How can I describe something (tool, method, etc.) that is common in use but not necessarily for its quality, unique features and effectiveness.

In fact, it is kind of popular because it's easy to obtain and highly available.

  • so for a physical product, it has good "distribution" and that's the main reason it's popular? – Fattie Jun 15 '15 at 8:30
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    So this thing is the "de facto standard"? It is very hard to see that something is popular for the reasons you cite, I would imagine it is easily available because it became popular rather than the other way around? – Marv Mills Jun 15 '15 at 9:01
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    maybe widespread? – user109460 Jun 15 '15 at 12:11
  • @MarvMills, It seems OK. it's such a "standard", However I want to critique this belief in my essay. So, I think that I should not call it standard! – Eilia Jun 15 '15 at 14:58

The word ubiquitous describes something that is seen and used everywhere.

It doesn't have any connotations of quality that you seek. It simply derives from the Latin ubique, meaning everywhere.

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    Something can be ubiquitous woithout being popular. – Tushar Raj Jun 15 '15 at 9:43
  • @Chenmunka, as in my response to Marv, I do not want to bold the popularity but only its widespreadness. So, ubiquitous seems to be what I'm looking for. (before acceptance :), +1) – Eilia Jun 15 '15 at 15:04

You could say it's the default or the default option. "Something that is usual or standard" (Oxford).

Or informally, it's the go-to option. "Any item or object which is the most commonly used or which you use without having to think about it" (Urban Dictionary).

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