Poll results: Flagship life cycle - Would a 6-month time frame prove too short?

Poll results: Flagship life cycle - Would a 6-month time frame prove too short?
There have been various indications that the industry is slowly transitioning towards a shorter-than-ever flagship release cycle, and if the oft-rumored Samsung Galaxy F is indeed real, that would cement that notion.

Now, as you can imagine, that can be a problem for some. Obviously, nobody wants to dish out a few hundred bucks only to see his flagship give way to a slightly better version just a few months later. That would be an especially nasty business if you buy into one of those 2-year commitments, popular with US carriers. Of course, there's another side to the coin, and there are some people that want the newest in tech as soon as possible -- a strategy that Sony has now officially adopted. Obviously, this seeming split in opinion is what motivated us to reach out and pick your brains in our latest poll from Monday.

Well, the results are now in, and we have a pretty clear-cut split. The vast majority of you, or nearly 69%, tend to agree that a 6-month release cycle is way too short, and they'd prefer a slower, more thorough approach. Just 24% disagree -- according to them, the progress at which tech is developing lately certainly warrants a shorter release cycle. Lastly, a little bit over 7% feel undecided. 

Flagship life cycle: Would a 6-month time frame prove too short?

Absolutely! I'd prefer slower, more thorough releases.
Not at all! Considering the rate of progress in the field, a shorter life cycle is completely warranted
I'm undecided



1. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Ask the OEM.. They will say otherwise..

12. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Ask blackberry, they will sell old bb 7 os device for new. That's called preserving value. LOL

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Hopefully, Project Ara will fix this I like the idea of just swapping various parts as I want, instead of replace the whole thing every time Also, remember you don't need the lasted and greatest, most people don't even upgrading once a year

2. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I think the yearly release would suffice, instead of the half yearly. In any case, most OEMs are releasing about two or even three flagship like phones per year. Eg: Samsung with their "S" flagship and their Note flagship, LG with their "G" flagship and their G Pro device, HTC with their One flagship and One max phablet, Nokia with their 9xx flagship, their camera centric flagship and probably the 15xx phablet phone and Sony with two "Z" branded flagships in a year.

3. Domokun

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

nokia 3310:forever

4. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Qualcomm's fault.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol how?

20. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Whatever and whenever they would release a new soc, oems would make phones with them. If Qualcomm would release 3 chips a year, there would be 3 "flagship" phones a year also. Somehow they can dictate this phase. You get the picture. :D

22. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I consider we were lucky that Qualcomm and other ARM CPU and also LCD manufacture innovate at lightning speed. Otherwise, we still using single core ARM 11 with 640p 4" and 512MB ram as our flagship. Even if you can't afford to upgrade twice a year, you should be happy that 2 years after, you got a 4 generation upgrade that will make your old phone seems very outdated. Or you could just buy iphone got very small increment every year.

23. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

I didn't say it's bad, and what you said is right. In fact I like it that way, too.

5. FingerMyApple unregistered

As long as the previous flagship resale value did not erode much, who cares? That way I can sell previous flagship with higher price than other oem's flagship and buy the new one, pay less yet updated :) Call me sheep all you want, iPhone's high resale value is the reason why I can afford enough to queue the latest model :)

28. andynaija

Posts: 1258; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Hey I really have a feeling that you might be wendygarret reincarnated in a new account. :)

29. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

And that girls avatar Something fishy, and not right. Let's wait till next week if she changes her view and starts to like Android, Samsung. ... Wth, you will line up to buy Apple's medicore, subpar products. ... lmao.

6. Jason2k13

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I'm surprised some people still care of when manufacturers should release there phone. More options is always better and the slightly older phones will become cheaper to. If people prefer waiting for 1 year then they should skip the first 6 months and wait another 6 months, while the rest have the option to buy the latest phone even though it's just a minor upgrade. But then again the flagships from 2013 is not much of an upgrade in 2014. People might as well wait every 2 years.

8. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I don't understand with american thinking. What's wrong of having not the latest greatest phone. Do they upgrade everytime their TV manufacture made a new TV, do they upgrade they care each time there were a full (or minor) model change? If they don't have too much money to afford the best living standard, they shouldn't bitching having a one or two generation behind.

10. mistertimi

Posts: 77; Member since: May 28, 2014

Right on Jason! The only reason people care is because they're sad enough that after 6ish months their phone isn't the newest shiniest thing around lol. Thankfully those of us who have finished high-school don't have this problem and appreciate that even if a new phone is out in 6 months, it doesn't make my phone any worse lol. Simple logic prevails, it's just a shame it requires a certain level of maturity!

7. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

Come on, does it really matter how long your phone is "top dog"? Think of it like this: when you decide to buy a new phone and pay the money, you see that the phone meets your needs at that point in time. But if something better comes along in 6 months, does that mean you have wasted your money? Of course not: for six months you have had your needs met...and you will continue to have the same performance for as long as you keep that handset. It's not as if you suddenly become impotent when a new phone comes out!

9. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014


24. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I wholeheartedly agree with this. However, as I tried to dig deeper, I think that it's about software more than hardware. The higher the gen your phone is behind the latest and greatest, the less likely you are to get upgrades to the OS. But, again, that still doesn't invalidate anything you said. Wanting the latest and greatest software isn't any less whiny than hardware.

26. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

software is the same as hardware. not owning the latest software is also ok. Your phone still functioning the way as you buy it. You don't upgrade your VCR/dvd/blueray firmware or Air Conditioner firmware, or tv firmware or microwave firmware or adsl/cable modem firmware or printer driver or scanner driver.

30. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

No, it's not. Else the huge market share Vista has wouldn't be a problem. Old soft = more vulnerabilities = easier for me to hack your stuff.

11. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

If human kind afraid of advancement will make their tools absolute, we might be still living in a cave and chasing animal for dinner.

13. surethom

Posts: 1669; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

It already takes most companies longer than 6 months to update to the new version, this would make it even longer.

15. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

For Android smartphones, it's kinda too short. The processor capabilities grown so fast and OEM wanted to implement it. And after a year, they ditch their 1-year-old flagships with no more updates. I knew that some people could just change their phones twice a year, but the satisfactory of people buying the expensive flagship is too short, compared with buying notebooks and game consoles which price is relatively quite similar. I'm sure everyone want to be satisfied longer with their flagships.

17. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

When I buy something, my satisfaction is based on how well it meets my expectations. As long as it meets my needs, I am happy. Look around the world and see how bad some people have it. If you want to whine because someone else has a better phone than you after 6 months, get a life

18. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

So I guess the 24% are people who are a little retarded!

21. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

no, the 24% is just a people who don't have money but very wise, or have lots of money and changing phone faster than changing girl friend.

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'd say every 8 months 6 months phones are releasing too damn fast after we just bought one.

25. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Considering phone contracts are 2 years mostly, it's laughable having a 6 mth cycle.

27. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

In asia, we don't buy phone on contract. WE PAY FULL PRICE!!!! WE DON'T WHINE, and we have shorter upgrade cycle than in USA.

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