Laptops lose out to tablets and smartphones in business market

By Stuart Sumner
02 Mar 2011 View Comments

Enterprise employees are increasingly using smartphones and tablet devices such as Apple's iPad instead of laptops, according to a new report from enterprise mobility services provider iPass.

The report, which surveyed more than 3,500 mobile employees at over 1,000 enterprises globally, found that laptop usage declined by 10 per cent compared to last year as smartphone and tablet popularity increased.

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It also found that although 65 per cent of mobile workers reported that they use a tablet device, only 27 per cent stated that they use it for work.

iPass reported that the average mobile employee is carrying 2.68 devices for work today. It termed this multiplicity of devices the mobile stack.

Steven Wastie, senior vice-president marketing and product management at iPass, said: "Tablet and smartphone use in the enterprise is being driven by the growth of cloud-based applications, in addition to the devices being reasonably priced."

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