For some time now I’ve been thinking about noting the devices I see on my trips. I don’t know about you, but gadgets always catch my eye. I usually try to identify the devices, just for my own curiosity. I like to get a feel for what type of professional buys which type of gadget.
For example, I didn’t see any Android tablets at PLA 2012, but I did see a couple iPads, one Kindle Fire, a K3, a Sony Reader Wifi, and 3 BB Playbooks. And that was 3 different Playbooks owned by 3 different librarians. If you’re wondering why RIM is still making them, clearly someone is still buying.
Today at the NAPCO conference I didn’t see any Playbooks but I did spot a Kindle Fire, a dozen or so iPads, and a couple Samsung tablets. And of course there were dozens of different smartphones in use in the sessions, but I couldn’t get a close enough look to identify the models.
Admittedly, my results are only anecdotal and based on a small survey group, but now I think I see why there’s an iPad market and a tablet market. Also, for all this talk of lots of Android tablets sold, there’s not a whole lot them being used for work.
So what have you seen in the wild?