ABA Legal Technology Survey: iPhone and iPad Usage Increases Significantly

by Tony Rushin

aala21-aba-legal-technology-survey-reportThe ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center has been surveying attorneys about their technology choices for more than a decade.  The full report from the 144-question survey (with 4,909 responses) is broken into 6 volumes: Technology Basics, Law Office Technology, Litigation and Courtroom Technology, Web and Communication Technology, Online Research, and Mobile Lawyers.  The responses are also categorized granularly by the # of attorneys in the firm: solo practitioners, 2-9, 10-49, 50-99, 100-499, and 500+.

iPhone and iPad usage increased over 2010.  No surprise there.  Although Blackberry still leads iPhone in the smartphone category, they fell from 66% to 46% (can you say “Dead Man Walking”?) while iPhone grew from 20% to 35% (Android-based phones came in at 17%).

20% of respondents use a tablet device with 96% of those using the Apple iPad (4% use an Android-based tablet).

Network 1 decided not fork out $1,800 to purchase the 6-volume PDF set (or even $300 for the Executive Summary) of the 2011 ABA Legal Technology Survey.  Instead, we bought an iPad2 to give away at this week’s AALA Business Partner Expo (we’re also giving away dinner for 2 at a Buckhead Life restaurant).  We thought the Atlanta legal community would like that better!

Want to read more about the 2011 ABA Legal Technology Survey?  Lawyer Tech Review and the Law.com’s Law Technology News are two good resources.

This is the 21st of 23 blogs I’m writing to celebrate the Atlanta Association of Legal Administrators’ 23rd annual Business Partner Expo.  This year the Business Partner Expo will be held from 3:00 – 6:30 pm on August 17th at the Cobb Galleria.  Over 150 legal administrators and their guests are expected to be on hand learning about the latest technologies, finding solutions to business issues, uncovering emerging trends and developing valuable partnerships to help their law firms.  Already an AALA member?  I’ll see you there!  Not an AALA member?  Give me a call at 404.943.0800 x133 to discuss how you might be able to attend as a guest!

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