Want to know what your smartphone says about you? Which? sticks its tongue firmly in its cheek for a totally unscientific iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Symbian personality guide.
As a Symbian smartphone user you’re a hardware person who first and foremost appreciates solid mobile phone craftsmanship.
Sure the Symbian operating system may be be a bit clunky and the Ovi Store a bit barren, but you’ve been using it so long that it doesn’t matter. What others perceive as bugs, you perceive as interesting quirks. What others perceive as a lack of support, you perceive as confidence in a job well done.
You’re also wary of outsiders and their strange ways. Afterall, you’ve had a relationship with Nokia for as long as you’ve used mobile phones. You don’t know enough about these newcomers with their ‘BlueBerries’ and ‘Robot phones’. It doesn’t matter how alluring they look, it’s always best to stick to what you know…
Android users need to be in control at all times. The more options you have the better.
You don’t want four homescreens, you want seven homescreens. You don’t want one ringtone, you want a different ringtone for every single contact in your address book. Menus? App icons? To hell with that, widgets provide you with instant information on everything from how many days are left until Halloween, to what the air temperature is in Omsk.
Normal wallpapers are for idiots. You want wallpapers that swirl, change according to the time of day, and play Pong.
Or maybe Android users just like waving all these fancy features in front of their iPhone-wielding friends….A case of control-freakery, or just insecurity?
You may think BlackBerry users are exclusively business-focused, but scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find three SubBerries.
BusinessBerries: BlackBerries are synonymous with business and that’s exactly what you’re all about. You love the BlackBerry’s Qwerty keyboard because it lets you speed text phrases such as “paradigm shifts” and “leveraging assets”. You’re a workaholic and RIM’s push email service means you can easily ignore your spouse/children/dog when away from the office. People may think you’re a bit self-centered, but until they quantify that feeling, input it into an Excel doc, and email it to your BlackBerry, you won’t care.
TeenBerries: You and your friends are addicted to BBM and you spend so long using the Qwerty keyboard that you can now text faster than you can speak. Plus after Barack Obama announced he also uses a BlackBerry your parents have started taking you more seriously and let you stay out later.
ScaredBerries: You’re too scared to use a touch screen, but you’re also too scared to not buy a smartphone. A BlackBerry is a safe compromise. You’re a ScaredBerry.
If you bought an iPhone in 2007 you probably ate vegan food, sported a pair of thick rimmed glasses (which you may, or may not, have actually needed to wear) and wore skinny jeans – i.e. you were an Apple Fanboy/Fangirl.
These days though the iPhone, like its spiritual predecessor the iPod, has become a household name and the device is no longer associated with any particular fashion sub-culture, or dietary regime. It’s the smartphone for the masses.
Owning an iPhone in 2010 therefore says pretty much nothing about you, which is a big problem if you’re a skinny jean-wearing vegan graphic designer…