San Francisco, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) December 21, 2010
More than 1 in 5 Americans currently own/plan to own a tablet computer within the next three years, according to a new online survey conducted in November by Harris Interactive and sponsored by Fuze Box, with an estimated 9 million currently owning tablet devices. This new research shows a major growth opportunity for tablet-related applications and usage for personal and business reasons.
Those adults who own and/or plan to buy a tablet computer in the next three years plan to use their tablet for the following:
-Browsing the Internet (78%)
-Reading e-books/newspapers (53%)
-Social networking (50%)
-Watching TV/movies (43%)
-Business/Professional purposes (37%)
-Building a creative portfolio (12%)
Tablet in the Workplace
Those adults who use/plan to use their tablet computer for business/professional purposes use/plan to use their tablet computer for:
-Business correspondence (58%)
-Online meetings/Web conferences (37%)
-Graphic design (27%)
-Inventory management (27%)
-Customer support (24%)
“Since before the iPad launched in April, we’ve persisted that tablets would soon become a widely used business tool,” says Jeff Cavins, CEO of Fuze Box. “With 2 in 5 tablet owners using their device for business by 2014, we have officially entered the post PC era and the potential is there to reinvent the business environment for collaboration with portable and tactile computing devices, complete with cameras, document sharing, cloud computing, and storage.”
Tablet Splits on Gender
Based on the results of the survey, it appears that men generally are more receptive of tablet computers. Men are more likely than women to say they own and/or plan to buy a tablet computer in the next three years (26% vs. 18% respectively). Of those who own and/or plan to buy a tablet computer in the next three years, women are more likely than men to say they will use their tablet for social networking (60% vs. 43% respectively).
Youth & Tablets
Younger adults (18-34) are more likely than their older counterparts (55+) to say they own and/or plan to buy a tablet computer in the next three years (26% vs. 15% respectively).
Of those who own and/or plan to buy a tablet computer in the next three years:
-Younger adults (18-34) are more likely than older adults (55+) to say a main use for their tablet computer is social networking (59% vs. 30% respectively).
-Younger adults (18-34) are more likely than older adults (55+) to say they use/plan to use their tablet computer for gaming (39% vs. 21% respectively).
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Fuze Box, from November 10 to 12, 2010 among 2,288 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact michal(at)vscconsulting(dot)com
About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading custom market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a wide range of industries including healthcare, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Serving clients in over 215 countries and territories through our North American, European, and Asian offices and a network of independent market research firms, Harris Interactive specializes in delivering research solutions that help us - and our clients - stay ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit http://www.harrisinteractive.com.
About Fuze Box
Fuze Box is a leading platform provider of real time visual collaboration applications for millions of end users across various businesses. Its applications - Fuze Meeting, Fuze Messenger, Fuze Movie and Tweetshare - allow people to communicate, collaborate and share content from any device, anywhere in the world. Fuze Meeting is a mobile and web-based collaboration service that features integrated audio conferencing as well as high-definition, synchronized video and image sharing. The company's technology is based on a real-time visual communications platform that converges telephony, high-definition, synchronized video and image sharing across the enterprise, the web and mobile networks. Fuze Box, and its subsidiary Callwave have been awarded and holds 22 patents, with over 44 more pending in the fields of telephony, web and visual media technologies to transform how professionals and individuals communicate. For more information, please visit http://www.fuzebox.com.
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