iPhone 5 users love their data.  A recent report shows that more tech consumers use smartphones and tablet computers. According to an insightful analysis from Arieso, smartphone users are more likely to consume data than tablet users. Not surprisingly, iPhone5 users consume the most data and although 40 percent of the data is consumed by 1% of users, LTE is starting to feel the strain.


Arieso conducted the study with 125 different devices. They found that users with the iPhone 5 used 50% more data than those with an older iPhone like the iPhone 4S and four times that much as users with the iPhone 3G. This report was conducted in Europe.

The same study also discovered that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) users were also major data users. Galaxy S3 owners took the lead for most data uploads while the Galaxy Note II and the iPhone 5 took second and third place respectively.

For tablets, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) once again took the lead. Owners of the 10.1 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab downloaded twenty percent more data than iPad users.

Arieso’s study shows us that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is still in the lead with the most data-hungry consumers but they also remind us that their dominance has been challenged for the first time in three years.

Dr. Michael T. Flanagan, CTO of Arieso explained that the capabilities of the most current smartphones (i.e. iPhone5) are creating a new demand for for users. He also added that regardless of the device and operating system used, there really is little signature difference between smartphone and tablet users. They also mentioned that voice-capable phablets (a cross between phones and tablet) are considered more of a smartphone than tablet computer.

The final results show the smartphones take the lead with the most data usage, tablets take the second place and phablet takes third place.