U.S. consumers could be growing weary of the smartphone “spec-war” says a new study by WDS, A Xerox Company (NYSE:XRX). The study found that consumers actually favor ease-of-use over the latest device specifications, with many intimidated by jargon and technical data when choosing a new smartphone. The study, which tracks buying behavior and smartphone selection criteria across U.S. consumers, has been published in advance of the holiday season, traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for smartphone and tablet sales. A full copy of the study can be downloaded from: www.wds.co/whitepapers/selling-smartphones. “We’ve interviewed hundreds of consumers to help mobile operators better understand how their customers navigate their way through the complexity of choosing a smartphone,” says Tim Deluca-Smith, vice president of marketing at WDS, A Xerox Company. “The study highlights some important buying behaviors that will help mobile operators deliver a better retail experience.” For example, Deluca-Smith says confusion and apathy over the latest specifications could point to consumers being overloaded with technical data, so it’s important that retail advisors are able to translate the latest features into real-world benefits. Key findings: Where do they shop?
- A physical retail store remains the most popular destination for purchasing a new smartphone. Sixty-seven percent of consumers treat it as their primary destination while only 19% of buyers over 60 would buy their device online.
- Buyers between 25-34 years and the over-60’s are the most likely groups to research and evaluate smartphones before visiting a store.
- More than a third of under-24’s will walk into a store knowing the exact make and model of device they want to purchase.
- The importance of device brand declines with age.
- Sixty-one percent of consumers stated that having the latest product specifications was of little importance when choosing their smartphone.
- Network coverage and service reliability is considered more important than network speed by all age groups.
- Consumers over 60 are the most price sensitive when it comes to choosing a price plan. They are also the least interested in network speeds.