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Apple Devices Are Popular Among Lawyers in Smaller Firms, Survey Finds; Only 7% Use BlackBerrys

Posted Nov 27, 2012 1:19 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Is the legal industry “going Mac”?

A survey that aims to answer the question has found that Apple products continue to gain ground among lawyers in small firms, but there is growing competition from Android devices.

More than 1,200 people—mostly lawyers from U.S. law firms with no more than 10 attorneys-—responded to the survey by Canadian legal technology firm Clio. Among the findings, highlighted in a press release:

• Sixty-two percent of the respondents use iPhones, while 24 percent use Android phones and 7 percent use BlackBerrys. Last year, only 16 percent used Android phones.

• Fifty-seven percent of the responding lawyers currently use iPads in their law offices. Among those who don’t have them, 59 percent are considering buying them for their offices within the next year.

• Fifty-five percent of the respondents currently use Apple computers in their law offices, but many of them—60 percent—are relative newcomers, using Macs in the office for two years or less.

• The most popular reason cited for deciding to “go Mac” was its reliable and secure technology, cited by 46.5 percent of the respondents, followed by usability, cited by 31 percent.

Lawyers were invited to take the survey through technology blogs, social media and the ABA’s SoloSez email discussion list.

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