A fifth of UK iPhone owners regret purchase

A fifth of UK iPhone owners regret purchaseWe like a good survey here at Mobot, if only because they tend to get Jan riled up, providing endless hours of entertainment as he explains why said survey is - in fact - a load of nonsense.

This particular survey suggests that a significant fraction of iPhone owners, often thought of as smug gits, are actually crying themselves to sleep. The poor blighters.

The Good Mobile Phones survey asked 1,694 iPhone owners about their choice of phone, and a surprisingly high 22% said they regretted their purchase.

That rueful 22% breaks down as follows:

  • Jealous of rival smartphones – 43%
  • Battery life – 25%
  • Lack of ‘buttons’ – 13%
  • Difficulty using emails – 8%
  • Unhappy with functionality - 5%

Fantastic. As a former iPhone 2G owner, I can attest that I often mourned the lack of buttons. Am I being sarcastic? You decide.

"Smartphone envy is something that many phone owners experience, but few will admit to, because everybody wants to believe that they own the 'best' phone on the market," blurted Mark Owen, owner of GoodMobilePhones.co.uk and one-fifth of Take That.

"I was really surprised that so many people admitted to regretting their iPhone purchase, because they are regarded by many as the best phones available.”

The survey also suggested that men are more fickle than women when it comes to smartphones, with 73% of the aforementioned 22% being male. Probably because girls are too busy thinking about make-up and shoes and that to care about phones.

via: Tech Digest

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6 comments

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 19, 2011 at 15:49

"Email difficult"??? On an iPhone? Who are those people?
Lack of buttons?

chaz1992  Nov. 19, 2011 at 15:53

If they bring out a 4" model they'll be right back into it. I have to say though, everyone now seems to have a galaxy S2, it's cheaper and looks just as impressive.

blizzard7  Nov. 19, 2011 at 16:04

I agree chaz. The screen size is what I think is the main source of jealousy.

onlineo  Nov. 19, 2011 at 20:04

Another way of looking at it is 78% of iphone owners are happy with their purchase. This is phenomenally high. When you consider some of them will be people who purchased a 3GS this year! Or an Iphone 4 the month before the 4S came out it puts the figures in to even more perspective!

I have a motorola defy running stock 2.2 android, it crashes and freezes 2-3 times per week. There is a 2.3 version of android that runs perfectly on the defy but motorola have said the Defy will stay at 2.2, I am not happy as the last time I tried to root my Defy I broke it! But th

blizzard7  Nov. 20, 2011 at 00:06

@onlineo
I don't think it's that reversable. Just because you don't regret your purchase, doesn't mean you are currently satisfied with your phone.

iampav  Nov. 21, 2011 at 08:42

@onlineo I think any consumers purchasing a new phone without reading sites like this first do deserve to be unsatisfied if it's not what they expected.
That said, bravo to those early adopters who are probably more fickle anyhow.
I had a HTC in 2005 and hated it (win mo) and I upgraded from N95 to N97 believing it would be the shizzle.
Think we've all had fingers burnt by disgust mobile choices, but iPhone users do seem a merry bunch. Fortunately there seem to be better performing devices now (for routine tasks) and the envy is normally directed at a single feature.
I'm just envious over 4G availability right now, otherwise my Desire HD has been brilliant.

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