Smartphone Usage Statistics and Trends 2013 [Infographic]

An infographic presenting smartphone usage statistics and trends as of 2013 such as, what the main activities smartphones are used for and how often smartphones are used.

Trends and statistics show that smartphone usage will continue to rise throughout 2013 and in years to come.

Satellite driven smartphones have begun to penetrate rural areas and markets that, traditionally, would not even have dial-up access to the internet.

Last year, I posted an infographic on smartphone usage in 2012 and it was one of my most popular infographics of the year.

See Also: Effects of Sleeping Next to Your Mobile Phone or iPhone [Infographic]

This year, I would like to share a similar infographic (posted below) originally published by Compendium, the Marketing Tech Blog and Exact Target.

The infographic presents us with a slew of information regarding how people are using smartphones, where they’re using smartphones and how smartphone usage trends are increasing.

2013 Smartphone Usage Infographic Highlights:

  1. By 2016, 80% of the US population will use mobile phones.
  2. By 2016, 50% of the US will use iPads / tablets.
  3. 97% of 18-29 year olds use smartphones to send text messages.
  4. By November 2012, over 20% of all blog visits came from a mobile device or tablet.
  5. Smartphone users are less likely to click on a link in a newsletter than computer users.
  6. Most common activities by smartphone users:

    1. SMS / text messaging – 90%
    2. Maps – 72%
    3. Surfing while traveling – 70%
    4. Surfing while in a restaurant – 64%
    5. While in a store – 63%
  7. Most common activities by tablet users:

    1. Web browsing – 88%
    2. Email – 84%
    3. Playing games – 72%
    4. Watching videos – 52%
  8. Mobile and smartphone usage is most prevalent in the morning and evening.
  9. Smartphone users tend to glance at and skim over emails more than desktop users who tend to fully read emails.
  10. Smartphone users around the world tend to use their smartphones at home more than anywhere else.
  11. From October 2010 to October 2012, email open rates on smartphones increased by 300%.
  12. Mobile email creates twice as many conversions as social and search.
  13. The average price of an order placed from a mobile device is higher than the average order from a tablet or desktop.
  14. Mobile and smartphone usage is higher Thursday – Monday than on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Anson Alexander

Anson Alexander is a blogger, author, SEO expert, teacher, and tech geek. As the founder of, Anson works full time writing, editing, and producing content for his site and providing technical and business services to clients. He has a BS in international business and information systems from the University of Tampa. In his free time, Anson plays video games, enjoys nature, spends time at the beach, and loves to travel.

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