A tablet that can plug into your TV may be a bit gimmicky for some people, but the number of people who want to actually call their phone from the device may be getting smaller.
A new study by researchers at the University of Oxford found that just 0.2% of adults in the UK said they would call their phones from tablets during a typical day, and the proportion of people with mobile phones who use their tablets to make calls was falling.
That’s down from 1.5% in 2010, and it’s likely to be even lower in the coming years.
The Oxford researchers surveyed 1,979 UK adults from November to January and asked them if they had ever called a tablet from a TV, or if they have ever used a tablet as a phone.
Of those surveyed, only a small minority of people said they had called their phone on a tablet.
This doesn’t necessarily mean people are losing interest in the concept of a tablet-based phone.
It’s likely that a lot of people are already using their tablets as phones and simply looking to take advantage of their larger screens.
But it’s also possible that a majority of the UK population is simply tired of calling their phones with a tablet, and that a much smaller proportion of them would actually be interested in doing so.
A survey last year by the UK’s Office of National Statistics found that 81% of people have already used a phone for a phone call, but only 30% said they call their tablets from a phone every day.
And while tablets may be an easier option for some, they are still far more expensive.
A Samsung tablet costs £299.99, while the cheapest phone with a built-in SIM card costs £99.99.