By Daniel Hunter

Tablets are likely to replace laptops in the office within the next 10 years as adoption of the mobile device continues to gather pace, according to a study by EE.

According to the survey of more than 2,000 UK workers, 52% believe that tablets are set to replace laptops in the workplace within the next 10 years, and 36% say it will happen even sooner.

Almost a third (31%) said that laptop usage in the workplace is declining. And quarter (24%) said they previously used laptops for work purposes, but have now made the transition to tablets

Despite most existing tablet tariff plans lasting two years, the research reveals that 30% of tablet owners have had their device for more than three years. This length of ownership outstrips that of phones, and is supported by recent research by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners indicating that the refresh cycle of a tablet is comparable to that of a laptop, rather than a smartphone.

Mike Tomlinson, Director of Small Business at EE, said: “Our research clearly shows that businesses are mobilising their workforces, and that tablets are rapidly becoming the primary device of choice.