Long term support should be as important as the hardware when it comes to our next phone purchase.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while. Apple, Samsung, and Google are pricing their premium phones high enough to make a dent in most everyone’s bank account. There’s a lot of room to talk about phones, no matter how smart, being worth the asking prices, but talk probably won’t change anything there. The prices are what they are, and we all expect to spend upwards of $900 on a new phone from any of the three the next time a new model comes along. If we buy one, that is.
As prices rise and hardware gets better, our phones will keep doing cool things longer than they used to.
And that’s the thing. Along with the creeping prices, the features and parts used to build them are getting better, too. And I think we’re at the point where a phone from almost any of the companies who make them could last two years, for even the enthusiast. That’s us — people who read about phones on the internet because we love them enough to read about them.
I know some of us are already there. Pick any article about a new phone and there’s a good chance you’ll find someone happily keeping their Note 4 or Nexus 5, and people have been using iPhones for two to three years for a while now. The same goes for phones from LG, HTC, Motorola or anyone else. In 2019 we’ll still see people who love their Axon 7. What used to be rare among the enthusiast crowd — keeping a phone because you like it and it still works fine — is a lot more common now. And that’s one of those good things I like