Smartphones, it seems like everyone has a mobile device tethered to their hands. The latest flagship smartphones from Samsung, OnePlus, and Apple are both powerful and stylish respectively and are at the top of their game.
Every year manufacturers floss the newest spec sheet in front of our faces as they launch the newest iteration of their high-end devices.
These high-end specs seemingly woo consumers who are all salivating for the latest and greatest piece of technology.
Take, for instance, the Galaxy S10 and its features:
- 6.10-inch Display
- 128GB storage
- 8GB of RAM
- Two 12MP front-facing cameras
- 16MP rear camera
These specs followed by a 3,400mAh battery running the latest version of Android at launch, all make for an incredible device.
Samsung certainly has a solid reputation for making some of the best mobile phones on Earth, and their track record is pretty consistent for the most part in this regard.
The same can be said for Apple, OnePlus, Huawei, Sony, HTC, Google, and others.
You may have a particular preference for one or more of the manufacturers mentioned above which may influence your buying decision, but at the end of the day, they all pretty much do the same thing.
In a recent video, YouTuber Nick Ackerman talked about this same topic that we are on.
It’s an argument that has been made before by various tech channels.
It all boils down the user experience.
How the software works seamlessly with the product (Apple), an entire feature list that would take months to explore (Samsung), a clean minimalist interface with advanced customization options (OnePlus)
Once you stop and think for a moment, it all makes sense. We are attracted to the platform that jives best with our workflow.
As Nick mentioned in his video, when was the last time you thought about how many gigs of ram, your phone has, or about the screen size?
Maybe for some of you, that thought might be at the forefront of your mind, but for the average consumer, it isn’t.
Phones from 2017 are still relevant and will perform all of the essential functions of today’s current smartphone lineups.
According to my memory, Apple was the first company to cross that $1K mark for a mainstream smartphone, and now it seems as if the rest of the top-end manufacturers are following suit.
OnePlus, which started as a disruptor a few years ago with their budget smartphone with flagship specs, are now into the premium side of things.
Let’s face it, $1K phones are here to stay.
Heck, $2K phones are on the horizon, take a look at the in-limbo Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X for proof.
But to continue, a phone that makes you feel productive will probably be the one that you are attracted too.
You don’t even have to spend $1k on a device to get more-or-less the same experience as a flagship.
We see a surge in mid-range devices all offering the same or similar user experience at lower specs.
Mid-ranged and high-end smartphones all do the same basic functions.
- Take pictures
- Make phone calls
- Download apps.
Yes, the same apps can be downloaded on a $500 Android device as a $1,000 device.
Since we hardly use our phones to make phone calls, texting and emailing are essential functions that any modern smartphone can perform regardless of pricing.
The main difference and deal-breaker for some is the inclusion of a quality camera with all the bells and whistles.
But then again, a Samsung Galaxy S9 will take an amazing shot in the right lighting conditions, as the S10.
The iPhone X and the iPhone XS both take fantastic shots.
And yes, newer versions of each smartphone will have slightly upgraded hardware and more powerful internals over the previous generation.
But do these incremental spec updates, warrant a hardware upgrade every year?
Again, for the average consumer, not likely.
At this stage of the game, if you bought a flagship smartphone this year or last, most likely you won’t need to upgrade for the next couple of years.
Phones are so powerful now that upgrading your device based on the latest specs, don’t present much value to you.
So while specs do matter to a point, it’s highly unlikely that in your day-to-day use you will utilize all of that RAM, or take full advantage of that crispy QHD screen.
While great specs are essential, don’t let that be your deciding factor in choosing your next phone.
Think about the user experience that fits your lifestyle, and whether you can live with this device for the next two years or more.