It’s that time of the year again when you have all the latest flagships being unveiled by Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Apple, and everyone else. Unlike previous years though, I’m personally not inclined to buy the newest offerings. Here are the reasons why.
Because The Last Flagship is More Than Good Enough
My daily driver is the Google Pixel XL and while I never thought of it as the “best Android” smartphone, there wasn’t anything really wrong with it. It never lags, takes great photos, and it does everything that I want it to do. Perhaps my only complaint is that it hasn’t aged gracefully as it has several chinks and scratches. Everything considered though it’s a fantastic everyday workhorse.
That said, there’s no compelling reason to “upgrade”. A bigger and sleeker screen, more RAM, or better camera optics aren’t powerful enough reasons that want me to ditch the Pixel XL. I’m pretty sure that a lot of people out there feel the same way about their older model Android flagship.
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The Rising Prices are Too Hard to Swallow
The new flagships are commanding higher prices around the Php50,000 mark. That’s an insane amount of money for a smartphone with incremental upgrades. You can buy a decent laptop with that money or you could just invest it in mutual funds or the stock market and get better returns over time.
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Unless a manufacturer comes up with a killer and unique proposition, the all time high price tags are hard to accept.
I’d Rather Invest in Other Gadgets that Aren’t Smartphones
If you have a perfectly working smartphone and you have extra cash for gadgets, it makes more sense to invest in peripherals, wearables, smart home technology, and other IoT devices to build a smart ecosystem at your home or office. Php50,000 can get you a basic Smart Home set-up like smart light bulbs from Philips and a smart home voice command device (Google Home, Amazon Echo, etc). If you’re not into Smart Home tech, you can go for kick ass headphones like the Sony MDR-1000x.
Next Year’s Model Will Always Be Better
Lastly, you just need to remember that novelty quickly wears off because product refresh cycles are annual. That means that there will always be a better model next year. It’s impractical and irresponsible to be buying flagship smartphones every year. There’s so much better use for that hard earned money folks.
So what’s a sustainable and practical approach to upgrading smartphones? The best solution: Retention offers of postpaid plans of telcos. You can re-contract with your telco of choice every 2 years and get a “free” flagship smartphone in the process. You can even sell your previous flagship for a decent price if you took good care of it.
Be patient folks. Unless your phone right now is broken or severely outdated, there’s really no need for you to upgrade. It’s all in your head. Either that or you just have a lot of money to spend on something that you don’t really need.