Why its stupid to upgrade flagships every year?

Smartphones have brought newer technology every year and every year companies try to pull money out of your pockets to fill their banks with funds so that make the newer generation of that flagship to sell you that again. There was a time when upgrading a phone every year was totally useless but new features with every coming generation might tempt you to upgrade. Here are reasons why you shouldn’t.

Upgrades are just incremental!

With every upgrade, of course new features are brought. Companies will put big hoardings and banners on roadside to promote them, put new advertisements on television and every social media platform that is available and tempt you to buy that smartphone, but you have to take a decision with your mind not the company’s mind.

For example, just a few days back, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was launched. And as usual, Samsung promoted it as if you lived in ice age and that phone was the last phone that existed in universe. Samsung claimed it had features like new symmetrical punch hole display, improved camera, improved battery, better connectivity, 5G and a lot more. You might be tempted to buy that phone and may have even planned to upgrade to it from your Note 9 or even from your S10. But just think, do you really need that? Were you always dreaming from childhood “I wish, I could have a phone which had a punch hole at the center” or “I wish my phone had a triple camera”. Nope, right? Then why you want to upgrade, just because you saw advertisements powerful enough to make you buy that phone?

What you get for spending soo much on a phone? Better hardware? Improved design? and what. If you think that the hardware companies put every year is very better than the previous generation, then my friend you are totally wrong. Every Soc in a smartphone is just 15-30% improvement over the previous generation. For example Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor is only 29 percent faster than the previous Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. These upgrades might seem big but they are marginal at best. The reason being is, you won’t even notice that on your phone using it. That 29 percent improvement is not going to change a lot of things, the newer phone will be just as faster as the older one. The older one will be able to get the job done and will perform almost every task that the newer model does. The UI will be same, design will be marginally improved and the device will be tagged newer model just for these few things.

Every Upgrade is expensive!

Have you noticed a pattern in the companies. Every new generation of the phone is expensive than the previous one. This means now your are paying more than what you paid a year earlier, just for some minor improvements that the manufacturer has made to the phone. This is a strategy of the manufacturers to pull more out of your pockets. How different iphone Xs and Xs max look from the iphone x? And how differently are they priced? See the difference. How many cameras are there is iphone Xs and Xs max’s back? Two right, and how many of those are on iphone X’s back? You as a consumer has to choose what is suitable for you and what is not. It’s your money and it should be your decision to choose whether you should buy or not.

When should you upgrade?

Flagships have generally a life span of 2-3 years and you don’t need to upgrade them every year. Mid-range devices may need a upgrade every couple of years because they don’t age well. Flagships age very well because they have top of the line specs for that year and those specs will be powerful for few years down the line.

So you don’t need to upgrade phones every year. Save that money and use that in proper place. Invest in something that will give you higher returns, spend it on other things whose value increases. Don’t increase E-waste as earth is already suffering a lot and if you don’t care at all, at the end of the day its your money, so do anything with it, who am I to tell you what to do with it!

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