x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA
  • Hidden picShow menu
  • Home
  • News
  • Bought the perfect phone already, or still don't know what to get?

Bought the perfect phone already, or still don't know what to get?

Posted: , by Nick T.

Bought the perfect phone already, or still don't know what to get?
Smartphones – they come and go. You buy a high-end model today, and before you know it, the device is worth half as much as whatever you spent on it, not to mention that it already classifies as a mid-range handset. Then comes the moment when you have to make a choice: either stick to your trusty smartphone and make the most of it, or get a new one that is better.

But which option do most people pick and how often do smartphone owners change their handsets? That is what we are trying to answer today, which is why we need some input from you, guys. In today's poll, we ask you when was the last time you bought a smartphone or a tablet. Was it less than three months ago, or has it been so long that you cannot remember? We would really appreciate it if you cast your vote. Also, are you planning on getting a new smartphone or a tablet soon, and if so, will it be in the near future, or you prefer to wait for newer models to hit the market? Just place your vote below!

Phonearena polls
sort by
When was the last time you bought a smartphone or a tablet?
16.18%
385 votes
(385 votes) Less than a month ago
12.48%
297 votes
(297 votes) Between 1 and 2 months ago
13.19%
314 votes
(314 votes) Between 2 and 3 months ago
15.8%
376 votes
(376 votes) Between 3 and 6 months ago
42.35%
1008 votes
(1008 votes) Over 6 months ago

2380 votes

Phonearena polls
sort by
When are you planning on buying a smartphone or a tablet?
14.91%
344 votes
(344 votes) In less than a month
17.51%
404 votes
(404 votes) In 1 to 2 months
18.42%
425 votes
(425 votes) In 2 to 3 months
20.24%
467 votes
(467 votes) In 3 to 6 months
28.91%
667 votes
(667 votes) In more than 6 months

2307 votes

79 Comments
  • Options
    Close






posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:45 4

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


might get the un oxidised One S

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:52 3

25. eyephone (banned) (Posts: 69; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Me to. Buying it next month!

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:48 6

2. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i normally go through 2 phones a year. had the SGS1 since launch day and havent looked back. its been powerful enough and had enough ROM development to keep me from getting bored. I would have traded it for the SGS2 had it not been reduced to a crapdragon in the states. So I hold for the SGS3. Unless there is something majorly disappointing about it, I'll be a launch day purchase.. launch day bugs and all! :)

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:56 3

4. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


C'mon, this thing is a beast regardless. What if the GSIII on TMO has the S4?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:23 6

15. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it wont. they have fixed the issue, which was that the exynos 4210 could not do HSPA+ 42, or LTE. The 4212 quad can do both. The carriers wanted chips that could do that, it was samsung's mistake to not make the exynos originally capable. The one of the few things qualcomm does right is make their chips receptive to just about every signal around.

The S3 chip is not nearly enough of an upgrade to spend my money on. Its barely faster than my single core hummingbird and has a weaker GPU.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:50

23. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


Some people still think they will slap a Snapdragon in our variant but I don't think so. Like you said, as far as I know the Exynos now supports +42 and LTE.

I just hope for capacitive buttons and not on-screen.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:31 2

37. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


u know.. im kinda torn on the whole button issue. On one hand, when doing media and games, it does make the screen bigger which is a +.. on the other hand, im one clumsy mofo and i can just see myself hitting on screen buttons by accident a lot when im browsing and such. I wish the G-Nexus came to tmobile like we thought it would so i could play with it and find out for sure.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:40 1

39. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


You again!
And me to reply again, lol.
If Snapdragon S3 is bad, how come it scores and performs admirably on Xperia S?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:56 6

45. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


omg.. seriously..

noooooobody care about sony. lol. If the xperia is so nice, why is sony in worse trouble than before with low sales and layoffs? lol

alright, from here on out, we are going to have a disclaimer. Whenever I open my yap about chips being good or bad, a little voice in your head needs to chime in and say "all claims about this chip are in comparison to other chips release at a similar moment in time, or with a similar base design (A9/A15). All comments are soley the opinion of the speaker, though generally its backed up by solid fact. Please, get over it. Thank you." End message. :) :)

So, when I say the crapdragon S3 is CRAP, i am comparing it to all other dual core chips released around the same time.. The T2,T3, OMAP3, and Exynos.. all 2011 chips which HANDILY destroy it in head to head tests. I also like to compare it to my single core Hummingbird to show just how weak it really is.

When I say the S4 is CRAP, I am comparing it to all other chips that are coming out that are 2012 chips, the A9 4212 exynos quadcore, the A15 exynos 5250, the A15 OMAP4... Qualcom wants to say its "A15 like", well then lets compare it to A15's... where it falls so short its not funny.
Is the S3 better than the S2? yup. Is the S4 better than the S3? of course. Is it better than anything else in its comparison field? HECK NO.

:) :)

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 13:03 2

47. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Omg.. seriously..looks like your brain shuts down everytime you try to argue with me correcting you about this.
I can't believe how much nonsense you've piled up in your response.

Now again - simple question - HOW COME SNAPDRAGON S3 PERFORMS SO WELL IN XPERIA S.
It's fast and fluid, backed up with a solid fact figures(benchmark scores).
It's not faster than the Exynos, but it definitely is on pair or better compared to OMAP and Tegra.

If you're unable to give an answer, why don't you just drop it and shut the hell up instead of writing worthless tirades.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 18:00 2

62. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I think your.going to cry. I really do. lol. maybe u should actually read the tirade before responding to it. the answer is in there

and again... no one cares about Sony lol. no matter how great the device might be for you, its a fringe device. great cameras and.screens haven't made them relevant or prosperous. I would assume that its severe lack of sales or consumer interest Is part of the reason why it's never included in screen and camera tests... no matter how much you whine about it

the crapdragon s3 is the worst of the 2011 dual core chips. get over it.. if u like it that's great but Im sure as hell not going to change my opinion or not speak my opinion because you don't agree.

freedom is the ability to disagree openly without conciquence.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 23:54 2

76. oddmanout (Posts: 442; Member since: 22 May 2009)


No offense remixfa, but i have to agree with him on this. The snapdragon s3 processor isnt as bad as your making it out to be. Im currently using a galaxy note and previously used an HTC sensation, both running with snapdragon s3 processors. From personal experience, the snapdragon (or "crapdragon" as you like to call it) actually runs pretty smooth. To compare the s3 with a single core hummingbird processor is ridiculous. Im seeing quadrant scores of over 3000 on my note and around 2500 on my sensation both on stock firmware. The s3 doesn't suffice for some tech nerds that care about nothing more than processing speed, but that doesn't mean its not fast or powerful enough to run the os smoothly. I have no complaints whatsoever with s3 and that's coming from a tech nerd.

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 04:40 1

78. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


WTF?
I'm laughing at how much of a fool, and a complete joke you're making out of your self.

Your answers:
NO ONE CARES about sony!(as if that has anything to do with my question and the S3 chip)
Samsung LIED TO US about their S3 benchmarks!
S3 IS CRAP!

Seriously, you're pathetic embarassement.
These are the numbers:
http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_s-review-741p3.php

Clearly better than the OMAP chip, and don't even bring Tegra 2 in.
Did it ever dawned on you it's HTC's software that is bad?
And that Tegra 2 and OMAP 3 were also laggy on numerous products?

FYI, Sony Ericsson was profitable for 6 consecutive quarters, before the last huge loss. Xperia arc was one of the 5 most successful androids during the two quarters of 2011 globally, and by far the most successful single core.
The fact Sony haven't released a single S3 phone(nor dual core, for that matter) in 2011, you dimwit.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:54 7

3. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


5 Smartphones in 5 years:

Sprint HTC Touch(Trash phone)
Sprint Samsung Instinct(did what it was supposed to. Sold it)
T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro 2(Trash phone)
T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant(Good phone with problems)
T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II(Absolute best phone I've had. Completely problem free)

Still rockin' a iPad 1 until Samsung drops a 1080p Quad-Core Note. THAT will be mine.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:28 7

18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4861; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yeah me too:

AT&T with an unlocked European Nokia N90 (SICK Phone)
Sprint HTC Touch (Trash Phone) lol
Sprint HTC Touch Diamond (Great Phone)
Sprint HTC HERO (Great Phone my first Android phone)
Sprint Samsung Epic 4G (Great Phone, gave to the Wife)
Sprint HTC Evo 3D (Loved the phone overclocked to 1.7GHz)
Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Undisputed best phone I have used)

I am running CNA 1.6.0 overclocked to 1.35GHz with the best battery life I have ever had on an Android phone. A lite day of usage I got 1 day 8 hours with 2 hours of screen on time. A heavy day I get 16 to 18 hours with 5 hours of screen on time. Simply the best phone I have ever used & I have been rooting phones since my Samsung Epic 4G days!

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:51 2

24. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


lol we all have similar phone history...

windows phone to android... (to be continued)

well for me

TMobile - Wing(trash); Touch Pro 2 (amazing)
Sprint - HTC Hero(tolerable), HTC Evo(horrible battery), HTC Evo 3D(great phone)

(continued)... to iPhone 4S (so satisfied)

Tablet- iPad2

future - history hopefully repeats itself.... Windows Phone 8 Phone and Tablet purchase plans...

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:59 2

27. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4861; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Nice that is cool. Me too, I am waiting for Windows 8 & WP8 to see if they get my business again. lol

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:01 2

28. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


That's awesome. I've thought about running a ROM for better battery life but my GS2 holds up pretty good and I don't wanna de-virginize my phone this time around.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:12

33. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4861; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


The ROM I am using on my GNex is about to come to the GS2. They are working on it as we speak. That phone will rule with that ROM.

I can't imagine what type of insane battery life the Samsung Galaxy S II is going to get when Codename Android 2.0 which is built of the recently released ICS 4.0.4.

The functionality you will gain, the STOCK like Android 4.0.4 experience, the overclocking & the battery life will be EPIC on that phone!

PimpStrong I highly recommend you go to www.rootzwiki.com & check to see when CNA 2.0 for the Samsung Galaxy S II will drop. I hear it's going to be within this month!

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:47

41. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


ust can't go without Touch Wiz. I used the GNex for a few days and had to go back. Good lookin out though man.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:53 1

43. Nicksully23 (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


You guys should try out Windows Phone. Left Android for it.

Samsung Messager Touch(crappy feature phone)
HTC Aria(Great phone, that was very reliable)
HTC Sensation(Turned in, regret it so much)
LG G2X(Horrible phone, nothing but problems)
Dell Venue Pro(Love WP7, hardware is gorgeous)

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 23:46

75. cncrim (Posts: 857; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Most the phone on u r list its trouble.... Get a s2 or a note, than give me ur opinions on android ecosystem.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 18:04

63. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ooh umm last 5 years..
omnia
storm
curve 8330
voyager
dare
envy 2
mytouch 3g
cliq
hd2
hd7
mytouch slide
g2
sgs1

and definitely more..lol

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 18:28

64. snowgator (Posts: 3601; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Buddy, we all want mobile to be a healthy industry. But, to try and do it all on your own.....

Wow. :D

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 20:53

70. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, thats just the quick list. I've also bought a few off of craigslist when they were underpriced, played with them, and resold them for a few extra bux. :)

The benefit of working in the industry and being good at my job are that I've won a bit of them.

I won..
omnia
hd7
cliq
curve.

Ive been offered a nokia 710 (didnt need it, have the hd7) an LG optimus and mytouch4g but I didnt want to downgrade from my galaxy. I also just won a pair of nokia monster over ear headsets. frikkin awesome sound quality.

I am dying and praying they have an SGS3 contest. If i dont get that, there will be hell to pay. :) Im also trying to weesle a OneX if one comes to Tmobile and is offered as a champion device.

There is a reason I know so much about all these OS's :) :)

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:58 1

5. Dameon (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


currently using a dell streak. had it for almost 2 yrs. my contract will be up in dec but i think i am up for an upgrade just not sure what i want. im waiting to see what windows apollo will bring to the table or if i wanna upgrade before then to something

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:59 3

6. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


going to go get that lumia 900

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:00 3

7. ddxmms (Posts: 170; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


i think in my own opinion perfect phones only last for six months or so because we are always hungry for the next model,and if i had a lot of money i cold buy a new phone every week.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:27 1

36. snowgator (Posts: 3601; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Pretty close. At least monthly for sure.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:01 3

8. fleanote (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Jan 2011)


Just bought an IPhone 4S/VZW last month. Nothing shocking there, but here's why. (Stepping onto soapbox) - Android phones concern me. When I think about the proliferation of the devices and its open-source context, all I can think of is Skynet from the Terminator movies. That being said, that is not entirely the reason I got an Iphone. I did it because its the only phone on the market that can hold its value. I paid $200 and it'll be $200 for the rest of its days (or until its successor). Android phones come out every 4 days, and each launches at $200+ and ends up being a penny within weeks (sic). I also have a real issue with 4G pricing. Stop touting phones that can connect o the world and stream 'my life' and then tell me to keep looking down at a bandwidth counter. 4G does not have to be that expensive any more than unlimited 3G needs to be at the price point it sits at. It's out of control (thanks to the Telco's).

If you want unlimited bandwidth and a phone that will stay valued and relevant for at least the 2 years your under contract for - what unit would it be? Logically, for me - the Apple IPhone 4 (and I always swore I'd never get an Apple product).

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories