We condensed into seven the reasons why you should not renew your Android annually (or why, for us, it no longer makes sense).
The smartphone landscape has changed a lot since its inception a decade ago. Ever since the old “non-smart” phones began to incorporate multimedia aspects, it became very clear that cell phones were going to become pocket computers.
The fundamental difference in the development of smartphones and PCs is that technological leaps have occurred in a much shorter period of time. In a little more or less a decade we have found ourselves with almost mature devices, while personal computers took much longer to get to where they are today.
That technological leap that occurred in such a short space of time practically forced to change to a new phone every year, although nowadays it is not like that. If you allow us, let us tell you why.
Innovate and evolve at a slower pace
We said it at the beginning of the article: nowadays mobile devices are practically mature. What do we mean by this? To which the list of novelties that come to a new version of the device comes down to small changes that many users don’t even notice. It’s been a few years since we were wondering if the evolution of smartphones I wouldn’t be deadlocked.
Let’s take a quick example. When Samsung launched the first Galaxy S and then did the same with the Galaxy S2, the increases in RAM, internal memory and processing capacity from one phone to another made it very attractive to switch to the next generation: This meant a faster terminal, with more memory to install applications without having to resort to a partitioned microSD card (something almost mandatory before), with a camera with substantial improvements for the time and compatibility with faster mobile networks.
Today, the differences between two flagships from different years and from the same manufacturer are not so easily noticeable. Continuing with the example of Samsung, if you have a Galaxy S20, surely today it is still perfectly useful and functional as it is. You may even have realized that, only at the machine level, you have a phone for a few years yet.
Mid-range phones built to last
When I bought my first Android I did it without really knowing what I was getting into. I ended up with an HTC Explorer that, let’s not kid ourselves, was not exactly a miracle. The middle and entry ranges of the early days of Android they were huge sources of frustration.
These phones not only became obsolete very quickly (especially when the manufacturer decided that they were not going to support them out of the blue), but involved performance and internal memory space issues that they were more a certainty than a probability.
Today that has changed a lot. At the same time that the updates of the applications have been getting bigger and bigger, the capabilities of these phones have increased accordingly.
What’s more, the mid-range of Android has long been established as one of the strongest market sectors of all the devices of the green robot operating system. For sample, a button.
This has caused manufacturers have stopped focusing only on the top of the rangeextending support to the mid-range and ensuring that updates will be received for several years.
Batteries can last healthy for at least two years
It’s true that lithium-ion batteries in smartphones deteriorate over time, but that doesn’t mean you should replace your phone a year after you buy it. In most cases, mobile terminal batteries last two years perfectly functional.
most manufacturers have managed to make battery health a science. Let’s say, for example, that the intensive use of your phone gives for ten hours of autonomy. With a year of decay, you’ll still be able to come up with something close to nine and a half hours. It is not as serious as it may seem.
Also, you can always choose change your phone battery in a technical service. This operation is much cheaper than buying a new phone, and in addition to saving money, it can extend the life of your terminal for a few more years. As if that were not enough, phones today They have great autonomy.so deterioration is also reduced by having to charge them more and more.
The tops of the range are getting more and more expensive
The prices to access the top-of-the-range models are increasingly prohibitive. Those who buy one of these devices, make a disbursement of money that, in many cases, has not been recovered from one year to the next. It is difficult for someone who has already spent almost 2,000 euros on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 in 2022 to do the same in 2023 (which does not mean that there is no one who does).
It is not an exclusive problem of the top of the Korean folding range; we have observed it in other manufacturers and other models. Also, there are not many significant differences at the hardware level from one year to the next between models of the same range as we established at the beginning.
Already in 2018, in media such as Android Central, it was analyzed if it was worth moving from the Samsung Galaxy S8 to the Samsung Galaxy S9. The final conclusion showed as data that those who had an S8 probably would not buy an S9, but surely they would wait a couple of generations before changing the terminal because, after all, both phones did not have significant significant differences. If that already happened a few years ago, imagine what happens now that the manufacturing, construction and design of smartphones is at its peak.
Camera improvements don’t justify a new phone
One of the many reasons someone would want to replace their terminal annually is get a better and more advanced camera. Whether through optics or through software and digital processing, it’s true that manufacturers have historically made the issue of photography and video something to sell more units with.
The question we should ask ourselves is the following: do we desperately need a camera that is only slightly better than the one we already have? Any decent mid-range phone already has a good camera with a good level of detail and, of course, there is no need to talk about the cameras of the flagships.
These optical sensors have been good enough on their own for a few generations now. They can perfectly endure a few years doing a very good job, so replacing them with only one year of life does not make much sense.
Yes, some manufacturers may come up with some really innovative feature as was the case with Samsung’s Space Zoombut are rare exceptions.
You don’t need the most powerful processor for your day to day
With each update, the manufacturers have been taking the processors one step further. Today we have very fast chips in the form of Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and the MediaTek Dimension 9000+which are called upon to perform the calculations of the main top-of-the-range units.
In the past, this leap forward from processors mattered so much because the evolution of these chips was slow (at first). For this reason, each new generation had a considerable impact and older phones were quickly deprived of support and updates.
Currently this no longer happens. Phones that are a few years old are still able to work more than well with the latest versions of the most popular apps, even receiving operating system updates more or less frequently.
A current generation processor may be 10% faster than the previous generation, but in most cases you won’t notice the difference. Moreover, it is possible that with the common use of a terminal you will not even need the full power of your processor. And no, you don’t need the latest and greatest Snapdragon to watch Twitter and Instagram.
Sustainability, because there is no planet B
It may sound like a truism, but users we tend not to take into account the environmental issue. The manufacture and use of smartphones leaves an ecological footprint on our planet: the faster we change phones, the more we contribute to its increase.
By a mere question of responsibility and sustainability, if it is not necessary to replace our terminal with a newer one, it is better not to do it. Yes, you could always recycle your old phone, but that will still have a bigger ecological footprint than if you avoid doing it if it’s unnecessary.
It is true that there environmentally friendly devicesbut the first step to help reduce the impact of technology use on our planet must come from us.