The joys and perils of looking for the perfect phone: an emotional graph

The joys and perils of looking for the perfect phone: an emotional graph
If you’re reading this, you probably like tech more than the average person and that's especially true for smartphones. The best thing about tech is undoubtedly getting your hands on it for the first time. But getting to that point and beyond is a road riddled with peaks and pitfalls. Whenever you’re really invested in something there are always emotional swings involved and getting a new smartphone can be an adventure for tech enthusiasts.

To commemorate that journey (and hopefully bring some laughs) we decided to visualize it using a graph. It shows some of the major events you're likely to experience before pulling the trigger on a new phone and some of them during everyday life with said device. The events are placed on a disappointment-excitement spectrum depending on the emotion that they usually bring, at least according to our observations.

But enough talking, time to slide down the graph and see if it’s similar to something you’ve experienced when buying a new phone.

Excitement levels over time when getting a new smartphone



1. ankit_14

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 17, 2019

amazing post

13. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

the phone case part is only apple, but the rest is good the keanu part should be way way way higher if its his account but the part you missed is 6months and muhhhh i dont need a new phone that looks the same and does the same and that goes on for 3 yrs. lol

2. mel0524

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

That is why, I'm hating to buy new phones for retail prices now. I just wait for the right time to buy for the biggest discount Instead to be the first buyer ( who paid full price)

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I usually wait a few months also and buy at more reasonable prices. My emotional roller-coaster used to be very similar to the chart but that changed with my Vivo NexS simply because current phones are just introducing the features the Nex first introduced and nailed first time. In-screen fps, pop-up camera, full screen etc. Most importantly the battery life is extraordinary and it's been updated to Pie. Nothing out there or upcoming really tempts me which is very unusual in my case.

14. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

same here if its a better camera fine mine is good for work and play, pop up camera dont care, most important is big battery and big sound from front speakers, and a screen that cant be scratched.

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1400; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

haha the last one

5. liteon163

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

My preferred phone brand has been LG for a long time. After how much I paid for a brand new V30 on release day and then seeing how prices have tumbled on the G7 ThinQ, I doubt I'll be paying full price for a new phone anytime soon.

10. andrewc31394

Posts: 311; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG would still be my go-to if they knew how to deliver software updates in a timely manner

6. libra89

Posts: 2338; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wow this is amazing and so depressing. The balance between wanting to try what seems to be the best possible phone for you versus trying to be patient for the first couple of price drops feels hard.

7. AlienKiss

Posts: 323; Member since: May 21, 2019

I've used my last phone for almost 6 years (Sony Xperia Z) and it still works great, but I had to upgrade at some point. I've been using S8+ for almost one year and just the transition from a 6 year old device to a new one had it's impact in almost every way. If you switch phones like socks, you'll barely feel the upgrade, but if you wait 1-2 years at least, you will be very pleased. Also, wait a few months after the release, when the price is reasonable. And always buy a case!

11. Fred3

Posts: 612; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Having the same phone for 6yrs would drive me crazy

15. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

still on s8 and flying around and with the vr still has more features then most phones

8. KingSam

Posts: 1525; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Right now the $200 space is crazy. Redmi note 7. Meizu note 6. Lenovo z6 lite. I think I'll ditch flagships and see what im really missing. I assume not much tbh.

9. jmonteiro829

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Nailed it!!!!

12. Bobo1997

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 05, 2019

This goes on infinitely for me, year after year.

16. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

bobo i don't want to sound rude here, but if 1997 is your birth date then, i bet you feel the need to change every 6month to a year, mostly to show off as a status look what I can buy or how trendy I am. When you start to get up in age after 32 you don't really care unless your shallow as hell and want people to like you for things. now the other reason could be because you are still so young and when mobile phones came out in 2001 that had a price most people could pay you where a baby your first phone must have been around the time of iphone 1 or 2 so tech is still not keeping up with what you want in this fast a future tech world.

17. chbanks512

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 07, 2017


18. mixedfish

Posts: 1570; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I already have the perfect phone: XZ Premium. - Bought for $400 and so don't care about price drops - Cheap enough so I don't care about cases, can enjoy the full design. - Has a screen resolution unmatched - 3.5mm jack with noise cancelling, can laugh at everyone else having charge their wireless earphones. - People on the street will complement the design because the chrome design is simply unique. I'm missing nothing and I paid next to nothing. As a consumer I have exercised my greatest power: choice.

19. AlienKiss

Posts: 323; Member since: May 21, 2019

1 - No SD card slot = No buy! 2 - No IP68 waterproofing = No buy! 3 - No high-end flagship processor = No buy! Also, scratch off the list anything that tries to give me the 'flagship killer' bs. No cheap replicas!

20. perry1234

Posts: 654; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

This is a great article! I really don't see the point of me buying a phone BECAUSE others are impressed. I used to be the guy getting a new flagship every 1 year or even less! All that changed when I used my iPhone 6S Plus comfortably for three years. Then, I switched to Moto One Power. Updates made the lag intolerable, and the slow eMMc storage required a lot of patience. Then I borrowed my dad's Redmi K20, and honestly, this phone has every major possible feature at a fraction of the price. 1) Excellent Cameras with different focal lengths- Check 2) In-display fingerprint scanner- Check 3) Great Display- Check 4) Great Battery life- Check 5) 3.5mm headphone jack- Check 6) BT 5.0 - Check 7) Charges from 0-100% in 1 hour and 20 min - Check I think I miss (*very little*) the peace of mind that comes with an IP-sealed phone. Except that I am golden!

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