Bitly click data (June 6th - 12th) to find out!Does the type of device that you use change the way that you consume and create information? Does it alter the types of content that you look at? We were curious, so we took a look at a week of
For the most part, the use of traditional computing platforms such as Windows, Linux and Macintosh follow a similar pattern, demonstrating that your habits don't really change regardless of which you choose.
The iPad's usage pattern is drastically different. Usage dips after breakfast, remains low during traditional working hours and does not peak until much later in the evening. During the weekends iPad usage between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. is higher than it is during the week at those same hours. No other device sees a heavy increase of use during the weekends, showing that the iPad is used as an entertainment device and differs from both smartphones and browsers.
We next investigated where in the world these devices were being used and whether these patterns were consistent. We looked at 222 distinct countries, with Windows devices used in all of them and Macintosh computers in 215. According to Apple, the iPad is available in 39 countries worldwide. However, we observed iPad usage in 203 countries during the course of the week. Android, BlackBerry and Linux were used in 202, 181 and 201 countries respectively during the same time.
The iPad is different from the other devices, not so much in the content being consumed, but in the hour of the day and the day of the week in which consumption is occurring. As more tablets become available on the market we will be able to determine if that is indicative of the tablet form factor or just the iPad.