Buy a New Android Phone Now or Wait?

The new Android models are on their way, so should you hold off your purchase?

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When new Android-based smartphones are set to hit the market, you have the choice to wait for the new batch of phones to be released, buy one that's currently available from your cellphone provider, or keep the phone you have. Shopping for a new Android smartphone can be overwhelming with all the choices available. One way to decide which Android phone to choose is to check reviews for the Android phones that you like the most. This guide provides information you can use to pose the right questions to buy the Android phone that's right for you and provides all the features you need.

All of the information below should apply no matter which company makes the Android phone you choose, including Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

Technology Is Always Changing and Improving

Changes in technology don't mean that the improvements will be relevant for your needs, but some things are a universal improvement. Most Android phones are 4G and 4G LTE, but many of the soon to be released models for 2020 are building towards 5G networks.

It's uncertain when 5G will see widespread adoption or if the speed increase will make a difference to you. Eventually, 5G will become the standard, but if your 4G LTE phone is fast enough for your needs, there's no need to upgrade just to get 5G.

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Many improvements in phones come from extra features. These extra features may or may not make a difference when using your phone. Sometimes these features are conveniences, such as improvements in the camera capabilities. If there's a feature that's particularly appealing to you, it might be worth upgrading to a phone with these features. 

When New Technology Is Released, Older Technology Prices Drop 

If you don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a new, state of the art phone, wait until the new phones come out and buy an older model phone. Phones that are currently available will drop in price after the new phones are available.

Just because there is new technology available doesn't mean that the replaced or upgrade technology is obsolete. 

Some Manufacturers May Stop Supporting Older Models

When Apple released the iPhone 4, it announced that it would no longer be supporting the iPhone 3 and earlier models, but it will continue support for the iPhone 3Gs.

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Many Android phone manufacturers follow the same line of thinking, they stop supporting older Android models that are several generations behind. This doesn't mean that having a phone one generation back from the latest will leave you unsupported. It does mean that if your phone is several generations old, support for the phone may be discontinued in the near future.

Take an Honest Look at Your Future Phone Needs

Consider both your business and personal needs for your phone. Will your business or personal lives change enough to warrant an early upgrade? That takes an honest look at what you think your future will look like (at least your future as it relates to your cell phone needs).

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If you use your Android phone for phone calls, texting, web surfing, and emails, any of the available phones will most likely fit your needs perfectly until your next upgrade date arrives. However, if you plan to enter a new tech-based job, rely on a social media presence for your business, or need global coverage, getting the newest Android phone may make sense for you.

Should You Choose Android or Another Type of Phone? 

Android is not the only game in town. iPhones are an option as well. If you run your own business, you may choose to use proprietary software that only runs on one phone platform. Ensure that your smartphone is compatible with your standardized technology. If you would rather use an open architecture operating system, Android is the best choice.

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When you're looking for a new phone, there are many factors to consider. Whether that commitment is a new phone and new phone contract, or a computer system, taking the emotion out of the purchase and using logic will help you make a decision that you'll be happy with.