Many names share the mobile phone pie and sometimes it is difficult for the inexperienced user to find some light in this jungle. Do you need to choose a high-end device, whose merits are so praised? Or is it just an investment that goes beyond our needs? Let’s analyze it.
To be clear, there is no “simple” answer to this question because the subject is subjective: the need (or desire, depending on the case) depends on the expectations of each. It goes without saying that everyone is free to do whatever he wants with his money.
Normally, one buys a high-end device (often referred to as anglicism “flagship”) when one wants to have one of the best smartphones of the moment, in all respects. This does not mean that mid-range devices are bad, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) , for example, has demonstrated excellent battery life. In general, it is worth buying a flagship if you recognize yourself in at least one of the following elements.
You have to buy a flagship if …
… you want to make photos, videos and audio recordings of very good quality.
The flagships are equipped with a better technical configuration (better aperture, better sensors, etc.) and software than the mid-range, allowing you to obtain quality images. To give an example, we can mention the jewels of Google, Pixel and Pixel XL , which today are a reference in the matter. Few other flagships reach their level.
Although often underestimated, sound is also important in flagshig. Of course, the quality of the output sound is generally very good in high-end devices, and in any case, the loudspeakers of the device itself for many people are of limited importance because a speaker or Bluetooth headset can always be connected. But let’s not forget the importance of the microphone in audio and video recordings, if the quality of the recording is bad, so will the listening. In addition, the screen definition and sound quality is generally nicer in a flagship than in a midrange device.
You want a nice smartphone
Here we enter the field of subjectivity. What is a nice smartphone? Can we say that a smartphone with a pint of iPhone (that is, whose manufacturer shows little creativity) is nice? Let each one answer himself, but what is true is that the flagships have a design and finishes more achieved than the mid-range devices. The trend in the latter to have a more premium design pushes the high end to show more originality and creativity, as we have seen seen with the new Samsung Galaxy S8 .
… you are looking for a functional system that allows you to play any game (VR included)
Regardless of the design, what matters is inside? We come to the same conclusion as a flagship contains the essential components to launch any application. Unlike mid-range devices, inside a high-end smartphone you will find the latest processor (Snapdragon 835 on the Sony Xperia ZZ premium, Kirin 960 on the Huawei P10 or Exynos 8895 on the Samsung Galaxy S8 + ).
… you want a version of the recent software
Oh rage, oh despair, oh enemy interface … We come to a delicate subject. Android is extremely fragmented and recent versions have a hard time winning, so usually the safest way to get it is to buy a new device, bring it by default. When buying a flagship, you invest a considerable sum of money that guarantees (at least in theory) to have updates to the new version for a good period of time. Well, in the case of most manufacturers are needed several months to see the updates arrive, but will always be better than with a baa range or mid-range device, they generally do not read to see the new version.
… you simply want what is best
“It is important to invest in the purchase of a device, as long as you buy the best that exists.” If this is your motto, or if you want to indulge yourself / give yourself a treat, you will probably choose a high-end device.
You do not have to buy a flagship if …
… do not expect much from the device
Do you give your smartphone a basic use? This is so if you use it to call, chat from time to time by Messenger / WhatsApp, you make few or no photos (or you do not mind a low quality) and you do not want the device to watch videos or movies. If you give it so limited use, it is clear that in this case a high-end device will meet your expectations, but it would be like buying a Ferrari to go and buy the bread around the corner, and you will be enough with a range device Which will meet your needs.
… give you the same Android updates
If you give limited use to your smartphone, the updates may not interest you. Many people do not see the need for new features such as multi-window mode, which is already present in Android from Android Marshmallow (and even earlier in some brands) or does not serve them at all, so why should I be interested in an update? For security reasons, of course, but it may not be a priority for these users.
… you prefer to leave the streaming for the trablet, the PC or the TV
In theory, you can watch movies on any device capable of running a media player or a streaming application. That said, the more advanced the device, the more enjoyable the experience: with a flagship you will have much more internal memory for your data, better stability (it would be a shame to have an application that hangs in the middle of a movie) and, obviously , A screen of sufficient size (at least 5 inches minimum) and modern enough to provide decent quality. If you still prefer to have a bigger screen and a specialized device to watch video, buying a flagship seems something superfluous.
… you have a tight budget
Do not fool ourselves, the main drawback of flagship is its price, which often part of the 600 euros for the cheapest and rises to 1,000 euros with some brands. As much as it is true that we get a marvel of technology and that each of its components / each of its technologies has its cost, these prices sometimes make us think and question whether an investment of that caliber is really necessary. Are we really going to repay her? If you doubt it, the answer is probably no.
To conclude with something more positive, it is necessary to indicate that the price of the majority of the flagship diminishes with the time. For example, we can mention the Samsung Galaxy S7 , which cost 699 euros when launched in March 2016 and today can be purchased for less than 350 euros in sales portals like Amazon. The downside, if it is, is that once a low price flagship, it is often because it has been surpassed in one or more or more aspects.