Users Want GPS, Cameras, and Memory Card Slots in Cellphones

According to In-Stat’s survey, GPS, digital cameras, and memory card slots are three features that cellphone users are interested in and might pay for when they purchase their next phone. Bar phones with touchscreens is the preferred form factor. Interest in integration with other devices is on the rise, with survey respondents indicating they would like to integrate their phone with their car or other devices and to use their phone as a mobile hotspot. The survey results are available in their report, Future Cellphones: Current User Preferences Drive Future Handset Designs.

In-Stat Future Cellphones: Current User Preferences Drive Future Handset Designs

Future Cellphones Research Highlights

  • Over 52% of respondents indicated their next phone will have a touchscreen
  • A physical QWERTY keyboard is still the preferred method for inputting new contacts
  • Improved indoor cell reception had the highest level of interest for Wi-Fi hotspot use with a phone
  • GPS directions and surfing the Internet were cited as something respondents were willing or might be willing to pay for

The In-Stat research, Future Cellphones: Current User Preferences Drive Future Handset Designs (#IN1004741MCM) is priced at $2,995 (US). The report identifies and quantifies users’ interest in the features and capabilities of their current phones and what they want in their next phone, while tracking the changes in these opinions over time. The research features over 30 tables and figures. It includes:

  • Current and future cellphone form factors and input preferences
  • Users’ interest in specific features and capabilities
  • Emerging technologies that will enable new features and capabilities
  • Market segments that are leading adoption of new features
  • Evaluation of features such as 3D, Camera, GPS, mobile video, pico-projector, touchscreen, Wi-Fi, and VoIP

Future Cellphones: Current User Preferences Drive Future Handset Designs