Codebreaker

Most cell phones are smartphones

John Moe May 8, 2012

The tipping point has been reached. Nielsen says that more people now have smartphones than have, well, we’ll just say it, stupid phones. 50.4 % of Americans are rockin’ the smarties (slang I just made up), which is up from 47.8% in December. Leading the way are women and minorities. Two thirds of Asian-Americans own smarties, and a greater percentage of African-Americans own smarties as compared to the general population. Women are at 50.9 percent smartie adoption, men just a smidge behind at 50.1. And two out of three adults between 25 and 34 tote the smartie.

On a related note, I would like to propose a universal adoption of “smartie” as a term for smartphone. “Smartphone” is only intermittently accepted as a word in various spell checks and “smartie” has a kind of fun, Alicia Silverstone in Clueless kind of vibe to it that I think we can all get behind.

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