84 per cent of tablet owners play games

Written by Antony Leather

April 11, 2011 // 2:17 p.m.

Tags: #apple #galaxy-tab #ios #ipad #ipad-2 #kindle #playbook #slate #tablet #viewpad-7 #xoom

More people use their tablets for gaming than any other pastime, according to a Google AdMob survey produced last month.

The US-based survey cites gaming as by far the most popular use of tablets, eclipsing other uses such as watching videos, listening to music, web browsing and social networking. Of the 1,430 respondents, 84 per cent claim to play games on their tablets.

The next most popular use was searching for information at 78 per cent, followed by emailing at 74 per cent and reading the news at 61 per cent.

Meanwhile, 61 per cent of respondents said they used their tablet for social networking, while only 51 per cent used a tablet to watch videos or listen to music.

Another interesting fact from the survey was that very few people use their tablet away from home - less than 20 per cent admit to using their tablet on the go, or even at work. Meanwhile, 77 per cent of respondents said they used their desktop or laptop less as a result of buying a tablet, although 72 per cent claimed their tablet had not replaced another device as their primary computer. However, the survey contained no data about which specific tablets people owned.

You can view the survey here.

If you have a tablet, what do you use it for? Are these results surprising, or are they what you would expect? Let us know in the forums.

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