It’s easy to get swept up by the high-profile devices. If you’re a fan of technology in general, then hearing about everything a flagship device has tucked inside of it, or the laundry list of things it can do, is enough to make you want to start throwing money at whatever it is that has your attention at the time. Of course, as fans of technology, we know that it won’t be too long before everything we love about the devices of today will get replaced in one way or another. Sometimes, even sooner than we ever expected.
When we look at devices like the iPhone 6, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, HTC’s One (M8), Motorola’s new Moto X or LG’s G3, we all just assume that those devices are going to work — and work well — because of the specifications that are shoved into their frames. After all, you can’t have all that great tech and have a handset that functions poorly, right? (Wink with me now.) And, considering many of us want to keep at least one of these phones for longer than a few months, we need them to work over an extended period of time, and through several hours of daily usage.
I’ve spoken with a few people who have told me that they only buy the high-end devices because they just want to have a device they know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it will keep working for as long as they need it to. Even if that’s just a year, or somewhere in between then and two years, they buy the devices with powerful quad-core processors, a lot of RAM, more built-in storage, and whatever else makes it to a bullet point list of features to make sure they’re getting the best of the best.
Which means when a device like last year’s Moto G gets revealed as an upcoming device for a major network like AT&T, those same individuals don’t even look twice at it. Sure, they’d certainly consider a new Moto G, and definitely the new Moto X, but last year’s model? That’s working in the wrong direction.
But, that price tag.
The original Moto G isn’t a terrible device in the slightest. In fact, for the price, it may have even been a better option for many people rather than the original Moto X. But, it has indeed already been replaced by a newer model, with better stats across the board, and one that’s available right now unlocked through Motorola directly. So, I can understand why some folks would rather just spend a bit more to get the newer model.
But spending a lot of money on new, high-end phones every year, or even sooner, can get pricey — especially depending on how you get your hands on them. So, maybe for the people who want to get new phones every year, but don’t want to pay the hefty price tag, these other options are the best bet.
My question to you all is: are you sticking with the high-end flagships, or have you found a happier place with the mid-range devices that offer stable performance without the sharp price tag? Let me know.