Tablets: it's all about data

Tablets: it's all about dataTablets may share the mobile spotlight with smartphones and are powered by the same operating software, but how we use them is significantly different.

That's the gist of new mobile data traffic figures from networking giant Cisco, which reveal that the iPad and its like suck up five times as much data on average as the typical smartphone.

Cisco's Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast reveals that over the year 2010, the average tablet user consumed 405MB of data per month, compared to just 79MB per month from smartphone users.

It reinforces the perception that tablets are primarily used for entertainment and media consumption, while smartphones are more typically productivity devices – one obvious reason being the greater suitability of tablets' larger screens for watching video.

Analyst Goldman Sachs reckons the steady increase in tablet sales will see the sector accounting for 17% of all data consumption by the year 2020, and the average tablet going from using 1.5GB of data today to 20GB by the end of the decade.

Via AllThingsD

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Stelph  Apr. 27, 2011 at 12:34

Tablets are absolutely media consumption devices, however I welcome the day when they also become Media creation devices so you are also able to create and edit videos, music, photos ect on the go

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 27, 2011 at 16:33

The same can be said about the iPhones, by the way, which is why some commentators reckon Google & consorts don't actually care whether iOS or Android 'win'.
Last year I compared an iPhone 3GS and a Nokia E71 - side by side, I did exactly the same things with both phones for about 30 minutes; browsing the same sites, downloading the same emails, etc etc... When all was over the Nokia E71 had used some 10 MB of data, the iPhone 3GS appr. 25!!!
Add to that things like iPhones shipping without manuals. How do noobs find info and manuals and tricks and tips? Hello, Google. What do they do to find a way through the apps jungle? Exactly.

shuwaz  Apr. 27, 2011 at 22:40

LOL @ the above!

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