From functional to fashion accessories mobiles are undergoing a bit of an evolution but what do they say about us? Many speculate that there is more to our taste in phones then we'd perhaps like to think - are they are reflection of who we are or what we want to be or something else?
No matter what it is, a recent survey conducted by Nielsen Media Research concluded that mobile phones do indeed say a lot about our personality, and who could deny it, when the mere mention of a Blackberry conjures up images of top execs working the corporate ladder or the bar phone, of technology averting folk content to stick to what they know.
But these are just a few of the perceptions, Dawn Bratton, a communications consultant for Verizon Wireless has gone a step further. After 12 years of research into mobiles, their service plans and accessories she has attempted to define what people's mobiles specifically say about their personalities.
According to Dawn, users of flip phones are young, ambitious men and women. Although the brand differs between the sexes, with Samsung the flip for girls and Sony Ericsson for boys. Nokia on the other hand is associated with family minded, middle aged managers (or for the rest of us those who had Nokias so long it would be totally impractical to buy another brand of phone if only because of the time that would be wasted learning the new systems!).
Treo, a slightly bulkier phone than the BlackBerry is a favourite among publicists and artsy self-starters, although its versatility does make it harder to peg, in general the creative set seems to favour the Treo over the corporate image that BlackBerry projects.
And now to the iPhone - one of the most recent innovations from Mac. Owners of the iPhone supposedly want the latest and the greatest - and at only a little over 1cm thick with a touch screen and all the mod cons everything screams future fantastic. Everyone who’s anyone seemingly has one, including high-profile users across the spectrum of professions and lifestyles.
But it's not all bad news - although resonating in some areas, Dawn's work is no precise science so don't be worried if you're still holding onto your Nokia 6210 from early 2000 - if it hadn't been for a pick pocket I never would've given mine up either! But maybe when you're making that next mobile purchase it'll pay to have a quick think about what your phone will be saying about you and getting the best value - going for the free phone option on the plan makes a heap more sense than being tricked into spending hundreds of dollars on a little device that costs less than $10 to make.
Contributing Writer Alex Brown
Alex is a holiday writer, with a love of languages and a background in economics. Interests in travel, linguistics, fashion news and celebrity trivia.