Eimear Kelly and Miriam Croke Summary This report investigated Smartphones in our life. Ten respondents were given a survey to answer eleven questions. The main finding was most students have a Smartphone and spend about two hours every day. Most people used their Smart phones for games, music and news. It was concluded that about the advantages and disadvantages of Smart phones such the main advantage it is a way to communicate with people and the main disadvantage it is expensive.
Also, Smart phones are a future phone because The number of Smart phones user increases. The recommendations are that students should benefit more from their Smart phones in their studies. In addition, companies should reduce the price of Smart phones. Contents Introduction4 Literature review5 Methodology7 Findings8 Conclusion9 Recommendation10 Appendices10 Bibliography14 Introduction 1- Background The history of this issue is the rise in use of new technology such as a Smartphone as a way of for communication and using many programs. -Objectives The objectives of this report are to know: 1-What is a Smartphone. 2-Popularity and market share of Smartphones. 3-The advantages and disadvantages of Smartphones. Scope: This report will examine how AIT students use Smartphones. The research was limited to the questions in the survey. Literature review 1-What is a Smartphone? A Smartphone is a kind of modern technology and it is the newest generation of mobile phone which is more than a phone due to it is multi task facilities and implementations.
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A Smartphone includes a digital camera and interactive programs. The website, Tech-faq (2012) says that “a Smartphone is a small, all-in-one devices that is used for communication and computing function and allow users to choose the application that they want to install and use to suit their lifestyle and their job” (Smartphone). This indicates that having a Smartphone could make people’s life easier ,for example it helps people to organize their time by using some programs such as calendar and notebook. Also, people use their Smart phones for many other applications.
In fact, 61% of people use their mobile phone for games, 55% for weather, 50% map/search, 49% social networking and 33% for entertainment (Infographic: Mobile Statistics, Stats ; Facts , 2011) . This shows the different uses of Smart phones. 2-Popularity and market share of Smart phones. Today there are huge number of people using Smart phones and their popularity increases day by day. The Blog. Nielsen(2011) believes that “the research in United State in 2011 found that 43% of the population uses a Smart phone and 57% uses feature phones” (Generation App: 62% of Mobile Users 25-34 own Smartphones, 2011).
The reasons for this expansion of having Smart phones first of all, these phones are easy to use. Secondly, it is suitable for all generations. The graph in the Blog. Nielsen(2011) describes that the rates of people using smart phones with different groups of ages between thirteen years and sixty five years are increasing with the passage of time from 2010 to 2011 (Generation App: 62% of Mobile Users 25-34 own Smartphones, 2011). Finally, there is big competition between the companies that produce smart phones and they try to advertise for their product to sell more of them and encourage people to buy smart phone mobile.
From Blog. Nielsen(2011) they argue that 43% of people have Android smart phones, 28% have Apple I phone (ios), 18% have RIM Blackberry ,7% have Windows mobile and 4% have other phones (Generation App: 62% of Mobile Users 25-34 own Smartphones, 2011). This proves the importance of smart phones and the tendency to own it. 3-The advantages and disadvantages of Smartphones. Today, communications with other people over the world became easier by using modern technology like Smart phones. There are a number of reasons why Smart phones make communication with people easier.
There are many advantages and disadvantages of Smart phones. The main advantage of Smart phones is that it keeps you in touch all the time so that helps to communicate with your friends and your family at any time. The Techtip. salon (2012) describe how Smart phones keeps you in touch by saying that “Smart phones allows you to make and receive important phone calls and emergency calls, anywhere and helps you to become available to everyone” (Powel, 2012). Secondly, with Smart phones you can send photos, necessary files and voice messages. the hebertobravo5. logspot (2012) state that “you can send important information and documents with Smart phones in second any moment in any place” (Smartphones: Advantages and Disadvantage)Finally, Smart phones have a lot of interactive programs that help you in your work, studies and home like organization programme, map/ search programmes and other. Also, it has many programmes for enjoyment and entertainment such games, music, video and news. On the other hand, they are disadvantages of Smart phones first of all, Smart phones are very expensive because of that not everybody can afford it.
In addition, Smart phones are very dangerous in our health in general because it has high rate of radiation. The Techtips. salon(2012) explain that “Smart phones radiations maybe linked to brain tumours” (Powel, 2012). Furthermore, people spend a lot of time use their phones so, they waste a lot of important time and effect on their work or studies. The Digitalbuzzblog. com presents how much do people use their mobile phones? On average, Americans spend 2. 7 hour per day on their device (Infographic: Mobile Statistics, Stats ; Facts , 2011).
Over all, this showed us benefits and damage of Smart phones. Methodology I chose the survey method because it is effective and gets specific information which helps me in my report. I focused on ten respondents from Athlone Institute of Technology. The respondents were both international and Irish students. The respondents were chosen by random. The survey was comprised of eleven questions covering the topic of Smart phones in our lives. Findings In general, the findings indicated that 1- 30% (3) did not have a Smartphone and they think that may have a Smartphone in the future.
Also, of that group two people did not have a Smartphone mobile because of the cost and one person did not have it because he was worried about health. All people who did not have a Smartphone think that people use a Smartphone to keep in fashion and to be cool. 2- 70% (7) of people have a Smartphone and of that group five people who have Smart phones have an Apple I phone, two people have other Smart phones and one of them has Samsung a Smartphone. 3- Of the people who have a Smartphone (7) most people used their Smart phones for games, music and news and the least popular use was video.
Also, less than half of the people who have Smart phones used a Smartphone for map/search, social networking and entertainment. 4- All people who have a Smartphone said that having a Smartphone helps them at work, home and college or school because they are using internet. Around half of them they think having a Smartphone makes having a computer unnecessary. 5- Nearly half of Smart phones users use their mobile less than two hours and of the other half some of them use it between three to five hours 6- Most of Smart phones user believe that aving a Smartphone have no effect on their studies or their work. Conclusion This research report investigated Smart phones in our life which are a type of modern technology. As the findings show,70% of people own Smart phones . As we can see from the findings, most people used their Smartphone for games, music and news and the least popular use was video. It is clear from the findings that all people who have a Smartphone said that having a Smartphone help them at work, home and college or school and the hebertobravo5. logspot (2012) explain that you can send important information and documents any time with Smart phones. It is possible to summarise the findings into three main categories. 2- The large amount of Smart phones use by people for games, music and news. 3- The average of time wasted on the Smart phones is two hours per day. 4- The number of Smart phones user increases. Recommendation In the light of these conclusions, I recommend that students should benefit more from their Smart phones in their studies. In addition, companies should reduce the price of Smart phones.
Also, the project needs more number of respondents to survey . Appendices Appendix 1: Smart phones survey Smart phones survey 1. Do you use a Smartphone? YesNo| If you answered no: 2. Do you think you will have one in the future? YesNoMaybe| Cancel Copy 3. Do you think that people use a Smartphone to keep in fashion and to be cool? YesNoNo opinion| 4. In your opinion what is the biggest disadvantage of a Smartphone? (Tick one answer only) CostHealthMisuseOther| If you answered yes: 2. Which type of Smartphone do you have? I phoneBlackberrySamsungHtcOther| 3.
Which of the following do you use your Smartphone mobile for? (Tick all that apply) GameVideoWeather| MusicNewsDining| Map / SearchSocial net workingEntertainment| 4. Having a Smartphone helps you in following situations? At work| At home| At college and school| Other| Yes O O O O No O O O O No opinion O O O O . Do you use the internet on a Smartphone? YesNoSometimes| Cancel Copy 6. Do you think that having a Smartphone makes having a computer unnecessary? Why? YesNoNo opinionWhy? …………………………………………………….. …| 7. How much time do you spend on your a Smartphone mobile daily? Less than 2 hours3 hours – 5 hoursMore than 6 hours| Cancel Copy Add Question Add Image Add Text Add Random Assignment 8. Does having a Smartphone have an effect on your studies or your work? YesNoNo opinion| Bibliography Generation App: 62% of Mobile Users 25-34 own Smartphones. 2011, 11 3). Retrieved 1 22, 2012, from blog. nielsen. com Infographic: Mobile Statistics, Stats ; Facts . (2011, apr 4). Retrieved 2 4, 2012, from www. digitalbuzzblog. com Powel, J. (2012). Retrieved 2 2012, 5, from techtips. salon. com Smartphone. (n. d. ). Retrieved 2 4, 2012, from www. tech-faq. com Smartphones: Advantages and Disadvantage. (n. d. ). Retrieved 01 25, 2012, from hebertobravo5. blogspot. com: http://hebertobravo5. blogspot. com/2010/03/smartphones-advantages-and-disadvantage. html