Between 2009 and 2018, there have been almost 9.8 billion smartphones manufactured. That’s around 1.3 smartphones for every person on the planet.
In the first few years after smartphones came out, it seemed people were upgrading every year or two, particularly if they were on phone contracts.
Many believe the smartphone market has now matured, and this is largely true.
To show what we mean, let’s compare the last 5 releases of iPhone and the major features they added (ignoring software and colours):
iPhone 6 (2014):
iPhone 6s (2015):
iPhone 7 (2016):
iPhone X (2017):
iPhone Xs/Xs Max/XR (2018):
This shows that not every year is a big upgrade. For the average consumer it looks like there is a bigger difference between iPhone 6 in 2014 and iPhone X in 2017, which would be a worthwhile upgrade.
So now it begs the question, how often should you be upgrading your smartphone?
At App IT Byte, we believe that the average smartphone user should use the formula below as a guide, to determine when best to upgrade, unless you have a handset or phone contract provided by the business you work for:
1 Year Old: Makes little sense for anyone.
2 Years Old: Only if you can afford to upgrade.
3 Years Old: May make sense for you depending on what you have and are upgrading too.
4 Years Old: You can get a great upgrade for your smartphone any day now if you are not a light user.
5 Years Old: Definitely if financially possible.
This blog post is not supposed to tell you how to spend your money, but we suggest you keep this simple rule in mind, for upgrading if you are unsure when it is the best time to look for a new phone.