What Device Are You Using Right Now? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Dave Parrack 01-06-2014

There are so many devices capable of connecting to the Internet these days that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Which is where you, dear MakeUseOf reader, can help. In this week’s MakeUseOf Poll we want to know what device you are using to read these words. And these words. And indeed these words.


Sennheiser Sends Its Regards

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, “What Is The Best Brand For Headphones?

Out of a total of 713 votes, 5.9% chose AKG, 6.2% chose Beats, 15.7% chose Bose, 4.6% chose Grado, 0.7% chose JVC, 1.1% chose Panasonic, 3% chose Philips, 40% chose Sennheiser, 7.7% chose Sony, and 15.2% chose “another option” not listed in the poll.

This is an astonishing result for Sennheiser, which picked up 40% of the vote despite being just one of nine named options while also having to compete with the undoubtedly vague and potentially huge “Other?

We would surmise that Sennheiser Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones Review and Giveaway There are only a few things which can unite people more than music. People who enjoy the same tastes in music tend to get along better, or simply enjoy sharing their favorite bands to each... Read More has hit the sweet spot between quality and affordability 5 Quality Headphones That Cost Less Than $50 Owning a quality pair of headphones is very important for anyone who wants or needs to listen to music by themselves on a regular basis. In fact, they're more important than the device actually playing... Read More . There may be better brands out there, but if their headphones are pricier than they should be then mainstream consumers will never get to experience the auditory experience they offer.



Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from RandomWalk, Eric N, and MrX. Comment Of The Week goes to Theo E, who won with this comment:

I’ve been using Sennheiser for years because they have the flattest frequency response and they last forever. I’ve had some durability issues with AKG, but the sound is always spot on. My favorite for just enjoying music is an old pair of Koss Pro 4AA cans from 1973. They’ve made three trips to Koss for restoration (at no cost!) and still sound fantastic.

What Device Are You Using Right Now?

This week we want you to tell us which device you are currently using. It’s about as simple a question as we could possibly ask, as you merely need to angle your eyes downwards to remind yourself what you’re looking at. That is if you don’t already know. Which is unlikely.

This question taps into the ever-expanding list of devices capable of connecting to the Internet. There are so many that together they form the Internet Of Things What Is the Internet of Things? What is the Internet of Things? Here's everything you need to know about it, why it's so exciting, and some of the risks. Read More , though we suspect you’re not reading this using your fridge or toaster.

We can probably guess what the big-hitters in this poll will be, but it should be interesting to see the final pecking order.


Please tell us what device you are currently using by voting in the poll above and then take to the comments below to tell us how and why you find yourself using that device at this moment in time. Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week.

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  1. richfiles
    June 13, 2014 at 4:50 am

    I have a modified 1939 Philco Radio cabinet, with a nixie tube clock and neon power, sleep, and hard drive activity indicators mounted to the front face, behind an art deco styled brass plate...

    It also might contain a quad core 3.5 GHz 3770k i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 22 TB of storage, and an AMD Radeon HD 5770 GPU. It runs Mac OS 10.8, functioning as a "Hackintosh".

    I find the retro styling of wood grain following gorgeous lines and curves, and the soft orange glow of neon to be far nicer than the harsh pinpoints of white LEDs, aluminum and glass, or the all new "trash bin" form factor! XD

  2. Russell
    June 7, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Using a Dell Inspiron 17R N7110, dual booting Windows 7 Home Premium and OpenSuse 13.1. I boot into Windows when I have too, or at least once a month just to keep everything updated.

  3. itadmin
    June 4, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    HP Compaq 8200 Elite with Windows 7 and 8.1, i7 vPro, 8GB RAM. A Dell Inspiron 20 3000 with Windows 8.1.

  4. K.I. Matthews
    June 3, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Dell 15 inch laptop running Win7. I have a USB Ubuntu install, but don't really play with that too much. Pleasantly surprised by Dell support - which was excellent; I had an HP laptop which overheated way too easily and I'd never buy HP again!! ( SRI, I like to add that every chance I get, I'm really disappointed by HP engineering and support.) I also have an older Android tablet which I hardly ever use and an older Samsung phone running Android 2.1 which I use daily. If anybody cares :-)

    (While I've got your attention, I haven't been able to log on to my MUO account with either IE or Chrome for about a year now. I kinda miss being able to collect points.)

    For all the 'NIX fanboys, don't bother trying to change me or troll my response. I use what I use because that's what I use! I've been working with computers for over 35 years and maybe it's because I'm getting older, but I just don't see enough reason to learn yet another OS. I started using computers by toggling ones and zeros into a front panel to boot from the disk and progressed through I don't know how many OS's since. Linux is JAFOS (a la "Blue Thunder") and I don't see anything in it that compels me to mess around with it, so LEAVE ME ALONE!

  5. R Martin
    June 2, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Chrome browser on a MacBook Pro 15", OS X 10.9.3

  6. Ben S
    June 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I added a point to the boring Windows PC/Laptop.

    Also, I'd like to see if anyone votes for Games Console. Do people use those to browse the Web?

    • Mark B
      January 9, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      A year and a half later... and still no votes... it appears they do not!

  7. Xoandre
    June 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    While I have a cell phone with Wifi conectivity, an Android tablet with a keyboard case (which makes it a netbook essentially), I still prefer to use my Windows 7 Desktop PC for most computing. The primary reason is comfort level and accustomization.

    I only use my tablet for times when I know I will need it where I am going (meetings, distance travel). The key is that I need Wifi access. Most of the Chicago suburbs is still not covered by any noticeable Wifi signal groups, other than the countless McDonald's restaurants - but you have to be within 10 feet of the store to get a decent signal from there.

    I like the full keyboard, the responsive MOUSE, and my nice desk chair for online gaming, computing, website design, graphics, video editing, etc.

    And My PC is far more powerful than either of my two other devices. With a 1TB drive, 3.5 GB RAM, and Windows 7, which does not lag, lock up, or crash like Android 4.2 does... It is just more convenient to drive home safely from work or wherever I am to get online on my PC.

    Certainly, there are situations when I must get online and my phone is fine for that - SLOW as heck, but still usable.

  8. Oorja
    June 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    iOS combined ipad and mac are 26% , 50% of windows user.Slowly but surely its making inroad into windows domain . Guess its time to move iOS development along with windows . Advantage is you can work on both mobile and desktop platform unlike Windows which is still struggling for a foothold in the mobile sector.

  9. Dave T.
    June 2, 2014 at 9:49 am

    ASUS ROG Core I7 w/NVIDIA Graphics. Windows 8.1.

    I have a Galaxy S4 (Oxynous) and an ASUS TF701t tablet (Tegra4), which are usually in sleep mode for "doing the chores": phone,email, text verification, banking, and others. I occasionally read MakeUseOF on these. By chance I am on the computer right now.

  10. Erlis D
    June 2, 2014 at 7:19 am

    I think this should be specified, or probably a poll for those who use windows 7 or 8. I use windows 7 and I feel I'm not gonna change it, ever. :D

  11. Dominic C
    June 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I'm currently studying computing in University, devices I use would be a laptop running windows 7 I got a few years back mostly for gaming and coding. A Windows Surface RT for lectures where I can use it instead of a full laptop giving me more battery life at the same time. Lastly a LG optimus G smartphone for daily travel entertainment. Videos and songs are stored on it as well as some games to pass time while I travel to and fro from school.

  12. Alannah Moulds
    June 1, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Windows 8 PC when i am home doing real work, dell xps 13 laptop when out of home, venue 8 tablet when on bed. And recently a new addition, Nokia lumia 920 smartphone for everything else on the go.

  13. D.R. Seidenschwarz
    June 1, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Nexus 7 tablet.

  14. Hildy J
    June 1, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I'm with arc - Windows 8.1 tablet. Mine is the Dell Venue 8 Pro and it's great. Light (394g) for consuming content (and I don't have to deal with "mobile" versions of sites) and capable of running Office 2013 and Acrobat Pro.

  15. arc
    June 1, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Windows 8 tablet. Dell Venue 11 pro. I love this device.

  16. Matt S
    June 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    It's surprising to see smartphones slightly nudging out tablets thus far...

  17. Mayagrafix
    June 1, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I wonder how many of those windos machines in the above poll (47% at this time) are still running xp?

    Perfectly happy Ubuntu user and if not for some legacy software (ACAD +Photoshop) I would erase windows completely from my (dual boot) box and rely solely on Linux OS, which provides a far superior computing experience to windows or even mac (which is also a UNIX derrivative).

    Cant wait to get Linux on refrigerator soon ;<)

  18. Rick
    June 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I switched over from Windows to a Chromebox a couple months ago because I wanted to simplify my desktop computing. I realized quite a few months ago that I was already keeping most of my stuff in the cloud, and was also doing 75% of my desktop computing in a Chrome browser. I was already deeply enmeshed into Google's ecosystem - Chrome, Android, their webapps, etc. - and Chrome OS and Chromebooks were becoming intriguing to me. I knew I could do even more without Windows, which I was becoming increasingly frustrated with on a number of levels.

    But I still wasn't sure I wanted a tiny laptop like most of the Chromebooks are, since I already enjoyed using my Nexus 7 for portable needs and like using a big monitor when trying to be productive. Then the Asus Chromebox came out. I loved the idea, and spent some time investigating whether or not I could really make the switch. I decided I could - and I have done so almost entirely now. I really like the OS, and it is fun to watch this fledgling OS constantly improve and add more and more abilities. Of course I use my Android tablet and phone a lot too, dabble with Linux - and at the moment still boot up Windows if I need to use my scanner or interface with my gps.

    But what is really nice now is that I can go to virtually any machine, fire up almost any browser (Chrome preferred, of course - especially if I can log in to it), and do almost anything I need to do.

    • Peter F
      June 3, 2014 at 8:01 am

      Hi Rick.

      I haven't quite made the same leap to chromebooks as you, but would be interested to know what webapps you use and get the most out of.

      I'm "almost" ready to make the change from my windows laptop to a chromebook and doubt will take the plunge when my current machine gives up the ghost.

      Anyway, thanks for sharing! :O)

    • Peter F
      June 3, 2014 at 8:06 am

      I an currently on my Acer laptop running Windows 7.

      There are already some great comments on here but I read Ricks comment above and it really matches my own thoughts on the devices I use and where I want to be with my computer experience as a new machine becomes more likely.

      I try to use my nexus tablet as much as I can, but always find my laptop is easier to use due to the fact I have used one for many years.

      To completely change OS/device permenantly is a big change but one I think I will have to do as, sticking with the windows option, mean I will have to get used to Windows8 which seems to divide people.

      Being a big fan of what Google produces I would love to make the transition to Chrome completely and as the time gets nearer for me to upgrade my technology I think Chromebooks and cloud storage is the way to go.

    • Rick
      June 3, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Hey Peter,

      Regarding Chrome OS, I have to say I am really enjoying the experience. I will admit that it took a while to prepare and get to the point where I really thought I could do it, but along with my Android tablet and phone, I am now able to almost everything that I personally need to do. And it is really awesome for the most part, that I can be at home, at work using nothing more than a Chrome browser, on a friend's pc, or out and about using my phone or tablet and access any of my stuff or continue working on something or watching or listening to something where I left off.

      There are currently a few caveats though. I still need to boot up Windows to interface with my Canon scanner for a long term project I am nearing completion on, that being scanning all of my old photos from before I had a digital camera. And until I get a newer gps that has some added capabilities, I need Windows to create, upload, and download waypoints and tracks, etc. to that device. I had also previously ripped all of my dvds to mp4s and don't really plan on buying any more movies on discs thanks to streaming services or buying movies from Google Play or other sources if I really want to own them. Other than that, the few things that I can't yet do, but need to, I can do in Android - or could in Linux if I wanted to dual boot into it with my Chromebox. So far, I haven't felt the need to do that.

      Anyway, as for apps/webapps/extensions, I like to use as many things as possible that sync between my mobile devices and the web. I use many of Google's services and apps heavily, among them Gmail, Calendar, Tasks, Drive and Docs, Keep, Maps, Play Music, Books, and Movies, Bookmarks, Hangouts, Voice, Picasa web albums, Blogger, YouTube, several more.

      I am also a big fan of Evernote, Pocket, Feedly, Flickr, Dropbox, Box, Pushbullet, Airdroid, Kindle, Acme Mapper, CalTopo, GPS Visualizer, GMap4, Peakfinder, Spotify, Jango Music, Netflix, RealPlayer Cloud, Clip Converter, Cloud Convert, Drive Notepad, Pixlr Touchup, Pixlr Editor, IFTTT, Crocodoc and Notable PDF, Chrome Remote Desktop, LastPass, Save To Google Drive, Awesome Screenshot, really just too many to mention and elaborate on in this comment.

      Anyway, rather than get out of hand and off comment any farther here, I would be happy to correspond with you in more detail about what I use and why elsewhere, perhaps via private messages on Google+ or Facebook if you are on either? You could find me on Google+ at or on Facebook as Rick Shortt. I was just realizing that I have been commenting a lot about this stuff, and answering questions too, and even though I already have a hiking blog I have trouble keeping up to date, I may get inspired to actually start a second blog about my own experience and use of Chrome OS, Android, and the cloud. Hmm. Have to give that some thought.

    • Rick Shortt
      June 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm


      I wrote a rather lengthy reply to you, but for some reason it hasn't shown up. Fortunately, I copied it. Are you on Facebook or Google+? We could pm there and I could expand on what I replied. I'm on both as Rick Shortt in Wytheville, VA.

    • itadmin
      June 4, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      I rather use a Windows RT device before a Chromebook. Windows RT is far more powerful.