Upgrading your smartphone every year?

Every year, Tech Giants like Samsung and Apple appear at launch events to show off their new smartphones in development but should an average smartphone user actually upgrade their phone as often as new ones are released?

With skyrocketing smartphone prices, upgrading your smartphone every year may not be a viable option. Moreover, with tech giants releasing new upgraded smartphones every few months, the latest and greatest ones don’t remain so, for long. A 40-60k price range smartphone has become quite a standard these days with flagships touching the price range 70-100k.

Considering the scenario of new launches every few months, it becomes quite obvious for a flagship to be a flagship for merely months.The other thing is that each new model of phone usually has only incremental upgrades of features which is understandable considering the fact that the new phone can’t be a major upgrade every time, it is just not technically possible.Moreover, many of the new introduced features are marketing gimmicks to lure customers into upgrading their device. People who fall victim to these gimmicks often end up realizing their latest and greatest devices to be much similar than their previous ones with only a few worthless additions.

Why you should Upgrade?

There might be several reasons why it would be a better option to upgrade.

  • Has your phone slowed down over the years?
  • Is it damaged?
  • Is its battery not holding enough juice throughout the day?
  • Does it take blurry shots?
  • Does it lack current software updates with old security patches?
  • New phones have some features that you find useful in your life?
  • You want to treat yourself?

If your answer to any of the above questions is YES, go ahead and get yourself the phone you need.

Consider the following factors while buying a new Smartphone.

Form Factor– Phone screens are getting bigger and there are not much form friendly devices (iPhone 5s, SE) left in the market. With phone screens getting bigger with time, do consider your grip comfort before buying a smartphone. Go to a store and physically try it out. Big screen corners are difficult to reach on a smartphone, thereby making the phone a two handed device. Also consider the weight of the device you’re about to buy. Heavy devices often become difficult daily drivers.

Camera- Know your photography needs (casual, social media or professional) and plan your smartphone accordingly. Don’t always go for a flagship just because it’s supposed to have the brand’s best camera. Camera features these days are mostly gimmicks which are not even required by basic users. Some of the flagship users don’t even get an oppurtunity to use those features exclusively others just don’t care.

Battery- With increased multimedia usage in our lives, smartphones have a become a convenient source of entertainment. Battery Juice needs to cope up with. Do look for a bigger battery phone that should last atleast one day on full charge.

Memory- 4GB 64GB has become a memory standard for android smartphones these days and it is often enough for a normal user. Do consider smartphones with expandable memory options using memory card if you think your memory requirements might not be fulfilled.

Chipset- Smartphone chipsets today have more juice than chipsets on laptops & computers. Again, you don’t always have to have a flagship chipset in your smartphone. Know your needs and expectations from your smartphone. If you’re an agressive gamer look for better chipsets otherwise midrange chipsets are the best for daily use. Moreover, every year more advanced chipsets used in smartphones are only 5-7٪ faster than their predecessors. So plan your expenditure wisely.

Here’s a list of trending smartphones of 2019.

iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max

Samsung Galaxy Note 10/Note 10 Plus

Google Pixel 4/Pixel 4 XL

Samsung Galaxy S10/S10 Plus

iPhone 11

One Plus 7T

One Plus 7 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

iPhone XR

A list of top 20 budget Smartphones of 2019.

Redmi K20

Xiaomi Mi A3

Realme X

Galaxy M40

Realme 5 Pro

Galaxy M30s

Redmi Note 7 Pro

Realme 3 Pro

Abhishek Rana

Abhishek Rana

Abhishek Rana is a Mechanical Engineer by profession based in Chandigarh,India. He is also a WordPress content developer and definitely a technology enthusiast. He has keen interest in automobile mechanics and stock market trading and spends his free time enhancing smartphone photography skills. Convinced by the interplay of technology and durability, he uses a Galaxy Note as his device and drives a Toyota.