Opinions are of course subjective, but that’s especially true for what I’m about to say. Don’t buy a flagship phone. Apple just announced its new line of phones, and the iPhone X is, predictably, a great handset. The company continues to outdo itself every year with a device that isn’t state-of-the-art, and usually without the unpredictability and glitches that come with other handsets. But a Rs. $89,000 phone ($999 in the US) is definitely expensive.
Of course, Apple enthusiasts disagree. here is a Tweeter who says, “There’s no way I’m spending a thousand dollars on a product that I use non-stop, every second, every minute of every day. Too much waste. Sure, you’ll find people laughing at the price of the iPhone and lots of kidney jokes, but there are more than a few people who take this price very seriously and argue that the price is justified.
These are of course rationalizations, but equally, they are all true. Buy an iPhone and you’ll use it longer, and you’ll continue to have a great phone for as long as you use it. But that doesn’t mean the iPhone, like other flagship smartphones, is worth your money.
Like other flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the new iPhones are great devices with hard-to-match cameras, top-notch design, and smooth, reliable performance over time. But each new model adds a much-needed feature, a new height of performance, and if you want to get what you pay for, then you have to keep it longer, and thus move away from the cut. edge.
Entry-level phones are getting better
Until about three or four years ago, my advice to people was to avoid “budget” Android devices. The compromises involved were simply too many. If you bought a phone for less than Rs. 15,000, you have to be prepared for weird behaviors like random reboots, lags and other glitches, as well as battery issues and major slowdowns the moment the phone was about six months old.
The Moto G and then the Xiaomi Mi 4 started to change things up and opened up the sub-Rs. 15,000 segments in 2014; over the next three years, the same thing happened with the sub-Rs. 10,000 segments as well.
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It would be a fool to compare the Xiaomi Redmi 4 to the iPhone X, but we are far from the kind of entry-level phones to be wary of. In terms of specs, the Redmi 4 could be a tough laptop, with a 1.4GHz octa-core processor, not to mention 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, for a phone. which will cost you roughly Rs. 9,000.
There is still a huge difference between a flagship device and the entry-level devices, but the flagships have become more expensive, but the differences have narrowed. The camera is one area where a premium phone is still infinitely better, but if that matters to you, there are other options that can still give you great photos for less.
Having used the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime for almost two years, I can guarantee that the battery doesn’t drain much faster. The phone started to lag however, and one particularly annoying bug was that the phone would ring, but the screen wouldn’t start up, so you couldn’t answer or reject the call. The only solution was to wait, while the phone continued to ring. There were times when you started typing and found that the phone was struggling to catch up, sometimes a full sentence behind.
iPhone X first impressions
These are pretty big issues, but they only surfaced 19 months later, and it turns out they were all fixed with a factory reset. The phone is again running the latest software available and everything from contacts and passwords to text messages and photos has been backed up to the cloud and restored within minutes of connecting to the phone. The experience is painless and the result is a phone that honestly feels like new.
So if you’re looking at your very expensive phone and considering buying another one, think about what you’re really doing with it and what value it actually offers. The Redmi 3S Prime was my first “budget” phone, and it was a step I took with a bit of trepidation, but it was a great trip, and it saved me around Rs. 50,000. a round-trip ticket to New York if you get a bargain, a resort trip to Goa, or a week of fancy living in the hills – so you need to consider what’s more important to you.
There’s no wrong answer – if you think you’ll be happier with a premium phone, then that’s a good thing. But if you’re starting to feel pressure from people around you to get a “real” phone, it’s fine to ignore them and buy a decent entry-level phone. For most of us, that’s more than enough.
We’ve talked about the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple TV 4K, and Apple Watch Series 3 at length on Orbital, Gadgets 360’s weekly tech podcast. subscribe to Orbital via Apple Podcasts or RSS or just listen to this episode by hitting the play button below.