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Mobile phones are abounded in the Philippines. Nowadays, most Filipinos, rich or poor, are hooked in mobile phones. Over the years, mobile phones have evolved and as of today, they have spectacular features that are useful to its users. Mobile phones become very essential to its users because it combines different features in one gadget only. Radio, camera, music player, television and other wonderful features were added by the phone makers to a typical texting phone making the mobile phone an all around gadget.
Using mobile phones opens many opportunities to users. Having a good mobile phone means having lot of chances to do many things. It is very important to have a good mobile phone that can satisfy the desires of its users. Many mobile phones are available in the Philippines but these phones differ in the quality of their features. They share the same features but they differ in their quality. In the Philippines, mobile phones can be classified into two – 1.) local and 2.) imported. As the name implies, local mobile phones are phones assembled in the Philippines while the imported mobile phones are those made in abroad.
Local and imported mobile phones are widely used in the Philippines. Filipinos have different reasons or preferences on choosing the mobile phones that they would use. Features and functionalities are the most preferences of the mobile phones buyers. Filipinos are aware that imported mobile phones are dominant mainly because of its undeniably amazing features. Imported mobile phones adapted to the desired features of the users. On the other hand, local mobile phones adopted the features of the imported mobile phones making them akin to some features. However, eventhough they share the same features, there are still differences in them. Mobile phones, today, have advanced features that are useful to users. These features include video quality, imaging, internet access, texting and calling under the wireless communication, games, dimension which is further classified to screen size and the entire cellphone size, music, battery, memory storage and input mechanism.
According to Alano (2000), no scientific evedince that mobile phone can harm our health was found. But still, in some places, the use of mobile phones is either mininize or prohibited to avoid potential risks from microwaves.
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The main purpose of this study is to analyze the features and functionalities of local and imported mobile phones. Views of other people, especially the users of local and imported mobile phones are given emphasis in this paper. This paper also aims to provide knowledge about the different quality of mobile phones thus helping the readers to visualize which will be a better phone for them. Having read this research paper, people would visualize the perfect mobile phones that suit their tastea and wants.
In gathering relevant data related on the topic, the researchers conducted a survey among 25 De La Salle Lipa students who are using local and imported mobile phones. The survey sheets contained five close ended questions and all written in English language. Four of the questions were multiple choice type questions while the other one was asking the respondents to rate their mobile phones in terms of their features. The researchers chose the local and imported mobile phones users as the respondernts to the survey mainly because above anyone else they are the most reliable persons for this research.
Different brands of mobile phone are available in the Philippine phone industry. Mobile phone companies offers variety of cellphone models. From the survey conducted by the researchers, it showed that different brands of local and imported mobile phones are used by the respondents. The survey showed that eight respondents uses Nokia’s mobile phones, which is 32% of the sample who were surveyed. Seven respondents, which is 28% of the sample, uses Samsung’s phones. Five respondents answered Apple as the brand of their phones. It implies that 20% of the sample uses Apple’s phone. Eight percent of the respondents, which is two, use Lucky Goldstar’s (LG) phone. Eight percent of the respondents, which is two, use Blackberry’s phone. The 4% of the respondents said that he / she use other brand of mobile phone which he / she further specified as Sony Ericson. This result is clearly interpreted in the chart below which shows the percentage of imported mobile phone brands used by the respondents.
Figure 1. The Imported Brands of Mobile Phone use by the Respondents
In the world market, there are four major brands of mobile phone that are well known to everyone. The survey indicates that Nokia is the number one brand of mobile phone used by the respondents. According to a news article of The Philippine Star (“iPhone leaps to third place”.2012), Nokia was still the king of mobile phones as it remained as the number one brand used by people. It was followed by Samsung, Apple and LG phone as the second, third and fourth placer, respectively, in mobile market.
Respondents were asked for the brands of local mobile phones that they use. The result for this question was clearly expose in the table below.
Figure 2. The Brands of Local Mobile Phone used by the Respondents
Brands of Local Mobile Phones Number of Respondents who have the Local Brand of Phone Percentage
MyPhone 13 52%
Cherry Mobile 8 32%
Torque 0 0%
Star Mobile 4 16%
For the local mobile phones, different brands of cellphones bloomed over the 21st century. As can be seen in the table above, My Phone was the most used local mobile phone garnering 52% of the respondents. 8 respondents, which is 32% of the sample population, said that they use Cherry Mobile. And the remaining 4 respondents answered that Star Mobile is the brand of their local mobile phones. None of the respondents answered Torque.
The survey showed that people always choose imported mobile phones over the local. Glenn Richmond Ong (2012) said that most imported mobile phones have highly advanced design that made them capable of doing a lot of things. With this, no doubt that people would prefer buying and using the imported mobile phones. Eventhough imported mobile phones expensive, Filipinos , being smart buyers, still prefer using them.
The respondents played a vital role for this research paper for they gave the researchers ideas about the qualities of local and imported mobile phones in terms of features and functionalities. In the third question of the researchers’ survey sheet, the respondents rated the different features of local and imported mobile phones. The researchers asked the respondents to answer all the question with all honesty so that this research paper will be a total success. The result of this question is clearly interpreted in the Figure 4 located on page number four.
Figure 4. Performance of the Different Features of Local and Imported Mobile Phone
Mobile Phones Local Mobile Phone Imported Mobile Phone
POOR AVERAGE GOOD POOR AVERAGE GOOD
a. VIDEO QUALITY
b. IMAGING 19 6 0 0 9 16
c. INTERNET ACCESS 15 10 0 0 7 18
COMMUNICATION 0 14 11 0 6 19
e. GAMES 0 16 9 0 8 17
f. DIMENSION 3 14 8 0 10 15
g. MUSIC 0 10 15 0 7 18
h. BATTERY 2 10 13 0 8 17
i. MEMORY STORAGE 13 12 0 0 10 15
j. INPUT MECHANISM 7 15 3 0 5 20
In the table above, you can see the qualities of local and imported mobile phones in terms of different features. The survey indicates that in terms of video quality, 84% of the respondents said that local mobile phones have poor performance while the imported mobile phones have good performance. Imported mobile phones, like iPhones, are boosted by improvements to the graphic architecture with a PowerVR SGX graphics chip that now enables 30 frames per second video recording. (Top Mobile Phones.2009) Seventy-six percent of the respondent said that their local mobile phone have poor imaging while 64% of them agreed that their imported mobile phone have good imaging quality. According to Ong (2012), most imported mobile phones use 12- megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics. They also have front- facing camera. The highlight in imaging quality of the imported mobile phones is that some of them have a very good quality of panoramic shot. Ong’s article justified ratings of the 64% of respondents. According to the an article (State of Mobile Features and Functionality.2013), cellphone users prefer using mobile phones in uploading or downloading some things from the internet. It is important that your mobile phone can access the internet easily. According to Reyes (2010), people will go after the phones which can access internet. Mobile phones are means of internet usage. Sixty percent of the respondents said that their local phones have poor internet accessibility while 72% of them agreed that their imported mobile phones have good internet accessibility. Texting and calling are under the wireless communication. Fifty-six percent of the respondents said that the local mobile phones have average performance when it comes to wireless communication. Seventy-six percent of them said that imported phones have good performance in terms of wireless communication. In gaming, 64% of the respondents said that their local phones have average performance while for the imported phones, 68% said that they have good performance. For the phone’s dimension, majority of the respondents said that the local phones have average dimension and the imported mobile phones have good dimension. Most mobile phones, local or imported, have music players. The survey indicated that both local and imported mobile phones have good performances when it comes to music and quality of their batteries. Majority of the respondents said that local mobile phones have poor memory storage and the imported phones have good memory storage. The input mechanism of mobile phones may be keypad or touchscreen. According to Requejo (n.d.), the input mechanism of mobile phones can bring negative effects for the users. The less the cellphone requires the user to touch it, the better it is. Majority of the respondents said that local mobile phones have average performances and the imported mobile phones have good performances in terms of input mechanism.
Figure 5. The Reasons of Using Mobile Phones
As can be seen on the figure above, 76% of the respondents use mobile phones to communicate with their family, friends, and other people. On the other hand, the 24% of the respondents are using mobile phones for entertainment. Fajardo (1999) said that the Philippines has the largest number of messages transmitted everyday. More than 16 million messages each day pass through the text messaging service industry. The fact that most Filipinos use mobile phones for communication leads the Philippines for being the “Texting Capital of the World.” Sandstrom (2008) said that new research shows cellphones actually ease the stress of modern living. People relieve their stress by playing mobile games and surfing the internet. Different mobile applications provide entertainment for the users.
In all the spectacular features of the mobile phones, the survey showed that people value or set as preference the quality of its memory storage. Twenty-four percent of the respondents said that the size of memory storage is very important. The capacity of a mobile phone’s memory determines the number of applications that they can install in their mobile phones. The result for this particular question is shown in the figure below.
After all, the local and imported mobile phones are good phones indeed. Both of them have amazing features. They are similar in some features but still, there are cases that imported mobile phones are better than the local phones. As the researchers stated above, imported mobile phones have highly advanced design due to their well execution of modern technology. Imported brands of mobile phones had been running in the mobile business industry for a long time while the local brands of mobile phones just started in the 21st century. The local imported mobile phones also consider the price of their models. Most local phones are budget – conscious. On the other hand, the imported mobile phones prioritize the features and functionality of their models more than anything else.
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