How often do you preorder a new device?

Evan Selleck
Contributing Editor from  Arizona
| August 22, 2014

As we did our heels in and try to get out of the month of August, for those who love technology, September can't come soon enough. It's the start of the busy season, more or less, and we're about to get flooded with new announcements. And, better, new devices to actually use. Whether Motorola's your favorite, or Samsung, or Apple, HP (because why not?), or even ASUS, there's going to be something for everyone.

Unless you don't plan on picking up a phone at the end of the year. Then, well, probably try to not pay any attention to what's coming later this year, just so you don't have to fight any temptations.

There's a lot to be excited about, for sure, but one thing that someone that's looking to get a new phone will have to ultimately understand is that while all of these devices are going to be announced right around the same time, that doesn't necessarily mean that we're going to see them launched at the same time.

Right now, if I were a betting man, I'd say that only two devices are a lock for launching in September. That means here in the United States, mind you, and for a national wireless carrier (or even a regional one, if that happens). The first is Motorola's Moto 360.

Now, before I continue, I should say that this shouldn't count at all, because it was actually announced earlier in 2014 and has a ridiculously long gestation time since the public first saw it, but I'm going to assume that Motorola's going to use this September event to really stand on stage and show it off, so I'm going to allow it.

The other is Apple's iPhone 6. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6, to be specific. While there have been a few more leaks of the 5.5-inch variant, I'm still not convinced that's a device that actually exists and is ready to be launched in just about a month's time. I'd be okay with being wrong about this -- I'm just not convinced yet.

That means that everything else that gets announced at the beginning of September, I believe will launch in early October or later. I'd like to see some big changes to that expectation from Motorola, specifically, with their Moto X+1 and Moto G2, but I doubt we're going to see anything on HTC's (recent) level.

So, how important is timing? Well, that all depends on the individual, as usual. The truth is, the people that are going to be looking forward to any one of those Android devices being announced in September probably don't care that the iPhone 6 is going to be announced later, and (probably) launch sooner. And the same can be said for the iPhone 6 fans who aren't going to pay any attention to the Android announcements.

But what about those who are on the fence, and are just looking for the next best (for them, not for you) device to buy? They're going to go into each announcement, weigh it against the other devices revealed, and then make a decision from that.

And that's where I wonder about preorders. Is anyone going to preorder a device next month? Is there a chance that you like a device so much, maybe the Galaxy Note 4 or the Moto X+1, that if they offer up a way to preorder the device (which usually means paying for the device in some capacity or another), will you do it? Have you preordered a lot of devices in the past? Do you prefer it, or avoid it? Let me know!