Further proof the U.S. is gadget hungry: We now have more internet connected gadgets than people

I don’t this is going to be a shocker to anyone, but it sure is eye-opening when you consider that there are now more internet connected devices than people in the U.S. According to the NPD Group, there are about 425 million such gadgets in homes that consist of smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and of course desktop computers and laptops. With 311 million people, it’s a lock that this spread will continue to grow.

Desktops and laptops continue to dominate the numbers, but mobile is growing fast and furious. Right now there are roughly 183.8 million desktops and laptops, but between smartphones and tablets, they make up roughly 164.8 million. The rest of the numbers are comprised of video game consoles, HDTVs, media players, and Blu-ray players.

Is it possible that by the end of 2013, smartphones and tablets will overtake computers and laptops?

source: NPD Group

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  • http://twitter.com/1huckabuck Remo J Gutierrez

    Neo was right!

  • RTWright

    There is no way these numbers are anywhere near to being accurate when you consider a family has more than 1 phone but may only have 1 computer. You could see a family of five ( Husband, Wife, 3 Children ) which gives the case of having 5 mobile devices, 2 to 5 computers at best. I know one family where the husband had 3 computers just himself and the wife 1, the child 1. They had 3 mobile devices. Yes, no doubt that mobile is expanding, that’s to be expected to be honest. It will never replace a full blown desktop or laptop. These things have far too short of a battery life still in extreme heavy usage and get WAY too hot when doing so.

    My GSIII has great battery life when it’s unplugged and not being used much. But one I start using it heavily, that battery gets low fast due to the screen. And the bottom end of the device can start to get pretty seriously hot, not warm, hot! Laptops are far better for heavy usage, Tablets are a little better than standard mobile devices but still have issues with battery life and heat. Heavy gaming and video watching they’re just not really designed for that. They can do it and give you something to do for a short period of time, but lets face it. Desktops and Laptops are going to remain the heavy hitters here because this is what they’re designed around. Even laptops have battery issues after being in super heavy use, we’ve all seen it and done it.

    So these numbers on this scale is skewed. Just like all of them. There is also no real way to get a very accurate account for these types of numbers either. So many people buy computer parts and build their own as apposed to buying the crappy name brand systems with all of their bloatware. Not to mention, you can typically build a top notch system for half of what a name brand would charge you for it. There is no bill of sale to show a full computer was purchased, because of all the parts purchased separate. You might think that those are a small amount of computers in the world, but I would suggest you think real hard on that because I know far too many markets down here where people are building over buying name brand.

    That market is so big, but even harder to monitor accurate numbers. So take these statistics with a grain of salt. That’s all their worth in the end. Someone wants to look smart is all, except the smart ones know better!