I am a strange guy. I change my phones just for the fun of it and because I get quickly bored of things.
Just for info, I had 10 phones in the last 4 years (low-end, mid-range, flagship). Lowest cost me 180EUR, highest 750EUR. My latest phone I bought it 2 weeks ago.
From my own experience and for someone like me, the sweet spot is 200-400EUR. You get some things from flagship phones, get to make few compromises and lose less money when changing the phone.
Living in the US, we don't have much choices. Mid-rangers are pricey while lacking in the features department and the flagships...still lacking in some necessary hardware while being outrageous.
I selected $800-$1,000 because that appears to be the reality for the US since most of the good mid-rangers lack US bands for me to even use them here. All I want is front facing stereo speakers, big battery (for longevity in both endurance and charging amounts), 2K, 90Hz refresh rate minimum, rather have 16:9 ratio due to like 90% of content being streamed as such, headphone jack with a decent DAC, IR blaster (yep, I actually still use this on my LG V20), 8GB RAM, 128GB hard drive space while expandable (if the phone has a lot of bloat, then 256GB because I like taking 4K video at 60 frames), PHYSICAL fingerprint reader (in-display is still unreliable with a screen protector), and made of either aluminum or metal for durability. I don't even care if it has a mid-range chipset, I would be all for it as long as the price is right.
Don't care about IP rating, wireless charging I can live with or without, don't care for elongated aspect ratios, don't care about 100W charges and whatnot, and camera doesn't even phase me much. All I need is a solid main cam with OIS, wide angle and shockingly a monochrome for natural night shots.
Anonymous, 24 May 2020Really surprised that $200 and less isn't the most popular. I thought you guys were all about ... moreIt is the most popular in reality.
Redmi note 8 was the most sold Android smartphone in q1 2020 and Samsung a10 was the most sold in 2019
I was a phone addict and often buy flagship. But I realize there is no major leap in the technology these days, it just increasing number and gimmick, and no significant change in user experience. Also many phones are look alike, similar design, similar hardware. So why I have to spent that much for something like that?
I spent 750 euros on an Google Pixel 4 XL in January 2020. It was worth every cent I spent on this great phone. ;-)
I spent 499 euros on an S10 Lite a week ago, just because I cheaped out before that on Xiaomi and Samsung A series and had bad experiences. Wouldn't pay more than that.
few years ago, you could get a flagship device like my HTC One for about $600. Now a flagship costs $1000-$1200 and the experience isn't different (sometimes worse lol) what the hell
Anonymous, 24 May 2020Really surprised that $200 and less isn't the most popular. I thought you guys were all about ... moreIf you want absolute best, then $200 isn't cheapest.
I mean, yea, you still get a lot of $200 , And many phones are real deal in that price like Redmi Notes. But you aren't getting strictly the best.
It's $400-500 for either new or used.
That's where you can get metal frames, AMOLED screens, ultrawide cameras , big batteries , etc. Not all that in same package , but most of it.
Just wait a year from the $1000 flagships especially if you're from the usa and you will get a slash in the price, 50% + off taking the price to 400, 300 bucks.
Bring back 450$+/- flagship like it used to be unless my salary increase :(
Please use Euro currency as well you have a very big audience from the contingent!
That will strongly depend on post-pandemic economy. People might not buy a new phone at all unless old literally breaks down for a years coming.
I've spent about $700 (with exchange rates accounted) on my last phone, and I'm pretty satisfied with what I've got. I'd have spent about $200 less, but phones in that category with such specific needs I have (I wanted perfect output from 3.5 jack, that was one of the criterias) weren't much exciting.
I'm willing to spend that amount again, after 2 years of use. Or even bit more, say $750-800. But that's a lot of stretch and for more I'll be hesitant. I'd say $1000 at max if I keep at least 3-4 years. But not a single dollar more. And I'm not excited at all what we are getting for $1000 or more . We got a same stupid glass sandwich which has fragile back and costs third or half of new phones price to repair. Screw that. Give us something more durable and then we can talk. If I have to put my phone in a case, then I'm not paying any premium for its materials. So screw your premium glass and premium metal frame. I've rather get plastic phone.
No one in their right mind spends more than ~$700 on a smartphone. That's a waste of money.
I'll spend as much as it takes to have a phone with 10x optical zoom, good camera UI (single-handed full operation of camera possible w/ the right hand), big angle ultrawide, good OiS, great battery endurance and fast charging speed, and with Google Services.
Oh wait, wrong planet.
I'll usually wait for the Android phone to be on promo or until its price is slashed to around $250 before buying it (I don't buy Android phone at launch as the price just depreciates too quickly to make it worth it). For iPhone, I'm willing to fork out until $650 which's the rumored iPhone 12 starting price. But for this vote, I'm going with the $200-400 selection
Probably no more than $300 unless I really really want a certain phone cause now a days even a good mid range can last you 3-4 years
Anonymous, 24 May 2020Really surprised that $200 and less isn't the most popular. I thought you guys were all about ... moreBecause the ones in the 200-400 of maybe even a bit higher are the "best value for money". They have most of the bling bling and flagship features, and cut down on the not so needed things for the majority of people.