What's the longest you've ever kept a phone?
When we talk about phones, we talk about the ones that are the latest and greatest. When the Galaxy S20 or Pixel 4 is out, no one really cares to go back and think about the S10 or Pixel 3.
Some people do frequently upgrade their phone and are always jumping over to whatever is the hottest device on the market, but for others, buying a phone is a long-term commitment.
Recently, one of our AC forum members posted that they're still rocking a Samsung Galaxy S7 and are wondering if they should finally upgrade. Here's how some of that conversation went.
All of this got us to wondering — What's the longest you've ever kept a phone?
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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.
2007 Nokia N73
2009 iPhone 3GS
2012 Samsung Galaxy SIII
2015 Samsung Galaxy S6
2018 Xiaomi MiA1
I average 2.5 yrs ish so far. I would be far more inclined to hold on to them longer as daily device with better, longer software support. I would replace batteries as needed to facilitate such.
That said, the S2 died. So I had to replace it. The S5 is still going, albeit with a replacement battery, as a TV Remote / Chromecast device (miss the IR blaster). The S7 is also set up to manage the Chromecast in another room.
My wife had the original Moto G followed by the G3 when she dropped the first one and it didn't survive the fall. That lasted her until we recently put her in the Moto G7. The G3 was a huge disappointment when Lenovo just abandoned it and it stopped receiving updates all together. But it continues to function as well as yet another room's Chromecast device.