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Top problems with iPhone 4S, Galaxy S III, other leading phones revealed in new report

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:29PM EST

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Though some people seem to form unhealthy attachments and allegiances to their smartphones, no handset will ever be perfect. The screen is too small, the screen is too big, the battery doesn’t last long enough, the phone exploded… it’s always something. A new report from product Q&A service FixYa uses data gathered from more than 15 million reports filed by the service’s users to compile a list of the most common problems facing Apple’s iPhone 4S, Samsung’s Galaxy S III and a number of other leading smartphone models.

iPhone 4S owners’ most common complaint with their phone is poor battery life, with 45% of all iPhone 4S questions filed on FixYa’s site focusing on the battery. 20% complain about Wi-Fi connectivity issues, 15% list problems with Bluetooth connections and 10% report troubles with Siri.

Though Samsung’s new Galaxy S III smartphone is just beginning to trickle out here in the U.S., FixYa already has plenty of data on the new flagship Android phone. 50% of complaints filed cover a microphone malfunction, 15% discuss battery life and 15% list heat issues.

Other devices covered in FixYa’s study include the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, RIM’s BlackBerry Curve line, the HTC Titan II and the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone. The firm’s press release follows below, and an outline with key issues and proposed solutions can be found on FixYa’s website.

Galaxy SIII vs. iPhone 4S: Top U.S. Smartphones Get Pitted Head-to-Head in New Report From FixYa

FixYa’s report finds consumers plagued by Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Nexus microphone issues; iPhone 4S struggles with battery life; while the HTC Titan II registers some un-fixable problems

SAN MATEO, CALIF. (July 6, 2012) – Today FixYa, the leading product Q&A destination on the web, announces the first-ever report comparing consumer issues across all of the most popular smartphones including the newly-released Samsung Galaxy SIII, Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, RIM Blackberry Curve, HTC Titan II, and the Nokia Lumia 900. With smartphones already accounting for more than half of mobile phones in the United States, the market is expanding at a rapid rate. FixYa’s Smartphone Report, released today, looks at market-leading devices and pits them against each other, basing its findings on thousands of troubleshooting requests posted by consumers on its product Q&A site.

With the just-launched Samsung Galaxy SIII claiming the most buzz of any current phone, competition in the smartphone market is as fierce as ever. Industry titans are rolling out new smartphones left and right, leaving consumers confused about which one to pick and whether they are buying a reliable product. The Fixya Smartphone Report seeks to provide clarity to consumers by highlighting the main troubleshooting trends across six of the standout devices.

Below are the top five problems for each device in the FixYa Smartphone Report, and the percentage of troubleshooting requests that fall into each problem category:

Top 5 Samsung Galaxy SIII Problems:

1.    Microphone Malfunction – 50%

2.    Battery Life – 15%

3.    Device Gets Hot – 15%

4.    Internet Connection Issues – 10%

5.    Other – 10%

Top 5 Apple iPhone 4S Problems:

1.    Battery Life – 45%

2.    Can’t Connect Wi-Fi – 20%

3.    Bluetooth Connection – 15%

4.    Siri Complaints – 10%

5.    Other – 10%

Top 5 Galaxy Nexus Problems:

1.    Microphone Malfunction – 55%

2.    Battery Life – 20%

3.    Can’t Connect Wi-Fi – 10%

4.    General Usability – 10%

5.    Other – 5%

Top 5 Blackberry Curve Problems:

1.    Random Reboots – 40%

2.    Software Errors – 20%

3.    Missing Applications – 20%

4.    Memory Card Error – 10%

5.    Other – 10%

Top 5 HTC Titan II Problems:

1.    Screen Resolution – 35%

2.    Can’t Find Applications – 20%

3.    Camera Quality – 15%

4.    Battery Life – 15%

5.    Other – 15%

Top 5 Nokia Lumia 900 Problems:

1.    Tinted Purple Screen – 25%

2.    Camera Button – 20%

3.    Can’t Find Applications – 20%

4.    Battery Life – 20%

5.    Other – 15%

FixYa compiled its latest report and how-to troubleshooting guide by sourcing data from its 25 million users and 15 million product problems and solutions. Those interested in viewing the full report as well as crowd-sourced solutions to each device’s top issues can do so here:

“With all of the buzz that surrounds new smartphone releases, it is becoming increasingly important for consumers to see through the hype and understand the devices they are investing in,” says Fixya CEO Yaniv Bensadon. “The Fixya Smartphone Report reveals which devices have the edge and where even the top dogs struggle in the constantly evolving battle between iOS, Android, and their competition.”

FixYa brings consumers the most comprehensive solution database in the world. The FixYa Smartphone Report was generated from over 25 million users, 650,000 experts and 15 million product problems and solutions. FixYa’s unique access to crowd-sourced product Q&A from consumers grants the company transparent data that no other service can claim to provide. FixYa’s troubleshooting data comes from real-life consumer experience with products and product problems.

To learn more about the FixYa Smartphone Report, visit

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