This post was last updated on September 15th, 2020 at 05:21 am
Before you jump to any conclusions, flagships don’t always mean the most expensive smartphones in the market. Unfortunately, they happen to be pricey more often than not. Flagships are technically a brand’s favorite child. It’s the one that gets the most attention and the best of features.
Many users might be against flagship devices because of the wide variety of cheaper options available. However, unlike actual favorite children, who don’t have to prove themselves to be favored by their parents, these smartphones can. Flagships can be a really good investment decision and here’s why.
Let’s just get the price issue over with. As of 2020, not all flagship devices are expensive. Smartphone brands have come up with a new strategy to sell their best. They still make expensive flagships, but then release an affordable variation in the same range.
The best example of this is the Goggle Pixel 3a, which, from the very beginning, has been priced much lower than the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. It still has most of the great features of the flagship but targets a different customer base. Prices don’t go as low as budget phones, but low enough for you to consider the device based on its qualities and not its price tag.
This might be a personal preference; not everybody cares about the brand. You may think those who do only like to show off, but that’s not it. Brand value is created after years of development, innovation, and perseverance. All these famous names like Apple, Samsung, LG have come a long way to earn the brand value they have now.
But why should you pay more for their efforts? Because it’s a safe bet. Believe it or not, an older and well-recognized brand is much easier to rely on than a new manufacturer offering a lot of features at an affordable price, (it’s too good to be true). If you have used a flagship device from a popular brand even once in your life, you know they follow through.
Nobody uses phones for just calling or texting anymore. A smartphone, by its definition, is made to do so much more than just communication. So when you are buying a smartphone in 2020, you are buying a new camera, a video camera, a watch, an e-mailing device, an internet browser, and so much more.
Even if you are not on your phone all the time, you will constantly find yourself multi-tasking. The best phone for multi-tasking is a flagship. You are not spending on just one device, you are spending on multiple devices packed in one.
Most smartphones these days have a lot of features. Too many perhaps. Flagship devices are packed with the best and latest features. You may get a phone with a great camera, but it does not have a fingerprint lock or one with a high RAM and processor but a poor camera. It is when you invest in a flagship, you get all of it.
The LG Stylo phones have a stylus, but so does Samsung S10. The difference? There are too many. When you use both devices, you can tell how different they are. The stylus in LG only allows you to use it as a digital pen. Samsung went ahead and added buttons and gesture controls to it – you can even use the stylus to take a picture!
Be it the Android skin, animations, or gestures, you can expect to get the best from flagship phones. You can enjoy the latest features before all your friends. Why wouldn’t you want that?
These days all smartphones look the same. One new technology is discovered and soon most brands start launching their versions of it. Some can innovate on existing technology, some just tend to replicate. But here’s where you can see a clear difference. Flagship devices often the best ones.
A very good example of this is the fingerprint scanner. The physical fingerprint scanner first started showing up in iPhone 5s in 2013. In a couple of years, multiple brands started adding the scanner at the same time. There were several phones with a fingerprint reader by 2017, but were they all the same? No. Some of them were slow to respond or didn’t detect well.
The same thing is happening with the optical fingerprint reader now. OnePlus 7 Pro has a fast and responsive reader. Samsung’s A50 (budget device) also has an optical scanner. But performance? Not so much. Speed? Nope.
You can deny it all you want, but flagships and budget phones have significant differences. Budget devices eventually give up. Even when you think you are buying the best phones under $100, you know you may have to buy another soon.
You can see it in both software and hardware. Yes, glass backs are more prone to cracks and damages if you drop them. But you know they look amazing. If you do fear dropping, don’t get the glass back – there are other options. Flagships come with more updated screens. They are scratch-resistant and many are water-resistant. You can use them without a screen protector (although you shouldn’t) and not worry about scratches.
Flagship phones not only come with better software but also better services. They receive updates first and get security patches for much longer compared to other devices. They come with the latest processors that run fast and just keep running. Ever used an iPhone for 3 years? They don’t slow down at all.
If this year’s flagships are too expensive for you, you can always buy last year’s flagships. They are still great. We are not asking you to throw away your money and succumb to marketing strategies that these famous brands employ. But there are several legitimate reasons why these companies invest so much in their devices. The innovation bar has been raised pretty high in this digital era. It is not only enough to have the latest technology, you need to master it to keep your audiences’ interest.
Some may be overpriced, but a lot of them are worth it. Always research thoroughly before making a purchase like this. But don’t cross out a device just based on its price – it might turn out to be a loss after all.