Smartphone Users Are Happier Than Regular Phone Users

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According to a survey done by market-research firm IDC, those who use a smartphone are generally more satisfied with their devices than those who have a standard "dumb" phone.

However, the survey showed that this was one of the few things smartphone users around the world have in common. IDC talked to more than 4,000 phone users in five countries, and opinions vary widely depending on location.

When asked what their favorite mobile operating system is, those in the United States and United Kingdom prefer the Palm OS, but Windows Mobile was the top choice in Germany and China.

As an example of how smartphones still have a ways to go, IDC did not find enough smartphone users in India to make what it considered a representative sample for this question.

What people around the world want to use their smartphone for also depends heavily on where they live. The survey found that interest in Wi-Fi access and location-based services are highest in the U.S. and U.K., while storage capacity, music quality, and camera quality are the highest in Germany, India, and China.

More information is available on IDC’s web site.

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