The latest flagship devices have started to cross into the four-figure price range and thousand-dollar devices are more common now than not, and the big features they offer are starting to become more uniform as no one device offers anything strikingly different to the others, particularly with the modern options. These reasons in mind are why many are holding onto their devices for longer periods of time, and holding off upgrading until necessary – but is it time for your own upgrade, or can you wait a little longer?

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Big ticket features – Older devices are missing out on the big-ticket features that make newer devices so appealing – the likes of 5G connectivity for example are amongst the most sought-after changes, but also only available on the latest devices. Faster displays, bigger batteries, more processing power all fall under this same space, but all have their restrictions in older mobile devices, and should be bigger considerations if you’re considering a change.

Your device usage – The other big consideration is of course in your device usage – there’s no point aiming for a phone with a brand-new camera and all of the benefits it has to offer if it’s something you won’t be using. A primary usage for mobile phones these days has found its way into gaming, but most game requirements largely remain the same and with many browser-based options such as betting at sites such as for the growing online entertainment space, but also require much less in the way of processing power to perform well – balance your expectations with your usage, and you’ll get the best bang for your buck.

Planning for the future – This point is especially true if you’re likely to hold onto your phone for a longer period of time but can certainly be true for those holding on for the shorter term too. If you are going to upgrade, you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need to last through until the next upgrade, whether this be the big-ticket items mentioned above or even within the operating system of the device being current enough that change won’t have a big impact. If you get a device you find a pain to use from the get-go, it will only get worse over time as it slows and becomes less useable, and the long-term use will certainly be more frustrating. 

There are still plenty of considerations to make when upgrading, but with such a big expense it’s certainly worth the consideration – with recent moves towards right to repair too, these older devices might be a little longer lasting in the future, but it’s certainly worth exploring new options.