What is your budget for a new smartphone?

What is your budget for a new smartphone?
Smartphone tech has plateaued over the past few years — advancements are no longer as rapid, nor are they as breath-taking as they once were. Basically, each year we get a slightly faster processor and a slightly better camera. Well, some design language develompents have been made... but whether it's for the better or worse is up for debate. And it does feel like we are right on the brink of getting all-screen smartphones, but at the same time it also seems that this tech is still a couple of years away.

But you know what's here and now? Price increases! This year, we saw all major flagships get a proce boost of about $200. While a couple of years ago, your average price for a top-tier phone was about $650, nowadays it's $800. Companies still offer last year's models at a discounted price, for those that don't feel like forking out almost $1k for a smartphone. And, of course, there are companies like OnePlus, who offer great value phones, which don't look nor feel like much of a compromise.

So, we wondered: are companies right to increase their prices so courageously? Or are users going to hang back and look for a bargain, deal, or just a cheaper product? How much are you ready to spend on a new smartphone?

How much will you be spending on your next smartphone?

Less than $300. I'm not playing that "shiny phone" game
12.18%
$300 - $450. Midrange or used market for me
17.68%
$451 - $600. Bring on the "flagship killers"!
31.54%
$601 - $800. The small Galaxy S10, the Pixel 3, the iPhone XR class is good enough
15.67%
$801 - $1000. That's as high as I'll go for a phone.
13.15%
I'd spend more than $1000 for the right device!
9.78%

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27 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

$0. Hanging on to my existing phone until something that actually makes a difference comes out. Adding 5G or thinner bezels makes zero difference to me.

13. rkoforever90

Posts: 415; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Same here still holding onto my note 5 this is the first time in my life I'm using a phone for over 3 years. During the Nokia N series days I used to change phone every 6 months thanks to the innovative phones we had then. Now I don't miss anything even on a 3 year old device

2. libra89

Posts: 2259; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Ooh this poll was hard. For me, $500 was my limit and it still generally is, so I chose that option. Not on the $900-1k train of buying phones. However, I would pay up to $650 if it's a phone that seems to be the best fit for me all around.

3. bucknassty

Posts: 1311; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

the 400 i spent on my note 9 :)

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well... There's a good chance that I won't have to replace my iPhone 7 (Or anything else for that matter) ever! Except for my address to a local cemetery! As Nicolas Cage said (Actually sung) in Face Off: "Ready for the big ride, baby!" I'm a practical man and a straight thinker but I've to admit; the concept of death feels rather... Comforting now. Weird! G'Day!

9. DFranch

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Never say never. I hope you live to change your mind.

5. gamehead unregistered

No more than $500

6. Valdomero

Posts: 653; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Those who voted more than $1k... you can throw your money elsewhere... like my pocket, I'll find a better use for that money.

22. Chidoro

Posts: 165; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

No thanks, you won’t

7. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

What ever i want to spend if i like it , i buy it.

8. Stormrider

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

$500 to $600 is the sweet spot. If companies price their flagships in that range, lots more people will have the chance to upgrade when their new favorite phone comes out, and sales will go back up again. If only they weren't so greedy.

10. Bobbyv

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 20, 2018

800 to 1000 for android phone not Iphone! Iphone is garnage

11. kennybenny

Posts: 208; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Depending on your local currency.... For me it's CAD. (Canadian dollar) If I were to upgrade now I'd choose the sub $450 category..... because phone prices have gone up. When converting: $450 USD is about $600 CAD. So I guess my maximum is $600 CAD.

12. Knownhost

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

I'm in the $600-800 range, but only for phones that are discounted from the $1,000 range. Very few people that I know would even consider paying full MSRP.

14. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

In 2019 I'll spend no more than 500 USD for a 2018 flagship

15. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Over $1000. Get what I pay for.

16. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Have yet to spend over $700 on any phone, have no interest in spending full price on a flagship when sales come often enough.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No budget, as long as I like it.

18. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I've gotta pay off my Note 8 first before I can consider getting a new phone.

19. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I do not mind paying at least $800. I got the note 9 and will likely have it for 4+ years just like my Note 5. Spread out over that time its a small purchase at the least because I have gotten the most out of it. But for those people who like to change their phones often, they might be inclined to spend less due to high turnover. Plus I always go for the black friday deals where you get a gift card. Makes the entire situation that much more worth it.

20. Poptart2828

Posts: 333; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I don't have a budget. I just get the best phone possible

21. Rafael1703

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Got a new Mate 10 Pro 128GB Dual Sim for 400€ on Amazon FR. Couldn't be happier :)

23. Chidoro

Posts: 165; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

No budget, I keep my phones for years. I know certain phones have discounts on Black Friday so I will usually purchase a phone for someone in my family around that time. This year was a 10s max 256 for my wife at $100 off.

24. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2128; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

For me to spend $1449+taxes on my XS Max doesn’t make me feel like a sucker as my phone will only drop 25%.

25. kakudiego

Posts: 123; Member since: May 21, 2014

zero! $0!

26. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

If I like and want a phone, I’ll buy it whatever the cost. One life to live, just get the best you can and enjoy life to the fullest.

27. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1222; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

5000mAh jumbo battery, SD 636, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage + dedicated microSD slot, Dual SIM with Dual VoLTE on standby, Dual cam at back with flash, 16MPx front cam with flash, 18:9 FullHD+ IPS display, Metal back, with free TPU case in-box, frequent software updates, good custom ROM (especially stable Pie updates), good Service support, NO IT IS NOT A CHINESE phone as well. Best one is ALL FOR JUST 156$ FULL PRICE. It is Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 -- 6GB version. Now, why should I spend 1000$ or even 600$ for a smartphone.

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