Poll: Is it time to buy that next phone?

Poll: Is it time to buy that next phone?

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It’s been a month since the big Mobile World Congress trade show and two days since Samsung Unpacked. That means we’ve already seen a lot of major new flagship smartphone announcements in 2017.

Here’s how the premium end of the spectrum looks now that the Samsung Galaxy S8 has been announced:

Samsung Galaxy S8 Spec Comparison

Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8 Plus iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus Pixel Pixel XL LG G6 HTC U Ultra
Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8 Plus iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus Pixel Pixel XL LG G6 HTC U Ultra
5.8-inch 6.2-inch 4.7-inch 5.5-inch 5-inch 5.5-inch 5.7-inch 5.7-inch
2960 x 1440 2960 x 1440 1334 x 750 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 2560 x 1440 2880 x 1440 2560 x 1440
Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core) A10 Fusion A10 Fusion Snapdragon 821 (quad-core) Snapdragon 821 (quad-core) Snapdragon 821 (2.35 GHz and 1.6GHz, quad-core) Snapdragon 821 (quad-core)
4GB 4GB 2GB 3GB 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB
64GB 64GB 32GB, 128GB, 256GB 32GB, 128GB, 256GB 32GB, 128GB 32GB, 128GB 32GB, 64GB 64GB, 128GB
12 megapixel 12 megapixel 12 megapixel 12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide) 12.3-megapixel 12.3 megapixel 13 megapixel, 13 megapixel (wide) 12 megapixel
8 megapixel 8 megapixel 7 megapixel 7 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 5 megapixel 16 megapixel
3,000mAh 3,500mAh 1,960mAh 2,900mAh 2,770mAH 3,450mAh 3,300mAh 3,000mAh
0.34 pounds 0.38 pounds 0.30 pounds 0.41 pounds 0.31 pounds 0.37 pounds 0.36 pounds 0.37 pounds
5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 6.28 x 2.88 x 0.31 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 5.66 x 2.74 x 0.29 6.09 x 2.98 x 0.29 5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 6.39 x 3.14 x 0.31
$750 $850 $649.00 $769.00 $649.00 $769.00 $649.00 $749.00
Iris scanner, IP68 water resistance, USB-C Iris scanner, IP68 water resistance, USB-C IP67 water resistance, “Force Touch” home button, no headphone jack 2 camera system, IP67 water resistance, “Force Touch” home button, no headphone jack Google Assistant, fast charging Google Assistant, fast charging IP68 water resistance, USB-C Secondary display, optional sapphire glass model, USB-C

Then there’s those upcoming iPhones. While we don’t know for sure, the rumor mill is already coalescing around three new iPhones launching in the fall, with at least one premium “all-glass” model that’s said to feature a function area instead of a home button, and a large curved edge-to-edge OLED similar to what Samsung’s been doing for years. Oh, and Apple may or may not be ditching Lightning for USB-C (probably not). I personally haven’t upgraded my three-year old iPhone 6 Plus on account of the so-called “tenth anniversary” iPhone rumors.

So, dear reader, what’s it going to be? Will you be buying now or holding out for that rumored iPhone? Or maybe you’re swayed by the prospect of a new Note 8 from Samsung, or LG’s next V-series flagship, or Andy Rubin’s next big thing, or that premium Nokia we’ve been promised, or Google’s followup to the awesome Pixel? Or is it something else entirely that’ll keep you waiting? Do tell.

Poll

Is it time to buy that next phone?

  • 29%
    Yes, waiting’s for suckers

    (57 votes)

  • 70%
    No, something better’s coming

    (136 votes)

193 votes total Vote Now

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