Mobile Devices‟ Features and Usability: The Nigerian Utilization Experience

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International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology (IJCTT)          
 
© 2017 by IJCTT Journal
Volume-48 Number-4
Year of Publication : 2017
Authors : J. E. Efiong, F. O. Aranuwa
  10.14445/22312803/IJCTT-V48P137

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J. E. Efiong, F. O. Aranuwa "Mobile Devices‟ Features and Usability: The Nigerian Utilization Experience". International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology (IJCTT) V48(4):200-207, June 2017. ISSN:2231-2803. www.ijcttjournal.org. Published by Seventh Sense Research Group.

Abstract -
This research paper assesses the usability and utilization of mobile phones among users in Nigeria using theories and techniques of technology. The work compares the functions embedded in conventional cell phones and smartphones with their utilization. Instrument for d ata collection was designed on Google forms circulated online via email and shared on Whatsapp groups; facebook and copies of the survey were also administered to randomly selected number of users in the South West, Nigeria. A total number of 650 responses were considered for the study and selected fields for data modeling and analysis include gender, educational status, age, social and employment status for users who are not students. Five hypotheses were formulated and the initial analysis of the data was done with electronic spreadsheet on Google respondents’ analyser and further subjected to Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). T - test distribution of means and standard deviations method was further used to measure the variability o f the conditions. The results at 0.05 level of significance show that there was no significant difference in the usability of the features of mobile devices among Nigerians across gender and educational status but on age, social and employment status of us ers. On utilization measurement, the study reveals that users do not sufficiently harness the resources and the in - built functions of their mobile devices from the conventional cellphones to the sophisticated smart devices. These results point end - users of mobile products to the need to utilize the resources embedded in their portable gadgets. These findings are expected to have positive innovative implications for research in mobile computing with particular reference to developing countries and their usab ility, consumption and utilization of mobile communication products.

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Keywords
Mobile Devices, Usability, Utilization, Smartphone, Features, Nigeria.