The prices of flags and top-of-the-line mobile devices seem endlessly gliding into space. With such a rapid development of technology, it makes no sense to pay so much for it.
Before we move on, let's set a money ceiling that will fit in a drawer with the word "too much". For some of you it will be 1000 zlotys, for some 2200 zloties, and one of the readers may also say that the 4000 zlotys is after all not a greater sum. It is understandable – the capacity of the portfolio is an individual matter . For the sake of this text, I assume that "too much" is about $ 1500 to $ 1700 for me. As much as I am currently able to spend the maximum on a smartphone, which must meet my expectations and needs.
Year by year more and more
I do not have to convince anyone that from year to year prices of smartphones (especially top ones) soar up. In April, Damian created a fantastic text for you, comparing the price of the flags and showing the increase in the amounts we had to pay for the devices from 2012 to 2017. Large cross-section and great work. I will use this entry, because in his example it is perfectly visible that every year the price of smartphones increases by roughly (or in some cases even) 100 zlotys. In the middle of the decade , that's half a thousand dollars difference . A good number, right? I'm also scared to see information on the latest devices, which will be released in a few days or weeks. Of course, I have Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or jubilee iPhone 8. Both analysts and gossip say the same: top devices can exceed the $ 1000 / euro barrier, which of course will significantly affect the price of these devices in zloty. Smartphone for 5 and even 6 thousand zlotys? Once I would laugh, I will not be surprised now.
Development is definitely too fast
I'm a power user on mobile devices, but my smartphone requirement is not that high . I do not expect fireworks, cameras like SLRs, or performance beyond the computer. I have no problem with the poorer phone taking a worse picture, keeping the battery 3 hours shorter or just opening the app 3 seconds slower than in the case of competition. I need a stable, operating device with a good battery, decent camera and performance, which is enough for a year, a half and one forward – that much or so much. At present, technology is developing fast enough that we already have obsolete equipment at the moment we buy a flagship device. You can agree with me or not, but that's the way it is – look at it from a processor perspective. Hardly what came out Snapdragon 821, and already on the market is the Snapdragon 835 and in a few months we will see the 845 chip. Differences in performance? Are they, but are they worth hundreds of gold difference? I do not think so. The same thing applies to virtually any electronic component found on smartphones. Cameras, internal memory, RAM, fast charge technologies. Several times a year, the biggest manufacturers are introducing improvements and new possibilities and tempting us to buy. I'm not saying it's bad. On the contrary, well, we were not stuck in one place for several years (unless we talk about batteries). Remember that I'm not talking about a situation where you are buying the flagship model for the first time, changing from a "middleman" – I'm talking about a change, for example, from the Galaxy S7 Edge to the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Is it worth overpaying?
At this point we come to clou the whole situation. Yes, as well as the capacity of the wallet, so and decisions are individual for each person. Personally, I have recently stated that I will not pay for a new smartphone (roughly every 1.5 years – 2 years) more than a maximum of 1600 zlotys . Whether it will be new or used. I'm trying to stick to this principle and I see that I do not necessarily need to use this year's flagship equipment to continue to use a great device that offers great capabilities. Secondly, mobile devices within a few months after the launch are able to "fall from the price" by up to several hundred zlotys. After two years it turns out that our equipment is worth 1/3 of the original amount . So paying less and skilfully maneuvering the resources, we can change the equipment for better without suffering a great financial loss. Is it worth paying for flagship smartphones and agreeing to astronomical sums? In my opinion not . No, until the gap between one and the other model of the same manufacturer is not big enough, it will be worth several hundred zloty more. It is very possible, however, that over the coming years the situation will change and every year we will see technological and mobile revolutions: whether in the iPhone, LG smartphones or the new Samsung. So far, however, I think it's just a pity on the money. What do you think? [Totalpoll id = "738234"]