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 Of course, many of us will be upgrading our outdated flagship phone with another high-end one, but just how many?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

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

An affordable smartphone for me
39.57%
A flagship for me
60.43%

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42 Comments

1. AtheK

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

4. Reeyawn

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

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

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

21. AtheK

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

22. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

24. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

41. AtheK

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

18. RadKrish

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

I have G and waiting for G3. :)

27. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

30. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 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

39. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Can't say until I see.

3. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

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

5. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

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

6. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 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).

34. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 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".

7. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 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

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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).

28. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Looking forward to the Z2 and G3 myseslf.

29. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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.

31. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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. :)

9. Apoorvtheman

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 25, 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 :)

10. RoboBonobo

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 13, 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.

11. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

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

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

14. ashwinjoze

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

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

13. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 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.

15. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 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.

16. elocom

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Galaxy Tab 3 8" for sure

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