How do owners of different mobile media device brands differ?

Q4: How do owners of different mobile media media device brands differ?

2012 RJI Mobile Media News Consumption Survey

While many people have wished for one mobile media device that would do everything and satisfy everyone, their wish is unlikely to be realized. The trend clearly is toward owning multiple mobile devices and using them in different ways. However, as the number of device choices grow, age and income are likely to become more predictive of the types of devices and brands people choose to own.

Currently, two manufacturers are dominating the mobile media device market — Apple and Amazon. Both have carved out commanding leads over competitors in their respective device categories, in large part because they were the first movers in each category.

In the first quarter of 2012 when this RJI phone survey was conducted, the number of respondents who said they were using smartphone and tablet brands other than those marketed by Apple and Amazon was relatively small. Those who owned other brands were generally younger and less affluent than owners of Apple and Amazon brands. And they were less likely to be subscribers to mobile news products as well as printed newspapers and newsmagazines.

Which mobile media devices do you use?

Key insights relating to smartphones

Our findings reveal that owners of Apple iPhones and Blackberry smartphones differ significantly from owners of Android-powered smartphones both demographically and in their use of mobile media for consuming news. For news organizations, this suggests that iPhone and Blackberry owners are likely to be the most receptive audiences for their mobile products, especially those products optimized for consuming news on the Apple iPad.

Which smartphone do you use?

Among smartphone brands, the Apple iPhone was far and away more popular than any other single brand. While the combined percentage of all respondents who used Android-powered brands was somewhat greater than the percentage who used iPhones, a greater percentage of iPhone owners used at least one other mobile media device.

Which brand of smartphone do you use?

Profiles of smartphone owners: Owners of iPhones and Blackberry smartphones tend to be older and more affluent than owners of Android-powered smartphones.

SMARTPHONE OWNERSAll Android BrandsApple iPhoneBlackberry Smartphone
Men65.1%60.8%56.2%
Women34.9%39.2%43.8%
    
Ages 18-3456.0%45.7%43.1%
Ages 35-5427.8%31.5%36.1%
Ages 55 or Older16.2%22.8%20.8%
    
Income under $75,000*63.9%38.5%41.3%
Income $75,000 or more*36.1%61.5%58.7%
*Annual household income   
    
College Degrees*48.7%64.0%63.9%
* 4-year college degree or graduate degrees   

Printed newspaper and news magazine subscribers: About half of the Blackberry owners and more than 4-out-of-10 iPhone owners surveyed indicated that they subscribed to at least one printed newspaper or newsmagazine. Less than one third of the Android smartphone owners indicated that they subscribed to a printed newspaper or newsmagazine.

SMARTPHONE OWNERSAll Android BrandsApple iPhoneBlackberry Smartphone
Overall print news subscribers31.9%43.2%49.3%

About one-third of iPhone and Blackberry owners subscribed to a printed local daily or Sunday newspapers. Less than a quarter of the Android smartphone owners were subscribers. Blackberry owners were more than twice as likely to subscribe to a printed national newspaper than were owners of either iPhone or Android smartphones.

SMARTPHONE OWNERSAll Android BrandsApple iPhoneBlackberry Smartphone
National newspaper subscriber6.7%7.2%16.4%
Newsmagazine subscriber10.1%15.3%16.4%
Local daily or Sunday newspaper subscriber21.8%31.5%34.2%
Weekly community news newspaper subscriber10.1%13.5%11.0%

Digital news subscribers: The low percentages of smartphone owners who subscribe to digital editions of newspapers or newsmagazines are not surprising considering that only a few news organizations currently offer subscription-based digital editions designed for reading on mobile media devices.

SMARTPHONE OWNERSAll Android BrandsApple iPhoneBlackberry Smartphone
Digital news subscribers3.4%9.9%2.7%

News apps: The Apple App Store had more than 10,000 apps available to download in the news category when this survey was conducted, which would explain the significantly higher percentage of downloads by Apple iPhone owners. The percentages are based on the number of downloads indicated by smartphone owners for all mobile media devices they use.

SMARTPHONE OWNERSAll Android BrandsApple iPhoneBlackberry Smartphone
Owners who have downloaded one more mobile news app29.8%41.9%21.9%

When asked which content format smartphone owners preferred for consuming news content, websites hosted by news organizations was their top choice.

SMARTPHONE OWNERSAll Android BrandsApple iPhoneBlackberry Smartphone
News organization websites63.2%49.3%40.0%
News organization mobile apps22.8%34.2%26.7%
News aggregator apps3.5%8.2%13.3%
Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)7.0%5.5%6.7%
Other formats3.5%2.8%13.4%

Other mobile media devices used by smartphone owners: About two-thirds of iPhone and Blackberry owners used at least one other mobile media device. Just over half of Android smartphone owners used additional mobile media devices.

SMARTPHONE OWNERSAll Android BrandsApple iPhoneBlackberry Smartphone
Smartphone plus at least one other mobile device53.8%67.1%63.0%

For owners of all brands of smartphones who also owned another mobile media device, a large media tablet was the most popular.

OTHER MOBILE MEDIA DEVICES USED BY SMARTPHONE OWNERSAll Android BrandsApple iPhoneBlackberry Smartphone
Large media tablet45.3%65.1%50.0%
Small media tablet22.7%10.1%17.4%
E-Reader27.3%24.8%32.6%

Nearly all iPhone and Blackberry owners who also owned a large media tablet used an Apple iPad. More than three-quarters of Android smartphone owners who also owned a large media tablet used an Apple iPad.

LARGE MEDIA TABLET BRANDS USED BY SMARTPHONE OWNERSAll Android BrandsApple iPhoneBlackberry Smartphone
Apple iPad78%96%96%
Motorola Zoom3%0%0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.17%3%0%
Toshiba Thrive 105%0%0%
Other large tablets3%1%4%
Don’t know/not sure3%0%0%
Total100%100%100%

Key insights relating to media tablets

In this survey we made a distinction between large media tablets, such as the Apple iPad, and small media tablets, such as the Amazon Kindle Fire. In both categories the examples just given were overwhelmingly dominant. As with the smartphone brands, the owners of iPads and Kindle Fire’s differed significantly both demographically and in their use of mobile media for consuming news.

Which media tablet do you use?

Each category of media tablet was analyzed separately, however for this report the iPad and Kindle Fire are compared with an aggregation of all other tablets (large and small). We found that about 13 percent of all large media tablet owners also owned a small media tablet, and about 30 percent of all small media tablet owners also owned a large media tablet. Nearly all tablet owners also owned a smartphone.

Profiles of tablet owners: Perhaps the most notable difference between the Kindle Fire and iPad profiles is the nearly opposite percentages for men and women.

TABLET OWNERSAmazon Kindle FireApple iPadAll other media tablets
Men42.6%63.0%64.7%
Women57.4%37.0%35.3%
    
Ages 18-3431.5%39.0%39.2%
Ages 35-5440.7%40.6%43.1%
Ages 55 or Older27.8%20.3%17.6%
    
Income under $75,000*45.1%39.1%54.3%
Income $75,000 or more*54.9%60.9%45.7%
*Annual household income   
    
College Degrees*57.4%67.6%54.9%
* 4-year college degree or graduate degrees   

Printed newspaper and news magazine subscribers: Publishers should be somewhat encouraged to know that nearly half of Apple iPad and Kindle Fire owners also subscribed to at least one newspaper or newsmagazine.

TABLET OWNERSAmazon Kindle FireApple iPadAll other media tablets
Overall print news subscribers46.3%48.1%37.3%
TABLET OWNERSAmazon Kindle FireApple iPadAll other media tablets
National newspaper subscriber9.3%12.7%2.0%
Newsmagazine subscriber16.7%19.6%11.8%
Local daily or Sunday newspaper subscriber31.5%37.0%23.5%
Weekly community newspaper subscriber13.0%16.4%11.8%

Digital news subscribers: The higher percentage of Apple iPad owners who subscribe to digital editions of newspapers or newsmagazines is not surprising considering that only a few news organizations currently offer subscription-based digital editions designed for reading on other media tablets.

TABLET OWNERSAmazon Kindle FireApple iPadAll other media tablets
Digital news subscribers1.9%11.1%2.0%

News apps: The percentages are based on the number of downloads indicated by tablet owners for all mobile media devices they use.

TABLET OWNERSAmazon Kindle FireApple iPadAll other media tablets
Owners who have downloaded one more mobile news app27.8%41.3%25.5%

When asked which content format tablet owners preferred for consuming news content, websites hosted by news organizations was their top choice.

TABLET OWNERSAmazon Kindle FireApple iPadAll other media tablets
News organization websites46.7%53.4%69.2%
News organization mobile apps30.0%27.6%23.1%
News aggregator apps10.0%12.1%7.7%
Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)10.0%1.7%0.0%
Other formats3.3%5.1%0.0%

Other mobile media devices used by tablet owners: A clear majority of tablet owners also used another mobile media device.

TABLET OWNERSAmazon Kindle FireApple iPadAll other media tablets
Owners who use at lease one other mobile media device81.5%92.6%84.3%

For owners of all brands of media tablet, a smartphone was the most popular additional mobile media device.

OTHER MOBILE MEDIA DEVICES USED BY TABLET OWNERSAmazon Kindle FireApple iPadAll other media tablets
Smartphone70.4%89.9%76.5%
Large media tablet27.8%
Small media tablet10.6%
E-Reader27.8%24.3%15.7%
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