This afternoon, I published my last smartphone review of 2017 and by extension, MobilityArena’s last review of the year too. By review, I do not mean those theoretical posts written based on the specs without seeing, touching or handling the device. This article is our “review”of MobilityArena in 2017!
By review, I mean that we get the device and use it for at least a week, then publish our detailed experience with photos we take – and sometimes video too. I have been doing this for 13 years. You heard that right. Thirteen.
Running a tech blog in Nigeria is hard. Tech blogs spring up and die out every year. Creating review content is even harder, which is why not a lot of tech blogs do it. At MobilityArena, smartphone reviews is our core focus.
Perhaps you will find some of our stats from 2017 interesting. Here goes!
MobilityArena in 2017: Full Smartphone Reviews
We had fun with over 30 smartphones and gadgets in 2017. Let’s start with the complete list of all full smartphone reviews that we published during the year. Just in case you missed a few, click on the name to read it.
1. LG G6 Review
2. Freetel ICE 2 Review
3. HTC U11 Review
4. ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Review
5. Moto C Plus Review
6. Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review
7. Moto G5 Plus Review
8. Moto E4 Plus Review
9. Infinix Note 4 Pro Review
10. Moto E4 Review
11. Ntel N1 Nova Review
12. Infinix Note 4 Review
13. Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Review
14. Vernee Thor Review
15. Gionee A1 Review
16. Oukitel K6000 Plus Review
17. Infinix S2 Pro Review
18. TECNO L9 Plus Review
19. TECNO Camon CX Review
20. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Review
21. Innjoo X3 Review
21 full reviews. We fell just short of an average of 2 full reviews per month. We will try harder in 2018.
MobilityArena in 2017: Reviews Of Non-smartphones
We also reviewed a handful of non-smartphone gadgets!
MobilityArena in 2017: Smartphone Hands-on Only
While our full reviews are always preceded by a hands-on or unboxing article, there are some devices that we got a chance to play with but not enough time to do a full review. We have “hands-on reviews” of those. They include the following:
1. Apple iPhone X hands-on
2. Infinix Zero 5 hands-on and photos
3. itel S32 hands-on and photos
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on and photos
5. Moto G5 hands-on
6. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus hands-on
7. Fero F1805 Selfie hands-on
8. Huawei P9 hands-on
MobilityArena in 2017: Long-term Reviews
In some cases, we re-visit an older device to examine how suitable it may be for people who may be looking for previous years’ flagships at a bargain price. This year, we published four of such reviews.
What Percentage Of Our Traffic Was Mobile in 2017?
1. Mobile: 70.47%
2. Desktop: 26.79%
3. Tablet: 2.75%
MobilityArena in 2017: Top Mobile Operating Systems
What mobile operating systems did readers of MobilityArena visit the site with in 2017? Have a look at the top 6:
1. Android: 79.91%
2. iOS: 6.46%
3. Feature Phones: 5.89%
4. BlackBerry: 5.25%
5. Windows Phone/Mobile: 1.95%
6. Symbian: 0.10%
Ha! Symbian still lives somewhere down there…. Yes; I had to make this a list of 6 just so I could show you Symbian OS.
MobilityArena in 2017: Mobile Brands Visiting
And what mobile brands did our readers use the most in visiting the site? Here are the top 10.
1. Samsung: 15.29%
2. Apple: 6.46%
3. Infinix Mobility: 6.36%
4. TECNO Mobile: 6.02%
5. BlackBerry: 3.97%
6. Huawei: 2.70%
7. Xiaomi: 1.65%
8. Sony: 1.58%
9. Lenovo: 1.52%
10. Nokia: 1.51%
MobilityArena in 2017: Top Internet Service Providers
Up next are the top 5 internet service providers on whose connections our readers visited during the year.
1. Airtel Nigeria
2. MTN Nigeria
3. Globacom Nigeria
4. Safaricom Kenya
5. Scancom Ghana
We Gave Away A Smartphone Too!
Did we run any giveaway in 2017? Yes; we did. One sporting member of this site went home with an Oukitel K6000 Plus.
It has been an interesting year, no? Absolutely!
On To 2018 And Beyond!
No matter how hard it is and no matter how tough things get, we will continue to produce real mobile reviews. Why? Because our readers enjoy them and find them useful in making purchasing decisions.
My thanks to my team members, family, friends, partners (those who support me in various ways, including financially, to keep the blog going), as well as readers and clients. You all are awesome.
As we cross into another year of mobile reviews, we intend to keep growing and pushing new boundaries. May 2018 be full of progress and fulfillment for you. Stick around!
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.