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Poll: How much would you be willing to pay for a new smartphone?

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Every year, smartphones get better and smarter, but those improvements come at a price. Literally. A decade ago, paying $1,000 for a new smartphone seemed absolutely ludicrous. But today, it's more or less the norm for a high-end iPhone or Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Sure, things are starting to come back down and level out a bit, but if you want the best of the best, you're expected to shell out a pretty penny.

With that in mind, we want to know how much you'd be willing to pay for a new smartphone.

While smartphone prices appeared to be getting out of hand, there have been signs that things are improving. For instance, Samsung lowered the starting price of this year's Galaxy S21 series, as well as the still-pricey foldable. Sure, you're still paying $1800 for a Galaxy Z Fold 3, but it's cheaper than its predecessor was at launch.

Apple also made a splash by launching its new iPhone 13 at the same starting price as last year's model. Still, the premium versions of these phones aren't cheap, and there are plenty of things you can buy for the same cost as the latest flagships from Apple and Samsung.

It's also worth noting that you don't need to pay an arm and a leg for a new smartphone with a great experience. Many of the best budget Android phones offer newer chipsets with 5G connectivity and even high refresh-rate displays.

Additionally, there are plenty of options to finance your new smartphones, a popular option in the U.S. for buyers who don't want to shell out the entire cost upfront.

With any luck, the upcoming Pixel 6 will launch at a reasonable price, especially given the hype surrounding the device. Fortunately, we don't have long until we get all the details.

Derrek Lee
News Editor

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

54 Comments
  • The article mentions this but there are many ways around purchasing the full cost of a phone upfront including trading in your previous phone. I personally don't mind paying $1,000+ for a phone that checks the boxes. I think about it on a cost per use basis and it is one the most essential things I own. Plus I get added satisfaction and value as a tech enthusiast being able to experience the latest technology and features, talking about it with others, and getting to look forward for the next versions. A phone is one of the few things I like to splurge on so I will when I want to. It still comes down to utility, which is why I probably won't buy the Fold because I'm not sure I'd get the most out of it.
  • Nobody here in the US on any of the now 3 carriers pays anything close to any of the devices mentioned list price. They are misleading because of trade ins, BOGO's, etc. IF those didn't exist device sales here would plummet or their cost would be no more than much much larger tablets with more materials. I would say 300-350 tops
  • NOBODY? I say BS. A lot of people do. Not everyone trade's in a phone, I never have, but not saying I never will. I personally know of no one how has (BOGO'ed). Not everyone needs to obtain two phones. In fact, would like to see exactly what those numbers are for BOBOS.
    Therefore, using the pronoun; "nobody.' is ludicrous! In my case, I did not pay the announced price for the 4XL; I did may the going rate a few months after release. Been a good phone. And a lot of us are finding out that those less expensive phones (like Moto Z-Force, Droids, etc.) were just as good as the current higher end phone (Pixel 4XL) and have determined the next phone will be back in the price range of the less expensive, but just as durable phone. Thus, around $600 is ok.
  • Yeah you're definitely lost. I have never bought a BOGO with phones lol. Trade in doesn't change the fact the original phone still has a cost. I've bought every pixel device so I can safely say I'm willing to pay $700 - $800 for a phone.
  • You did pay for that phone you're trading in, you know...?
  • Wow, you truly are misinformed. I live in the US and I have only bought unlocked phones for years and years! So I pay full price (unless there's a sale) and then I sell my previous phone on Swappa. That is how I offset the costs. So never say "nobody"!
  • The phones you trade in cost money too. It's not just about the trade-in value. It also has to do with how much equity you put into the device you're paying off. For example, I traded in my iPhone 12 Pro Max for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. I paid $1200 for my 12 Pro Max. Trade-in value was $790. I lost $400 in that deal. Plus, I had to pay Apple almost $500 (after taxes) to upgrade to the new iPhone.
  • It would really depend on what the phone offers, I am still in the minority anymore, but I want an SD card slot and lots of onboard storage. I do not trust the pay for online storage options.
  • I paid $300 (with Nexus 6 trade-in, that wasn't being used) for my T-Mobile OnePlus 6T. Can't see paying more than $600, and having it last for at least 3+ year. I'll choose the company that supports a device for that long.
  • I really cant justify paying much more than $400 for a phone. I have to get last years flagships on sale or stay midrange. Most midrange phones are fine for me as I dont game and mostly use my phone for reading on Kindle and watching TV and videos and of course communications.
  • I think the poll/article needs one clarification to be honest. When asking how much someone is willing to pay I'd say to specify "out of pocket". My max "out of pocket" would be $600 but that is deceiving at a surface level.
    A phone can cost $1000 but if I get $400 for my trade in then I'm willing to buy the phone for $600 out of pocket.
  • So, you got the phone you're trading in for free? I kinda doubt it...
  • Historically, for a new phone I'm in the $600 - $1000 range. I always thought that $1000+ was too much. But for the first time I'm considering the pixel 6 pro which will likely be over $1000. It really is going to come down the how many features don't make it to the plain pixel 6. I also don't like curved screens so it's complicated. On the flip side, I was using the OnePlus 7T and grew to hate OnePlus buggy updates and there extremely disappointing 8 and 9 series. So I sold it and bought a pixel 3 XL for $130 on Swappa to play with the android 12 beta and hold me over until the pixel 6. I've actually bought probably more used phones < $400 on Swappa at this point than new phones. I also sell my old phones there as I get a much better price than trade-in value. So I'm all over the place lol.
  • I currently have the S21 regular version. I was thinking of getting the regular Pixel 6. However I'm hoping Google offers the Pixel 6 pro base model as 256gb of storage with 12gb of ram. That would make the phone with a $999 price tag. I'm really hoping the process are for the $749 regular Pixel 6 and $899 for base pixel pro
  • I suspect that you'll be disappointed unfortunately. I think best case scenario is $999 for the base pixel 6 pro.
    $1049 or $1099 are the prices I've seen mentioned in leaks and speculation the most. But we can all hope.
  • $499.99 that includes tax for me.
  • I don't have a problem paying over $1k for phone I like.
  • I use various means to get my phones cheaper. Amazon gift cards, Microsoft Rewards gift cards, Amex membership rewards gift cards, trade-ins. I paid nothing for my 256GB Surface Duo after all was said and done. I'll only end up paying about $400 for the Gen 2 version in a couple of weeks. Learn how to work the system...Otherwise, I would never pay more than $500 out of pocket for a phone.
  • I suppose if you can afford to pay a thousand+ for a phone with fancy features it's the way to go. I think Personally, midranges are the way to go nowadays as allot of models seem to have a nice balance of features and hardware vs price.
  • I can afford to pay over a grand for a phone, but I would not, I go for budget ones to be honest around the £200 mark in the U.K, my last one was a lot less than that, an Oppp A72 and is a good phone, apart from being a bit too big. I am hoping this one will last for 5 years or more, I am not one for buying the latest phone.
  • About $500. Got an S20 FE 256gb model for $399 on Prime day. Should serve me for a while.
  • New phone outright = £800-900
    Contract = £30-35 for a 24 month contract. Convert those two USD and you'll see you pay a tonne less than we do in The UK. £900 is $1225 and £35 is $47. We wish our phones only cost $1000. It gets even more crazy when you look at the Galaxy Folds of the world. We pay hundreds and hundreds more. Often with the inferior Exynos SOC too.
  • Galaxy Fold 3 isn't $1800 where I am. It's nearly 400 bucks more: £1600 or $2178 You guys have it far better than you realise.
  • "Apple also made a splash by launching its new iPhone 13 at the same starting price as last year's model. " Only because they were the ones to artificially inflate their prices to start with. This isn't something we should be praising them for. Even Apple know a product has a top tier price end point.
  • I voted 600-1000 but I’d much prefer that to be closer to 600 if possible. You also get a lot more hardware features for your money in Android land. Case in point. I want a higher refresh screen in my next phone. iPhone 13 Pro ($999) is the start point for an iPhone with that feature.. Crazy.
  • These specific polls are rather pointless and more skewed towards creating a poll result you want, aren't they? I mean, I wouldn't pay more than the cost of what I want. Limited by what I would be able to pay at that moment in time. I paid over 1,500 euros for the original Z Flip, knowing I'd be taking a massive financial loss in a year. I wouldn't pay that much for a contemporary generation as they are a lot cheaper now that we're mostly past the early adopter stage.
  • 300-600, no mobile device is worth more than this at the moment in my opinion. 1k+ goes to the PC.
  • I voted for $1000+. But this is with the proviso that I get a truly high-end phone. Which no one makes anymore. At this price point I require a minimum of the following high-end specs: 1) Most importantly! A consumer replaceable battery. It must be high capacity & high quality & fast charging. Preferably at least 8000 to 10,000 mAh. With ~80 unused (except for emergencies) reserve capacity above the rated spec, in order to keep the battery life high. But easily consumer replaceable is not negotiable! 2) Highly ruggedized. Internally & externally. In every way. So that a heat retaining (and therefore battery killing) Otterbox case is not required. Must have an all-around texturized and rubberized, very grippy surface, available in preferably, many different attractive solid colors. 3) Along with VERY solid dust & waterproofing, every component, including the USB C ports, must be nano coated with the latest waterproof coatings. 4) At least 2 (4 preferred), redundant high speed charging/data USB C connectors on at least one long and one short edge. To preserve the port, increase general phone longevity, & cord longevity. And so you can plug in your phone perpendicular to how you're holding it in use, to preserve the lifespan of the cord, & for personal comfort & convenience in holding it against your chest, etc. One in the middle of all 4 edges is preferable. This is an inexpensive design upgrade, btw! 5) Mechanical lens caps on all cameras. Underneath the top lens, to keep dust from gumming up the lens mechanism. And a tiny thumb operated slider beside each lens, or each grip of lenses, depending on what is possible or convenient to engineer. The slider should work against a spring. And be closable with either the thumb, or via software tripping the spring action mechanism. But critically, the lens caps should NOT be openable by software (no "motor" to open them), to prevent any hacking of the lenscaps. If software is not present, there are no possible software vulnerabilities by definition. There should be a "locked open" position on the slider for those few who might just want the lens caps to remain open all the time. 6) There should be a high-end spec all around, but most importantly it must be well developed and solidly built in a western friendly country where there is no concern about a despotic Communist government imposing surveillance software on the chips or any other part of the phone. A minimum 256 Gb and higher internal memory, plus 1 Tb high speed micro SD card, nano coated (perhaps dual) headphone jack(s) should be included for those many who still need it. Dual or quad USB C ports will enable SIMULTANEOUS charging & USB C headphones as well, without any need of a cumbersome adapter. With quad USB C ports all around, you could plug a charger into 1 side, & your USB C headset into the opposite side, or plug 1 on the top, to keep from bending the cord against your chest, or otherwise inconveniencing yourself. In conclusion, this is the minimum requirement for what I would again be willing to buy high-end phones like I used to until recent years. I have two old high-end consumer replaceable battery phones. I am holding onto my old phones as long as I can. And will NEVER buy another high-end phone until I can get both replaced with high-quality phones, as described above, with large, fast charging consumer replaceable batteries. Although I doubt I'll have to wait long, that may mean that I will never again buy a high-end phone. I'll go with a low-end or at most a mid-grade phone if I must ultimately get new phones that don't meet my needs and standards. For those of you who don't want to replace your batteries, you can buy what you currently are buying. But you have no right to tell those of us with higher standards that we cannot have our needs met. You can continue to throw away your phones at the speed of the battery failing. And have your cameras open to the world of hackers and government intrusion. And have your phones remain as fragile as glass, and as slick and slippery as a thin bar of wet soap, so that you can drop it at your earliest inconvenience. But thin and light is a false god, at whose altar I have never worshipped, and I never will. There are tens of millions of people who agree with me that we want high-end, and high quality phones with consumer friendly features, that respect our privacy and our needs. If your needs are less, then you can continue to buy the phones you prefer. But our needs are NOT being met by the current low end but highly priced phones that are designed by the OEMs with Planned Obsolescence in the form of a limited & very fragile lifespan in mind. You continue to buy what you want. And when one OEM decides to serve the needs of the tens of millions of people who agree with me, we'll buy what we want. And it won't hurt you at all. If you want to argue with me, as it seems some people do who are OUTRAGED by the very idea that anyone could want a return of features that they personally don't want ANYONE to have, then go for it. I don't recommend it, but I'm ready for you! But just remember, before you go off on me, I'm not saying that you shouldn't be able to still have the kind of limited phones that you prefer. I just want something more for my $1000+ purchase. Even if it's closer to $2000. And I'll very HAPPILY buy TWO of the above phones at the same time, certainly a BOGO, if that is available. All it will take is ONE oem that is currently on the outs in the marketplace, and wants to return to market prominence, such as Nokia, HTC or even a return of LG, to make such a phone. And they will have a HUGE sales success with everyone like me HAPPILY snapping up such an awesome phone.
  • I agree with you 100 percent! Those are some great specs. Especially the battery suggestions. I personally don't use the camera that much, and might prefer to have the lens caps to be over the lens rather than under it. But I can see the possibility of lint or something. But I think either way would be a lot better than not having a lens cap at all. The rubber coating with a textured grip surface is good too. Those heavy cases are like putting a fur coat on the phone. It just cooks the battery for sure.
  • Btw, I made a mistake in my comment and I'm having trouble editing it, so I'll amend it here. In the 4th paragraph where I said "80 unused", what I meant to say was "20 percent UNUSED battery capacity". This is because I've read that if you don't charge above 80 percent your battery should last for a much longer time. I think this normally unused capacity should be accessible by the user to precharge for planned long outings and such, of course. But there should be two settings. One to enable a one time precharge up to any user decided charge level between 80 & 100 percent. And another to set the charge level permanently up to this user decided level, with the understanding that it will shorten the lifespan of the user replaceable battery somewhat. But it's THEIR choice, not the OEM, if they want to have to replace their battery sooner. Personally, at 8000 to 10 or 15,000 mAh, plus the normally unusable extra 20 percent, I wouldn't need to access this extra bit very often. But it would be nice to know I have it for when I wanted or needed it. My current battery is over 4000 mAh and fairly new, and I can run it down from 80 or 100 percent in a few short hours. I hate to have to keep plugging it back in, or leave it plugged in all the time, and keep an eye on it. And with the above specs I wouldn't have to. Especially not with the sheer efficiency of the newer phones. But nobody makes what I want anymore. So no more high-end phones for me...until they do. That's a promise!
  • What you are not asking for is a, truly high-end phone. You're asking for a wish list.
  • 1) On the contrary, "what I am asking for" is clearly a far more high-end phone than what it takes to satisfy you. And that is okay. You can still have the lower spec that you clearly want, whatever that consists of. Unlike the implication of your statement, I do not make the arrogant allegation that you should not be able to confine yourself to the level of phone that you want. And perhaps you do not even consider it to be a "confinement"? In any case, what you want, is no skin off my nose. And I support you being able to buy such a phone. But the needs of tens of millions of people are not being met by the downgrades of recent years. By buying thick and heavy (and unfortunately heat retaining) cases by the tens to hundreds of millions, people have, in effect, voted AGAINST the "thin and light" detour of recent years, and FOR ruggedness and especially rubberized grippiness. And in previous years, by replacing their own batteries whenever the battery inevitably failed, and in many cases by upgrading their batteries to a higher mAh, and often buying additional batteries for immediate swapping of batteries rather than submitting to lengthy recharge times (a problem that is slowly going away, thankfully), people have already voted for replacing their own batteries. Prior to the Planned Obsolescence design model of locking in batteries, it was essentially unheard of for people to throw away their phones because the battery merely went bad. They would simply buy another battery and keep it going as good as it ever was. Unless it was about time, in THEIR SOLE discretion, to upgrade their phone to a new one. The fact that the OEMs wanted to take that decision away from us, after the popularity of cases caused phone lifespan to radically increase, is the ONLY reason for the design choice to lock in the batteries. Thin and light, and water and dust proofing were the excuses made by the OEMs. But these were not the real reasons. These were the publicly given reasons. The real reason was the Otterbox and other cases that "broke" the previous planned obsolescence business model. Which implicitly depended on something physically breaking on the phones approximately every two years or so, necessitating replacement. Either the screen or the internals. As long as only a few people managed to make their phones last longer than this, that was acceptable. But the very period of time when the cases started getting more popular and more effective at providing protection, the OEMs started locking in the batteries. Cases have a serious side effect. They are like putting a fur coat on the phone, which was already susceptible to heat, especially the battery, from the beginning. A case will cook the battery in its own heat much faster than anything else. And the OEMs know this. But when people can replace their own batteries, they can buy extra batteries and keep it going as long as they want to. It's a minor problem. But if you lock in the battery, you can get the replacement cycle going again. Because most people don't have any idea how to replace a locked in battery, and never will want to learn. And won't know about or trust a 3rd party repair shop to do it. Nor will they want to pay twice as much as the battery to cover the labor. Besides it necessitates a special trip to the shop, plus waiting around, or coming back later to pick it up. A few people doing this is not a problem for the OEMs, but most people won't do it, and don't even know they can do it. But, yeah, just go ahead and believe that a consumer friendly phone is "not a desirable feature". We used to have it on all phones, including the low end phones. So it's not a high PRICED design choice or feature. But the OEMs don't want us to have this feature anymore...because we will use it!! And that breaks their business model. It's the same thing with internal shock mounting of components, and all around ruggedness. And a grippy rubberized design. These types of things are very popular with most people because they are obviously very practical features, and not very expensive to include. But each one of these features makes the phone last too long. So the phones must be made thin, and slick...and therefore hard to hold on to. As slick as a thin and wet bar of soap. Because it is a statistical fact that a high percentage of people will drop it. And as long as they make the glass nearly as proportionately thinner as it is stronger with every new generation of Gorilla Glass, then the breakage and replacement rate will be maintained in the same acceptable range. This is not only not environmentally friendly, it is, more importantly, not consumer friendly. And while you should always be able to buy whatever kind of phone you personally want, it is time for a change for the rest of us. Technology has improved dramatically in recent years. It is time for we the people to reap the FULL benefits of those improvements! I refuse to believe that the OEMs cannot find a way to make an acceptable amount of money from the manufacture of consumer friendly and therefore rugged high-end phones, that in every way, including grippiness, and multiple USB C charge ports, are designed to last as long as the customer and OWNER wants them to last. We are the boss...not the OEMs. And we need to assert our natural rights as the customer, and demand that they make phones at every price point that last beyond any possible point where the sheer improvement in the processing and other technologies is such that we cannot conceive of holding onto our phone for another year. A phone should NEVER have to be replaced simply because it is broken, either from the heat or dropping it enough times. Never! A phone should NEVER be replaced because of routine simple device failure. That is the definition of planned obsolescence when it is the dominant reason why a whole class of products is ever replaced. Phones should ONLY be replaced when the owner deems the technology inside the phone to be inadequate for their needs, or it is otherwise undesirable to them anymore, or a newer design phone has a newer technology that they simply believe they MUST have.
  • I plan on paying the full price for a new pixel phone. The most I ever paid for a phone this go round. I will never pay above 1000 for a phone ever.
  • $50.00 is too much since the junk is made in china for .99 cents.
  • I agree with you 100 percent! I do not dislike the Chinese people themselves, in fact there are many things about their traditional culture and long history that I find fascinating. However, the unelected large-scale criminal & Communist gang that took over their nation decades ago and which calls itself a government has proven itself to not be trustworthy enough with either intellectual property, or with keeping their hands off of even their own peoples data and sovereign rights to the free flow of information over the internet...and I damn sure don't trust them with OURS! A compromised data managing device is not a bargain at ANY price, even if they PAID us to take them. I will never, under any circumstances, buy a Chinese smartphone.
  • So you just felt the need to be sinophobic? You could take the words unelected and communist out and replace them with USA and your sentence would still work. You could replace them with UK, France, Israel, or a load of countries with or aspirations for imperialism. As if the USA isn't any of those things.
  • https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/sino 1) You simply don't know what the word "sino" means. It refers to China, and although I didn't have to, I made it clear that I don't hate Chinese people. I hate the criminal gang of Communist cut-throats that have imposed themselves against the will of the people on the Chinese people. Obviously, you do not distinguish between a tyrannical regime and an elected government, or even an illegally installed Executive Branch as we have right now. Which shows which side of tyranny you stand on. And it's clearly the wrong side. 2) I am aware of the horrifying, but long anticipated, revelations of criminality by the US government revealed by Edward Snowden, if that is what you were clumsily trying to refer to when you asserted (ridiculously) that there was no difference between a dictatorial unelected regime and a (generally) fairly elected actual government. But I did not, and do not, defend any such actions by those elements of ours, or any other government. But I have read of no evidence that the US made chips actually are compromised. Conversely, I have read allegations with substantial evidence behind them, of such CCP driven security compromises being embedded in chips by the regime that is imposed on the Chinese people against their will. If I ever read any evidence backed allegations of this sort made against US made chips, then I will not want any data device that is made here either. Clearly, you detest western civilization. The greatest and overall most egalitarian civilization in the world, despite the depredations against our individual liberty that have been made in recent years by the international evil Left. This is not a political site. And I do not want to get into this with you on this site. But you brought it up, and to the forefront. And I will not fail to defend my culture from unwarranted attacks by people who clearly do not agree with popular freedom, and who clearly prefer tyrannical regimes. Which is always the whole point being made when one attempts to make a moral equivalency argument between unelected tyrannical regimes, and popularly elected Constitutional republican forms of government.
  • I think I top out at the $1200 price point. I have a Note 20 Ultra and I don't think I would pay more than I paid for that for it's eventual replacement. I was thinking of a Microsoft Duo but MS f'd it up with that camera design and the price is a little over my limit. I mean how do you talk on the phone with a hinge that doesn't fold all the way open because of the camera. Seems very awkward. Of course, if they left it with terrible camera specs I wouldn't buy it either so I don't know how they can cure it.
  • I chuckle at how much most phones cost nowadays. In my experience, the majority of people that I personally know generally use their phones for 3-4 things...calls, text messages, checking emails or social media, and for taking silly pictures of food, pets, and children...all of which can be done quite nicely on a $200 - $300 phone. In my opinion, it's insane to pay anywhere close to $1,000 for a phone with planned obsolescence built-in. A typical phone battery is only good for an average of 500 charge cycles before it quickly starts to diminish and loses 20% of its storage capacity each year thereafter. Assuming you charge your phone every night, in less than 2 years, your phone battery storage capacity will be reduced by 80%, then down to 60% in year 3. Sure, a $1,000 phone will open a web page 1/2 to 3/4 second faster than a $200 phone, or it may charge a battery in 30 minutes as opposed to 1 hour, but I'm more than happy to wait the additional 1/2 second for my website to open and save myself $800 every year in the process. I generally buy mid-range Samsung phones for around $250 (I'm currently using a Samsung A32-5G) and I'm quite happy with its performance. It's plenty fast enough for me, it takes great pictures of my wife's home cooking, and if I did lose it or drop it, I won't have a heart attack. In all my years of using tech, I personally have NEVER once got anything wet, but in the unlikely event I did drop my phone in a puddle, once again, I won't freak out because I could easily buy another phone and still save $500 in the process. Several years ago, I was into high-end German sports cars. Each year the cars got marginally faster by bumping up the horsepower by 10 -20. Sure, they added a few insignificant features to try to justify the additional $10,000 jump in price. I got sucked into the "latest-greatest" ******** far too many times and kept trading up. I finally realized that shaving off 1/4 - 1/2 second in my 0-60 times each year with a new, more expensive model was a total waste of money. Manufacturers rely on people getting sucked into the ******** upgrades for minuscule features.
  • You're right. Most people don't need the latest $1000 smartphone to get things done. This poll is mainly about what people are willing to spend based on their own perceived value. If no one valued a phone at $1000, companies would quickly stop selling them for so much. So yes you're right, it's laughable what we'd spend our money on, but the same case can be made with many other consumer goods.
  • that is true, i spent £400 on a coffee machine, but then my other half spent over 2 grand on one.
  • I chuckle at people who didn't learn about paragraphs at school.
  • I'm sure you chuckle at lots of things you learned recently at your school. Just wait till you have to write your high school term paper in about ten years or so. You'll get to use LOTS of paragraphs in that one. I wish you the best of luck.
  • I agree with you. Although I say that we should insist on the various ruggedness and lifespan enhancing design attributes at every price point from at least the mid point on up. And I believe that the current planned obsolescence phones should, if they show any demand left for them at all after the above upgrades are in place, remain available for those who still want them. But you're right, a mid-grade phone is nearly as good, and certainly in every way that's relevant to most people, as a high-end chip phone. Although I believe you, and everyone else should have the ability to CHOOSE whether or not to buy a rugged and grippy version, as described above, of a mid-grade phone, so they can keep it till they ALONE decide to upgrade it. The OEMs don't want us to have that choice though. But when one of them inevitably blinks, the rest will have to go along with it.
  • Here in the UK there's so many plans and prices to choose from that the announcement price of a new phone is no where to be seen if you sign up to a new contract. The down side is the contract length often out weights the phones value after it ends. Example iPhone 12, £30 p/m for 36 months equals the asking price of £1080. But on a trade in its half that. Personally this year I've gotten through 3 phones (dropped) all Android. After reading up on both redmi and Poco it seemed like a lot of bang for your buck. So £240 later redmi note 10 pro in my pocket.
  • It sounds like it's not phones that are the problem, but your lack care of said phones :D.
  • It's your lack of consumer awareness and lack of technical knowledge that is the problem here. A phone that is deliberately made to be difficult to hold on to, by being made thin and slick as a bar of wet soap, and is fragile internally and externally, unless you put a heat holding in heavy and thick case on it, is a design that is EXPECTED and INTENDED to break. And you are just a clueless enough consumer, and enough of a "troll without either a clue OR a cause", to think that is a GOOD thing, rather than the obviously bad thing that people smarter and better informed than you, that is to say, "normal people", realize that it is. You owe the previous commenter Macdtek an apology for your being an insulting, and clueless troll.
  • $500. I am on Google Fi and I never buy a phone more than that. The thing is people need to be willing to look beyond Samsung/Apple/Google to find great phones for less than that. I love my Motorola G100.
  • My only problem with your statement is Motorola. When they weren't part of Lenovo they were good phones with support. Now they make nice phones that get if lucky one update. I'll be willing to spend more for more support. A Thousand or more no thanks, 600-750 I can accept for that.
  • It seems some people have far too much money. I paid £130 for my Oppo and it is a good phone, the proper price is £190 or something like that, no way would I spend over £200 for a phone.
  • $1200, tops. My phone should never cost more than a computer, I don't care how good it is.
  • I think that most people are forgetting that when you trade in your phone or sign a new contract your still paying full retail value for your new phone. That's why Cell Phone bills are outrageously expensive.
    I buy 2nd hand models ( not the newest ones out but decent) for a good price and gave a PPD cell account. I have unlimited calling Canada/USA and unlimited text/picture messaging with 4 5Gb Data for 40 CAD /Month.
    I don't use alot of data I think 10gb you can get for 10 it 30 dollars more a month
    That's it. When I was getting the brand new phones my phone bills were upwards of 140-180 CAD )Month. To each their own...but that's too much for me considering nobody even uses a phone as a phone anymore. They may as well take that feature off and just market as a tablet. Oh right....then they'd lose out on all the extra revenue. If you think you get a free phone for signing a contract with your provider.....your a special kind of special.
  • No more than $15 a month for 2 years. That's what I'm doing with my S20 FE 5G on AT&T. Never would I pay more than that.
  • Ideally no more than $600 should be sufficient for most things, but even OnePlus has crossed that boundary. I am willing to pay a little more than that, but when smartphones start exceeding a Macbook Air or mid-grade gaming laptop in price, I think something's gotta give. The technology in both types of devices is amazing, to be sure. The amount of materials needed to produce the devices is vastly different. The horsepower also vastly different.