The first thing I do in the morning when I woke up is checking up my phone on my bedside, and I always end up watching a YouTube video or reading the latest tech news on breakfast table. That is how attached I am to my smartphone, knowing that even the last thing I did the night before was tweeting or browsing the web right before I went to sleep. I cannot live without my phone. Yes, I am a geek, tech nerd, internet slave, or whatever you might want to call me. Being a heavy smartphone user and an addict to tech news, I am aware of the newest specifications and features that latest Smartphone can offer. Tempting specification sheet and interesting advertisement are always calling the geek inside of me, while the price tag was the only thing that kept me away from them. Therefore, a very common question appears, when should I get a new phone? It is a very problematic question, but today we are going to break it down together.
If It ain’t Not Broke, Don’t Fix It!
A common sense, but it is true. It is an example of one simple advice we simply forget as our basic principle to hold back the urge to buy new tech stuff, at least until it really does not work properly anymore, and what I meant by not working properly anymore is a real anomaly where you cannot fix easily; tiny scuffs, dust, or lack of new features does not count as one. An obsolete device that still works properly is still a functional device, so I do not really recommend you to go get a new phone for no reason.
What You Need Vs. What You Want
New features those were perfectly demoed make them look extremely fun and interesting to have on your device, especially if you could show them off to your family, friends, or even neighbors. I dig you my friend, I feel the same way too, believe me. But now that we think of it, how many times are you going to need to use those features on daily basis? Some people might need to use certain features regularly for their work or study, but for other regular users those were just bonus features for bragging right for once in a while. You are going to use those features less and less each day, and before you know it, you will find yourself not using any of those features at all. That was only a satisfaction that is not quite necessary. Knowing which features you would need and which you would bury is very important. You can start by identifying the things you do most on your Smartphone. Ask yourself, do you really need all of the new functionality they offer in newer smartphone?
We Can Never Get Enough
It does not matter what or how many phones you have, it does not matter how awesome it is, in 6 months or less you will find yourself craving for more features, more processor cores, more memory, more storage, bigger display, thinner bezel, slimmer design, or even more in your smartphone collection. You never lose those urges, it is natural. With rapid tech growth and innovation, we live in a world of tech wars up to the point where consumer can never win because we were forced to always buy the latest and greatest out there. Advertisement is your poison, and the people around you are your enemies. Try to know for sure why you need to buy new smartphone, was it only because you feel dissatisfied with your current possession or because your productiveness was limited by your current device. Make sure your lust to buy a new phone does not win over your precious penny.
Timing Is Everything
Hundreds of new phones are released every year. There are always new phones that were announced every month, even every week. So if you really need to switch to a newer one, when is the right time? Some people might say it is now or never. Buy it now, do not look back, and make sure you are going to love your phone the way it is for quite a long time. They are correct, but there is one thing I would like to recommend you. If you happen on planning to buy a flagship device and not on a necessary rush it is wise to know its release cycle first. Flagship phones usually come once a year. If newer version of the phone you want was usually released by the end of year and it happens to be two or three months away, then I recommend you to wait a little bit longer. Be patient while doing some research and digging more information. You will be happier to buy a new release flagship phone. At least it can be a guarantee that your phone will not become obsolete anytime soon.
Smartphone will soon become a primary need for everyone. It is thoughtful to know when you really need to buy a new one rather than wasting your bucks in vain because you simply want new, unnecessary, cool features. Knowing that we are very fragile to temptations, it is good to have a strong reason to hold onto to protect yourself from those urge. Hopefully this can be a lesson for each and every one of us. I know it is not as easy as it may look, but at least it is another thing to keep in mind for our future reference. Now let’s start saving some money, we never know when we might need to spend some in case of something happens.