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Tablets vs. Everything Else for Viewing Websites and Everyday Use

- July 27, 2017

tablets I enabled Google Analytics on this website a little over a month ago. I wanted to see how tablets compared to desktop computers and cell phones for people viewing this website.

What I discovered over a 30-day period opened my eyes a bit. Based on my findings, targeting cell phone users more than desktop and tablet users is a good idea. I started with my custom WordPress theme on a hunch but perhaps I can do more.

Visitors using Tablets

Over the 30-day period, here’s the device breakdown:

I’ll check again after 90 days but the results will probably be similar. The numbers tell me, as far as this website goes, I should focus on cell phones the most.

Tablets for Everyday Use

Tablets are probably used a lot more for things other than visiting websites. Based on my observations, they seem more suited for watching videos and playing video games than anything else. That’s what I see happening every day with my relatives. One, in particular, watches YouTube videos of other people playing video games.

I want a tablet for watching videos in bed with my wife, Josie. It’s how she falls asleep. My Samsung Galaxy S4 screen is just a little too small. It’s what I’m using until I can afford a tablet, which isn’t high on my priority list. The 7-inch size will probably work just as well as a larger size.

I think cell phone zombies use cell phones specifically because they only need to use one hand. Tablets, even the smaller ones, need two hands to work with effectively.

Prices

I honestly don’t know what it’s like in the United States. I won’t know unless I do a lot of research. In the Philippines, tablets and cell phones are a lot less expensive than desktop computers (including laptops). That is, as long as you stay away from the Apple, Sony and Samsung brand names (and others I can’t think of at the moment).

I can browse the Lazada Philippines online store and find good tablets and cell phones for under $100 USD. The Alcatel brand (a French company now under the Nokia brand name) is comparable to the Samsung brand, only a lot less expensive. Cherry Mobile, a Philippines company, sells products for even less.


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Gentleman Jack Darby (2017)

With the increasing use of smartphones, sites that use accelerated mobile pages will prosper a the expense of those that do not, unless a site's content is unique and not available from a competitor. I give preference to AMP sites even though I use a higher-end Chromebook that is very fast.

RT Cunningham (2017)

I had RTCXpression set up as an AMP site once. The problem is that the AMP specifications keep changing. Until they stabilize, it doesn't make sense for the average website to use it. The big players are using it now because they have in-house teams to keep up with it.

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