Survey: Half of U.S. Adults Own a Smartphone or Tablet, Most Use It for News

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Benjo

I do my news consumption on an old Pentium III laptop that I paid $5. I can lay in bed or on the couch and the laptop can keep itself open. Having an actual keyboard to type posts is very convenient :P

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John Pombrio

Own a tablet. Never use it. Have a smartphone, have not taken a picture in years, use it for texting and (gasp) talking. What a waste of bytes.

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Jeffredo

Not me. My phone is a six year old (yes) Kyocera pay-as-you-go and my two PCs are desktops. Serve my needs just fine.

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kixofmyg0t

Well, that's what most of my tablet time is....reading news, researching, youtube....content consumption.

I come to MaximumPC.com to read new stories about what's happening on the PC front, same with most of the other sites I read on a daily basis. It's much more comfortable to use my tablet than to have to sit at my desk. It's more convenient to use it at work than to lug my laptop that I can only use for maybe 15 minutes at a time.

Oh and I don't have Angry Birds for any of my Android devices. Actually I only have Angry Birds installed on my iPod....that's been sitting in a drawer for almost a year. Saying a tablet is "just for people who play Angry Birds" is just like saying a PC is "just for Facebook".

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mattatooski

Couldn't have said it better myself .....

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tony2tonez

And the other half is playing Angry Birds..still..

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zepolnavi

lol that is very true

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machew100

On a side note, paper news is dead, and digital will remain in its place. Same with books. Completely cutting out paper usage for books, magazines and newspapers would save an ENORMOUS amount of paper. With the population growth as it is, I really hope we head in that direction. And, it's easier to have everything everywhere at once on your tablet, phone or computer.

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TommM

That's funny - I buy a newspaper every Sunday to read while eating breakfast.

I also just bought 15 new books last week through a Barnes and Noble sale. I have a number of friends who have purchased Kindle's and only use them when traveling to save space and weight. They prefer books when not traveling.

And although I'm a computer professional and have an industrial strength gaming PC at home, I don't have a smart phone, nor a tablet. Reason being is those devices give you a half-baked view and minimal performance for my tastes. Not to mention a typical smart-phone will cost you $75 a month which is ridiculous for a glorified PHONE.

You can put down "paper media is dead" in the same category as "PC's are dead." It may be diminished, but it most certainly isn't dead, nor will it go away completely - at least not in our lifetimes.

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Jox

"machew100 - ...paper news is dead...Same with books. Completely cutting out paper usage for books, magazines and newspapers would save an ENORMOUS amount of paper. With the population growth as it is, I really hope we head in that direction. And, it's easier to have everything everywhere at once on your tablet, phone or computer."

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Paper is a renewable resource. Making books from paper encourages the planting of new trees to ensure a continuous source of materials.

E-Readers, iPads, other tablets, smart-phones, etc. use many non-renewable resources and have a higher carbon footprint over time than a paperback book. Once the book is made, its carbon footprint becomes zero (unless you burn it). Electronic devices have ongoing carbon footprints.

Additionally, a book will last 60+ years. The average life-span of an electronic device is 2 years (due to failure or replacement in favour of new technology). The toxic chemicals used in their manufacture seep into ground water or are burned, contributing to air pollution. From an environmental standpoint, mobile devices are absolutely worse for the planet than paper books.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/E-Readers-Are-Not-as-Green-as-One-Might-Think-273772.shtml

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd_ZttK3PuM&feature=related

-Jox

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