“Hold on to your current smartphone for as long as you can.” What’s the problem with that directive? “Different strokes for different folks” is one issue. Not everyone can hold onto an iPhone for the same period of time. What else?
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We live in an increasingly fragmented world; politically, religiously, economically; and the lowest common denominator seems to rule. Dave Smith wrote “Hold on to your current smartphone for as long as you can” and instead of insightful analysis as to how you can keep a smartphone or an iPhone running well for many years, the entire article appears written for 6th graders.
Uh huh. All headlines, sub-headlines, and photographs. Not one true blue sequence of paragraphs is the whole piece. Here are some examples of why you should stick with whatever you have now.
Smartphones are really expensive right now
Expense is a relative thing, of course, but look how much more a smartphone does today than it did when iPhone debuted in 2007 at $599. I would gladly pay the extra $250 for iPhone XR because it is absolutely better everything.
Except size, maybe.
Holding on to your current smartphone for as long as possible ensures you get the most value for your purchase — and it sends a strong signal to phone-makers as well.
I doubt that, and value tends to go down with age, so, just like automobiles, there is a sweet spot where resale value withers away. There was no mention of resale value, and the fact that iPhones have good resale value after a few years helps to mitigate the original price tag.
Look at what Apple does with new iPhones the next year. Lower prices. Same iPhone. Who else does that? Apple’s strategy of making each new iPhone better than the last seems to have lasting value.
Following Apple’s smartphone strategy is nothing new. Apple has inspired the industry countless times, so it shouldn’t be surprising to see rival phone-makers hike prices to stay competitive with the iPhone.
That’s just journalistic bullshit; digital crapola, if you will. Apple’s higher prices help to fund the ecosystem, and it creates a pricing umbrella so other smartphone makers can stay in business.
Most popular smartphones you can buy right now have very high starting prices.
Most premium smartphones of the iPhone, Galaxy, and Pixel class, are more expensive, but the rest of the industry seems to stay in business with prices far less than the least expensive $449 iPhone.
What do smartphone makers not say (as the writer seems to think)?
Since current smartphones perform better, look better, and feature more-expensive components than before, they should be priced higher, too.
Except that most smartphones are not priced like an iPhone. They are priced at half an iPhone’s price. But it is true that an iPhone does far more today than in 2007 or in any year since.
Every year or two Apple improves everything about each model, and iPhones perform so well that Apple can sell older models– iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are examples– that still outperform new Samsung Galaxy models.
But not all smartphones are priced this way. In fact, you can find plenty of incredible phones at more than reasonable prices.
I’m getting mixed signals here. Are most smartphones priced iPhone-like? Or, not? I choose not.
Aside from the fact that they usually have more money to spend toward marketing, bigger companies tend to provide better customer support and more timely software updates.
Which smartphone maker has more promotions, more customer support locations, and more software updates than Apple?
If you already own a phone from one of the big names — Apple, Samsung, Google, etc. — try to hold on to it for as long as you can.
Better advice would be to hold onto your smartphone for as long as you want to.
Starting around 2011, I used to upgrade to a new phone every single year.
Who does that?
I’m on the iPhone Upgrade Program so it’s the same price each month anyway. Most people hold onto their smartphones for about three years. That’s OK, and certainly in line with Mac and iPad ownership.
But what if you want an improved camera? Or, more storage? Or, your old phone doesn’t run the newest OS update? Or, won’t run certain new apps or games?
Recommendations like that from Dave Smith are for technology children, those who need lots of big print and photos; not aimed at anyone who needs to think about usage first. Not one word was mentioned about resale value, which for iPhones tends to drop the cost and mitigate the price tag substantially more than Samsung or Google or Chinese knockoff makers.
So, you need some good advice?
Get used to technology changes and get into an upgrade routine that works for you. Technology changes are more incremental and iterative than revolutionary so simply keeping up is good for improving usage.
Who does that better than Apple?