CompTIA Polls Techies on Key Tools

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In spite of the near ubiquity of cell phones and iPods, these technologies are mere vanities when compared to laptops and PCs, a new online survey from CompTIA shows. The organization asked IT professionals what technology device they would select if they could only have one for a day, and about two-thirds of the nearly 2,000 respondents said either laptop or desktop computers.


Laptops were the technology of choice for more than 45 percent of poll participants, while close to 21 percent opted for PCs. “I was kind of surprised, because you always see everyone else using all of these other technical devices, but when IT professionals were asked what they would choose if they had to use only one for the entire day, laptops were their number-one choice by a very wide margin,” said John Venator, president and CEO of CompTIA. “It’s interesting that right now—keeping in mind what we generally have looked to in terms of our use of the computer—more and more tech professionals are willing to pass their Blackberries, set aside their cell phones and even ignore their iPods, but they can’t go a day without their laptop or desktop computer.”


Coming in at a distant third were Blackberries. Venator was quick to distinguish between these kinds of devices and standard cell phones. “If you look at the rankings, 8.7 percent of the poll participants said that their Blackberry wireless device, but you can read any other brand into that,” he explained. “Their wireless device would be their choice if they could only use one tech tool for the day. I think that the key there is that they’re the ones that have a full keyboard. The ones where you have to press the number ‘7’ for the letter ‘S’ are not that great.”


Although survey respondents did not elaborate on why they made the decisions they did, Venator chalked their choices up to functionality. “I’ve got a cell phone that also has a keyboard thing. I like it, and I do use it a lot, but when I have to do certain things, I can hardly wait to get to my desktop. I can just do more: I can see things better, I can manipulate them better.”


“The thing that struck me was when you looked at the list of options offered, with the right setup, you can do almost anything on a computer,” added Steven Ostrowski, CompTIA’s director of corporate communications. “I can watch a DVD on a laptop, I can play music, I can communicate over a Voice-over IP network. Sure, everybody has more than one of those—cell phones are almost everywhere these days and Blackberries are getting that way—but if you had to choose one for both the business and personal side, the laptop and PC are the ways most people would go.”


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