's no surprise to see the number of computers accessing Wi-Fi declining. Computer sales are slowing and tablet sales are increasing according to Gartner's latest data. 



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RE: not surprised I guess
By kleinma on 6/24/2011 5:03:24 PM , Rating: 0
It's called NetFlix... Everyone I know that has an iPad uses it for about 3 things:

Surf Web
Angry Birds (or similar stupid life wasting game)
NetFlix


RE: not surprised I guess
By rburnham on 6/24/2011 5:54:56 PM , Rating: 2
Life wasting? If people are having fun, it's never a waste.


RE: not surprised I guess
By kleinma on 6/24/11, Rating: 0
RE: not surprised I guess
By Ramstark on 6/24/2011 8:20:45 PM , Rating: 2
WOW...so, you are saying that 100% of your time is always work or something of "great importance"? Gimme a break...
iPad is useful only like that, it is his big game and "nice screen" that is designed exactly for that...
I think that that Wifi usage comes exactly from what the later poster mentioned, I'm curious though, how the windows tablets would be compared, as they are supposed to be designed for work too...


RE: not surprised I guess
By Colin1497 on 6/24/2011 9:07:52 PM , Rating: 2
This is exactly right. The iPad is the device that almost nobody needs, but everyone thinks they need because their cool friends have one. Loved the Anandtech iPad 2 review where Anand admitted his original iPad had been sitting docked with his desktop machine for months almost completely unused.

Minor web surfing, angry birds, and netflix are exactly what you see 98% of the people doing with their iPad at the airport.


RE: not surprised I guess
By Pirks on 6/25/2011 1:16:49 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
Minor web surfing
And since Playbook browses web way better than iPad - Apple lost any attractiveness even here.


RE: not surprised I guess
By cmdrdredd on 6/26/2011 4:42:52 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
And since Playbook browses web way better than iPad - Apple lost any attractiveness even here.


Doesn't matter if you can't sell the thing.

You all are forgetting one major component of the iPad which I use all the time. Reading. I use the Kindle and iBook app quite a lot.


RE: not surprised I guess
By cmdrdredd on 6/26/2011 4:40:38 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's called NetFlix... Everyone I know that has an iPad uses it for about 3 things: Surf Web Angry Birds (or similar stupid life wasting game) NetFlix


1) Sure I go on the web on it...but not a whole lot because no flash.

2) Angry Birds is so last year...Now we play Cut the Rope which is much more intellectually stimulating, less annoying, and more difficult. Or Stick Man Golf which has a multiplayer component that is quite fun.

3) Netflix? Actually I don't use netflix. Why you may ask? Simply because I don't like streamed video. I tolerate it when it's impossible to have an alternative (youtube and videos posted to facebook), but I prefer to watch my movies on a big screen in 1080p with lossless sound. I also don't like to pay monthly for a service I might not use all the time.


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