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

Poll results: Are you always buying flagships, or are you hunting for the best value-for-money ratio?
Last week, we asked you whether you always have to have the very best that the smartphone industry is able to produce, regardless of the price and the loss incurred, or if you prudently research on the best value-for-money ratio, which doesn't always mean a flagship phone. Flagships 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 - 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. Those 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.

It turns out that the majority of our 1829 respondents (60.69%), are diligently researching what each phone offers for its money, and are trying to score the best value-for-money ratio. Whether this means buying one of last year's flagships, whose 1080p displays and high-res camera now come at half-price, or one of those long-lasting midrangers of late, you can save significantly, and still have a great handset in your pocket. Surprisingly enough, though (or maybe not, considering our audience), almost 40% of those who surveyed, answered that they are always replacing flagship with a flagship, perhaps regardless of the financial consequences. Considering the six-month upgrade cycle that a lot of major manufacturers are moving into, both camps might be tempted to replace handsets even more often now, and perhaps that's been the whole point. In any case, the industry has never been brimming with better phones for a decent price as it is now, so both approaches have their merit.

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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18 Comments

1. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Ideally, I would the oneplus one but they are trolling potential customers

18. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

The One+One doormen has just crossed you off the INVTE list for your comment.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Each year, I get the new note and iPhone. Flagships baby.

3. blingblingthing

Posts: 974; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Why not get a note and a mid range android instead of the iPhone?

5. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

probably because he like the iphone

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1 bro, I can't believe he even posted something so dumb.

6. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 2013

So he can show his friends the poor quality of the Notes series compared to his iPhone

7. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Or what about having an iPhone around each time his Note freaks out, just to remind him that there are worse fates than being stuck with an Android phone. Of course, he could just opt for a Nokia WP, and get it right all the time. But then he wouldn't be able to download the gazillion apps that he'll never open more than once, and we can't have that, can we...? ;-)

8. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

You guys seem a little salty at the fact that he enjoys the best of the two best smartphone ecosystems instead of sitting on the sidelines with the barebones OS/ecosystem that is WP besides the amazing quality of the cameras in the Lumia series.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bingo lol, why can't I simply enjoy both? +1

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nahhh bro, notes rock. Great all purpose devices, nothing will ever take me away from iOS though.

16. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

which on is you favourite??

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Honestly don't have a fav, they both excel, and have pros and cons.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

See post 5, and please don't ask a dumb question like that again. Good lord man.

4. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

You can always buy the flagship six months after for half the price. Mint note 3 goes for 350€ now.

13. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

I like me some Flagships. It'll probably be 1 Lumia, 1 Android and 1 BB.

14. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Flagship, that's why I'm waiting for the Galaxy Note 4.

15. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Flagship, that's why I'm waiting for the Galaxy Note 4.

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