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Pointless survey: Brits use camera-phones

The camera-phone...a mo-pho phenomenon
The camera-phone...a mo-pho phenomenon
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Apparently 67 per cent of us are using our mobile phones to capture snaps while on the go in a recent survey by network 3 that might take the title of 'most obvious this year'.

While we at TechRadar don't usually publish such obvious facts, the report contains a small comedy a-bomb that we just HAVE to share: 3 are calling such people Mo-Phos or Mobile Photographers.

Genius.

Poll stats

So, here it is: according to the poll of just over 2,000 people earlier this year, 45 per cent of Mo-Phos are using our phones to capture 'quirky and interesting sights while on the go'.

However only three per cent of Mo-Phos (we'll never get bored of this name) use their cameras of choice to take holiday snaps, and just four per cent use them for wedding photography.

3 has even published a small history documenting the rise of the Mo-Pho:

1826 – First ever permanent photograph

1885 – Photographic film

1888 – First camera on sale, the Kodak

1900 – The Brownie, first snapshot camera

1948 – The Polaroid

1990 – First commercially available digital camera

1997 – Birth of instant visual communications (sending digital camera pictures over the internet)

2002 – First commercially available phone camera

2008 – The Mo-Pho phenomenon

Who cares about the obvious survey...let's all get behind the phrase Mo-Phos!

Gareth Beavis
Gareth Beavis


Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.