How old is your own, main smartphone?

How old is your own, main smartphone?
We love tech — that's why we are on this website, right? And we love reading about, trying out, and even owning all of the latest gadgets. We are pretty sure you do, too. But there is a world beyond our expensive hobbies and it often does not allow us to have the latest and greatest in toys. At least not always. So, we hold our childish enthusiasm at bay and compromise, choosing not to upgrade to the latest-and-greatest phone as soon as it's released.

This rings especially true now that flagship handset prices have been inflated.

So, how long are we willing to wait for a new smartphone? People normally adhere to a 2-year cycle, which is usually a happy middle-of-the-road deal — you pay the handset in 24 equal payments, which doesn't hurt too much, and you get to exchange it when it is sort of old-ish enough for new tech to be exciting. Though, nowadays, phones have arguably hit an evolutionary plateau and a single model can last you for 3 or so years before it starts feeling long in the tooth.

But, of course, some power users will still find it hard to last even 6 months with their top-tier device before they start looking for that new buzz. Hey, if you can afford it and it makes you happy — more power to you.

In any case, we thought we'd check — how old is your current phone (model, not actual purchase date)? No shame in still rocking a Galaxy S8 since it did get One UI. Nothing bad in still keeping that iPhone 6s — hey, it has a headphone jack, right?

How old is your phone (model)?

2019 model here!
7.9%
2018 - not too shabby!
30.04%
2017 and proud!
30.73%
2016 model
17.25%
2015. Yes, still
7.59%
2014 or older - a true connoisseur
6.49%

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80 Comments

1. Merze0n3

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

S10 Plus here

35. technut

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Note 9 here. Waiting on the S10 5G.

39. geordie8t1

Posts: 299; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

I wanted s10 5G also, but as i live in a region that won't see 5g for at least another 4 years the cost wasn't worth the wait either

45. CableTelcontar

Posts: 94; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

I'm waiting for the Note 10

58. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

2014 Asus-PadFone-X on Kitkat (for media), 2017 Huawei P10 (backup), 2018 Vivo NexS with a headphone jack, 4000mah battery and full screen. No plans to change any of them this year. The Padfone is going to need a custom rom very soon though, apps are becoming incompatible with Kitkat.

80. ando125

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 06, 2017

S8 here, waiting for the next big tech in Note10 or the Galaxy S11 (2020).

2. M.O.A.B

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

still rocking my note 5, but planning to switch to note 10 once its launched and the price settles down.

29. rkoforever90

Posts: 444; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Same here my note 5 still holding well and considering getting note 10 during holiday season

30. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Same here. It'll be a nice Christmas present...to myself. :D

3. blingblingthing

Posts: 963; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

OnePlus 6 here.

4. Krazyass69

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 09, 2019

I still have my galaxy mini 2 s6500d with me and it's still working, though It's not supported anymore but I have games and apps installed and it can play games like dead trigger at lowest settings. Rocking with a single core snapdragon 200

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Age doesn't matter when it comes to iPhones! My current main phone is an iPhone 7; launched WAY back in September 2016 which makes it "Two and a Half Years" old but it's almost as useable as the brand new iPhone XR, apart from Face Unlock and those Animojis, two things I can easily live without! It may not be as blazing fast, but the performance is close enough for me and it'll likely receive OS updates for at least another two years! On the contrary; a 2.5 old Android is mostly a relic from ancient history, running an old OS (Marshmallow, or even Lollipop!) with old security patches, probably with a locked bootloader. I love Android, no question about it, but I'm not biased enough to overlook its serious flaws. G'Day!

12. blingblingthing

Posts: 963; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

You're getting OS updates for another two years? Maybe in that time you'll get launch features the S7 edge had out of the box like multi-window, fast charge, edge panels, pinned windows or and AOD. Didn't want you to forget iOS' serious flaw.

54. BuffaloSouce unregistered

If it works for him then why do you have such an issue with his phone?

76. blingblingthing

Posts: 963; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Because I posted a fact meant I have an issue? I have no problem with his choice of phone. I merely presented a complete argument.

69. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Most Apple users still don't care that they can't change the icons ;).

72. riteshrkm

Posts: 156; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

yes and they dont care abt multiwindow too. Oops sorry!

79. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Hardly; multiwindow is nice to have, but not essential (just swipe and you get to the next app). Answering the calls with the Mac is a few times more valuable in my daily scenarios than the ability to run YouTube, while I check my emails.

70. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

lollllll, so true.

20. alvxxxzmx

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 07, 2018

Really? Two of my Android phones from 2014 still run as smooth as baby's butt today.

23. Krazyass69

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 09, 2019

My galaxy mini 2 runs on gingerbread 2.3.6 and it's still rocking while my iphone 6s died a year ago which prompted me to wait and switch to galaxy s9 which is my current daily driver

38. geordie8t1

Posts: 299; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Apple still getting updates, that android has had for years, welcome to 2013 for most of your features, apple has created a false sense of superiority, by drip feeding its apple sh**ps with incremental updates so get a grip with your stupid comments

40. pimpin83z

Posts: 541; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

A simple, "My current main phone is an iPhone 7" couldn't suffice?

57. Rager722 unregistered

I have a S7 from 2016 and yes I'm on Oreo but I still get bi-monthly security patches from T-Mobile, things are indeed changing on Android.

6. Whitedot

Posts: 811; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Not telling you.

7. gd761

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Unlocked 512GB Samsung Galaxy Note 9

8. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I still rock a 2016 Pixel. No intentions of upgrading for quite some time.

37. miketer

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Yo, me too. Will use it at least for am other 2 years

9. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Got an S10e and it's gonna be sticking around for a while.

15. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Same! It feels weird to say that I have a 2019 phone and it's only in the 2nd quarter...

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