Survey: 25% of smartphone owners favor mobile web over desktop

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Thirty-five percent of American adults now own a smartphone according to a new Pew Internet Project survey--and for many of these subscribers, smartphones have emerged as their primary means of accessing the Web or email.

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Eighty-seven percent of all U.S. smartphone owners now access the Web or email via mobile device and 68 percent do so every day, Pew reports--most significant, 25 percent of respondents say they more frequently go online using their phone than on a desktop computer.

The report adds that while most smartphone users have other sources of online access, roughly one third of "cell mostly" Internet users do not have a high-speed broadband connection at home. Smartphone owners under the age of 30, non-white subscribers and users with relatively low income and education levels are most likely to say they typically go online using their phones.

Thirty-five percent of U.S. smartphone users own a device running Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system, Pew reports. Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry follow at 24 percent each, trailed by Palm (6 percent) and Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone/Windows Mobile (4 percent). Android devices are especially popular among young adults and African-Americans, while college graduates and affluent subscribers gravitate to iPhone and BlackBerry.

For more:
- read this Pew Internet Project report

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