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Cell Phone Is 'gadget of Choice' For Americans

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U.S. consumers crave their gadgets, but the cell phone rules them all, according to a new Pew Internet study.

Among the 3,000 adults surveyed, 85 percent own cell phones. Mobile phones are especially in demand among younger adults, with 96 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds owning one. But even among those 65 and older, 58 percent have a cell phone.

The second hottest device—a computer—is owned by 76 percent of those surveyed. Breaking down that category, the laptop has grown in popularity and is now owned by 52 percent versus 30 percent in early 2006. Meanwhile, desktop ownership has dropped to 59 percent from 68 percent four years ago. Among 18- to 29-year-olds, 72 percent own a laptop and 56 percent have a desktop.

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