Survey shows what features smartphone users want on their next phone

Survey shows what features smartphone users want on their next phone
During July and August, Peel surveyed 2140 smartphone users globally. In China, India and Korea, the majority of smartphone users want to use their handsets as a television remote. In China, 72% of those surveyed said that it was very important that their phone come with an IR Blaster. In the U.S., only 18% said that this feature was very important for then to have on their smartphone, while 48% in the states said that it was not important at all. 

Looking at the results of all 2140 surveyed, the feature that these smartphone users said that they would be more apt to use if on their phone was the IR Blaster (58%). Next was Mobile Payment services (19%) while a fingerprint scanner received only 13% of the votes. 10% said that they would use a heart rate monitor the most if it was available on their phone.

In the U.S., Peel inquired which features mean the most to smartphone owners when deciding which new model to buy. Interestingly, both male (61.7%) and Female (60.9%) said that advanced camera capabilities were the most important feature they looked at. In the U.S., both the youngest group (18 to 24 years old) and the oldest group (65+) want a fingerprint scanner on their next phone, more than other age groups. And those 65 and above would like to see a mobile payment feature on their next smartphone. The 65+ age group is the next to the last age group looking for a phone that features a heart rate monitor. Which age group is last? 55 to 64. It seems that once you hit 55, you have no desire in tracking your heart beat.

source: Peel



1. TechNeck

Posts: 656; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

This article is basically aiming at the S6+ and Note5. :|

4. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

I think it's aiming XiaoMi Note 2. The US$125 phone with IR-blaster.

5. devon613

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

lazy azz people

8. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

I need a battery that lasts a week of heavy use on single charge! ;)

12. TyrionLannister unregistered

That's easy. You already have it. It's called car battery.

10. namesib

Posts: 97; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Samsung are desparate to capture the US iPhone market so are ignoring everyone else's wants. I predict further market share decline. Removing functions does not bring in new customers... what are they thinking?

11. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

I use z3 compact at the moment, after using LG Gpro, LG G2, Samsung S4 ... and I miss the IR blaster :D

13. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

2140 users. In the WORLD! How can meaningful conclusions be drawn compared to the billions of phone users out there? For goodness sake, you get more comments and more votes in your polls.

14. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

People have got it the wrong way round - its not phones that should have IR - its TVs that need to have Bluetooth and WiFi. IR is a lousy tech which they implemented because it was they best and cheapest they could do at the time. Lets have TVs with WiFi or Bluetooth as standard - and then these manufacturers could even leave the remote out of the box entirely. IR sucks - it needs line of sight, it can only send basic commands and it can't push any info back to the remote/phone. We the consumers should push them to get rid of IR remote completely, not want them being put on our phones as well! IR did a great job in its time, but there is so much better solutions now - there is just no need for it to exist anymore in that particular application.

16. devon613

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

i agree

17. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

I have been using my tv and xbox from my note 4 through wifi for ages. I dont want a hole in my expensive phone either for an IR or sd or what ever.

19. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Ask yourself, do you even use your 'expensive' phone for anything but a paper weight?

20. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

At least try to make sense next time.

15. Shocky unregistered

Never really used it, the interface was rubbish and not straight forward to setup. Waste of time.

18. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

But when note 4 had all those people didnt bought it lol.

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