With that in mind, the Apple iPhone 5s was the workhorse of data fiends in 2013. Compared to the iPhone 3G, the latest flagship handset from Apple downloaded nearly 7 times the amount of data per user last year in Developed Markets. In Developing Markets, iPhone 5s users used more than 20 times the amount of data as the benchmark phone. According to the study, iPhone 5s users are quite a hungry lot when it comes to downloading data, which resulted in "unprecedented increases in uplink and downlink data demands".
The top Android model for receiving downloads in developed markets was the HTC Sensation, which downloaded 641% times the data per user as the benchmark model. In developing markets, the top Android unit was the Samsung Galaxy S4 (1327%). When it comes to tablets, the fourth generation Apple iPad (651%) led the way in developed markets, while its predecessor was the top tablet in developing regions with 15 times the downloads per user as the benchmark device.
Six of the top ten data consumers on the list were made by Apple, two by Samsung, one each by HTC and Sony. Check out the results in the slideshow below.
Apple iPhone 5s is the top data consumer in developed and developing markets
source: JDSU via TechCrunch