According to an Arieso report, Apple iPhone 5 users are the 'hungriest' data consumers of all smartphone users, demanding 50 percent more than iPhone 4S users and four times as much as iPhone 3G users. Of the 125 devices that were a part of the study, the iPhone 5 lands the numero uno spot as the highest data-consuming device.
According to the report, the Galaxy S III comes first with regards to data uploaded closely followed by the Galaxy Note II, which place the iPhone 5 in the third spot. This is with regards to photos, videos and other files uploaded on the Internet.
The report also showed that smartphones outshone tablets with regards to data consumption. Among the top 10 data consuming devices, six were smartphones, three were tablets and one was a tablet/smartphone hybrid called the phablet.
“This is pretty counterintuitive, but it seems the capabilities of the newest smartphones – not tablets – are unleashing even greater user demand. Once you move away from raw consumption statistics, the most remarkable finding is the way in which people use smartphones and tablets,” said study author and Arieso CTO, Dr. Michael Flanagan.
“Regardless of device type and operating system, there is very little variation in the usage ‘signature’ between smartphone users and between tablet users. From this we discover that voice-capable ‘phablets’ – like the Samsung Galaxy Note II - are currently being used like smartphones, not tablets. If you can use it to make a phone call, the ‘phablet’ won’t be much like a tablet at all,” he added.
Data-hungry users are looking for better network speeds and have migrated to 4G LTE networks. Last year’s research shows that one percent of users consumed 50 percent of the data on 3G networks. This year however, one percent consumed 40 percent of the data.