Whether you’re downloading apps, uploading videos, or just browsing the mobile web, all smartphone users are placing some kind of toll on the capabilities of their network providers. Analysts at Arieso recently took a look at the data needs of users of several modern handsets and came up with some interesting results, including the finding that Android phones are leading the pack, especially when it comes to uploads.
Arieso compared leading BlackBerry, Android, and Apple phones against the aging iPhone 3GS, with the average data needs of its users forming the baseline for comparison. Both the iPhone 4 and HTC Desire users demanded downloads accounting for 41% more data than the 3GS owners consumed. While Android only tied the iPhone for downloads, the average Samsung Galaxy S owner uploads 126% more data than a 3GS user – over twice as much.
The upload disparity raises some questions about the habits of smartphone users. Are BlackBerry and iPhone users not creating as much content as Android fans, or are they just being more conservative in how they share it?
The one thing all the user groups Arieso looked at had in common was the time they spent making voice calls. It seems that we may have reached an upper boundary of how much we like talking to other people, and are now relying on IM, Twitter, and e-mail to fill in the gaps.