question of the weekend: Do you have a smartphone?
Via Engadget today, we learn that smartphones are more popular than ever:
Pew Research Center reports that just under half of adult Americans, or 46 percent, own smartphones currently, meaning that smartphone owners now outnumber their feature phone counterparts by five percent. Pew polled multiple demographics to get its numbers, and there was growth across the board over the last nine months. Of particular interest is the rise in ownership in the study’s lowest income demographic — under $30,000 a year — which spiked 12 percent to 34 percent. Additionally, it showed that Android and Apple are neck and neck, with 20 and 19 percent market share of mobile owners, respectively, and Blackberry ownership declined from ten percent to six percent. The largest growth came from the 18-24 age group, up 18 to 67 percent.
One more interesting statistic: Only 12 percent of all Americans own no cell phone at all, down from 17 percent less than a year ago.
So today’s question is: Do you have a smartphone? If not, why not? If you’re one of the few who doesn’t have any kind of cell phone at all, why not?
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