Almost half of phone users now on smartphones

Almost half of phone users now on smartphonesHere's some news that's bound to please the retailers - apparently, almost half of us phone users are now rocking smartphones.

From being niche products that most people passed up, thanks to (primarily) Android and iOS, 47% of us now own one. those are the official figures from YouGov's Technology and Telecoms team, in case you wondered.

As expected, most of us opt for the iPhone which has 29% of the market share int he UK which then is followed up by Samsung and BlackBerry at 20% each.

HTC is a little behind at 16% which we are a little surprised about - if only because the manufacturer seems to churn Android handsets out like they're going out of fashion. As for feature phones (i.e. the feature being that they make calls, send texts and snap the odd photo), they're still mainly supplied by Nokia with 43% of the market share held by the Finns.

And the real challenge is weaning feature phone users off their devices and onto smartphones, with YouGov pointing out that more than half of those who have one say they're quite happy with their feature phone.

Speaking of Nokia, what's also interesting is the fact that it has only 9% of the smartphone market. Some would say this is because Windows Phone is still relatively new and gaining ground but others may point out that it's because its lost its place thanks to the axing of Symbian.

Had this survey been carried out without the iPhone or Android handsets being in the picture, if things had been different, there's every chance Symbian would have been the force to be reckoned with.

Also slightly sad is that LG doesn't appear to get a look in despite several attempts to boost its share over the last year.

Maybe next year, eh?

Via TechRadar

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19 comments

SpeedyG  May. 10, 2012 at 11:51

I have a LG handset as you know Phil. X)

Could have been a Samsung Galaxy owner due to me preferring them over the years.

dcx_badass  May. 10, 2012 at 13:53

There is nothing 'smart' about having to use a touchscreen.

Will stick with my Sony Ericsson Elm.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 10, 2012 at 15:21

There is nothing 'smart' about having to use a touchscreen.

Will stick with my Sony Ericsson Elm.

I had to Google what the hell an SE Elm was...if you want to use the internet, a touchscreen beats an Elm hands down.

dcx_badass  May. 10, 2012 at 15:41

There is nothing 'smart' about having to use a touchscreen.

Will stick with my Sony Ericsson Elm.

I had to Google what the hell an SE Elm was...if you want to use the internet, a touchscreen beats an Elm hands down.

The Elm is the future of mobile technology.
Maybe for clicking/browsing, but for actually writing replies touchscreens may as well be a terminal illness.

Treab  May. 10, 2012 at 17:22

There is nothing 'smart' about having to use a touchscreen.

Will stick with my Sony Ericsson Elm.

I had to Google what the hell an SE Elm was...if you want to use the internet, a touchscreen beats an Elm hands down.

The Elm is the future of mobile technology.
Maybe for clicking/browsing, but for actually writing replies touchscreens may as well be a terminal illness.


only for those who are stupid.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 10, 2012 at 17:39

There is nothing 'smart' about having to use a touchscreen.

Will stick with my Sony Ericsson Elm.

I had to Google what the hell an SE Elm was...if you want to use the internet, a touchscreen beats an Elm hands down.

The Elm is the future of mobile technology.
Maybe for clicking/browsing, but for actually writing replies touchscreens may as well be a terminal illness.


only for those who are stupid.

You have such a way with words, mate ;).

Treab  May. 10, 2012 at 17:44

There is nothing 'smart' about having to use a touchscreen.

Will stick with my Sony Ericsson Elm.

I had to Google what the hell an SE Elm was...if you want to use the internet, a touchscreen beats an Elm hands down.

The Elm is the future of mobile technology.
Maybe for clicking/browsing, but for actually writing replies touchscreens may as well be a terminal illness.


only for those who are stupid.

You have such a way with words, mate ;).


comparing it to a terminal illness... he needs to be reminded how stupid he is.

dcx_badass  May. 11, 2012 at 20:33

Sorry, a touch screen is more like ****.

Last charged my phone on monday, currently sat at 50% battery woth moderate use (20 mins calls, 10 texts, 10 mins internet a day) all week.

Treab  May. 11, 2012 at 21:07

Can we ban this tit? or just get rid of him some how?

matt101101 / MOD  May. 11, 2012 at 21:28

Can we ban this tit? or just get rid of him some how?
He's entitled to an opinion, just because it's different to mine and yours doesn't make it wrong. Anyway, I put up with you :p.

Treab  May. 12, 2012 at 01:00

Can we ban this tit? or just get rid of him some how?
He's entitled to an opinion, just because it's different to mine and yours doesn't make it wrong. Anyway, I put up with you :p.


its not an opinion. hes comparing a smartphone to '****' he hasn't got the right to an opinion.

SpeedyG  May. 12, 2012 at 01:06

*Waits for Treab to be called a Nazi...*

:p

Chill Treab, nothing to fret about, some people just don't like Smartphones.

Treab  May. 12, 2012 at 01:08

*Waits for Treab to be called a Nazi...*

:p

Chill Treab, nothing to fret about, some people just don't like Smartphones.


dont give a damn about that. but DONT COMPARE IT TO SOMETHING LIKE ****.only a total prat would do that.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 12, 2012 at 01:09

Leave him alone, he wasn't being offensive, it was just a badly phrased comparison.

Treab  May. 12, 2012 at 01:10

Leave him alone, he wasn't being offensive, it was just a badly phrased comparison.

how is that not offensive.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 12, 2012 at 01:12

My moral compass is broken, tell Jan about the issue.

I censored the offending word, though.

Pondlife  May. 12, 2012 at 01:13

Last charged my phone on monday, currently sat at 50% battery woth moderate use (20 mins calls, 10 texts, 10 mins internet a day) all week.

That counts as moderate use? Mind you if I used it that little I wouldn't bother with smartphone either.

Can definitely type faster on touchscreen than I could with any of my older phones though.

Treab  May. 12, 2012 at 01:14

My moral compass is broken, tell Jan about the issue.

I censored the offending word, though.


its not a surprise we all remember your homophobic posts ;)

dcx_badass  May. 12, 2012 at 02:39

The second comment/word was only posted after the tears at the first comment. Bit confused why the word was removed, but whatever.

Anyway, I like smart phones, I never said I didn't, I don't like touchscreens or the battery that comes with it.

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