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Gadget confusion rules supreme in Blighty

Mobiles, satnavs, remotes and cameras all too complicated to use

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Confused by your compact camera? Menaced by your mobile? You’re not alone, because many of us are baffled by gadgets, a survey has revealed.

Online gadget comparison website Reevoo questioned 2000 British adults and found that over one quarter had no idea how to use a digital camera properly, whilst 17 per cent don’t know the basics of using their camcorder.

Surprisingly, one in five admitted that they don’t know what most of the functions on their mobile phones do, besides from “make call” of course.

Quite a few people must still be getting lost whilst out in their cars too, because 21 per cent admitted that they have problems getting to grips with a satnav.

Many users also said they’re bewildered when it comes to getting their heads around MP3 players and TV remote controls.

Chris Winstanley, a spokesman for Reevoo, said: “What this research shows is that lots of people actually just want ease of use, rather than the added extras that many of us find too complicated”.

However, confusion over gadgets' features might not just be down to them having too many features or being too complicated to use. Because 38 per cent of people admitted they don't bother reading the manual first.

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