What feature is used most on a cellphone? Hint: say cheese

What feature is used most on a cellphone? Hint: say cheese
82% of cellphone owners use the camera, says Pew

82% of cellphone owners use the camera, says Pew

Pew Internet recently surveyed 2,581 cellphone owning adults 18 years of age and older, and found that the one feature used by 82% of them on their cellphone is the camera. That is up from the 76% using the shooter two years ago. Today, we have social photo sharing sites like Instagram and Flickr that help increase the use of a phone's camera. Right behind the camera, 80% of cellphone owners send texts with their phone. This is a sharp increase from 58% in 2007. 

A surprisingly low 56% of cellphone users surf the web on their handset. This figure has more than doubled from the 25% that used their phone to browse the internet in 2008. There is a simple reason for that. While mobile Safari had been saddled with slow data speeds on the OG Apple iPhone, the 2008 launch of the Apple iPhone 3G increased the browsing speed from EDGE to 3G. In 2009, the browser on the Motorola DROID and Android 2.0 added another highly usable browser to the cellphone world and this led to more browsing. Today, most smartphones have decent browsers and those with featurephones can download a very good third party browser like Opera mini, which makes it hard to understand why the current figure isn't higher.

43% of cellphone users install apps on their phone. This is nearly double from the 22% who downloaded apps in 2009. While 31% use their phone to research health issues, the lowest score on the survey was the 29% who use their handset for online banking. Considering all the money that major money center banks like Chase and BankAmerica spend to create apps and build an online presence, this might be disappointing to corporations in the financial sector.

One important thing to understand is this survey was based on the responses of only a tad over 2,500 people. As such, it is a small sample size and might not be a true representation of the real world.

source: PewInternet

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23 Comments

1. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

well if thats the case, iphone has a better camera. Note : i like apple.. but changed to android,purchased galaxy nexus 4.. 4.2 brought a lot of lag.. now i am selling my nexus 4.. anyone interested do contact me. buying an iphone 5 .

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

how much you letting the nexus go for? I might be interested you can let me know at my gmail sylvenicholas80@gmail.com

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yeah, but I bet those pics don't stay on the phone all that long. I suspect the pics get shared before 12 hours pass. If my theory is correct, the radio (cellular or WiFi) is the most heavily used feature....

12. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

lol obviously

13. SleepingOz unregistered

Galaxy Nexus 4? Sounds like a cheap chinese KIRF.

2. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Cheese.

3. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Funny there isn't a statistic on what percentage uses their phones for phone-calls.

14. speed4evr

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I rarely use my phone for calls now days, mainly texts, FB, and email

4. bohdan4ik13

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Let's say Gaming may be on the first place, because almost everyone plays games on their device.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Maybe, but I would've also thought that almost everyone surfs the internet on their device too.

7. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Not necessarily. Interest in games fade away as you grow up. I've played quite a huge share till now, and I already can see it. Also if you play REAL games on desktop/console, like Skyrim, CoD, WoW, Starcraft there's very less chance that those phone games would provide you that much entertainment. I mean, there's no comparison at all.

15. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Not to single you out or anything, but I'm getting pretty tired of the elitist notion that mobile games are not "real games." Tell that to the developers making hundreds of millions of dollarson the App Store and Play Store.

16. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I'm just stating that fact. Mobile devices can't handle the sheer amount of processing yet. It doesn't mean that the mobile games shouldn't sell well.

17. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Well, you implied that mobile games are NOT REAL, which, by the definition of a game, is not fact.

18. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I mean, nearer experience to the real world. Complex game engines these days make the games look so real, almost like real world. For example you can try playing Skyrim in Ultra mode, with a sufficiently large display. Can't overlook that feeling!!

20. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

But I don't subscribe to the idea that better graphics and more accurate physics engines equal a better game. There are times when I would much rather play Jetpack Joyride than Battlefield 3.

22. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Then you are't making sense. You can't compare two different games that way... Correct way would be, imagine a slimmed down version of BF3 on phone, or a total eye-candied version of Jetpack Joyride on console. Or, any NFS on PC, and on phone. Tell me which one would you prefer. Portability of device aside, that isn't my focus.

23. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

If your focus isn't on portability (or ease of use) then you've missed the point entirely. And I sure as hell can compare them that way. I think the NES Super Mario World looks a damn sight better than the new Wii version, despite all its newfangled graphics. I honestly couldn't say whether I'd like a souped-up version of JPJR, but I love its simplistic graphics as is, and I sure wouldn't play it on a console or PC; having it on my phone is way more convenient. And I wouldn't like BF3 on a phone because FPSs suck on phones anyways, no matter how good the graphics (using a touchscreen to aim, move and shoot is not fun). Some games are meant for mobile, and some are meant for PCs and consoles. To state that "real" games are better than mobile games because of their higher graphical ability is like saying an airplane is better than a car because it can fly... But what if where I'm going is just 2 miles down the road? A car is obviously a better choice, and an airplane would be useless, confusing and wasteful.

9. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

No surprises here, even a feature phone's camera is mostly used

10. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Say cheeeeeeee....................eeeeeeeeeee@%*#sssre while using panorama.

11. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Then my Lumia 920 will be the best if i want a Say Cheese..

19. bluescreen

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

i'd have to say the send/end call button are running in a dead heat for 1st place on a phone before the camera button...isnt that still a feature :P

21. pliskin1

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

So speech recognition is the most used feature?

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