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Is it worth buying mobile phones when the first come out in the market?

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    Default Is it worth buying mobile phones when the first come out in the market?

    I have been viewing a lot of mobile phones lately and seeing that they are priced very high and a few months down the line the same mobile phone is at a much affordable price. I think to myself then is it really worth getting a mobile phone when it first is launched or should we actually wait for a couple of months until the cost comes down?
    I know with the iPhone people are crazy and would get it the first day of its launch but then again that's for the super rich.

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    I was the one who always wanted to get the latest mobile phone, and I have actually realised that it is not worth it at all. With so many mobile phones being launched every day your brand new phone loses some value the very next day.

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    Sure it is a good thing to get the latest phone when it first comes out. I would not say the phone becomes old the very next day it takes a good six months until you can call it an old phone. I think depending on the phone it is still classified as new until a year.

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    I was not rich but i was passionate about mobile phones. I am not telling you to buy a mobile phone for the first day, but some of the brands as you mentioned i-phone its really worth. The experience and the feeling of buying a mobile phone for the first day its a great happiness. The price may go low after some days but the happiness while purchasing a new phone is awesome.
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    Reload0533 that is so true the feeling of getting the lastest phone is unreal especially when it is a brand like Apple. I think that if you are getting the latest phone then it should be with your for at least 2 years before you decide to get another one. If you want to get a new phone every year then I dont think it is such a good idea to get the latest and newest phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reload0533 View Post
    I was not rich but i was passionate about mobile phones. I am not telling you to buy a mobile phone for the first day, but some of the brands as you mentioned i-phone its really worth. The experience and the feeling of buying a mobile phone for the first day its a great happiness. The price may go low after some days but the happiness while purchasing a new phone is awesome.
    I bought a new phone almost every 6 months starting from 1998 throught to 2006 but then after that I stopped changing mobile phones very often as I realised what a waste of money it was. I have a large collection of top mobile phones launched in those years but now I buy a phone and use it for atleast two years if not more. I have been using my current phone a samsung note for over two years and I dont plan to change it until it breaks down or I lose it somewhere.

    The total cost of ownership over the years runs into lakhs of rupees and I dont see anything other then peer pressure that pushed me to buy new phones one after the other. It is a complete waste of your hard earned money.
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    I keep using the same phone until the time is starts affecting my productivity. Hanging or takes too long to open applications and if there is some application that I need and my phone does not support it I think thats a good reason to go for a new one but a newly launched iPhone 6 is not something I would buy. If I can afford one or not is an entirely different topic.

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    Thanks for your reply and i agree with you. As i was not a frequent changer of mobile phones, for me its like a crazy thing buying a phone for the first day with my salary and that too first time in my life with out asking my father. Its give a great happiness and i can't explain my happiness in words..

    May be the cost may go low but still the feeling of buying a phone and the happiness will be remain as a memory in my whole life.

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    It depends on the phone brand, if I got an iPhone then I would probably keep it for around 4 years any other phone then I would keep it max for 2 years.

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    I think it is always better to wait till the price come down a little bit and sometimes we can get it at great discounts. Nowadays all models are becoming obsolete in just a few days when the competitor comes up with another advanced model. This is especially true about Android phones as there are too many players in the market.

    Personally, I don't like changing my mobile more often as it's a sheer waste of money. It is better to look for a mobile keeping in mind your requirements and future needs and stick with it for some time, at least two years. For example GPS was one function I looked in mobile phones as I travel a lot. I still use my 1.5 year old phone and A-GPS is working fine without any issues. So, I am not going to change it any time near.

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    As the era of Smartphone starts to take place in mobile world, different innovations are made to satisfy users needs. But having latest launched mobile device on your hand is not that necessary as long as your previous mobile still serves you better. In case, there's an urgency in purchasing a new one, then you might have proper awareness on a certain mobile device that you wanted. Being particular on the reliability, security, durability and affordability of the device is a must.

    The advantage of purchasing a mobile device at later time aside from having it in lesser price is, you have the chance to know reviews on the product and decide whether to buy or not.

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    I for one am always for buying phones much later after they get launched. For example, i'd buy the Oneplus One now and not the Oneplus 2.

    The bugs get ironed out. The reviews are all out there and you know what you are getting.

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    I wouldn't buy a new phone on the day of release either, I'd rather wait till I'd seen some user reviews on how the phone works in the real world in real life conditions.

    A lot of the reviews a phone gets before release can't be trusted and are simply there as publicity to try and gain the device more sales.

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    If you ask me, I would never buy a recently launched phone and wait for a price cut as its too common now days, especially in case of samsung. One of my friend purchased a Samsung Galaxy E5 for 22k in the very first week of its launch and within a week it got a huge price cut of 6k INR, I mean that's insane!
    Since that day, he keeps me saying 'yaar galti se bhi samsung na liyo mujhe to S5 ki halat dkh k hi smj Jana chahye tha'

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    Price of Samsung is very volatile and you can possibly get it at a half price in a few month's time if another model is launched in the market. But it is a pain when they stop producing accessories for old phones and we need to buy things from local manufactures which are of inferior quality. I think nobody can control it as technology is growing at the speed of thought.

    But I think it depends of the mindset of the buyer. Some find it very important to buy it on the same day of launch for a mental satisfaction. While others who are very budget conscious gives more importance to money than handsets which keeps on changing every now and then. They believe investing high on phones is just futile.

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    As long as people keep buying the phones, then the manufacturer will keep updating them at such a rapid pace. Using the iPhone for example, the iPhone6 comes out first, 6 months later, the 6s, 6 months after that, the 6c.

    Then the iPhone 7 is just around the corner. As each new device is brought out, the cost of the older one decreases in value, so in one way it's good for the consumer who wants to save money, not so good for the person that wants the latest device though.

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    I think it's only the superbly rich and famous that buy phones when it's launched, they will be bugs that may stress you out and they are lots of software updates in the new month a new phone is released to the public and then slowly the phone gets around to third party-sellers and from them the price reduces, so I don't think it is worth it to buy phones on the day, week or month it has been launched.
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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    I think it's only the superbly rich and famous that buy phones when it's launched, they will be bugs that may stress you out and they are lots of software updates in the new month a new phone is released to the public and then slowly the phone gets around to third party-sellers and from them the price reduces, so I don't think it is worth it to buy phones on the day, week or month it has been launched.
    I think you got a good point there. Whenever a new phone is launched there is high possibility of various bugs and vulnerabilities which could come out only after being used for sometime. So, even from a security point of view it is better to wait and watch. There were so many examples in the recent past.

    As soon as a new model is launched or about to launch we can see a number of reviews on net. It is better to keep yourself updated with the reviews if you are really interested in that model. Once the price reaches to an affordable level, just go for it. As you rightly only a very rich person can go for a model on the day of launch itself.

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    Personally, I have never purchased mobile phones as soon as they come out. I would rather wait a couple of months, and get a good deal on the phone. Currently, I'm looking to upgrade my Samsgun Galaxy S3, to something a little bit better, such as the Galaxy S5 (one year old, yet still a solid device, at a much cheaper price.)

    I know for sure that I wouldn't be able to afford buying a brand new phone every year. And I've had my current Galaxy S3 for 3 years now, and I have been very pleased with it up until now.

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    It is only worth it if you are a person who wanted to fit in with the "in" crowd and have a sense of belonging because you have the most recent fashion accessory. People purchase the most recent ones for the sake of social status. I will rather wait for a certain model to get cheap than be a manipulated consumer.

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    I only buy new handset when the earlier one is no longer in proper functioning state. And then, I prefer a tried and tested model that is not also too heavy on the pocket.
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    I personally prefer to wait to see reviews of the phone under the gaze of professionals to analyze defects and qualities of the phone. Really, only buying in the early days the rash people or those people who have no problem with money.

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    I am also not a big fan of running after new models. If we do that there is no escape then, every now and then new models are coming and disappearing like anything. My earlier mobile (Samsung touchphone on BADA) is close to 7 years old and still works well. It is very durable with a metal body. But I think the new models from Samsung use inferior quality materials which can be easily broken.

    Even though I would like to keep me updated of latest models and what is happening in mobile world, when it comes to buying I always take a back seat. It is not worth to invest your money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinisouz View Post
    I personally prefer to wait to see reviews of the phone under the gaze of professionals to analyze defects and qualities of the phone. Really, only buying in the early days the rash people or those people who have no problem with money.
    I agree with you, many times we focus our eyes on the latest that has reached the market but with lower-end phones or not so recent we can be more than enough. Because even the older phones can offer better functionality or may not be as complicated besides having more strength, because now these days the latest to hit the market is more disposable than ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinisouz View Post
    I personally prefer to wait to see reviews of the phone under the gaze of professionals to analyze defects and qualities of the phone. Really, only buying in the early days the rash people or those people who have no problem with money.
    Reviews from the consumers is one of the best basis on buying a new phone. You need to wait for reviews from trustworthy sources before buying one so you wont regret the purchase you are going to make. I still remember how upset my friend is with Iphone 6 because it doesn't really have much cool features aside from the GIF camera.

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