Smartphones are highly versatile tools, regardless of what platform one chooses. While MobilityNigeria regulars are not reflective of the average smartphone user on the street (by default, regulars here live close to the cutting edge of things), we thought we would still sample you all out with regards how far you go in customising your smartphone
For the purpose of this discussion, here are three broad categories of smartphone users.
Most users simply change the wallpaper, theme, and ringtones, as well as make a few other minor modifications. Many times, they do not install any third party applications. Normobs, we call them.
Another set of users actually step further and customise their devices further with third party applications. They trawl the internet and app stores to find the very apps that they need and then install and run. Usually, members of this group are users who also update their phone firmware. Keeping their devices and apps up-to-date, these guys deserve to be called cutting edge.
The next group includes those who go beyond third party apps to mod their devices with custom ROMs and hack into the device’s registry to tweak it at the deepest levels. These sort of people also don’t mind over-clocking processors. Bleeding edge, we call them.
There is nothing wrong with belonging to any of the above groups. There will always be people who have sound reasons for belonging in the various categories.
Here at Mobility Nigeria, our team consists of a combination of all three broad categories. We have people who are normobs, we have those who live on the cutting edge, as well as one lone guy who is perpetually bleeding. We will let our team members speak for themselves in the comments section, if they so wish.
Tell us about yourself. How far do you go in customising your smartphone? Give us details if possible.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.