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

Poll results: What will you be in the market for in 2014, budget or flagship?
On Monday, we asked whether you'll be looking to obtain a high-end, flagship smartphone in 2014, or whether you're simply looking to strike a balance with a budget-friendly device. Well, as it turns out, some 60.43% of you are the geeks we expect you to be, and will be looking to grab a Galaxy S5, a new HTC M8, or perhaps an iPhone 6. The rest (39.57%) seem more intent on taking a more practical approach, and will be in the market for a budget solution. No surprise here -- phones like the Motorola Moto G have sure proved that an affordable device need not represent a chain of compromises. It's that good.

What surprised us, however, is just how even the two brackets are. Sure, 20% may seem like a big difference, but you do have to factor in the obvious fact that our user base is likely not very representative of the typical smartphone buyer out there -- it's more dedicated, and generally just more nerdy. You and us both care about tech on a slightly personal level. The next flagship, to us, is a gadget and a tool. But that's not necessarily how a big portion of the world feels. If anything, we have a feeling that this trend will continue along the same path until the results of such polls are utterly reversed. After all, it is quite likely that by the end of 2014, an affordable device will equal a flagship's capabilities of just a year or two past. It won't be long until smartphones really do become a tool and nothing more in the eyes' of the majority of consumers, and a gadget for a small, elite minority of hobbyists and professionals. What do you think?

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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29 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Flagship. Plan on owning at least three this year.

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Thr...thr...three? You're planning on owning three flagships this year? YOU ARE RICH, MICKEY.

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Not MICKEY, May be RICHIE RICH or Uncle SCROOGE. :P

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I know how to save money + my college actually sends me a check at the end of the semester. Btw, that's Steamboat Willie, one of the most iconic cartoon characters in history.

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

What?! Are you son of Bill Gates or something????

10. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Let me guess. GS5, iphone 6 and nokia's flagship, right?

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Two for three. S5, iPhone 6 and Note 4. I might switch to a G2 or iPhone 5S next week lol.

24. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I'd recommend trying the 5s - if you don't like it, you can always get a different phone in 6 months

11. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

My choice, Budgeted flagship from chinese company

21. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Right there with you smurf, I will own at least 2-3 flagships this year.

2. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Flagship. To fill OEM's wallet with more money.

3. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I need a backup phone to my iPhone 5S with Verizon. I am leaning toward the $299 Moto X with Republic Wireless at their $10 a month plan (I might do the 5GB of 3G Sprint data at $25 a month). I had Virgin for 2+ years at $25 a month and HOW I hated Sprint's 3G speeds. The second choice is the $109 LG L39C Optimus Dynamic II on Tracfone that uses the Verizon network. It cost like $7 a month. This is the highest spec phone right now on Tracfone. I might do a refurbished LG Showtime on Straight Talk for $99 with a $45 air time card included -- also on Verizon network, but I am NOT looking forward to spending $45 a month for a back up phone. In the past, I would spend $100 a year for Verizon prepaid as a backup phone. The nice thing about Tracfone or prepaid service is that I can get the top up cards at a discount when they go on sale for 10% off MSRP at Targets plus I get the 5% Red Card discount so it's nice to save about 15% off my bill. I love a good deal and just load up on top up cards.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You sir, are a smart man. Target is the best store imo. Just get a Tracfone and use the $7 a month plan.

26. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

I'm thinking about FreedomPop's used OverDrivePro for $40, with 500MB for $4/mo as my back up phone. I can use my spared phone without SIM card and connect to OverDrivePro by WiFi. Anybody knows FreedomPop? They use Sprint's network. I heard their service is not so good.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Flagship. Hope the manufacturers won't overprice their flagships *cough* HTC *cough*.

9. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Let's not forget the most expensive of all*cough*apple*cough*

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Hey, iPhones are solid phones imo.. If the iPhone 6 has a larger screen, that's going to be a problem for other OEMs.

18. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Agreed. I'd say almost all flagships have insane margins. (Except for Nexus 5 of course.) iPhone is pricey phone, but it's premium product, well designed and really well made. Apple logo costs, yes but Samsung, HTC and Nokia logos ain't cheap either.

6. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

Last years Flagship, Still good enough at almost half the price

29. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I think a new phone with last year flagship's specs is more sensible

12. daveydog

Posts: 69; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

Tech has finally hit that point where last years model is still darn good... And with carrier subsidy models changing, prices coming down if you own your phone (except Verizon), prices of phones dropping etc... That is changing my thinking now, from thinking new flagship every year to thinking lowest monthly service bill... Just bought a brand new g2 for 350 without contract, and going from a 165/m bill for 2 phones to 90/m, by leaving VZ...

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

2/90 is screaming StraightTalk. Congrats on the switch. $75 a month savings is a smart move on your end.

19. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Center of the pack for me, the next Nexus.

20. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Since I am a mainstream user, I don't have the luxury or expense to just purchase or have access to many different phones at once. I must rely on one device that encompasses my every need. So far, high end smartphones have served the purpose. However, as the manufacturers slowly take away the freedom to remove batteries and SD Cards on the high end phones, my last resort will be to purchase a lower end with the ability to retain these needs. It's sad when a lower end product allows one to move about freely in regards to swapping and maintaing consumer control more than a device that costs far more. John B.

27. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

Yeah. removable batteries and SD Cards. Sometimes my phone hang, just like computer hang, and I have to take out battery to powercycle it. It happen to all my phones.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Flagship. Looking to see what the One successor and the Note 4 have to offer. Or maybe the follow up to the Moto X. Got that for the wife, and I'm really impressed.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iPhone 6, or which ever has the larger screen, and note 4 for me.

28. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I will be in the market for one thing and one thing alone, provided the licensing contracts are signed as I think they most likely will be necessary... A Nexus 6! If it continues along the sleeker smartphone form factor it will be named Pris. If it's a beastly phablet then it's Roy Batty all the way.

30. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Well, I'm not in the market any more... then again, I was hardly in it in the first place. A friend of mine, out of the blue, just gave me his old smartphone. It is an LG Viper 4G LTE, made for Sprint's network (I am on my parents' plan, and they have AT&T, so I really can't use it as a phone at this time). It is currently running Android 4.0.4 ICS. I have been playing around with it, using WiFi for data, and have found a decent Python interpreter called QPython, free at the Google Play store, so I will be able to keep coding in Python on it, like I did on my old Symbian S60 3rd Edition handsets. QPython is a little buggy - the scripting section will often break when it shouldn't, so it is not as stable as PyS60, but it has more features for extension library management and other things. So, I'm going to get to try out Android. I have never been truly impressed with Android, but I'm hoping that I'll be pleasantly surprised now that I will be able to do more than just play with phones in the store, or play with a friend's phone. Besides, I got it for free, so I really don't have any room to complain, anyway.

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