Reader smartphone poll results: Windows Phone 7 finishes strong

Reader smartphone poll results: Windows Phone 7 finishes strong

Summary: Last week I ran two polls to find out what smartphone platforms are currently being used and will be purchased next. The polls of readers are now closed and the results are surprising.

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As a technology writer it is helpful to understand what technology is used by the audience to better determine what coverage topics will be of interest. Last week I ran a poll concentrating on smartphones to find out what platforms are currently being used by readers. That poll followed with a second asking what smartphone platform will be used in the near future. The polls are now closed and the results are surprising.

Before anyone jumps in to point out the obvious, these polls were not scientific by any means. There will be no long-term plans made as a result of the responses, and no sweeping predictions will be offered. The results only show what smartphones readers of this blog are using, along with what platform respondents' next smartphone will run.

Current smartphone breakdown

Responses: 2,473

These results are what I would expect from a tech-savvy audience reading this blog, with the exception of how many readers do not currently use a smartphone. Those of us who are immersed in the smartphone world must not forget that many folks do not use them yet. While 12 percent of respondents is not a huge number (291 to be exact), I find that it is a lot of folks for such a tech-savvy crowd.

Future smartphone results

Responses: 2,257

While the number of respondents who intend to go Android reflects what I believe is the market trend, some of the other findings are unexpected. A lot of folks intend to go with Windows Phone 7 soon, and that probably indicates how many early adopters read this blog. It is a good showing for the future of WP7.

When you compare the current smartphones being used by readers with the platforms they intend to buy in the future, a couple of things stand out. Some of the folks not currently using a smartphone plan to rectify that soon. More surprising is the finding that some iPhone users are planning to ditch Apple and go with something else. It doesn't indicate a lot of current Verizon customers will be going iPhone any time soon.

Topics: Software, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Smartphones, Windows

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  • Why wasn't there an option for none on the "NEXT SMARTPHONE"?

    I enjoy technology and responded to the poll. (I was one of those poor "I Dont Have a Smartphone" people. It's by choice. I like that my work can't reach out and touch me on the weekend via email. (If it's important enough that it can't wait until Monday, Call!! I will answer my phone.) I don't have to worry about a data caps, bandwidth or a data plan. I use my phone to make calls. I just don't see the MY need to surf the web when I'm at the beach or out for dinner. I actually FORCED my kids to learn to navigate from a map so when the battery on their phones runs down they aren't lost. I know I'm 'old fasioned', out of touch and sound like a technophobe but I'm not. I just think you shouldn't completely depend on tech. (sometimes for fun, I'll make a purchase in a store thats something like $16.87, hand the person at the register a $20 bill wait until the drawer opens then "wait a minute" and hand them another $1.12. The looks on the cashier's faces range from panic to confusion as I explain that this changes my change due from 3 one doller bills and 13 cents to a 5 dollar bill and a quarter. It's sad how many people can't do that simple math in their heads.)
    Scubajrr
    • RE: Reader smartphone poll results: Windows Phone 7 finishes strong

      @Scubajrr
      <i>(sometimes for fun, I'll make a purchase in a store thats something like $16.87, hand the person at the register a $20 bill wait until the drawer opens then "wait a minute" and hand them another $1.12. The looks on the cashier's faces range from panic to confusion as I explain that this changes my change due from 3 one doller bills and 13 cents to a 5 dollar bill and a quarter. It's sad how many people can't do that simple math in their heads.)</i>

      That would make the change $4.25. Here, have a smartphone with a calculator. ;)

      Or are you saying you like stealing from math-illiterate cashiers?
      SlithyTove
      • RE: Reader smartphone poll results: Windows Phone 7 finishes strong

        @SlithyTove Thank you for pointing that out. It's as if Scubajrr entire post was so he could tell his cashier story and he got the math wrong.
        JonnyRocks
  • DUH

    Look at your demographic here... too many geeks and old people, they just don't understand the Apple ecosystem.
    Hasam1991
    • RE: Reader smartphone poll results: Windows Phone 7 finishes strong

      @Hasam1991
      Yeah but the numbers are also reflected in sales and as you know Android is king now and is slowly chipping away at the iPhone each day. Me I will be going with the WP7 since I already have the Droid Incredible, which is a very nice device indeed. I make my girlfriend jealous since she still has the iPhone. So really is it about geeks and old people or is it that people are waking up to the hassles of the Apple ecosystem?
      OhTheHumanity
      • My condolences on your future grief

        Anything made by MS, on principle you should shy away from, until it is on version 5 or above.

        Examples are:

        MSDos 1-3 where ugly... 5. as great
        VB 1-3 troubleson 5 and above great
        Window 1-3 then 95,98 XP and above great.

        We are on version two of Mobile phones made by Windows (ALL the CE stuff can be bunched up as 1, as it was so poor). So.. you want to be a guinea pig with no results.. be my guest.

        With Android, the G1 is running 2.2 and has been doing so for over a year. Its not stuck on 1.5. Big difference, though it does require a person that is willing to read a little bit, and is willing to do more than just two clicks (example iPhone fans!).
        Uralbas
      • RE: Reader smartphone poll results: Windows Phone 7 finishes strong

        @Uralbas
        Nah, I think I will go ahead and try the first version thank you. I have a Zune HD and loved the interface so is why I think the phone with that interface would be cool and I want to try it out. I love my Droid Incredible, but not all Droid offerings are the same. Moto for instance uses their new MotoBlur Android version and frankly its garbage especially since it doesn't have the google licensed version of ActiveSync and the only phones I have ever had trouble with syncing are those new Moto Droid 2 and Droid X. I will not be buying those phones for any of the employees here going forward. I have heard good things far and above any negatives for WP7 so I think I will be just fine, plus I have a plethra of phones to switch in and out of so I will be just fine my friend.
        OhTheHumanity
    • Microsoft employees inhabit these pages

      Microsoft employees, and employees of Microsoft's PR firms are sent out to put pro-Microsoft comments in forums around the web.
      Vbitrate
      • Then they learned much from Apple and FOSS

        @zndac
        it would appear, if you are correct.
        :|
        Tim Cook
      • RE: Reader smartphone poll results: Windows Phone 7 finishes strong

        @zndac Um no, I like my HD7 very much and I do not work for MS
        Marilith
      • RE: Reader smartphone poll results: Windows Phone 7 finishes strong

        @zndac <br>I purchased the HD7 and so far it is one of a very few phones that I don't hate after two weeks. It suits my needs and that is all that matters. Too bad it is not as popular as the iPhone. I'm not a Microsoft employee either.
        clewis7
    • RE: Reader smartphone poll results: Windows Phone 7 finishes strong

      @Hasam1991 Apple has their own ecosystem? What is it called, "iEco?" its a little greenhouse in the shape of an Apple... Wow, what will they thing of next?
      apetti
    • RE: Reader smartphone poll results: Windows Phone 7 finishes strong

      @Hasam1991

      So obviously brains and experience do count ;-)
      tonymcs@...
  • too many M$ shills

    detached from reality!
    Linux Geek
    • You would know about people being detached from reality

      @Linux Geek
      You've been detached for quite sometime yourself.
      John Zern
      • RE: Reader smartphone poll results: Windows Phone 7 finishes strong

        @John Zern
        LoL. :-)
        Ram U
  • RE: Reader smartphone poll results: Windows Phone 7 finishes strong

    With the tiered pricing plans available and coming soon, there isn't much difference between a smart phone and feature phone so more people are going smart phone for the same price.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Reader smartphone poll results: Windows Phone 7 finishes strong

      @Loverock Davidson
      And by that time Nokia Windows Phones will be available. :-)
      Ram U
      • RE: Reader smartphone poll results: Windows Phone 7 finishes strong

        @Rama.NET
        I certainly hope so.
        Loverock Davidson
  • RE: Reader smartphone poll results: Windows Phone 7 finishes strong

    This show that Windows Phone 7 is building up steam with the earlier adopters who are likely to recommend it to their friends.
    illegaloperation