The next time you buy a smartphone, are you buying the same brand as you have now?

The next time you buy a smartphone, are you buying the same brand as you have now?
The smartphone world is overpopulated, some might say, with a plethora of brands. And while, sure, the two main operating systems we have are iOS and Android, the latter's customizability allows for manufacturers to do crazy modifications to the software and differentiate themselves. We've got interfaces that can drown you in features, such as Sammy's TouchW... we mean Samsung Experience, and then we have those that are as “naked” as possible, only providing a couple of manufacturer-unique features, such as Motorola. Then, we have all the in-betweeners like Sony, LG, and many, many more.

So, on one side, it's easy to see why people prefer to stick with a brand — once you are used to something, it's much easier — yet still interesting — to just follow that interface and see how it evolves through time and what features it brings you year after year. On the other hand, you may be curious and itching to try another manufacturer's product, without necessarily being disgruntled by the user experience with your own phone. Or, you may actually be mad at your current brand and looking to jump ship, who knows?

All that said, here's our poll on the subject. Go ahead and do the votey thing:

The next time you buy a smartphone, are you changing brand?

Yep! Just want to try something different.
40.67%
Oh, yes! So mad at my current phone...
9.69%
Nope, happy with my brand!
49.63%

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77 Comments

1. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I'm really happy with my LG at the moment. No need to change brands. The only thing I miss is Sony's software/performance.

19. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

After a bitter/sweet couple of years with the Z3 Compact... The bitter part being durability... I was tempted to buy something different however nothing appealed to me and I decided to give Sony one last chance with the XZ and the X (for my wife) and surprisingly it has won us both over again... I will probably stick with them longer

23. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You're one of those who are a fan of a company, but are smart enough to not have brand loyalty, and I salute you for that. As for the poll, it's just my opinion, but anyone saying that they will stick to the same brand even though we know nothing about what their future phones might bring or might not when compared to other brands, is nothing but a brand wh0®€. No company deserves our loyalty, it's all about cash for them.

35. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"As for the poll, it's just my opinion, but anyone saying that they will stick to the same brand even though we know nothing about what their future phones might bring or might not when compared to other brands, is nothing but a brand wh0®€" There are people who stick with certain brands due to having invested a lot in the brand's ecosystem... And others (especially those who buy phones every six months) do stick with a single brand because of the brand's high resale value or because there are more 3rd party accessories and repair centers available for that brand in the country where they live. So, that isn't necessarily being a "brand wh0®€"... IMO.

36. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'll fix that for you Majority of those, not everyone :)

40. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"but anyone saying that they will stick to the same brand even though we know nothing about what their future phones might bring or might not when compared to other brands"... I know one thing, future Galaxy Note phones will always bring the S-pen along with it's featureset,. So, I stick with the Note series. And if in future, any other Android OEM comes with a worthy replacement of the Note series, with the same stylus quality and features, that OEM will still not have more 3rd party support than Samsung anytime soon. So, I can safely say I'll stick with Samsung for another year, when it comes to using a phone as my daily driver.

42. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's why I edited my statement and said majority.

43. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You said in post #36: "I'll fix that for you. Majority of those, not everyone:)" I quote again your post #23: "As for the poll, it's just my opinion, but anyone saying..." 'Anyone' is different from 'everyone'... Just saying :)

44. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm not a native speaker, so pardon me for my mistake.

46. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Of course I know you aren't a native speaker of English, neither am I. I was just messing around with you... :) Cheers.

48. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's all good. Enjoy the rest of your day :)

50. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yay, I'm playing online on Dream League Soccer 2017, and I just won 2-1, scoring a last-minute header with Ronaldo. I could have even scored four goals if not for my badluck... today is the fourth of July... number 4 rings a bell, no? :)

53. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Well, last minute headers are Sergio Ramos' trademark, so the game your playing isn't realistic enough for me lol And it's weird that you didn't get the 4 goals you were hoping four, because playing with a scoring machine like Ronaldo should be a guarantee that you will score a minimum of four goals

56. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But is online bruh, so everyone has Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar. I do too! But I prefer Ibrahimovic as my striker due to being tall, does giving me more chances of scoring from a corner kick. All the players in my starting eleven have 100 rating. :) You play FIFA 17? I want to trash you online, bro.

61. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

He is great around the box, but too slow if you're trying to play on the counter attack. I switched to PES 3 years ago and I never looked back. My main focus is gameplay, and that tops Fifa in every way. It's just sad that they can't get all the teams licensed.

68. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

My Ibrahimovic has upgraded stats, with 98 in speed and 99 in acceleration, so he is blazing fast in counter-attack... As I said, all of the players in my starting eleven are rated 100, which means they are monsters.

70. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

odd to hear that about LG when they been knowingly screwing customers for a couple of years now with faulty devices like the G4, G5, V10, V20

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I just switched to an iPhone 7 after years of mostly Android (last iPhone I had was the 3G) mostly to refamiliarize myself with iOS. The last devices I was using were the S7 edge and the Axon 7. I think my next device will either be another iPhone, or a premium Android device that is as close to stock as possible.

3. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

ditched Samsung and happily using OnePlus now.

4. TerryD

Posts: 545; Member since: May 09, 2017

They all have their faults. Just that there's more to try if you go Android.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

My first phone was a Motorola C115 with a tiny monochrome display. The reason I went with it instead of a Nokia was it's compact form factor which I really liked and loved... I used to HATE cellphones and didn't bother to buy one until everyone around me was pushing me to get one ASAP, including my boss... I used it for almost 3 years, loved the convenience of having a cellphone and most importantly, texts...! Texts, to me, were like modern day 'telegram'... I'd often amaze at how I've a pocket sized telegram machine that's wirelessly connected with the whole world right in my pocket...! That's when I got into technology...!!! Hence, my second phone was quite an 'enthusiastic' one... The Nokia N73...! Now, that was something COMPLETELY else... I felt like I was in a space age with a digital camera, camcorder, video player, cellphone, alarm, calendar, mp3 player, Email, Web Browser and a sizable hard-disk etc all in my pocket...!!! Third phone was a Blackberry Bold 9780 which I got 'involuntarily' as it was issued to me by my company... Fell in love with its QWERTY and finally understood what 'crack' berry meant...! BBM was all the rage in my office and I'd type out whole Emails to my boss on that clicky little thing... Good times...!!! Fourth phone was... Of course, The Google Nexus 5... Was considering The Blackberry Q10 initially (I used to love PKBs, 'used to'...) but it was quite expensive for me, for a man who was recently retired and got on Govt. Pension so bought a heavily discounted Nexus instead... I was a tad skeptical (Okay, a LOT skeptical) of the virtual keyboard but then... I fell in love with it... Fifth and also my current phone is a Samsung Galaxy S6 with Android Nougat... The best 'cellphone' to date...! So, in short: 1. Motorola. 2. Nokia. 3. Blackberry. 4. LG Nexus. 5. Samsung. 6. ??? As you can see, I'm no fanboy and love to try out new stuff... So you know what I voted for...! G'Day!

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

using iphone at the moment and contemplating on getting a s8/note as a secondary device.

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The Note 4 was my last Samsung device. Good God I ditched that piece of crap and never looked back ever again. Very happy with my HTC phones. Trounces Samsung phones in every way.

34. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You just keep telling your self that. Not saying HTC phone are bad at all but it can't touch what this s8+ can do and the note 8 will eat it alive. JMO and of course you have yours.

60. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I had that phone, it was a laggy mess, so I understand why. But consider trying the new ones, they're SO MUCH better in terms of performance and smoothness, everything changed since to S6. The "lag" people are saying about the S8 are just milliseconds compared to whole seconds on the note 4

8. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Time will tell. Can't decide right now. When I want to buy new phone, I'll buy the phone that would seem most compelling at that time. Also after seeing their reviews ofcourse and a few months after their price goes down :P

9. hpspectrex360

Posts: 56; Member since: May 10, 2017

I've had a Galaxy S6 since it came out, but I've always wanted to see what it was like to live with the simplicity and "just works" experience of the iPhone. (Also, GRAPHICS. My S6 rarely hits 60 FPS in games, yet all of my friends' iPhones run the same games buttery smooth.) I'll still be keeping my S6 for the times that I need to download (otherwise) paid apps, etc.

11. Ray.S

Posts: 456; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

I'll switch from iPhone to iPhone.

22. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

No surprise there Ray

76. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Oh look at that.. It is PA's own Ray. I thought, that was some iPhone troll

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