This study determined which devices, hand held or desktop and laptop computers, users preferred to access specific types of Internet content and why they chose mobile apps or mobile websites. Significant differences were found in favor of using handheld devices for social networking, looking up directions, programing reminders, global positioning systems, playing games, and listening to music. Activities showed a significant difference in favor of using desktop and laptop computers to investigate topics of interest, watch videos, and manage finances. Users preferred the way mobile apps are presented over mobile websites, but no significant differences between devices were found for accessing information, using services, completeness of content, making purchases, advertising, or ease of use.
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Department of Communication (CLA)
Rondon Lopez, Abel B., "User Preferences for Accessing Online Content through Desktop, Laptop, and Handheld Devices" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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