REVEALED: Top uses of our smartphones

MAKING phone calls from our smartphones does not even make the top 10 of the most common uses of our phones, it has been revealed.

A poll of 2,000 smartphone users found that making calls from our phones – the original function of the mobile phone – was the ‘least common’ use, with it coming in 11th spot.

A total of 27 percent of the Brits polled said they often did not use their phone to make calls from their smartphones for a ‘week or more’. Making phone calls from our smartphones came in 11th place, with just 41 percent of those polled saying they used their phones to make calls at least once a day.

The poll, by online smartphone retailer, also found that 63 percent of Brits refuse to answer calls from withheld numbers and that we spend more than 900 hours a year – that’s 38 days – fiddling about on our phones.

Those taking part in the poll were quizzed about the ‘weirdest thing’ they used their phones for, with one saying he used his phone as a bed warmer and another as a back-scratcher. Other said they used their phones as a nutcracker, a hammer or a paperweight.

Rosie Hammerson, 28, of Peterborough, said: “I honestly can’t remember the last time I used my phone to call someone – I get incoming calls, but I usually just ignore them. “I don’t even call my mum – we usually just chat on text or Whatsapp.”

Pete Richards, 24, of St Albans, Herts, said: “It’s not really a phone, it’s a mini computer – they should change its name really and call it a mobile CPU.”

Andrew Cartledge, of, said: “It’s been really interesting to find out exactly how we’re using our smartphones. “There are so many apps and features on the latest releases that you don’t really need to leave the house with anything else – your handset can be your satnav, your watch, your camera, your wallet, your TV, and of course, a phone.

“With all these useful extras, it is no surprise that actual calls are proving less popular.”


1. Text – 88 percent

2. Email – 70 percent

3. Facebook – 62 percent

4. Camera – 61 percent

5. Reading news – 58 percent

6. Online shopping – 56 percent

7. Checking the weather – 54 percent

8. WhatsApp – 51 percent

9. Banking – 45 percent

10. Watching videos on YouTube – 42 percent+





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