Smartphone users consume more mobile data than tablet users and iPhone 5 users are the biggest data consumers of all, according to an analysis of mobile data published Monday.
The analysis, Smartphones Trump TabletsRecent Trends in Extreme Data, published by network management software provider Arieso, reveals the ever increasing demands made on mobile networks by ever-more demanding smartphones, and shows why small cells are likely to play an increasingly important role in future, perhaps as a way of handling the top 1% of users who consume 40% of all data.
According to Arieso CTO, Michael Flanagan, out of the top ten most voracious devices six were smartphones, three tablets and one a "phablet" (a combination of a phone and a tablet) the Samsung Galaxy Note II.
Mr. Flanagan said the inclusion of non-Apple tablets was a milestone. "This is the third report we have done. In past years we never saw more than 1,000 of any kind of tablet apart from the iPad," he said. Tablet users placed 4th, 8th and 9th in the most voracious data consumers (the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, 10.1, the iPad, the iPad2).
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