Truly mobile computing varies with age

Age and mobility

The geographic range of mobile PC usage varies greatly with a user’s age. The group that use mobile PCs in the most number of locations is younger than those that use mobiles in one location or use desktops. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of the most-mobile PC users are age 34 and below, in stark contrast to desktop users, where only three in ten (30%) are of this age. The moderately-mobile, those that use their mobile PCs in 2-3 locations, are still mostly younger, with well over half (58%) being 34 and younger.

Because the weight of PCs varies by only a few pounds from the heavier to the lighter, it’s not likely that weight is a true physical barrier to older, presumably less hale computers users.

More can be explained by the inertia of computer users, as they slowly expand in their habits of computer use. Younger users have been around computers since their earliest habit-forming years and have incorporated computing into their daily lives, which in turn encourages them to want their computing with them more often and in more locations.

Mobility Varies With Age - Mobile PC Brand Profile Report
Mobility Varies With Age - Mobile PC Brand Profile Report



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Other findings in the Mobile PC Profile Report include:

Brand Shares of Mobile & Desktop PCs
Mobile PC Brands by Year Acquired
Market Segments and Mobile PC Brands
Operating Systems & Mobility
Operating Systems on Mobile PCs – Pre-installed or Aftermarket?
Operating Systems by Mobile PC Brand
User Age and Mobile Computing
User Age and Mobile PC Brand
User Gender and Mobile PC Brand
Age within Gender of Primary Computer User and Mobile PC Brand
Number of Locations by Gender and Age
Employment Status and Mobile Computing
Employment Status and Mobile PC Brands
Market Segment by Mobile PC Brand
Big & Small Companies and PC Mobility
Educational Level and Mobile PC Brand
Household Income by Mobile PC Brand
Age of Kids and Mobility of PC
Mobility Doesn’t Always Mean Mobile Use
Locations for Mobile PCs
Public PC Locations by Mobile PC Brand
Mobile PC Brand by Number of Locations Used
Mobile PC Users and the Total Number of PCs Used
Mobile PC Brand by Number of PCs Regularly Used
PC Purchase Year by Mobility
New versus Used/Refurbished by Mobile PC Brand
Hours of Use by Mobile PC Brand
Busy Mobile PCs and Mobile PC Brands
Activities and Mobility
Major Activities Point Out that Mobile PC Brands Vary
Tech Attitude Gap between Mobile PC and Desktop Users
Tech Attitudes by Mobile PC Brand
Brand Loyalty by Mobile PC Brand
Scanners by Mobile PC Brand
Docking Solutions by Mobile PC Brand
Firewire Usage by Mobile PC Brand
Sony Mobile PC Users Shop at a Broader Selection of Outlets
Which Mobile PC Users Frequent which Online and Retail Outlets
Retail Purchase Channels & Outlets by Mobile PC Brand
Online Purchase Channels & Outlets by Mobile PC Brand


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