The consumer electronics world is awaiting for the launch of Apple's iPhone 5, which is rumored to be hitting store shelves this fall. PriceGrabber's iPhone 5 survey which includes responses from 2,852 U.S. online consumers, revealed that "35% consumers plan to purchase the latest iPhone upon its release. Of these respondents, 51% indicated that they'll buy the smartphone within the first year of release, 30% will purchase it before the end of 2011, 14% will buy it within the first month, and 7% will buy it within the first week."
Consumers' love for Apple products is clear. When asked which smartphone operating system they prefer, 48% respondents said Apple iOS. 19% indicated that they prefer Android OS, 7%said Windows Phone, and 6% chose RIM BlackBerry.
For the preference of smartphone, 69% indicated they would most like buy iPhone 5. 7% would go for Motorola's Droid Bionic, 4% prefer to go for Samsung Galaxy S II, and 3% said the BlackBerry Curve.
Even in our largely virtual world, the thrill of shopping in a real brick-and-mortar store has not died. PriceGrabber's found that 36% consumers use their smartphone for shopping. When these respondents were asked to select all the ways in which they use their smartphones for shopping, 48% said they compare prices online when shopping in a store; 35% use it to scan product bar codes to find the best price; 29% use localization features to find nearby products; and 28% like to receive coupons, deals and alerts while on the go.
When asked how often they make shopping-related purchases on their phone, 22% said a couple of times a month, 16% said a few times a year, and 12% one or more times per week.