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Beware of geeks bearing Androids

Are you a hipster, a workaholic, an average Joe or a super geek? Your mobile phone could possibly give away more about yourself than you think.

  • By Layelle Saad, GCC/Middle East Editor
  • Published: 18:37 October 18, 2010

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  • Image Credit: FRANCOIS NEL/Gulf News
  • Features offered by different phone models attract certan personality types.
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Dubai: You have probably heard of the cliché 'you are what you eat' but Gulf News wanted to find out whether people 'are what they speak' so to say. Does the type of mobile phone you carry say something about your character and personality? Experts believe so.

Although there are no perfect stereotypes, it's safe to say that the type of mobile phone you use will lump you into a general personality type category.

Abbas Jaffar Ali, who is part owner of an IT company, says iphone users could be categorised as hipsters. "iPhone applications generally attract users who are generally more into fun and games," he says.

However, people also use the iphone because it has become somewhat of a fashion statement. Those who tend to wear the latest fashion and the top brands are more likely to want the perfect phone accessory for their ensemble.

As for the BlackBerry, Ali explains its outlook e-mail capabilities make the perfect phone choice for workaholics and highly ambitious people. These types of people want to be a step ahead of everyone else and the BlackBerry is the perfect tool for this. Coined the 'crackberry', the phone becomes one with the person and users can hardly function without it. "BlackBerrys are for serious people, they aren't interested in toys," according to Dubai-based IT professional Haytham Bennani.

But let's not forget the reliable Nokia. Those who use this phone have a very practical approach to life, according to our experts. "They are not trailblazers. They are into their habits, content and satisfied," Bennani says.
Ali calls these people, "average joes" who do not stray from their comfort zone in both their technology savvy and spending. They aren't risk-takers, and this can be seen in their appearance. These users would most likely wear lower-end brands that do not put a dent in their pockets or draw the attention of others.

Last but not least, we have the super geek—the ANDROID user. This would typically be the quiet introvert in class who is shy to talk to girls and bordering on socially awkward. "There are no users outside geekdom," Ali says. "Like iphone users, they love technologies and apps, but the irony is they hate apple users because of the 'geeky' rivalry," he explains. However, there is good news for ANDROID users in that with the advent of Facebook and Twitter their socially introverted personalities are flourishing through social networking, facebook and tweets! According to Ali, these geeks have become the "new cool crowd", so look out iphone users, you may have some competition coming your way.

 Take Gulf News' phone personality quiz:

What do you look for when buying a phone? Do you think your phone reflects your personality? What does your phone say about you?

Comments (27)

  1. Added 18:05 October 19, 2010

    Gadgets are fun and because we tend to be fixated with what we do and our outdoor activities are limited by choice, some take their frustrations on gadgets who can provide them the kind of excitement out from their comfor zone. so if your techy or just a normal "nokia" as long as it drives you positively then its ok to go nuts.

    jhel Villaruel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:17 October 19, 2010

    Very funny article... Depends on income we get mobiles... Mobiles are only for communicating not for showing who we are.

    Nilofar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 16:53 October 19, 2010

    It's not the phone that reflects character and personality. If that were so, I know some big time and matured businessmen all of which can invest in a top-end mobile unit, practically everyday of the 365 days in the year. And, not just one unit a day, but multiple units for every member of their families. What decides investing in a particular make is the level of earning, the gullibility of the customer, the pseudo-lifestyle 'to keep up with the Jones' and the clever marketing/image-creating exercises of the brand/model sellers. I know when I was presented with a BB by the better-half more than three years ago, people used to make fun of me and the unit. Now the same folks swear by the same make. Talking of Nokia as the brand of simple-folks, one must realize and see the practical side of this globally most-popular brand. Even today, I also use my old Nokia, which was much ahead of its time some 6 years ago, and is even today. I also know and so must all others that if I have some monetary problem in some far-off country, I will be able to sell my Nokia unit and get some sum for it to save myself. I cant say the same about my other unit or some other brands. The Nokia is still like a piece of gold. One last point to be noted is that most of the afore-mentioned businessmen use Nokias and Vertus, and I feel a bit out of place when I have to answer a call using my BB.

    Amit Bhattacharjie, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 16:15 October 19, 2010

    Funny, I got blackberry. i don't like blackberry, nokia or iphone. my previous phone was htc tytn 2 and current phone htc hd. This quiz does not work.

    Harry, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 16:10 October 19, 2010

    Classic article! Never knew "Android" users / fans were "Introverts". How was this concluded? iPhone users are on the high side of life..hmmm.. really? Judging books by their covers are'nt you? Never really made any sense.

    Ash, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 16:01 October 19, 2010

    Wow, all the readers who commented below should just take a deep breath and relax. Do I sense some defensiveness? Some of us may think we are way too cool to be labelled under the tags of 'geeky' or 'business-minded', but this article and quiz seem to obviously be just a light-hearted poke at how people obsess with the material items they surround themselves with. I know a lot of people who think of their mobile phones as extensions of themselves. Perhaps they were wrong all along! No harm introspecting!

    Sophie Vita, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 15:20 October 19, 2010

    I was amazed to see Android recommended for me, the one I am using now.BB is a purely Business phone & the fact is that majority of the BB users use it as a part of their job.iphone is becoming popular among youth as they think it is something trendy.

    Pratheesh, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 15:20 October 19, 2010

    Stupid Quiz ...they want to promote BB it seems.

    Mohammad Ebrahim, Dubai, India

  9. Added 15:17 October 19, 2010

    well i took that quiz, and realy that works and if i see at me i will find exactly what was result.

    Arsalan Qayyum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 15:01 October 19, 2010

    A mobile phone is just a communication device. It doesn't have anything to say about someone's personality.

    Hussain Shiraj, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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