Are you always buying flagships, or are you hunting for the best value-for-money ratio?

Are you always buying flagships, or are you hunting for the best value-for-money ratio?
Flagship phones are no doubt at the top of their game when it comes to the latest and greatest specs, software version, and overall appeal, but all of these niceties come at a price, too. It's often north of 600 USD or EUR without carrier subsidies, and 200 when subsidized, but in exchange for a lengthy (and expensive) two-year contract.

Some of us just can't resist always having the latest and greatest, though, and we either upgrade and ditch what we have at a loss to acquire the newest flagship, or buy it outright at the unpleasant early adopter pricing. Naturally, the rapid pace of mobile innovation itself makes it harder and harder to cling onto a phone for at least two years, as the flagship cycle has now shortened to the puny six months for a bunch of major manufacturers.

Still, whose who can resist the urge to always buy the latest and greatest, are in for a treat these days, as hunting the best value-for-money offering has never been so rewarding. Last year's flagships, for instance, come with 1080p displays, quad-core processors, and high-res cameras for half the price, and there are numerous current midrangers that give you a stellar smartphone experience for the money. That's why we wanted to ask you are always buying flagships when the mood or the necessity warrant a new phone, or are you looking for the best value-for-money ratio first? These two rarely coincide, so take your pick, and sound off in the comments.

Are you always buying flagships, or are you looking for the best value-for-money ratio?

I always get a flagship phone no matter what
39.31%
I try to nab the best value-for-money when shopping for a new phone
60.69%

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67 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I try to nab the best value-for-money when shopping for a new phone.

49. Mkondrak unregistered

Same. I bought my iPhone 4 when the 4s came out on ebay for 300$. Three years later, Im still using the same phone (with no cracks or scratches all without a case ever) Now im probably going to buy the 5s when the iphone 6 comes out and use that for as long as i can. :)

57. blingblingthing

Posts: 948; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Best value for money and you got an iPhone 4?

62. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

iPhone 4 8GB version for emerging markets.

59. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Value for the money without compromising any.

2. johnsons

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I buy flagships ONLY when they're on a GOOD price.

23. kane74

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 24, 2014

You mean just when they are not flagships anymore haha

27. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I've owned four of the seven phones in that picture lol. My phone addiction is really bad.

51. smokey18

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

same here papa smurf and im rockin the htc m8 after just having the s5

63. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Same here!

67. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

same here. fortunately for me, i live in a country where i can sell my used phone easily (thousands of second hand phone shop) and with a good price.

42. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Like the Nexus line?

50. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Nexus line is not meant to be high end phones, and NEVER will be. Great phones though. P.S. I love how no one here mention Samsung. LOL Good job ad-trolls.

53. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Nexus 5 is a distinctly high-end phone at a mid-range price. Just because it's cheaper than other flagships does not mean it's inferior, it just means that it's better value for money. Nexus phones are Google's flagship phones...

3. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

It's amazing the percentage of people who are not on a budget here... I would have never guessed. :O

65. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I buy flagships... just not every year.

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I have no problem to mid range devices like my moto g, but the problem is camera. The only advantage i see of spending double which i cant compromise.

6. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Same's the case with me...

9. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

the camera it is,plus fluidness too......for that reason i really like Nokia lumia even it feels short with some essentials i see android have come a long way with kitkat....thats why i love both OSes....Iphone5s is good too for a camera

20. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

price of iphone 5s ahem..ahem...

5. express77 unregistered

Flagship with best value for money is my target. But I can't even afford that. So midrange with value for money.

7. TheFunnyUsername

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Honestly, I've had HTC phones and liked not one of them. I had my Asus memo pad and I love it, I also WILL NOT buy the lg g3 (I own the lg g2) the g3 has only a slightly better processor a better camera and worse battery life with a bigger display.

8. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

OPO FTW the best price-specs ratio phonet hat no one can buy.

56. darkstar12

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

What is OPO?

58. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I think he meant one plus one that do not exist.

10. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Nexus 5. Flagship and best value. Haven't had an ounce of buyers remorse. Can't wait for Android Silver.

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Same here, although I regret a little bit not having bought the 32GB version instead of 16GB.

28. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

How's the battery life of nexus 5 specifically web browsing, I want some real life data and have you tried Franco kernel. :)

29. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I had various experiences with the battery, also depending a lot on some errors I made in variables in Tasker and Zooper. But with average use (I have about 3-4 hours screen time), the battery lasts me 24-30 hours. No custom roms yet, but I will switch to one within a month :) Also it depends a lot on the charger I use. The best results are with the original one. At work I use the one from my S3, not so much. Wireless charging is somewhere in between.

31. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Thanks. I guess I'll have to buy one of those portable battery packs. And I heard Franco kernel on nexus 5 gives extra 3hr onscreen time. It works great on my nexus 7 too.

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