The sentiment that keeps on coming up as new flagship devices come out is that on paper they are in essence the same outside of slight changes and usually the biggest difference is the price tag.
I challenge you to hop on Gsmarena.com and compare the Samsung S9, Oneplus 6 and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s and you will see that the most important parts of the Smartphone are pretty much the same.
The average person when it comes to smartphones is still basing the value of a smartphone on its specifications and not the application or specialization of the device and this is where the shift in mindset needs to happen when it comes to how we go about selecting our devices.
Price in every industry takes a backseat when we are looking for solutions to help solve our problems. At best, a client will save up for the right solution, or look to find the solution first then see what is available within their price range.
So while every high-end phone will come out looking similar on paper, how the phones are being used these days is where the magic is finally happening. With things like Artifical Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality becoming more than just buzzwords but finding practical uses in our everyday life, one must consider flagship devices more so for these features than ever before.
Since budget devices and Mid range devices have gotten so darn good, even the cameras, you no longer need to spend $5000ttd & up to get an amazing device.
So what exactly am I saying? As a consumer, start the conversations with retailers a bit differently. Don’t be quick to purchase a phone because of the brand nor because of the specs. So here are a few questions to ask yourself before approaching a retailer about purchasing a phone:
1) What do I need the phone to do for me right now?
People think that “normal” usage is social media and phone calls. Everyone’s normal is completely different in this age, so never tell a rep that you are looking to do normal things, explain exactly what you currently need a phone to do for you.
2) Are there any new things I would like to get into in the future?
With all of these new things that are coming, they are all aiming to help you, enrich your life or save you time. If you hear about things like AI, VR, or AR, do a little bit of Googling and think about if these are some things that you would like to get into. If the answer is yes then it’s definitely something you would want bring up to the rep you are speaking to.
3) Is there 1 particular category I need my phone to stand out in?
Manufacturers have started to niche down when it comes to the flagship devices. Are you looking for a device that focuses on a great audio experience, productivity, gaming, photography, videography, or long lasting battery life? If there is a category that is very important to you.
4) Which ecosystem fits my needs and lifestyle?
There are 2 main ecosystems and the products & services work in completely different ways. You need to sit down and figure out if iOs is the way to go or if you should be jumping on the Android platform. The pros and cons of going either direction are documented across the internet, spend some time figuring out what makes sense for you. Your needs are going to be completely different from others, so amongst all of the opinions, make sure your choice fits your needs and lifestyle. FYI Ignore anybody and everybody who tries to convince that one platform is better than the other, it’s all personal opinion.
5) What is my budget for the new device?
After you have thought about the above questions, the last thing that you should ask yourself is what is your budget. The reason I say think about this last is that I want to get you thinking about the devices first, figuring out your problems and finding a device that provides a solution for you. If you think about price right off the bat, you probably will not get a device that will properly service your needs. At least once you figure out the devices that suit your needs, then you have the choice of saving up or finding a cheaper solution for yourself.
After thinking about these questions, you can reach out to me and let us get the conversation going on your next device. You can check out the Droid Island shop page right here and see some of the top devices on the market at a wide variety of price points right here —> (Droid Island Shop).