More than anything else, our readers use their smartphones to browse the web (poll results)

More than anything else, our readers use their smartphones to browse the web (poll results)
Yesterday we asked you to identify the one activity you use your smartphone most for, and we now have the results. A total of 1708 people participated, and here's the split.

Surprisingly enough (or not?), most people (37%) use their smartphones to... simply surf the web. Not far behind is the second largest group, with 29.1% of the vote, that mostly uses their sophisticated computing devices to call, text, and IM with other human beings. Third on the list, with 11.83%, are them folks with earphones always plugged in, listening to music, followed by gamers (7.08%), shutter-happy photography buffs (6.5%), and readers (2.28%). Almost nobody (1.87%) uses their smartphone to watch movies, which is interesting considering the prominence of phablets these days.

We could draw all kinds of conclusions from these results. For one, our survey confirms what we've all known for a while — browsing on mobile devices is exploding. We could also use this as an opportunity to provide feedback to manufacturers: guys, people still talk on their phones! So, please, stop glossing over the quality of the earspeaker and microphone. And finally, perhaps it's time for mainstream handset makers to take a page off Chinese upstarts' book, and start bundling dedicated audio chips with their flagships — people obviously spend quite some time streaming music from their phones.

More than anything else, I use my smartphone to...

... surf the web
... read (books, magazines, comics, etc)
... watch movies
... listen to music
... take photos
... play games
... call/text/IM



1. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

So why are people worried about heating issues on the Snapdragon 810? Web browsing can't be that much processor intensive right?

2. Heisenberg

Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

They should worry cos you paid a hefty price for a phone u shld be delivered a phone with top notch attributes without issues

7. waddup121 unregistered

Surf the web definitely

3. banekondic1996

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 18, 2015

If the question was on game and not on website the poll results would be for play games. :P

4. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

To browse what?

5. Roshi unregistered


6. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Suddenly I have that Avenue Q song stuck in my head... Thanks.

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

2 million apps combined between Apple and Google yet hardly anybody uses them. I'll remember this article the next time someone b!tches about Windows or BlackBerry not having apps. Browsing, calls, text, IM and music are all things that can be accomplished using a capable flip phone. And get kickass battery life to boot. That's just rich.

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