Thursday, October 15, 2009

2009 J.D. Power and Associates smartphone survey

Have you seen the results of the 2009 J.D. Power and Associates smartphone survey? I always read these types of surveys with a grain of salt, because many of these factors (such as design, features, etc.) are quite subjective. What one person likes, another may hate.

Here are some of their key findings:
These three studies measure customer satisfaction with traditional wireless handsets and smartphones across several key factors. In order of importance, key factors of overall satisfaction with traditional wireless handsets are operation (30%); physical design (30%); features (20%); and battery function (20%). For consumer smartphones, key factors are ease of operation (30%); operating system (22%); features (21%); physical design (18%); and battery function (9%). For business smartphones, key factors include ease of operation (29%); operating system (23%); physical design (21%); features (16%); and battery function (11%).

Apple ranks highest among manufacturers of smartphones used primarily for personal reasons, with a score of 811, and performs particularly well in ease of operation, operating system, features and physical design. LG (776) and RIM BlackBerry (759) follow Apple in the rankings.

Among customers who use their smartphones primarily for business purposes, Apple ranks highest with a score of 803, followed by RIM BlackBerry (724).
To view the entire summary of their survey results, click here.

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