Gartner's data suggests weakening demand for feature phones - lower-end devices with limited functionality - led to the drop. It said that in the final three months of the year, 264.4 million such devices had been sold - 19.3% fewer than over the same period in 2011.
Although smartphones had seen a 38.3% year-on-year gain over the fourth quarter, they had still remained in the minority with 207.7 million units sold, the study said.
I still use a 'feature phone' as it's perfect for making calls. It weighs very little and it doesn't matter if I drop it on the ground and break it. The battery was last charged in November, if memory serves me correctly, although I don't leave it turned on all the time. The phone, that is, not my memory. ;)
With careful use of the high-end smartphone, I can stretch it to two or possibly three days use before it needs recharging. I dropped it once and it survived. I really don't want to accidentally drop a high-end smartphone again: They don't bounce well.