44 Percent of Fanboys Want New iPhone 5


44 per cent of existing UK iPhone users say they want the new Apple iPhone 5 according to a consumer survey conducted immediately after news of the product was released last night (12.09.12). And 20 per cent of all smartphone users in the sample said they wanted to upgrade to the new iPhone without needing any further information about the product.

But users of the iPhone’s main competitor, the Samsung Galaxy, are mostly staying loyal, with only 5 per cent saying they want to switch to the iPhone 5 in the online poll of 1000 UK adults conducted by rapid online survey company,Usurv.

According to the research, the most popular feature on the iPhone 5 is likely to be its larger screen, highlighted as the most appealing by 19 per cent of respondents. The higher speed Internet access, making use of the new 4G mobile service which is being introduced to the UK, was highlighted by 17 per cent as most appealing. But 39 per cent said none of the new features appeal to them.

And in a hint of a backlash against Apple’s publicity machine, over a quarter (27%) of the consumers thought that the iPhone 5 had been over-hyped without anything exciting or innovative.

Guy Potter, director and market researcher at Usurv, said: “We ran an immediate poll to gauge people’s instant reactions to the new phone and as with most Apple launches there seems to be a fair bit of positive excitement.  The fact that 44 per cent of existing iPhone users already want to upgrade – without needing to think about it – shows the loyalty to the brand. However, none of the new features seemed to instantly grab people – with 39 per cent saying none of them really appealed.”

Participants were asked:

The Apple iPhone 5 has just been launched. Which of the following features do you find most appealing:

Feature Percentage
Larger screen for better viewing of content and applications 19%
Higher speed Internet access through 4G capabilities 17%
Performance when running applications that is up to twice as fast as the previous iPhone due to a new chip                                   9%
A better camera including panaorama and HD video features 11%
Thinner design, which makes it the lightest iPhone ever 5%
None of them appeal to me                                                  39


Do you want to upgrade to the iPhone 5:

Existing phone brand Yes No Want to find out more
iPhone 44% 29% 27%
Samsung Galaxy 5% 69% 26%
Nokia 19% 64% 27%
HTC 18% 58% 23%
BlackBerry 13% 54% 33%