Smartphones Overtake Laptops in UK

Smartphones have overtaken laptops as the UK’s most popular device for accessing the internet, according to research by Ofcom. 66% of Brits now own a smartphone, using it for almost two hours every day to browse around online. 33% said that their smartphone was their most important tool for reaching the internet, compared to 30% who stuck with their laptops; in 2014, these figures were 40% and 22%, respectively. The rise in 4G availability was given as the main reason for the jump in smartphone use.

Smartphone ownership was found to be high among 16-24 year-olds (90%), although ownership among 55-64 year-olds has more than doubled since 2012 (19% to 50%).