Phones have come a long way since the days of rotary dials and clunky handsets. No longer are phones impersonal lumps of metal—the smartphones of today are utterly customizable in everything from phone brand to protective cover to the everyday apps we use.
It’s no surprise, then, that our smartphones have become miniature versions of ourselves, each one a little mini-me packed with information that says so much about its owner.
So what is your phone saying about you? Let’s find out.
Over 99 percent of modern smartphones come in one of two distinct flavors: Android and iPhone. Which you choose speaks volumes to those around you.
Android phones currently make up 80.7 percent of the smartphone market, making them, by far, the most common type of phone you’ll see on the street. And according to a study from the University of Lincoln, Android users tend to be a very certain kind of person.
This study found that Android users tend to be older, more humble, agreeable, and honest, both in the eyes of others, as well as in reality. These users also tend to be older males who aren’t all that interested in social status—they “avoid manipulating others for personal gain, feel little temptation to break rules, and are uninterested in lavish wealth and luxuries, and feel no special entitlement to elevated social status.
So if you own an Android phone, you’re probably pretty down-to-earth and fairly traditional. You probably use your phone for entertainment purposes, which is how most men in the study tended to use their phones, rather than simply using them for communication. And you might just be pretty nice, as well.
If you own an iPhone, your story is a little different. The study found that iPhone users are twice as likely to be female—gender is, in fact, the strongest predictor concerning which brand is owned. Women, according to the study, tend to take more pictures, make more calls, and send more texts—all of which are markers of an iPhone user.
iPhone users are also much more likely to be younger, and to see their phone as a status symbol. They’re also less concerned with owning items that are preferred by the masses.
These people also displayed, in the study, lower levels of honesty and humility, and displayed higher levels of emotionality. They were also much more extroverted.
So if you are solidly in the iPhone camp, you’re likely to be younger, a little vain—which isn’t a bad thing—and pretty talkative
The brand of your phone, though, is only the most basic level of customization when it comes to your smartphone. Let’s keep digging to find out even more about what your phone says about you!
Nobody takes home their smartphone and leaves it looking plain and boring. We visually customize them, and those customizations speak volumes about us.
First, let’s look at cases. Once you pay hundreds of dollars for a shiny, new Android or iPhone, it’s not likely that you’re going to leave it unprotected from your inevitable butterfingers-related falls and fumbles.
The first kind of cover is the “utility” case. This is the case that’s usually clear plastic, and holds a couple of credit cards or a photo, in addition to protecting the phone. Sometimes, they even contain a supplementary battery. Usually, these are very good at what they do, and are rugged, practical, and economical, much like their users.
If you own a utility case, you’re probably not too concerned about glamour. You’re a serious person, and want something that seriously works. Those thin, designer cases just don’t cut it for you in terms of protecting your expensive investment, and their lack of extra storage space just sounds like inconvenience to you. You are always prepared, are usually the leader in any group, and may or may not frequently mutter the phrase, “Those dang kids” every few minutes.
The second kind of case you’ll see on the street is the “glittery-sparkly-happy-fun-fun case,” and it’s a tough one to miss. These users are usually the center of attention, but not because they’re vain or pushy—they’re just radiant personalities that exude a certain happy warmth that others like to cozy up to. The owner of this kind of case always looks effortlessly great, and likely has an irrepressible aura of unrepentant youth.
Third up, we have the “minimalist case in a bold, yet attractive color”. There’s nothing to complain about regarding this case—almost to an annoying extent. The color is good. The lines are clean. It not only works, but looks great, too, much like its owner. This person is likely sensible, smart, and responsible, yet still young, hip, and stylish. They probably don’t own many “things,” instead, putting more value in people and purpose, much to the jealousy of their friends and coworkers.