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Smartphone Personality Test: Can You Judge Me Now?

Does your smartphone choice say you love sports cars, your mom's basement, or gardening? Listen up.
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What does your smartphone say about you? Numerous studies in recent years have attempted to tackle this critical question, perhaps the most serious issue of our time after why a McDonald's hamburger doesn't spoil.

Here are some recent findings:

A 2013 study by Australian telecommunications company Telstra revealed that iPhone users are, for the most part, extroverts who enjoy traveling, playing sports, entertaining at home, and such personal luxuries as massages and facials, according to news.com.au. Samsung users are conscientious, agreeable, and enjoy exercise and video games. HTC fans are gamers as well but, sadly, are less affable than either iPhone or Samsung users.

Oh, and if you use a basic phone, maybe a clamshell or slider, you're older and into gardening. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Another 2013 study, this one from UK wireless provider TalkTalk Mobile, surveyed 2,000 customers of three major smartphone platforms -- iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry -- and uncovered an eclectic mélange of personality traits, some less than flattering, for each user group, the Daily Mail reported. The survey found that iPhone users are vain, ambitious, flirty, and enjoy spending money. The BlackBerry crowd is social, punctual, loud, and ambitious. Meanwhile, Android users are creative, polite, introverted, and tend to drink the most.

Finally, there's a 2011 report by the Idiap Research Institute of Switzerland, which studied the smartphone usage habits of 117 Nokia N95 users over a 17-month period. Though highly technical, the report does offer some easy-to-grasp conclusions concerning the link between personality, gender, and smartphone activity.

Extroverts, known for being talkative and outgoing, are more likely to receive calls and spend more time talking on their phones, the study found. No surprise there. "Conscientious" users, meaning organized and responsible folk, contact fewer people through voice calls, but use the N95's Mail app more often and the YouTube app less often than other personality types.

So what does it all mean? Probably very little, but we can make some general assumptions. It seems that people's hard-wired personality traits play a major role in how they use a smartphone, which, after all, is primarily a communication device. However, if you happen to prefer other modes of data-based communication, you're not necessarily an introvert. You might, in fact, be on the leading edge of a growing trend -- the declining popularity of the traditional phone call -- that mobile analysts began noticing a few years ago.

That's all well and good, but if you want to know what we think your smartphone of choice really says about you, click through the slideshow.

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nasimson
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nasimson,
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11/28/2014 | 10:10:36 AM
Re: Personality Test
> I feel it's at least a little bit weird to judge the owner by using his
> smartphone. People have various preference and it does not tell too
> much about personality on this asepct.

If its not the phone its definitely the apps that can tell a lot about the user. Apps analytics can reveal what/where  the user do, work, play, eat, sleep, move, listen or friend.

But for now there is not a single app that consolidate info from all apps in use.
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Li Tan,
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11/3/2014 | 4:41:48 AM
Re: Personality Test
I feel it's at least a little bit weird to judge the owner by using his smartphone. People have various preference and it does not tell too much about personality on this asepct.
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freespiritny25,
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11/1/2014 | 4:15:51 PM
Re: Smartphone Personality
Wether you agree with them or not, you have to respect the flip phone users. I am an Android user, and at least once a week, an iPhone user will ask me if my phone is "any good."
nasimson
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nasimson,
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10/30/2014 | 9:36:50 AM
bar phone


 

Style: I dont care.

Main attraction: No one steals it. Also acts as a paperweight

What it says about you: You are a grand dad living & missing 1994

 
tekedge
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tekedge,
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10/29/2014 | 7:59:21 PM
Personality Test
OMG ! Are you serious. I will never look at a cell phone and its owner in the same way again. I never even thought about it in this context. But am curious to know what my cell phone choice talks about my personality....Sometimes technology goes too far ... or not!
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saliknaqi,
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10/29/2014 | 1:29:47 PM
Re: Meh
@nasimson-- I dont think it's rare i also look just at the specifications and get it as per my need. Bought a chinese android phone too, worled welll enough for me.
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impactnow,
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10/29/2014 | 12:42:11 PM
Re: Meh

I agree I get the phone that comes free with my plan so I may skew the results of the study significantly! While the research may be true of iPhone users it doesn't mean users of other phones don't have the same attributes.

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prospecttoreza,
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10/29/2014 | 9:18:38 AM
Ode to flip phnes
Flip phones fit into my pockets. Flip phones can be answered singlehandedly, and without being looked at. One can talk on a flip phone while hands free - no blue tooth or ear piece required. Flip phones do not require a data plan. Flip phones are not attention grabbers - they sit quietly in a pocket where they belong, and do not scream at you when xyz desides to share with the world that he or she just sneezed. For everything else I have a PC. And in case you are wondering - I am a middle-aged female software developer with two kids - and I love gardening. Interestingly, my husband, who is - insidently - a middle-aged software developer with two kids as well, also has a flip phone, but he is does not care for gardeneing at all.
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nasimson,
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10/28/2014 | 9:48:46 PM
Re: Meh
@asksqn:

> I prefer to use the communication device that fits my needs and budget. I couldn't care less what
> the brand "says" about my personality.  

People like you are very rare. Most people give in to the pressure, even if they have to buy on credit or take a loan. Smart phone is fast becoming a status symbol: If you dont hold a shiny new device in your hand, you are a loser.
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asksqn,
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10/28/2014 | 5:39:22 PM
Meh
I prefer to use the communication device that fits my needs and budget. I couldn't care less what the brand "says" about my personality.  
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