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Poll: What will you be in the market for in 2014, budget or flagship?

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 Of course, many of us will be upgrading our outdated flagship phone with another high-end one, but just how many?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?

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What will you be in the market for in 2014, budget or flagship?
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(493 votes) An affordable smartphone for me
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(753 votes) A flagship for me

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posted on 20 Jan 2014, 02:55 2

1. AtheK (Posts: 28; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Seeing i just got a G2 Three months back, i am just going to skip buying a new phone in 2014. Let's see what 2015 brings.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 03:36 2

4. Reeyawn (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


I agree. G2 is enough for me too. IMO buying a flagship every year is not practical...lets see what 2015 brings.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 05:42 2

17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2115; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


It's only not practical if you don't have the money to do so. I have the $30 plan on T-Mobile. I can buy a new flagship once a year & still pay less than most people on Verizon or AT&T.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 06:57 4

21. AtheK (Posts: 28; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


it's not the money, it's about the fact that i can hardly find anything lacking in G2, to spend any kind of money a new flagship right now.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 07:07 2

22. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2115; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Eh. I don't feel that way. I didn't find my Note 2 lacking in any way. I still bought a Note 3 anyway simply because it's better.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 07:19 2

23. joey_sfb (Posts: 2696; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I am a habitual phone upgrader like yourself. I buy two high end devices per year.

Trade in the old devices and hold two generations. So its Note 2 and Note 3 now.

Will be trading in my Galaxy Tab 7.7 for Note Pro 12.2 next.

Good thing, Android allow me to upgrade device easily just sign in my Google account into the new device and I am good to go.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 07:43

24. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2115; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I hear you, man. I would probably upgrade twice a year too if I could find another series of phones that interest me.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 02:09

41. AtheK (Posts: 28; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


to each is own man :D

The only phone i might actually plan to upgrade is iPhone 6, if they corss the 4.5" Screen size barrier. Otherwise G4 it is.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 06:09 1

18. RadKrish (Posts: 17; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


I have G and waiting for G3. :)

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 08:13 1

27. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I usually get a new phone every 5-6 months, just because I want something newer and "better." I try not to over do it on a lot of things, but phones are one thing I don't mind splurging on. Paying $500-$600 or so for a new phone every few months isn't excessive to me, because it's something I personally enjoy.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 08:38 1

30. PorkyBurger (Posts: 202; Member since: 18 May 2013)


BUY ME A PHONE TOO, LEL.
But really 5-6 months. Wao, I wish I could do that. My parents won't let me buy (even with my money I earned) a phone every 1-2 years. D:
Stuck with my laggy Ace 2 for 1 year... :D

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 19:06

39. 14545 (Posts: 1091; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I pretty much do the same thing. Since februaryish 2011 I have had the Thunderturd, Bionic, Rezound, Nexus, and Galaxy S4. I've had the S4 for the longest, and I'm at about 7 months on it. I think I am going to get the Maxx here in the next couple of weeks. (I feel like I am missing one though)

And you will be able to do that when you get older and pay your own bills. It all comes in time.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 02:58 1

2. tedkord (Posts: 4432; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Can't say until I see.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 03:35 2

3. Klamba92 (Posts: 195; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


There should be another option for people staying with their current phone who may have just got a new phone late last year.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 03:48 2

5. tadaa (Posts: 232; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


but you won't be in the market if you're not buying a new phone

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 04:05 1

6. anleoflippy (Posts: 249; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Currently using an Xperia ZL and still loving it and won't bother changing it. However, I'm keeping my eyes on the HTC M8, Oppo Find 7 and Sony Xperia Z2 (or whatever it's going to be called).

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 09:10

34. buccob (Posts: 1335; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I bought an oldie Acro S a year ago... And I have been waiting for something like Z1 Compact... almost the perfect replacement... (I would have gor the ZL if it was waterproof, with the exact same specs)

And I would have loved the Z1 compact more if it was 4.5", though I'm already used to 4,3".

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 04:09 2

7. Gemmol (Posts: 492; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


My Lumia 1520 is hands down hanging with me for 2 years, this will be my first phone to wait the full 2 years........... if anything happen to it I could always go back to my galaxy note and I barely had that only came out a month or two before he 1520......if both phones break lol I will just buy a budget 525 or upgrade to answer 6 inches phone..... but if everything stay well I should be with my Lumia 1520 for 2 years

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 04:21 4

8. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5149; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I'm currently using the lovely Xperia Z for eight months now, skipped the Xperia Z1 because it's not worth the change in my opinion. However, I'm looking forward to the Sony Xperia Z2, Oppo Find 7, LG G3, HTC One 2, Huawei Ascend Sx, Nokia Lumia 1525, or maybe the BlackBerry Z50.

I know, I know...I'm looking forward to many phones, but I'm not gonna buy it all cuz I'm not rich. Anyway, 2014 is gonna be a year of the big bros, hope the manufacturers will price it right (that's right, I'm talking about you, HTC).

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 08:14 1

28. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Looking forward to the Z2 and G3 myseslf.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 08:22 1

29. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6189; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


You're lucky, I recently had my Z1 since Oct upgrading from xperia go. If I could would of bought the Z2 or the GS V this year.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 08:42

31. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5149; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Don't say that, you're lucky to have the Z1. The Z1 is a great phone, and Sony said that the Z1 will continue as their flagship into 2014, so you should be happy with that. It's still a flagship. So, be happy with your Z1. :)

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 04:32 1

9. Apoorvtheman (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


I currently have Xperia s with me and I am happy with it but if I encounter battery problems,I will probably get a Galaxy Note 4 :)

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 04:33

10. RoboBonobo (Posts: 35; Member since: 13 Sep 2013)


I'm not really desparate for a new phone, as I just bought a Nexus 4 in the summer.
I may buy a Nexus 5 in a few months, or else I'll wait to see what the next Nexus and iPhone have to offer nearer to the end of the year.
I may just end up skipping on buying any new phones at all for a couple years, and put my money into buying a tablet and other gadgets like smartwatches, fitness trackers, etc.
The only thing wrong with my Nexus 4 is the battery life isn't as good as some other phones, but that doesn't really justify the extra cost of upgrading again yet, as my battery cycle is still measured by multiple days.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 04:39

11. Sprissy (Posts: 74; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


I currently have a S3 and will be looking to replace it this year with a flagship phone.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 04:42 1

12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2415; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Budget phone..... May be a mid range device.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 05:11 3

14. ashwinjoze (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)


Me too. A midrage Galaxy or an HTC will bless my pocket.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 05:08

13. Suo.Eno (Posts: 144; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


A flagship to me are only as useful as its OEM after sales/firmware support guarantee OR custom ROMs'. That and as awesome as Snapdragon 805 is I don't view it as a significant SoC generational move even against the 410 (Cortex A53, 64 bit) so anything w/ a 410 gets my vote (or dollars if one manages to compel).

Also there's the Intel side of things which will get interesting this year. Asus' latest ZenFones however are off the list with their woefully miscalculated 1Gb RAM config. Hoping to see.other entrants that won't repeat the same mistake.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 05:14

15. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 789; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Haven't done the 'budget phone' thing since 8th grade in highschool, it will be another flagship for me this year after a great year with GS4 Octa 32GB.

Deciding between Note 4, GS5, or maybe even LG G3? Will be interesting year.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 05:36

16. elocom (banned) (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Galaxy Tab 3 8" for sure

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 06:41

19. Avenger827 (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


Budget or midrange phones for me, flagships are just too pricy in india compared to US and other countries, so it wont be logical for me to get a flagship just for it to become obsolete in a few months. Personaly, i think I'm gonna get the succesor to moto g.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 06:48 1

20. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Next month I will buy the Z1 Compact and wait for the Nexus 7 (2014) or "Z Ultra 2"

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 07:44

25. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Currently got an iPhone 5 and I'll probably get the new iPhone when it comes out given mine will be 2 years old at that point.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 07:47

26. kevkyle (Posts: 62; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


Hhhmmm....just got me an LG2 for christmas. - huawei P6 (ggrr..accidentally dropped it this noon - got minor ding). got them both for work. The lenovop780 and ascend mate - for media consumption.

.......promised my office staff i'll stay away from those New DAMn Great Phones for quite awhile (and they all laughed :- )

.......Nah! am getting myself a birthday gift in May - one of 'em outrageous....gggrrrrr - PHONES!

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 08:44

32. imkyle (Posts: 979; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Currently still have my Nexus 4. Still runs very good.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 09:10

33. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Z2 or M8, here I come!~

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 09:54

35. domfonusr (Posts: 312; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


If I save up a good chunk of money, maybe I'll buy a smartphone this year. I don't know what I'd get, except that it will be a budget option for sure. I am leaning more toward an Android something, something very cheap.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 13:10

36. MrTzr (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


I will replace my Z with a Z2 or maybe with a S5.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 17:56 1

37. x88yunkw (Posts: 59; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Until today, i dont own any apple product, planned to buy iphone 6 this year.
Im using s3 since Aug 2012. It serves me well and nothing i can complaint about.
See many of my friends changing newer smartphone every few months, quite excited and enjoyable.
Sorry… Money come first!

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 18:32

38. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


As a Windows Phone fan, I am excited to see what 8.1 offers. If the L1520 is any indication, it will be a great time to be in a position to grab a top end flagship.

My wife is ready for a new Android Phablet (I really hate that name). With the LG Flex and it's 6" screen on deck, I am more then a little curious how manufacturers respond to the Note 3. What comes next?

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 20:28 1

40. Stuntman (Posts: 711; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I want a combination of both. I want a flagship phone with a landscape slider keyboard that only seem to appear on budget phones these days.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 19:59

42. checkmymike (Posts: 81; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Hi chris. I like your wallpaper. Where can i get it?

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