Study: Android phones beat out iPhones in data consumption

Network optimization specialist Arieso released data that compared subscriber demand for mobile data and found that data call time on certain handsets can increase by as much as 250 percent.

Arieso said it conducted a series of studies comparing subscriber demand for mobile data on different platforms using its location-aware and network management solution, ariesoGEO. The Arieso analysis compared the data consumption of users of newer smartphones, such as the BlackBerry Bold 9700, the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Nexus One, the HTC Desire, and the Sony Ericsson Xperia, and the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 4, against the iPhone 3G as a benchmark. The results show how different subscribers use their devices in many different ways and exhibit variable demands for mobile data.

In particular, the results show that iPhone 4 users consume more data than their iPhone 3G counterparts, typically making 44 percent more data calls, downloading 41 percent more data to their devices and spending 67 percent more time connected to the network for data. Arieso's analysis also showed that users with handsets based on Google's Android OS software were particularly data intensive, scoring higher than both the iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 in terms of data call volumes, time connected to the network, and data volume (in kilobits per subscriber) uploaded and downloaded.

Android-powered smartphone users also scored highest in both the uplink data volume and the downlink data categories. For example, Samsung Galaxy users typically upload 126 percent more data than iPhone 3G users, and HTC Desire users download 41 percent more data than iPhone 3G users.

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