Does having an iPhone make you smarter?

On April 2, 2014

phonesIt is a widely-held notion that the type of mobile phone that you use can determine personality traits, but the results of a recent online test illustrate that your choice of phone could also be an indicator of your level of intelligence.

As reported by Cnet, 2,000 smartphone users were tested by a betting company to take a number of tests to determine their intelligence. The bookmaker’s Test of Wits consisted of seven brain-teasers intended to determine: problem-solving skills, code-cracking and pattern recognition. The participants of the test were chosen from those who use the Ladbrokes smartphone app.

And the winner is…

iPhone users. Apple loyalists were shown to have completed the test in an average time of 1 minute and 34 seconds, compared to BlackBerry users who were found to be slowest, completing the test in average 1 minute and 58 seconds.

The test

Users were asked to choose from four possible answers in the multiple choice test and the participant was required to choose the right answer before they could move onto the next question.

Example questions included: ‘How many 9s are there between 1 and 100: a) 19 b) 20 c) 9 d) 1 e) 14’. Those who chose option b) in the quickest time would then move on to the next question.

One of the other questions was ‘how many months have 28 days: a) 1 b) 12 c) 24 d) 10’. Personally, I wouldn’t know how to answer this as all months have 28 days, but only February consists of only 28 days. I wonder how many people this slowed down.

Each participant was asked to state the handset that they use prior to finishing the test, while a timer recorded their speed in the top corner of the screen.

Other results

Owners of Google Nexus handsets, proved to be only slightly less intelligent than iPhone users, coming in second place with an average time of 1 minute, 39 seconds, followed by Samsung users in third place with 1 minute, 43 seconds.

HTC users were only slight behind Samsung in fourth place, with an average time of 1 minute, 45 seconds, while Nokia users came fifth with 1 minute, 49 seconds.