Post by TripHammerPug on Feb 1, 2019 1:56:34 GMT -7
I've been setting up my new phone for hours. So far so good. I'm liking this much better then the iPhone. It just seems to work better even last pass works better for me.
The only set up snag was that I didn't know to deactivate my phone number with iMessage and I was texting from my new phone and receiving the text on my old phone. Once I figured out how to deregister my number after the fact, all is well.
Well, if you're paying the same every month ... do you want something from last year or this year? If you're going to pay $25 whether you have a S8 or an S10 ... which would you rather have? In the end, I'll own the phone if and when I stop the insanity - so it isn't so much "lost rent money", I'm just gaming the system.
There are usually some cursory type reasons to upgrade. Nothing where you would go "oh, now I understand". If you're looking for a bullet point list of critical upgrade reasons? I don't think ANYONE can provide that unless they had very specific issues with the last generation (talk to Javier).
Typically speaking I'm looking at a couple of things:
- Better screen. I'm getting older. The better the screen I can get, the better. This isn't always about resolution or DPI either. Usually the generational jump in screen tech also drives battery life. - Guaranteed next Android OS. Fucking Verizon makes damn sure that any phone you get gets ONE guaranteed upgrade - two if you're damn lucky. I have an S9+ and I don't even have Android P yet. There is no way I'll be getting Q. - Battery life improvement. Every S device I've purchased has showed noticable battery life optimization and improvement. I don't always need an amazing battery - but when I do? I'm really glad I have it. - Core tech upgrades. Things like next gen bluetooth. Much better CPUs and faster memory pipelines. You ask "what do you need that for?" ... honestly, overall system speed and smoothness. Is it a deal breaker? No. But I enjoy it. - Samsung improvements. Bixby aside, Samsung's OS has gotten REALLY REALLY good. Touchwiz started off as a swear word. Now I don't think I could live with AOSP; the Samsung "niceties" are cumulative and add up. Could other manufacturers offer similar niceties? Probably. This is the devil I know. - Investment in the ecosystem. I don't have a lot invested - but I told you nothing was groundbreaking. I have some premium apps designed to let me do naughty things to Samsung phones. I know how to make Samsung phones do what I want them to do. Sure, I could sit on an S7 for 10 years and keep using those apps, but it is a nice incentive for staying with the platform. - I upgraded to S9+ also for what I'd hoped was improvements to the GearVR platform and I was into it at the time. Not really applicable this time around, but you're looking for reasons for upgrading. - Camera. Yes, I always take a P&S on vacation. Guaranteed. But I do a lot of "casual shooting" the other 49 weeks a year. The better camera I have "on me" the more likely I am to get a somewhat usable shot.
Another silly reason? Because I can. I grew up dirt fucking poor. I didn't start getting nice shit until I was in my late 30s. If disposable income wasn't plentiful or I had financial obligations that had some level of urgency? I probably wouldn't make this any sort of priority every year. Even every other year.
Probably not exactly what you were hoping for .. but ...
No, I appreciate the attempt at explanation. I don't blame you for paying $25 a month and getting the latest phone all the time, that seems fairly wise actually, if you expect that you always are going to be buying the latest and greatest anyway. It's just a huge investment in tech either way, IMO.
It seems like the biggest reason is that you just want the Ferrari - you're not happy with a Ford Mustang, and you feel you deserve it because you can afford it.... "I don't like... Ford Mustangs...." My camera shots are all perfectly fine, in fact I don't even bother taking a separate camera on vacation anymore because I'd rather just enjoy the moment and not have to lug a bunch of crap around with me. My phone is snappy and never lags. I'm sure there are power users out there, and maybe you are one of them, but most people that I know that spend $500+ on phones probably do less on them than I do. Whatever bluetooth I have is perfectly adequate, it runs torque, hooks up to my vehicles, my headphones I use on my tractor, lets me use controllers, etc you name it. If there's any bluetooth device I'd upgrade first, it would be the stereo in my 4runner, lol. That thing is a piece of shit. I already talked about battery life being perfectly sufficient.
I guess I'm still not convinced it's worth it to me. I could afford one, but I'd just rather save that money and spend it on something more interesting. When I consider that dropping $1000 extra between my wife and I for two phones, I'd rather use that money and go on a short vacation or something. To each their own.
I am with Shane on upgrading if it costs the same amount per month to have the latest and greatest phone. I usually upgrade every other phone generation because that is what I am locked in at. Besides all the "normal" phone stuff that hardly changes when a new model comes out the biggest thing to me is the camera. The difference in the camera from even the S8 to the S9 is significantly better. I tend to mostly use the pro mode where I can shoot in RAW uncompressed images which are better for editing and later printing out if I desire. In Pro mode you can also change the aperture and the ISO. (Yes I know the S8 had Pro mode as well.) The low light shooting on the S9 also rivaled the S8. What blows me away is the video quality of the S9. To me the jump from the S7 to S9 in terms of videography seemed at least a few generations to me. The real question is what do you really use your phone for. If you are just texting, making calls, and posting to social media there is really no reason to upgrade every generation. If you are a hard core gamer, use the camera on your phone regularly, or are a power user then yes I can see upgrading every generation, especially if it really doesn't cost you anything.