Beware: 6 seemingly great smartphones you should NOT buy right now


Summer is a traditionally slow period of the year when it comes to technology: there are no major new phones unveiled and big decisions are usually reserved for the fall. This, however, is usually silence before a big storm that starts around the end of August-beginning of September, just a month from now.

What this means is that in just around a month, a lot of the world’s best devices will be replaced by brand new - more powerful and overall better phones. Naturally, if you’re not in an absolute hurry to replace your old phone with a new one, it’s worth waiting to see what those new phones will bring. Even if you don’t like the improvements all that much, chances are that just postponing your purchase a month or so, would net you a significant discount on current generation devices that will be replaced with new ones by then.

With no further ado, here are the otherwise good devices that we usually recommend - this time, our recommendation is to hold on and NOT buy them, unless it’s urgent. A month or sometimes less of patience might result in you getting a much better phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4


Reason: Galaxy Note 5 is expected to be announced in just two weeks

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the natural go-to choice for lovers of big phones: it’s the flagship in the Samsung lineup, featuring the neat functionality of the S Pen alongside a powerful system chip and a 16-megapixel camera that we’ve proven multiple times is among the very best on a phone.

Yet, we don’t recommend buying a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 right now, unless you’re in an urgent need of a phone. Samsung is expected to unveil a brand new Galaxy Note 5 in the middle of August, with the actual release date supposedly set for the end of August. It’s definitely worth waiting to see what new features the Galaxy Note 5 brings - just be patient and this will pay off!



Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus


Reason: iPhone 6s family is right around the corner

The Apple iPhone 6 is another phone due for a refresh in just about a month and a half. Apple follows a yearly tradition of unveiling new iPhones in early September, and it’s so predictable that this year, the announcement of the new iPhone 6s family is said to happen on September 9th. We’ve been hearing all sorts of rumors about the upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus - some about a hugely improved new camera system that would bring nearly DSLR like quality of images, and others not so wild ones. Recent murmurs agree that there will be a camera upgrade, but not a radical one as rumored (that one could happen in 2016, though). We do, however, expect a further bump in performance and specs, all in the more or less same great aluminum design. And given all the hype that always surrounds a new iPhone launch, chances are that you'd regret having bought the iPhone 6 the moment the new iPhone 6s comes out.



Nokia Lumia 930


Reason: Windows 10 is coming and will make older flagships obsolete

The Nokia Lumia 930 / Lumia Icon is now hard to find in many stores, but if you’re still considering buying this Windows Phone flagship, we strongly recommend waiting for just a few days until July 29th when Microsoft will present its new Windows 10 family. As many as two flagships are right around the corner, and we expect nothing less than a PureView camera on at least one of them, along with the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system. Again, patience is a virtue here.



Motorola Moto G (2014 Edition)


Reason: New Moto G is expected on July 28th

Last year’s Motorola Moto G consistently ends up being on the list of recommended devices for its great price and speedy, nearly stock Android experience, but a new one is coming and buying the old one might not be all that great a decision right now. We’ve seen countless leaks of the Moto G (2015 Edition(, and the phone will supposedly get the various design possibilities of Moto Maker, along with a nifty hardware bump. Plus, it will launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board and a 64-bit chip. We even have a date: July 28th, just a day before the big Windows 10 news, so do stay tuned for new announcements then.


BlackBerry Passport (and any other BlackBerry)


Reason: The BlackBerry Venice is a great new phone that might put BlackBerry OS in the past

The BlackBerry Passport is a device that would still lure the small but loyal group of ‘Berry loyalists, but even they would do better if they just wait out. BlackBerry seems to have finally decided on abandoning its own platform in favor of Android, and inside sources claim that a new BlackBerry flagship running on Android is coming in the fall. The so called BlackBerry Venice is expected to arrive in October-November, and it will be the first BlackBerry running on Android with all the great apps that come with it. The phone is said to be a slider featuring that signature BlackBerry physical keyboard. Definitely worth waiting for, isn’t it?



Samsung Galaxy S5 mini


Reason: Those looking for a 'mini' would be better off with a current-day 5-incher with modern hardware and Android Lollipop

Those in the market for a ‘mini’ phone might look at the current offering and just choose something like the Galaxy S5 mini. If the last year’s Galaxy S5 moniker in the name hasn’t already scared you away, let us point out that the Galaxy S5 mini features the not-so-good, but definitely old Samsung plastic body with fairly mediocre build quality, it runs on a terribly quaint 32-bit system chip and sports a version of TouchWiz that is known to be ridden with lag. So rather than hunting for a ‘mini’ per se, just look around for the current gen of 5-inch devices, or the Galaxy A series, that offer much better build quality and modern hardware.





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48 Comments

1. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Nah I'd still buy the note4 because either still rocks and I could get it for a good deal from amazon

2. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

You will get much better deal when note 5 comes out.

22. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

i think recent cut price from samsung note 5 is make note 5 cheap fully.

32. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I would love to see a Galaxy S6 Edge Compact...

45. note4alphas6edge

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

How compact you want it to be? I speak to J K Shin on the size to make an S6 Edge Compact. 4.5" ?

61. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

was just going to say, on the flip side, these devices will all be much cheaper when their next gen comes out..

48. tpeter

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

NO 4GB RAM = NO need new Note NO SD slot = NO need new Note NO removable battery = NO need new Note NO Infrared blaster = NO need new Note

52. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

This guy sounds like a broken record...

58. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

Note 4 benefits (what it will have that the Note 5 won't) -Price drop by with the release of the Note 5 or close to that date (hopefully $100 dollars) -user replaceable battery -micro sd expansion slot -IR blaster -same camera as that the Note 5 will sport Note 5 benefits (what the Note 5 will have that the Note 4 doesn't) -premium build -internal 64, and 128GB storage options to go along with the 32GB (offsets the lack of micro sd expansion slot) -slightly faster processor -slightly larger battery -same camera that the Note 4 already has

59. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

They've removed so much of what I loved from the Note series, that this might be the last Samsung phone that I purchase, which is going to be the Note 4. If LG keeps the user replaceable battery and micro expansion slot going forward, then I'll be giving some serious consideration to their future products.

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Wait, S5 Mini is a "great" smartphone? I thought it's not even good at all? But I agree on the Passport, Venice might change everything about BlackBerry, probably BlackBerry's chance to get back into the competition. So yeah, definitely waiting for the Venice and also Xperia Z5 and Mate 8. PA should include Mate 7 here, because it's also a great phone that people should postpone on buying it until the Mate 8 launches.

8. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I think the reason was it was so cheap and has great battery life at the time of release.

26. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

1.4GHz quad core Exynos and Mali 400? My Galaxy Light has that, and it's a laggy POS with a 480x800 screen. I shudder to think of trying to use a 720p screen with that hardware.

55. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

GS3 had no problems with Mali 400 and HD so you should buy a better phone and stopcomplaining about you entry level device.

4. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Those looking for a mini should look no further than the sony z3 compact.

6. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yeah, even the older Z1C is still good enough as an alternative... Really dumb author thinking that people looking for a MINI should be better off with a 5 incher... (unless it is an Aquos)

5. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

And your life goes away waiting for the next big thing, and then the next, and then the next... If you have the money and/or the need for a device, just get it... there is ALWAYS going to be something better coming down the road.. you'll get to them eventually.. Live life today, not in the future...

7. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

How about "all Android phones that cost more than USD100 off contract"? That would be the most honest and useful advice.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Mom's calling you up for lunch. It's your favorite - lead paint chips and a glass of mercury.

23. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

which one fast? iphone 3G or new android 100dollar?

9. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Lumia 930 will get Windows 10 very soon so PA's argument is not valid.

10. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

These site is crazy! Grab up that Note 4 it will be the last phone with all options included. If you want removable battery and a SD Card Slot. Dont wait for the NOTE 5! Especially if the only upgrade is the front camera ,build quality and computer chips. The Note 4 is plenty fast with great battery life , 2K screen , SD Card slot , removable battery a camera thats still winning all types of blind camera comparisons, front camera thats close to 4 megapixels , Quick charge 2.0 plus a removable battery is priceless. I love my Note 4 and dont plan to downgrade to a Note 5. They better bring back those options on the Note 6! Oh yea be careful with updating your softwarw after the Note 5 comes out because then you might start having problems with your Note 4. It happens all the time. Blurry pics , Slow Phone, crashes. That way you get frustrated and by the new one.

11. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

Let's clarify for those who didn't read the article: the recommendation is to wait out and see what the new phones will bring. Just waiting a few weeks will also likely result in you getting a discount on the Note 4, and when the period is just few weeks and not months, it seems worth it, don't you think?

13. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

I read it and though I agree with the discount part I dont see the Note 5 as an upgrade at this point. Though I do know that the Note 5 should be out next month in still recommending the Note 4 to people who ask and giving them the heads up on a possible discount on it next month due the release of the Note 5.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just stop. He just wrecked you by clarifying.

29. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Just stop?? His artical never clarified to wait to see if the Note 4 goes on discount! STFU!!

39. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Butthurt much?

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol you are salty. Btw it's article. Use common sense and you won't have to worry about clarification.

12. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It will also be the last phone that lags all the time unlike the s6 that only lag fro time to time some say, never as for me,I'm have both note 4 and s6 And the note 4 lags like crap next to it very slow

14. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Mine doesn't lag at all. I constantly manage my memory and move my pics and video over to my SD card after I see it's getting to full. I don't run anything off my SD card either. My phone runs beautifully. Thanks. Hope you clear up some memory and shut down apps you don't need quick acces to.

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