Mobile devices come in all different shapes and sizes. Actually, they’re almost always rectangular, but the sizes range from smallish smartphones, through fantastic phablets, all the way up to gigantic tablets.
This week’s MakeUseOf Poll sees us discussing size. As in the size of your main mobile device, obviously. Get your minds out of the gutter immediately.
PC Gaming FTW!
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Which Games Console Do You Currently Own?”
Out of a total of 367 votes, 6.3% chose PlayStation 4, 3.5% chose Xbox One, 4.1% chose Wii U, 17.7% chose PlayStation 3, 17.2% chose Xbox 360, 8.5% chose Wii, 7.4% chose An Older Console, and 35% declared themselves PC Gamers.
PC gaming clearly won out overall, but that doesn’t tell the full story. If we add all the other numbers up then there are many more console gamers reading this than PC gamers. It’s just that the console gaming market is so fragmented thanks to having a variety of hardware to choose from.
In terms of the new consoles fresh onto the market, the PlayStation 4 leads the way, with the Xbox One gaining almost half the number of votes. The Wii U is surprisingly popular amongst the MakeUseOf readership; the Nintendo console sitting comfortably between the offerings from Sony and Microsoft.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from likefunbutnot, Peter F, and Victor O. Comment Of The Week goes to Ben B, who won with this comment:
I’m a true PC gamer for several reasons. Firstly graphics! There is no denying it that they are better on PC. Higher resolution, higher res textures, more settings to play with ;-) and a higher FPS. Secondly, sound. There is so much hardware and software out there for PC that makes your sound experience the best it can be, whether that’s a surround sound headset or 5.1 speakers (I have both :-P). Next there are the games themselves. With a console sometimes your limited to the games you can get, they are either released for your console or they are not. With a PC they are almost always released on PC whether that’s at launch or ported later on, although there are always exceptions, Nintendo for example. Also old games don’t always work on the latest console. On PC they live on with the help of an emulator. There is also a massive range of games available as well as Free To Plays thanks to game distribution software like Steam and Desura. Also we get amazing sales from Steam and companies like Green Man Gaming. Next we have inputs. PC has every controller that consoles use as well as thousands of more custom ones like flight controllers etc. Now for multiplayer. PC can do LAN, Local and online with often a much wider selection of servers and Mods (I’m not going into any more detail about Mods but they are self explanatory). Also when game spy decides to stop hosting servers often the community steps in. Consoles cant do that! Finally there is cost. Games are often cheaper or you can wait for them to be on a massive discount. Also PC’s may often in the end cost more but you can start out with a little investment of £200-£300 instead of £400 straight out and then build up to an awesome build! So PC master race for the win!
We chose this comment because it perfectly and passionately sums up why this commenter is a PC gamer rather than a console gamer. Which console gamers will probably find fascinating. We certainly found it so.
We Admit It… Size Does Matter
The majority of people reading this are likely to own at least one mobile device, and most will probably own more than one. But what size is the mobile device you use most regularly?
We want to see whether smartphones, phablets, or tablets now rule the mobile roost. And also what size the majority of you opted for when faced with buying an intelligent mobile device. Smart means intelligent, doesn’t it?!
Please use the poll above to indicate what size your main mobile device is, and then take to the comments section below to tell us a) why you prefer that size of device over the bigger and/or smaller options available, and b) what particular make and model of smartphone, phablet, or tablet you own.
Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week.
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