An Arieso study compared the data used by the latest smartphones against the iPhone 3G. On top of that 1% of subscribers generate 50% of mobile data.
While the courts are trying to silence Siri's marketing claims, she does use a ton of uplink data for the iPhone, however the top smartphone data user is s the Pure Google Nexus One owner. Other top data hogs are the Sony Xperia x10i, HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will probably gobble up even more data.
The study found that different users with different devices put different demands on the network.
The biggest change came in 2011 data by the iPhone 4S. iPhone 4S users download 2.76 times as much data as users of the iPhone 3G.
Android use is still high with HTC Desire S users typically uploading 3.23 times as much data as iPhone 3G users, the iPhone 4S falls just behind in this category with a typical 3.20 times as much data uploaded.
There are some very hungry handset users, even compared to the iPhone 3G benchmark (iPhone 3G = 100%):
Downlink data volumes:
- 3G Modems (various): 2432%
- iPhone 4S: 276%
- Samsung Galaxy S: 199%
Top Data Calls
- HTC Google Nexus One: 221%
- Sony Ericsson Xperia X10i: 157%
- HTC Desire: 156% Similar to the T-Mobile G2.
Top Uplink Data Volume
- 3G Modems (various): 2654%
- HTC Desire S: 323%
- iPhone 4S: 320%
Arieso advises that carriers should be better prepared for their customers' smartphone data usage. This study did not show the stress on networks for operating system updates. An update on a popular smartphone can clog networks significantly.