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Why Buying the Latest Phone is Not a Great Idea

By August 2, 2019phones

There are many different smartphones currently available, and tech companies are always launching new, updated versions of them. When the latest upgrade offer hits your inbox, it’s important to think carefully of what services and performance you need from your phone. Then consider what you want.

Smartphone manufacturers incentivise consumers to desire their very latest technological offering, but here are a few reasons why buying the newest phone is not a great idea.

Technological Evolution

There is a definite perception coming into the public arena that the pace of technological evolution is slowing down. This has something to do with Moore’s Law. Smartphones and other applications will soon reach the limit of their performance of speed and reduced latency.

This means that a few new features on the latest phone model are not enough to warrant buying the newest phone when it’s not so different from your current model. A new phone is sold as slimmer and faster, but these features are not significant enough to warrant a large financial outlay. If what is motivating you to think about an update is the desire to have the latest colour, remember that it won’t be seen under the protective cover.


Broken Parts

There is irony for someone who wants to buy a new phone because the screen on their current model is cracked. If you dropped the old phone, the chances of you dropping the new one are just as high. It will work out cheaper to pay to replace the screen.

If dropping your phone into water or dropping it onto rocks is a definite probability then you should consider getting insurance. This will reassure you that whatever disaster happens to your device you will not have to pay for it.


Besides being billed as sleeker, faster, and sexier new phone launches frequently announce that the cameras and battery life are enhanced. Giving a little thought to how you use your current phone is often helpful to gauge if you need to upgrade.

If the battery life on your current model phone has been perfectly fine for you up to now, there should be no reason to upgrade to one with a longer performing battery. If you’re happy with the pics that your phone takes, and you’re not an amateur photographer, then there is no need to consider buying the latest phone that has more pixels.

Staying Slightly Behind the Curve

New phone models usually drop at the end of the third quarter, just ahead of the end-of-year upswing in spending. This is the time when “older” model phones drop in price in expectation of lessening demand. By buying an earlier phone model when its price goes down, you can still get an updated phone, but at a lower price bracket (and probably still able to use Afterpay the purchase the phone).

Because technology is perceived to be flattening out, upgraded phones are no longer seen as the vast leaps in innovation as they once were. At most, the latest phone will have a few tweaks done to the hardware or software, but they are not monumental enough to propel the need to have one.

It is reassuring to know when you decide to become one of the people who refuses to buy the latest phone that you are in an expanding sector. Many consumers are determining that if they use their phone for social media, texting, and voice calls, there is not enough impetus to get the latest model. The new smartphone market’s best years have passed. An annual upgrade is not necessary unless it is part of the deal with your current provider.

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