How often should you upgrade your phone

TechNews Writer
Mon Nov 09, 2020

Smartphones have quickly become an essential part of our lives, it is no more a need it is a must-have device in this era.  People have all sorts of different approaches when it comes to deciding when it’s time for a new phone. When your smartphone becomes antiquated, you’ll find applications crashing more often, slow performance, software updates won’t be compatible with your device, and bad battery life. So the question is, how often do you need to upgrade your smartphone?

It’s important to assess what you, as an individual, really need in a smartphone before investing in an upgrade. Even though technology seems to be improving at rapid speed, when you compare its latest smartphone with its outgoing model, not too much typically changes. Minor upgrades like camera, design, new processor, and some minor tweaks can be seen.  Surely, you don’t need to upgrade your phone every year or probably even 2 years. Only 10% of the people upgrade their phones every year, while 30% upgrade every 2 years and around 35% upgrade over 3 years. 

Consider the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 12, The iPhone 12's upgrades are plenty, from 5G and a faster A14 Bionic processor, AMOLED screen, better camera, Ceramic shield, Mag Safe, and other minor updates. Considering the upgrade from 11 to 12 is a great deal but, however, this upgrade deal is not always better every time. If you’re satisfied with your current phone, these aren’t really sufficient reasons to lay down hundreds of dollars on a new model. If you’re just looking for a phone you can use for taking pictures, making phone calls and texting, surfing the Internet, and playing a few games, there’s no need to upgrade your smartphone for years. 

Some of the common reasons why people upgrade are- Phone wasn’t working well as before, the phone was broken/ damaged or lost, Phone was outdated, wanted a new model, got a carrier upgrade and other reasons.

At a certain point, the world will tend to outgrow your phone, your phone ain’t be smart enough to compete with the latest models. I agree that It’s always nice to have the latest technology and smartphone in the palm of your hand, but for a device so expensive, you might want to upgrade at the average pace



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2020 - Spring - Issue 9