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To surf the net I use...

Mainly PC/laptop 15 44.12%
 
Mainly Phone 1 2.94%
 
A balanced mix of both 6 17.65%
 
Only PC/Laptop 9 26.47%
 
Only phone 1 2.94%
 
Other, comments, Hilary clinton. 2 5.88%
 
Total:34
John2290 said:
KBG29 said:

I browse primarily on Console, and used Vita up until late last year when I was away from home.

Now I use iPhone when I am out, since the Vita web browser is completely broken.

I only browse on the PC in the rare occasion that I can’t get something working on the PS4 or Xbox.

To be clear, I have keyboards for my consoles, which makes the browsing experience great. If I didn’t have a keyboard on the consoles, it would not be a great experience.

You reminded me of 2011-12I used to browse with old laptops hooked up behind my TV connected with HDMI, that was the best I ever had wlth a wireless K&M on a 50 inch. I think I may use my FF14 keyboard with the built in trackpad and try the PSN browser and see if you are correct. 

My biggest thing with using the consoles is the convenience. I am already watching or playing something on PlayStation or Xbox the major majority of the time I am in front of a screen at home. It takes nothing to hit the home button, jump to the browser, and get on VGChartz or search something on Bing or Google.

PC and it’s many browser options obviously have a massive upper hand in flexibility, but for almost everything I commonly browse PS4 and XBO do just fine.

XBO browser is more capable than the PS4 browser, but the PS4 browser is much simpler to navigate. 

It is definitely not for everyone, but it works great for me. I think next gen consoles will be even better for browsing and searching the web. I look forward to it being even more seamless to go from web, to game, to video.



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John2290 said:
Ka-pi96 said:
eh, I'd say laptops are actually worse for browsing the internet, assuming it's one of those crappy ones with no mouse at least. Now an actual PC, that's where you should be browsing the internet. It's been the best place to do since the internet first began and will continue to be the best place until the internet no longer exists.

I've become extremely competent with trackpads over the years and adjusting the sensitivity can make for absolute smooth and speedy use. I had like two years or so to adjust but I'm pretty much as proficient now as with mouse. What gets me is the right and left click buttons as they never have felt natural and the lack of a scroll mouse but the two tap scrolling I found out about just recently makes up for it and chrome OS has double tap funtions now with no need to use the physical buttons/

I've used a track pad for many years since my table didn't work very well for the standard infrared mouse. It works and yep the buttons are awkward. I had to turn the tap on pad stuff off since it was too sensitive and had me clicking on stuff all the time when simply putting my finger back on the pad. Also the position is not as nice as with a mouse. Track pads usually sit on the middle. I used the trackpad so much on my old laptop I wore out a hole in the top layer, protective coating. So I got a laser mouse in a garage sale for a dollar and have been using that since. It works so much better and more comfortable!



Sometimes I feel like the Laptop (~1970s invention) will be like how the TV (~1920s invention) is for boomers / silent generation. The TV became more than just something to watch stuff, and isn't the only screen on the market anymore. I feel like in 20 years I will still be using a laptop computer, but it will be so much less popular due to smartphones. I got my first smartphone this year, but I barely use it due to my laptop. Some people don't own a computer and only use their phones!



John2290 said:

I still use my phone but now it has become the device I want to avoid for it's lesser convenience. 

Phones and tablets, while they seem to do so on the surface are still not a replacement for the good old laptop.

You shouldn't put phones and tablets together with your complaints.

Browsing with a tablet is much more convenient on a couch than a tiny phone screen. Size matters.

Some experiences work better with a laptop, others better with a tablet. Overall it is a tie for me.



Conina said:
John2290 said:

I still use my phone but now it has become the device I want to avoid for it's lesser convenience. 

Phones and tablets, while they seem to do so on the surface are still not a replacement for the good old laptop.

You shouldn't put phones and tablets together with your complaints.

Browsing with a tablet is much more convenient on a couch than a tiny phone screen. Size matters.

Some experiences work better with a laptop, others better with a tablet. Overall it is a tie for me.

Maybe but in my Experience i put away my tablet back in 2015 after 5 or 6 months and never picked it up again, it was the most useless device I've ever bought and a complete waste of 400 euro, I had a laptop after that that had a touch screen and flipped 145 degrees with a stand and also detached to a dedicated tablet, I never used it as a tablet even though i tried, I ended up giving the thing away and just went back to my 2011 laptop. They are such useless devices that would have value if they had dedicated styluses for creative apps or doubled up as a drawing tablet for a PC but any I've seen only allow for those crappy little finger replacement styluses that have little accuracy. 



 

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Phone mainly for social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), PC for browsing (Youtube, Reddit, VGchartz, forums, etc.)



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I strictly use my desktop. I don't even have a smartphone (I still use an old flip phone), although I have borrowed my best friend's phone to look something up for him on quite a few occasions. I never liked the small screen, nor do I like the touchscreen aspect of it, especially for typing. It feels way too awkward for any serious internet usage.

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Phone browsing is basically a last resort. PC or laptop get's used 99% of the time. Back when I had a Blackberry using the phone wasn't as bad, even with the lesser screen space, but even then I'd go a little bit out of my way to use a laptop instead if I could.

Phones need Musks cyberbrain chips that can wirelessly communicate with your device and write what you think. Then and only then will phones be truly be browser competitive, even though proofreading your sent messages will more necessary than ever.



Phone browsing is mainly limited to when I'm out and about or wanna look something up quick with opening my laptop. I use my laptop for browsing about 90% of the time at least. I don't ever wanna go back to relying on something else for the majority of browsing.



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