Poll: What will you be in the market for in 2014, budget or flagship?
With January closing to an end, the year 2014 is now officially official. If you've been following the headlines throughout 2013, and especially the last two quarters, then you no doubt have had a feel for the type of changes that are about to mark 2014. Evermore bleeding-edge, sci-fi tech is on its way, but, also -- more compelling price points than ever.
Indeed, with smartphones like the Motorola Moto G, companies have changed our perception of what a budget device really means in the span of just one short year. Gone are the days of old, when an 'affordable smartphone' was a term synonymous with crappy user experience. With the insane rate of progress in the industry, the planet has now arrived in the promised land of truly compelling offerings that don't necessarily ask for an arm or an leg in return. Moreover, with all indications of near-full saturation at the higher-end, we're expecting 2014 to be the year of budget devices. After all, there's been enough time for people to pick up a flagship device, and whoever was intent enough to get his hands on one, has already done so. Of course, many of us will be upgrading our outdated flagship phone with another high-end one, but just how many? Smartphones, after all, have been around for a while now, and the initial excitement has seemingly worn off to an extent -- people are now better acquainted with their usage habits and needs, and it's not at all uncommon to come across folks who simply deem flagships a needless overkill. Put plainly, why pay for horsepower that you'll likely never use? Believe it or not, not everyone is gaming N.O.V.A. 3 or Asphalt 8. And if you do, these demanding titles are now approachable even if your phone isn't decked out with the latest Snapdragon 805, which is nothing short of awesome. The gap has, truly, never been so narrow.
So, what will you be in the market for in 2014? An affordable device that doesn't break the bank, or a fully decked out flagship?