Nowadays, one of the biggest and most important selling points, if not THE biggest, of an electronic device is whether or not it rates well when it comes to internet solutions. Well, in order to shine some light on which devices offer the best solution, you first need to consider what you’re using the internet solution for the most, and what your user habits are. In this article we will look at internet user habits and how varied devices will rate better or worse for each.


We’ll start with the big one – internet solutions for business. We could start by sating, potentially all devices are useful for business these days, as flexible working be9iocmes increasingly popular. This is because working from home and on the go will require more portable solutions such as tablets and smartphones. However, when it comes to static businesses based in office locations, the most widely used devices are laptops and desktop computers, whether they be Mac or PC systems. Whilst Macs are more commonly used in design-related businesses such as marketing teams etc, PCs are still hugely successful for internet solutions and internal storage for businesses. Programmes such as Office 365 with access to Cloud technology, easy file sharing and internet-based back-up strategies, for example, are most successful and widely used on PC devices, and can offer some of the best forms of protection from cyber threats – if used in conjunction with a good and trusted IT service provider. Devices such as smartphones and tablets are usually used as an additional point of access when it comes to business, rather than the main device for internet solutions. So, for business, the likelihood is that you get the most for your money and time with a PC/laptop.

Personal Browsing & Shopping (including social media)

When it comes to causal browsing, checking for emails and social messages that rely on successful internet solutions, the device that comes out on top here has to be the smartphone – with notepads/tablets coming in at a close second due to the similarities between each of these devices. Statistically, the results speak for themselves – as this sort of browsing is not exclusive to a work-related need but comes in addition to it. According to Ofcom, “17% of people owned a smartphone a decade ago. That has now reached 78%, and 95% among 16-24 year-olds.”  With the age group mentioned being the largest consumer of internet-related communications, it’s safe to say that the smartphone beats all other devices when it comes to generalised internet usage. What’s more, smartphone internet solutions usually come alongside a contract package that allows for a certain amount of data usage that is not reliant on WiFi connections – meaning more access in more places, from anywhere in the world at any time.

Streaming & Gaming

This one usually comes down to storage and screen size. At a close second is the laptop – depending on the specs and memory capacity of the laptop, many can be used successfully aa a streaming and online gaming device. While screen sizes vary, the more modern and most popular laptops amongst gamers in particular have the capacity to offer an excellent online gaming experience, as well as a handy device for streaming online movie apps such as Netflix for example. But the number one, again in this case, has to be the desktop – as you can usually connect any screen to your desktop and therefore stream any online movie, programme or game through the screen while sitting comfortably on your sofa or bed, it makes for the most ideal solution when it comes to streaming and online gaming habits.

All in all, it very much depends on how you utilise internet connectivity. When it comes to more widespread, general use, the smartphone comes pout on top simply due to the vast numbers of people in the UK using a smartphone device. However, when it comes to business solutions and more extensive streaming/gaming solutions, the desktop device offers a more robust option, with internet solutions that come in line to9 match the power required to carry out the related tasks.

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