Poll results: What will you be in the market for in 2014, budget or flagship?
posted by Chris P. / Jan 23, 2014, 3:08 AM
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 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
What will you be in the market for in 2014, budget or flagship?
An affordable smartphone for me
A flagship for me
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Flagship. Plan on owning at least three this year.
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 3:17 AM 2
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Thr...thr...three? You're planning on owning three flagships this year? YOU ARE RICH, MICKEY.
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 3:42 AM 7
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Let me guess. GS5, iphone 6 and nokia's flagship, right?
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 4:15 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 3:35 AM 1
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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.
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 8:02 PM 0
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Flagship. Hope the manufacturers won't overprice their flagships *cough* HTC *cough*.
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 3:40 AM 3
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Let's not forget the most expensive of all*cough*apple*cough*
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 4:09 AM 12
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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.
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 8:21 AM 0
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Last years Flagship, Still good enough at almost half the price
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 3:51 AM 1
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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...
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 6:47 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 8:31 AM 1
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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.
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 10:05 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jan 27, 2014, 9:19 AM 0
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