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What does your Android, BlackBerry or iPhone say about you? That's what newly published research by YouGov on behalf of Intelligent Environments aimed to find out, but the results were a little surprising to say the least.

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The research analysed the financial profiles of each smartphone to paint a picture of the average user personality depending upon their choice of phone. Of course, it's all just a bit of fun really but interesting nonetheless. The sample size was 2001 British adults aged 18 plus, questioned between the 18th and 21st March 2011.

Perhaps the most striking of the revelations was that Android and BlackBerry users are a lot less likely to overspend than iPhone users, with the results of the survey suggesting that only 39% of iPhone users are likely to never get overdrawn whereas the figures are 49% for BlackBerry users and 54% for Android.

iPhone users were also most engrossed in their smartphones, with some 18% spending more than four hours a day on the device compared to just 4% for both Android and BlackBerry.

BlackBerry users didn't care much for apps, comparatively speaking, with 23% never using any apps at all. When it comes to apps, 10% of BlackBerry users spent the most time using financial apps but the figure was just 4% for the iPhone, suggesting that (shock horror) the BlackBerry fits the business personality better. 34% of Android users said that travel apps were their favorites. BlackBerry users also tended to be better off with 10% being high earners compared to 7% for the iPhone and just 5% for Android phones.

So, do you fit the smartphone personality profile?

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In america out of 3 people who had a smartphones one of them is android. Well actually i do, i am a android fan and i heard that the firefox 4 is already on android. Cool. I choose android as there are many free apps to play. Haha. I hardly spend any time on my phones except for weekends

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The only issue I have with the statistics given is it is a survey given to people 18+ years of age. The thing is, a lot of businesses give their employees company blackberries. Compared to an 18 year old with an android or iphone his/her parents potentially bought him/her, the man/woman with the company blackberry is clearly going to make more money.
The issue with the ages also extends to what kind of phones are interesting to certain age groups. Older people, in general, are less in tune with technology than younger people. It is simply that older people didn't grow up with technology so readily available and that their minds aren't as spongy as younger people's are. That being said, it is more difficult for an older person to pick up a new phone and figure it out, than a younger person.
So when it comes to smart phones, ask yourself this: Which of the three brands of smart phones is most like non-smart phone cell phones? Blackberry! Which of the three brands is the newest to hit the market? Android-based phones! By the statements I have made so far, one could infer that older people are going to be more inclined to own a blackberry smart phone, if they even have a smart phone at all! Besides the blackberry app store sucking, this helps explain why a lot of blackberry users do not care for apps.

As the 18+ sample age group gets filled with more and more people that grown up with technology at their fingertips, the statistics I believe would be better suited to make better personality profiles. More and more people in the group would be aware of the three types of smartphone, thus making a decision based off of what best suited them(hopefully not to follow a fad). Let me be clear though. Some of the statistics observed may never change, like blackberry being a company phone! Only time will tell though!

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Great stuff from you, man. Ive read your stuff before and youre just too awesome. I love what youve got here, love what youre saying and the way you say it. You make it entertaining and you still manage to keep it smart. I cant wait to read more from you. This is really a great blog

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i think it is great

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i think it is great

What do you think is great? The writer or the post?

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The only issue I have with the statistics given is it is a survey given to people 18+ years of age. The thing is, a lot of businesses give their employees company blackberries. Compared to an 18 year old with an android or iphone his/her parents potentially bought him/her, the man/woman with the company blackberry is clearly going to make more money.
The issue with the ages also extends to what kind of phones are interesting to certain age groups. Older people, in general, are less in tune with technology than younger people. It is simply that older people didn't grow up with technology so readily available and that their minds aren't as spongy as younger people's are. That being said, it is more difficult for an older person to pick up a new phone and figure it out, than a younger person.
So when it comes to smart phones, ask yourself this: Which of the three brands of smart phones is most like non-smart phone cell phones? Blackberry! Which of the three brands is the newest to hit the market? Android-based phones! By the statements I have made so far, one could infer that older people are going to be more inclined to own a blackberry smart phone, if they even have a smart phone at all! Besides the blackberry app store sucking, this helps explain why a lot of blackberry users do not care for apps.

As the 18+ sample age group gets filled with more and more people that grown up with technology at their fingertips, the statistics I believe would be better suited to make better personality profiles. More and more people in the group would be aware of the three types of smartphone, thus making a decision based off of what best suited them(hopefully not to follow a fad). Let me be clear though. Some of the statistics observed may never change, like blackberry being a company phone! Only time will tell though!

Hi Steven,
I have to purchase one so jumped into this forum.
What should i go for?
Iphone, android or blackberry?

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Hi carolyncole. It depends. If you want free or cheap applications or games, choose android. If you want better graphics or other stuff choose apple then.

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Carolyn, it really does depend.
Assuming you can get any of the three types/brands, for the same service per month, it comes down to what you want to do with the phone, like jingda said.

While phones are getting closer to the newest iphone's hardware, at this time I'm pretty sure the Iphone is still the most powerful all around. So if you are really wanting to play games that are graphically intense on a phone, go iphone.

If you rather not pay for any apps, games or otherwise, go with an Android phone. Amazon app store has a free paid app a day, which I just got Plants vs. Zombies just the other day! ALSO, if you are interested in developing apps and do not have a Mac, it is easier to develop for Android. Make sure you read reviews for the phones though, since Android phones are not created equal.

Blackberry. I loved my pearl. It was small, but dang I could text on it no problem. I loved the custom dictionary more than my current HTC Desire, since it was smart not to worry about numbers or different ways of capitalizing. I've heard the BB market has improved! And the fact that they now have more advanced phones is good! Once again though, not all blackberries are equal.

I hope any of this helps!

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Blackberry is very best mobile but what are the new functionality are added in that?

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Android is becoming popular in India too. Many cheaper versions have been launched. Micromax has launched A60 model priced at less than $150.00

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In the Netherlands, your choice says a little more about you than just financial things. When people find out you got a new phone you almost immediately get placed in a group. Running around with an iPhone, and you're doomed to be called a hipster (and they're right, everyone i see with an iPhone show the same old Apple'ish arrogance and "NO I'M NOT TO BE PLACED IN A GROUP"). Yes you are, you're carrying an iPhone and you're so damn proud of it.

Now for BlackBerries. In the Netherlands, these phones aren't aimed at business use at all. The most likely people that carry a Blackberry here are the bit chavvy, hip hop bling kinda types. Although they don't care about apps at all, they just keep 'pinging' and bbmsg'ing all day long.

Now for Android, it gets more interesting.
Android users do care for apps and functionality. It's really nog biggie whether you're carrying an HTC or a Motorola (like me). One thing, these people are often even more arrogant than iPhone users (including me).

Then, there's the long forgotten Windows Mobile user, which do still exist here. These people often carry the phone they carry because their jobs and chiefs prescribe them to. What i see is that these people get to like their WM-phone just the way it is. It runs their business' favorite software and it calls.
To be honest, i envy the WM-people the most. Their phone is all about usability and fitting in their business, no bells and whistles and no holy brand war.

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