4 “Outdated” and Worthy Flagship Smartphones You Can Still Buy in 2018

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It’s not always necessary to have the latest Snapdragon chipset.

Here’s a fact:

Most smartphones become outdated shortly after release.

There’s nothing you can do to hinder the evolution of technology. Having said that, flagship smartphones are power packed with jaw-dropping features during the time of release. They’re specifically made to withstand the test of time.

Suppose that you buy a flagship in 2018. It may survive the ‘outdated’ label at most, for a year. But, should you be concerned?

Well, I wouldn’t if I did. To be honest, I think a flagship smartphone from 2017 kicks the ass out of a mid-ranger in 2018.

But, for a hardcore gamer, photography enthusiast or someone with FoMo? It would be the exact opposite.

This in-depth guide will walk you through the features of four smartphones of the yesteryear which were crowned but are being replaced by the descendants.

[Long post warning: grab a cup of coffee before you get started!

PS: There’s a small reward waiting for you quarter of the way through the post.]

Table of Contents

  1. OnePlus 5
    1. Specifications
    2. Design & Display
    3. Performance
      1. Camera
      2. Software
      3. Battery
    4. Drawbacks
  2. Xperia XZ Premium
    1. Specifications
    2. Design & Display
    3. Performance
      1. Camera
      2. Software
      3. Battery
    4. Drawbacks
  3. Xiaomi Mi6
    1. Specifications
    2. Design & Display
    3. Performance
      1. Camera
      2. Software
      3. Battery
    4. Drawbacks
  4. HTC U11
    1. Specifications
    2. Design & Display
    3. Performance
      1. Camera
      2. Software
    4. Drawbacks
  5. Final Verdict

OnePlus 5: The Iconic Flagship Killer

oneplus 5 review
The display says it all

Technically, a flagship killer is a smartphone which would have all the core features present in a flagship phone. Well, that doesn’t make any sense.

So, let’s add more clarity to that sentence.

You can get a flagship killer at a much lower price. Hence, it offers better value which transforms it into a worthy rival. The good news is that this has forced manufacturers to produce cheap smartphones with updated features.

Due to the competition, high-end smartphones are cutting down on the prices. It’s a win-win situation for customers. Anyhow, since their inception, OnePlus had always been determined to wear the crown at the end of the year.

Let’s take a look at some of the features where the OnePlus 5 really managed to stand out.

Specifications

  • Launched: June 2017
  • Display: 5.5 inches AMOLED screen [1080 x 1920 pixels] with 401 PPI
  • Body: Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection, a weight of 153g and 7.3mm thick
  • Processor: 1.9 GHz + 2.4 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 835 Chipset with Adreno 540 GPU
  • RAM & Storage: 6GB, 64GB or 8GB, 128GB
  • Camera: Dual 16-megapixel ( f/1.7, 24mm) with EIS + 20-megapixel (f/2.6, 36mm) rear and 16-megapixel (f/2.0, 20mm) front
  • Battery: 3300 mAh
  • Software: Android 7.1.1 Nougat based Oxygen OS, upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo
  • Performance: #1 on AnTuTu Benchmark [Oct 2017]
  • Unique Feature(s): Dash Charge While Gaming

Design & Display

oneplus 5 black

 

The OnePlus 5 is a sleek smartphone with a FullHD AMOLED screen. As a result, it has deep blacks and an extremely high contrast ratio. I could see the screen easily while standing under direct sunlight. There was no need to adjust the glancing angle.

The reading mode decreases the brightness to minimum and works wonders if you need to read something with the lights turned off. In addition to that, the Gorilla Glass 5 manages to ward off every minor scratch.

The OnePlus 5 has space for two nano-SIMs. You can also find the good old 3.5mm jack port and a USB type-C charging port.

Performance

Considering performance, the OnePlus 5 is nothing short of a powerhouse with a whopping 8 gigs of RAM and 128GB of storage space for the top variant. More the RAM, the merrier. You never know what to expect in the future.

Moreover, it houses the latest Snapdragon 835 chip which is still found only in a few existing models in the market. The octa-core processor offers increased performance and battery life. I experienced zero lag while playing games with high graphics requirements like Asphalt 8, PES 2018 and Real Racing.

It was the highest rated phone on the Antutu Benchmark till the iPhone 8 came out. But, it still packs a punch.

Battery

The phone claims to charge up to a day’s power in just thirty minutes as described by the Dash Charge feature. The phone went from nought to sixty percent in thirty minutes.

Additionally, the Dash Charge While Gaming mode is exactly what it says. As long as it’s turned on, the rate of charging remains unaffected even if you’re gaming, watching a 4K video or syncing your fitness band data over Bluetooth.

With the efficiency of the new chipset, it has a much higher endurance rating than the predecessor, OnePlus 3T. It’s an uncomfortable feeling when the phone feels hot to the touch after charging for a while. While charging, the surface doesn’t heat up to the point where it scorches your fingers.

OnePlus has done an excellent job there.

Camera

The dual camera produces stunning visuals. The OnePlus 5 camera is equipped with the powerful Portrait Mode. It does a marvellous job making the background appear blurry to emphasize object focus.

Also, the Smart Capture makes use of the underlying software to optimize clarity for the photos. Then, there is the Pro Mode which lets you manually set up parameters such as ISO, white balance, focus, shutter speed, and exposure.

Even if you end up tweaking all those settings, you can reset to defaults with a simple tap. The camera can record videos at different frame rates. The most noteworthy of them all being the 4k recording at 30 frames per second.

Software

First of all, the OxygenOS is a custom operating system built on Android. That means it’s just Nougat with a different skin. Secondly, the custom OS makes switching between applications and completing daily tasks seem effortless. I found it too smooth.

Also, there is a launcher which offers many options for customization. The feature that captured my attention is the Gaming DND Mode. It temporarily disables notifications and soft keys while you’re playing a serious match (we’ve all been there).

The Dash Charge While Gaming continues to be a future-proof feature. Just how did they implement that? There is also the Reading Mode which transforms the OnePlus 5 into a Kindle.

Should you buy it?

The Chinese manufacturer rose to fame within a short amount of time. They exhibited impressive marketing strategies during their early years using an invite system. This managed to awaken a sense of curiosity amongst us.

Furthermore, the company adopted this strategy to create a premium feel for the product. Back then, people who barely knew the brand fancied an invite in their mailboxes. Now, they have established their presence in the world of smartphones with a large fan base.

The latest addition, the OnePlus 5T was launched to the series of devices which provide high-end quality and premium experience compared to more expensive smartphones.

It may or may not have overshadowed its twin but the OnePlus 5 has all the important features that a flagship needs – superior performance, stunning camera, beautiful design and a refined software.

The OnePlus 5 is definitely a bang for your buck due to its competitive price tag. It seems like they'll never settle. Click To Tweet

Drawbacks

Display: It’s the same screen as that used in the previous model, the 3T. There was also a bug reported by users wherein scrolling produces a jelly effect which they managed to fix it.

Design: There have been hate comments on how the OnePlus lacks creativity. If you place a OnePlus 5 and iPhone 7 next to each other, you would notice that the designs are strikingly similar. This also accounts for the placement of the camera lens.

It does not seem to be fully water-resistant. I decided not to take a gamble by submerging it underwater. It also lacks the much coveted SD card slot.

But, do you really need one when there’s 128GB of storage space?

Performance: OnePlus resorted to the act of manipulating their scores in commonly used benchmarks such as AnTuTu, GeekBench 4, Quadrant and many others to rank above its competitors by overclocking the processors. Now, they were just being a bit mischievous.

The battery is slightly downgraded but the processor has increased energy efficiency. However, there is no option for wireless charging which is found in the newer flagships.

The dual camera was touted to be of the highest resolution found on a smartphone at the time of release but it fails to impress with low-light shots.

If you can choose to not care much about these issues, I’d recommend you go get it.


 

Xperia XZ Premium

xperia xz premium review

A manufacturer would need a lot of guts to add the ‘Premium’ tag to a product. The Xperia XZ was only announced a few months back. Nobody must have thought Sony would improvise their existing product.

Anyway, they have upgraded to the highest level in the market in order to replenish the wow factor that had been missing from Sony smartphones for a while.

Firstly, let’s take a look at the best features that the Xperia XZ Premium has to offer.

Specifications

  • Launched: June 2017
  • Display: 5.46 inches IPS LCD screen 4K HDR [3840 x 2160 pixels] with 807 PPI
  • Body: Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection, a weight of 195g and 7.9mm thick
  • Processor: 1.9 GHz + 2.45 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 835 Chipset with Adreno 540 GPU
  • RAM & Storage: 4GB, 64GB
  • Camera: 19-megapixel ( f/2.0, 25mm) with EIS, predictive phase detection rear and 13-megapixel (f/2.0, 22mm) front
  • Battery: 3230 mAh
  • Software: Android 7.1 Nougat, upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Performance: #14 on AnTuTu Benchmark
  • Unique Feature(s): Super-slow-motion video recording, 4K HDR ultra-high resolution

Design & Display

They retained the iconic slab design and use the Gorilla Glass on the front and rear panels to provide extra protection. The phone appears to be solid and has a glass screen spanning 5.46 inches. That’s either not too big or not too small.

Thankfully, they kept the headphone jack. The power button on the right side doubles up as the fingerprint scanner which comfortably falls under the thumb. Additionally, the phone is water-resistant up to a depth of a meter.

Sony's Potential Unlocked

 

The screen is beyond brilliant. It was the best in the market and had roughly 40% more pixel density than the next best device during its advent.

The 807PPI display on the Sony XZ Premium just leaves your television screen embarrassed. Click To Tweet

The Triluminos display and X-reality engine on the sharp LCD do the job well and make you desperately search for more HD videos.

Performance

The XZ Premium packs a punch with the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset. Due to this, it ranks up at the top of most benchmarks. Lag is non-existent. And even though the UI may seem strange for users who haven’t used Xperia phones, it looks neat and tidy.

The audio experience is superb for both wired and wireless headphones. I definitely recommend this for music lovers.

The best part is that if you own a PS4, you are in for a treat. It creates an immersive gaming experience because you can play games or stream videos from anywhere on your XZ Premium.

Also, it has an SD card slot which can be utilized to accommodate all the high-definition content.

Battery

The XZ  Premium offers excellent battery life with its 3230 mAH battery. It supports the Quick Charge 3.0 option through a USB Type-C port. It lasted roughly 7 hours after a combination of streaming music, videos, multiple calls, gaming and social media usage.

This is very impressive for a modern-day flagship. It also has two modes – the Stamina and the Ultra Stamina just in case you want to watch that 4K video in low battery.

Camera

One does not simply besmirch the camera on a Sony smartphone. The rear camera with the company made sensor has 19MP and supports electronic image stabilization (EIS), laser autofocus and predictive phase detection. These are technical jargons.

In layman’s terms, it just means that the camera is impressive.

There is much attention to detail. There is also a super slow-motion mode in which you can shoot videos so you don’t miss a moment. The Motion Eye Camera is what the whole setup is called. The Predictive Capture feature automatically takes multiple photos when the object is moving fast.

It’s safe to say that the camera has a brain of its own.

As promised, here’s the reward for getting this far! A very satisfying video recorded by Slow Motion Man using the super-slow-motion feature.

I hope that was refreshing. Read on!

Should you buy it?

Sony has been known to be one of the pioneers in the field of electronics for years. They’ve dealt with competition from other popular brands and maintained consistency with their products.

Considering smartphones, Sony has launched quite a number of stunning devices. Some of them made it to the spotlight. However, they were gradually losing their market share due to competitive pricing from other brands.

Despite their phones being premium and packed with the latest features, Sony’s potential was underestimated. They knew very well that consistency is key. And on one special day, in the month of June, they launched the XZ Premium and things took a turn for the better.

The XZ Premium has all the features you would want in a premium smartphone – solid battery life, top-notch performance, great camera and the best display ever. It’s certainly a delight for the Sony fans.

Also, it appears that they finally found the shiny treasure that they have been looking for in a huge dark cave. The XZ Premium is a beast and it has flawlessly unlocked Sony’s potential.

Furthermore, if you’re a 4K purist, look no further because this is the answer. Sony has responded back with a display of brilliance with this premium flagship. It’s worth every penny.

Drawbacks

Display: Sony brought the first screen ever to be able to display 4K content. This can leave a good percentage of the population filled with awe. But when it comes to practical usage, we would never watch 4K videos continuously let alone take the trouble to sit down and select only the highest quality content to watch.

Well, a premium has got to be premium.

Design: Now, haters refer to it as the most expensive brick in the world. You really can’t blame them. There are people who hate the iconic slab design.

Performance:  There’s nothing wrong with the performance as such but there is just too much bloatware. The user is unable to delete unwanted apps which are annoying.

The battery drains out quick if you’re on a 4K video marathon. That was expected. In addition to that, there have been numerous complaints regarding connectivity issues which were resolved after they rolled out updates.

The camera performs well but with distortion reported for certain unlucky users. Because the software tends to sharpen everything and the near-perfect images appear to be slightly grainy especially in low light.

If you feel these issues don’t matter much, consider getting yourself this premium smartphone.


 

Xiaomi Mi6

 

Xiaomi Mi6 review
Enter the dragon!

 

The Xiaomi Mi5 was a breathtaking wonder. It was light, looked flawless and loaded with optimal features. Eventually, competitively priced smartphones turned out to be an addiction for the customers.

Xiaomi had launched their most powerful smartphone yet claiming to have worked on it for more than seven years. Imagine the amount of effort put in right there. It appeared that they were set to redefine the smartphone industry with this ambitious venture.

Have they succeeded? Let’s find out.

Specifications

  • Launched: April 2017
  • Display: 5.15 inches IPS LCD screen [1080 x 1920 pixels] with 428 PPI
  • Body: Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection, a weight of 168g (ceramic 182g) and 7.5mm thick
  • Processor: 1.9 GHz + 2.4 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 835 Chipset with Adreno 540 GPU
  • RAM & Storage: 6GB, 128GB or 6GB, 64GB
  • Camera: Dual 12-megapixel ( f/1.8, 27mm) with OIS + 20-megapixel (f/2.6, 36mm) rear and 8-megapixel front with 1080p
  • Battery: 3350 mAh
  • Software: Android 7.1.1 Nougat with custom MIUI 8.2
  • Performance: #10 on AnTuTu Benchmark [Oct 2017]
  • Unique Feature(s): Four sided curved glass body, 18K Gold ceramic rims on the camera lens

Design & Display

The Xiaomi Mi6 sports an excellent design. It’s available in two variants – the glass and the ceramic, with the latter being slightly heavier and of the higher configuration among the two.

The phone has a premium feel and is very solid. The position of the fingerprint sensor on the physical home button has been retained from the Mi 5.

The good news is that the home button doesn’t really feel hard to the touch. It has a very accurate fingerprint reader that’s as fast as lightning.

The Xiaomi Mi6 has put on some weight and hence, does not break easily.

Ceramic Body Xiaomi Mi6
The heavier ceramic version is beautiful

It sports a full-HD 5.15 inch LCD. The screen is easily visible at maximum brightness even on a hot sunny day. Conversely,  if the slider on the brightness setting is lowered all the way to zero, it appears to be pitch black.

AMOLEDs naturally have this setting but Xiaomi has managed to pull it off somehow. This is very useful for the purpose of reading as it significantly reduces strain on the eyes.

It seems that Xiaomi wants users to enjoy the screen as much as they can without tampering their eyesight. Click To Tweet

Performance

Being one of the few phones with a Snapdragon 835, there is no compromise on performance. The ceramic version has 6 GB of RAM and an ample storage space of 128 GB.

The phone did a marvellous job running games with high graphics requirements. The Xiaomi Mi6 really wanted to take on the other flagships and performs very well.

Landing on the top 10 of the Antutu Benchmark scores is an impressive feat that the smartphone has managed to accomplish.  Mi6 has its own custom version of the Nougat, the MIUI 8. This is very comfortable to use if you’re familiar with the MIUI interface from the previous models.

The headphone jack was removed to accommodate the larger battery. Mi6 is one of those future proof flagships. Furthermore, the audio output is crisp and clear. It works even better with headphones.

Battery

The battery capacity of the Xiaomi Mi6 has increased to 3350 mAh by sacrificing the headphone jack. And the Quick Charge 3.0 feature helps to charge up the battery quickly. It lasts an average of six hours on-screen after a mixture of gaming, video conversion, and calls.

Considering the chipset, display and power consumption of the smartphone, this appears to be the optimal battery capacity. Well planned, Xiaomi!

Camera

The camera has a dual lens with a 2x optical Zoom feature meant to be wholly utilized by photography enthusiasts. The optical image stabilization helps taking photos while moving. It’s quick to capture a shot even in the HDR mode.

The camera works well in broad daylight and the Portrait mode can help produce stunning high-quality pictures with a professional touch. The phone features a dual 12MP rear and 8MP front camera. These are good enough to get you that perfect profile picture.

Should you buy it?

Xiaomi is a recognized Chinese manufacturer which entered smartphone the industry with a bang. They have managed to climb up a number of spots in the global smartphone rankings in just a short amount of time.

The best thing about their products is the visible measure of competitiveness. After having enjoyed great success with the elegant Mi 5 last year, they have launched the Mi 6 which has high-end specs coupled with a beautiful design.

The camera is brilliant especially when you use the Portrait mode. The phone is captivating and makes one wonder how it’s possible to put all of these features under the hood at such an affordable price tag.

Despite being considered an underdog, the Xiaomi Mi6 has emerged as the front-runner in its category. Moreover, it doesn’t seem to be scared to take on the big boys in the competition. This device is great value for money. Go ahead, add it to your wishlist and pre-order now.

Drawbacks

Display: The Mi6 uses the same IPS LCD screen as that of the Mi5 at 1080p resolution whereas other flagships have adopted QHD screens. The contrast ratio could have been better.

Design: I appreciate the Chinese for their talent in recreating designs of world-famous products but they do it year after year. This looks like an S7. Now, that isn’t a bad thing.

The Mi6 is very slippery to the touch despite being bulky. But it’s smooth.

Performance: On paper, the Mi6 has godly features for a smartphone in its price segment. But, it was observed that the OS was slightly buggy and experienced minor crashes while performing ordinary tasks. They’ve resolved these bugs by updating to the newer MIUI versions.

An SD card slot was hoped for along with a headphone jack. Yes, they took it away.

Wireless technology is the way to the future but people who look forward to a competitively priced smartphone are accustomed to using wired headphones.

Also, the camera suffers slightly like most other flagships when it comes to low-light photography.

Take a look at the price tag and judge for yourself. These drawbacks shouldn’t stop you then.


 

HTC U11

shiny htc u11
Gollum approves. My precious!

High Tech Computers. That’s what you get when you expand the acronym HTC.

The Taiwanese company was having a hard time in the smartphone market. That’s one reason why they were never really in the picture. Despite having managed to make headlines whenever they released a flagship, they could not keep up with the competition.

Just a year back, they launched their flagship for 2017, the U11, seeking to savour the taste of success once again. The HTC U11 Edge Sense is here to prove that it’s not an object of ridicule.

The company had its fair share of success and failure over the years. HTC decided to end the bad run of launches with their new and seemingly competent smartphone. The HTC U11 looked fresh in its dapper glass and appears to tick all the right boxes. So, is it still “the one” for you?

Specifications

  • Launched: June 2017
  • Display: 5.5 inches Super LCD5 IPS screen QHD [1440 x 2560 pixels] with 534 PPI
  • Body: Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection, a weight of 169g and 7.9mm thick
  • Processor: 1.9 GHz + 2.4 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 835 Chipset with Adreno 540 GPU
  • RAM & Storage: 6GB, 128GB or 6GB, 64GB
  • Camera: 12-megapixel ( f/1.7) with OIS, dual-LED flash rear and 16-megapixel (f/2.0) front with 1080p
  • Battery: 3000 mAh
  • Software: Android 7.1.1 (Android 8.0 Oreo update planned)
  • Performance: #5 on AnTuTu Benchmark
  • Unique Feature(s): Boom Sound speakers, HTC U11 Edge Sense with squeeze gestures

Design & Display

The smartphone has a shiny design labelled as “liquid surface” which is stunning to look at. They decided to scrap the full metal body. The phone is fully waterproof. Also, the curved back of the phone fits perfectly in your hand.

HTC even came up with a pun based on its super reflective glass back stating the U11 is a “reflection of you”. Click To Tweet

Absolutely brilliant!

htc u11 review

The U11 sports an impressive display with QHD resolution on a screen spanning 5.5 inches. The colours are very bright and the screen goes really black at the lowest brightness. The home button doubles as a fingerprint scanner.

They have opted for a screen with the right amount of bezels. The craftsmanship is easily distinguishable from its build quality.

Performance

There will be no more complaints about HTC using outdated chipsets for the flagships. The U11 has silenced critics with the coveted Snapdragon 835 which was the fastest chipset currently available in the market during the time of its release.

The U11 easily makes it to the top 5 for the more popularly used benchmark scores. The base version has 4 gigs of RAM and a storage space of 64GB. The battery supports Quick Charge 3.0 and has a decent endurance rating despite having a larger screen. The HTC U11 is equipped with the same 3000mAh from the HTC 10.

The sound quality is excellent with the front-facing BoomSound setup. The speakers are louder and have more depth. The U11 comes along with USonic earbuds that debut the active noise cancellation feature.

The most remarkable feature which grabbed my attention is that the sonar earbuds detect the optimal sound for your ears by calibration using short static noise.

And then, it’s purely eargasmic! This is definitely the icing on the cake.

Software

The Sense UI has a very polished interface that lets you squeeze the phone to open two different apps. The pressure sensors on either side of the phone help in setting up the Edge Sense feature. Then, it recognizes the pressure levels of your squeeze gesture to open the intended application.

The U11 removes the need for dedicated buttons using the smart software. There is an extra feature; the HTC U11 Edge Sense Companion AI keeps learning more about your interests and preferences based on the way you use the phone.

Welcome to the future!

Camera

The HTC U11 camera has a single 12 MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Pro mode. It does a brilliant job on its own producing images with high contrast and vibrant colours.

The camera also had the fastest autofocus and with the highest DxOMark score, and dethroned the Google Pixel. The secondary camera has a decent 16MP camera with a beautify mode. What more do you need?

Should you get it?

The HTC U11 is a massive upgrade to the HTC 10. It’s a smartphone that speaks for itself with its brilliant glass body finish, incredible camera and superior performance. HTC has surely stepped up their game across multiple levels by being the complete package.

This new fancy kid on the block is ready to head out and dazzle the audience with its bright aura.

Drawbacks

Display: Smartphone makers are switching to OLEDs for their screens due to the lower power consumption and better contrast ratio. There was a time when the OLEDs weren’t that impressive but everything has changed.

The HTC U11 sticks with an LCD display having a Quad HD pixel resolution. For those of you who appreciate pure blacks, this isn’t the best display out there. The bezels are darker than the display and it will be uneasy once you notice the difference.

Design: The body of the U11 is as two-sided as this website. The front face makes it resemble just any other android phone of the past whereas light gleams on its back. However, it feels like they overdid it with the glossiness on the rear.

I’m just obsessed with matte finishes because they look premium. And flagships are all about the premium appearance.

One thing that’s certain on the glass back is the formation of finger grease and many smudges. It’s advisable to not leave the phone on even a slightly inclined surface as it’s quite slippery. After all, it would be disappointing to walk around with broken glass.

Consider getting a case immediately if you’re buying this phone.

HTC decided to let go of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, they introduced the USonic earbuds with active noise cancellation and a USB type-C end. This means it’s not possible to charge the phone and use the earbuds at the same time. This may be a concern for some users.

Performance: With the Snapdragon 835 chipset, the performance is impressive. However, the AI feature fondly referred to as the Sense Companion would be mocked by Siri. It’s struggling to be considered useful and has a long way to go.

Another new feature is the Edge Sense which performs functions such as opening the camera or any other action depending on short or long squeezes monitored by pressure sensors. Unfortunately, this might not excite an average user.

HTC had always failed to impress when battery performance was considered. This phone loses out to its rivals during intensive use that includes gaming, high-quality streaming or multitasking. For moderate and light users, it lasts fairly enough. In overall terms, it’s a solid performer.

Considering sound quality, the BoomSound setup is only as good as the distortionless speakers found in other smartphones. I’ve got to admit that HTC has a way of naming their features.

You might probably feel that they’ve only missed out on certain minute features which don’t matter much. If that’s the case, just go ahead.

Final Verdict

Regardless of the choices that you make, let me tell you something really important.

Before you set out to buy a smartphone, ask these three simple questions to yourself:

  • Why do I need it?
  • Does it have everything I need?
  • Will I be bored due to its lack of features?

The answers to the first two would be pretty straightforward. But, the third one- that’s hard to decide.

On an average, I take about 3 weeks to decide before buying a phone. That includes reading more than ten different reviews about each component of the phone.

But, if you are looking for a quick purchase, here are my two cents; I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

Gen 1 flagship > Gen 2 midrange

even if the latter boasts many features.

For the budget-friendly tech geek, wait for the price drop when a Gen 2 flagship is released and dive right in.

For the I-read-many-reviews-but-I’m-unsure-person, just take a breath and buy your way out.

For the person diagnosed with FoMo, stop reading this already.

Well, I hope you’ve made your choice.

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Do come back later!


Feature image by Lewis Alderman

 


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4 Replies to “4 “Outdated” and Worthy Flagship Smartphones You Can Still Buy in 2018”

  1. Your article is awesome. It’s nice that you have covered it here. With the adavancement of technology, we can see various types of smartphones that trend this year. And getting exciting if what more we can see on the coming years.

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