This is a new analysis of customer feedback, which is available online, about their smart phones. At this time we are tracking and analyzing comments from 37,110 customers on 136 mobile smart phones. I decided to filter out the phones which were not updated with new customer comments during the last 30 days to insure that these phones are still available on the market. The resulting Product Reputation report is available at Market Intelligence.
I selected the most reviewed phones for each operating system to take a close look at what attributes are important to the smart phone customers. As customers keep posting their reviews and forum comments about their experience with the phones they chose, Reliability remains the most important specific attribute that dominate the conversation as 15.22% of all opinions mined is focused on it.
Let’s face it, anybody who buys a smart phone and pays for the service expects to be able to use their phone every time they want to. Apple clearly outshines competition by exceeding customers’ expectations of Reliability by 10%. HTC-HD7 (Win7 OS “representative”) meets their customers’ expectations: however Android (HTC Thunderbolt), Symbian (NokiaN8) and RIM’s Blackberry Curve 9330 are a disappointment to customers who selected to purchase these phones.
Overall customers are satisfied with their decisions to various degrees, but Apple iPhone users are reporting that the phone exceeded their expectations by 42%. Not surprisingly they also are the most satisfied with the choice and quality of the Applications available to them, their Usability and Web Browsing Experience. Since I personally have never purchased an Apple product, nobody can accuse me in the Apple bias: however this phone has earned a remarkable reputation by managing not to disappoint its user in a single attribute of customer experience.
Nokia N8 leads customer satisfaction in Battery Life, exceeding expectations by 14%, Call Quality, Music Player experience, Sound and Video Quality. However, it also disappoints their customers where it really counts – poor Customer Support, inadequate Keyboard, Operating System experience and Web Browsing.
Below is the list of top 19 Customer Experience Attributes by their importance to the customers as they opined in their comments and reviews. Our methodology does not utilize surveys, focus groups, panels or other forms of leading questions/bias forming market research tools. I have filtered out any Attribute with importance below 0.35% that may be very valuable for Product Marketing analysis, but not very meaningful for general consumption. The complete list is available on request:
- General Satisfaction (~CSI) – 16.96%
- Reliability – 15.22%
- Usability – 8.97%
- Battery Life – 5.42%
- Screen/Display experience – 4.44%
- Call Quality – 3.78%
- Customer Support – 3.39%
- Style/Design – 3.19%
- Picture Quality – 1.94%
- Feature Set – 1.92
The selection of phones for the comparative analysis would vary based on criteria important to a person who conducts the research – I wanted to compare a single representative phone per operating system and you may want to find the best Android phone for example. The Attributes and their importance may vary based on such choice as customers “conversations” could yield substantially different results.