Skip to main content

Have you ever had buyer's remorse with your Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S20 FE
Samsung Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S20 FE (Image credit: Hayato Huseman / Android Central)

With so many great options to choose from at so many price points, finding the best Android phone for you can be challenging. Whether you want to save some money and get a great cheap phone like the Google Pixel 4a, or you've got a little more to spend and want top-level features for a mid-range price like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, it's hard to go wrong. Even if money is no option and you choose a premium flagship like a loaded Galaxy S21 Ultra or Galaxy Z Fold 2, you know you're getting a great device.

The thing is, all of this choice can also lead to indecisiveness or "analysis paralysis." No matter how great the device you chose is, it's not uncommon for smartphone buyers to walk away from a purchase wondering if they should've chosen something else. That sparked a funny discussion over on the AC forums:

A week ago Saturday I bought a S20FE 5G. The next day I returned it and got a S21. Today I returned the S21 and got a S21 Ultra.

runliftrepeat

Welcome to Android Central! Hey, there's nothing wrong with being indecisive about phones! At least you are sticking with the same manufacturer! :) How are you liking the S21 Ultra?

Morty2264

haha I did that with oneplus 9 and 9 pro

Justafyle

People do this kind of thing and then wonder why phones are so expensive >:(

fuzzylumpkin

That's what I'm thinking. I initially bought the S21+ yesterday but cancelled it and got the Ultra. I figured why bother with another return.

runliftrepeat

We want to hear from you — Have you ever had buyer's remorse with your Android phone? Let us know!

Join the conversation in the forums!

Jeramy Johnson
Jeramy Johnson

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.

7 Comments
  • Yes the LG G4 I returned it twice and the bootloops just continued
  • Yes when I got a 32gb Pixel XL and knew I should have just paid more for the larger storage version. I was constantly deleting photos from the device by the end.
  • No. It hasn't happened yet. I do a lot of research before making major purchases so mistakes are less likely to happen.
  • The last time had buyer's remorse was the Moto G (Second Gen) I got as my first ever Android phone back in 2015. That phone was absolutely garbage.
  • When I finally (and reluctantly) had to retire my beloved Lumia 820 due to the death of windows phone I bought a Samsung galaxy S3 and absolutely hated it, I thought Android was a bloated, complicated headache so I returned it and after reading many positive reviews of the original Moto g 4g I decided to try it out and talk about a night and day difference. It was so easy to use and get used to and it was a brilliant handset for the price at the time. More recently bought a Nokia 5.3 and after a week returned it because of many reasons and bought a Poco X3 NFC and couldn't be happier
  • Twice 1. the Asus Zenfone (picked up the ZTE - remember their all aluminum beast you could get at Best Buy? - got one of those when the Asus took a **** and died!) 2. some poorly built LG I should have known better to buy (I don't remember the name of - but it was the last LG I ever bought - I went right back to Motorola!) I'm fine with Motorola, although I got to say Samsung does look tempting, and so does the OnePlus Nord (we just don't have much competition in North American Stores - maybe TCL? or Nokia? that's it as I don't consider Sony competition and LG is a hard nope!) 🤔
  • Buying a 5G phone in 2020. Should have resisted the BS from ppl and small amount of "marketing" and kept my Note10+ til 2022-23. Real SA 5G won't be broadly available for 3+ years.