I am regularly asked by people for device recommendations and related advice. About a month ago, for example, I was asked to recommend a suitable Android smartphone for a friend of mine. My impulse was to recommend the unreleased LG Nexus 4, but ended up recommending the Samsung Galaxy S II instead. The incidence got me thinking though. The best and greatest Smartphones are not released yet. The Galaxy S III, which is Samsung’s current flagship, is barely 6 months old and rumors of the Galaxy S IV’s specs are already gracing several blogs. We are regularly being teased with the best and greatest smartphones as coming soon.
The Galaxy IV is rumored to pack a full HD display, 8 cores and what have you. Do you now see what I mean? This was the same scenario when the current Galaxy S III smartphone by Samsung was still being rumoured.
After making so many recommendations and purchasing devices, it is my conclusion that there is no good or bad time to buy a mobile device. Sure, you can time it (like how I’m planning to wait for BlackBerry 10 devices) but even at that, newer and better devices will still be released a few months after your purchase. It is a cycle that never ends.
My solution to buying mobile gadgets is that I carry out good research on what is available now and what will soon be available, and I go for the best available (if my budget allows), or I find good alternatives. When you want to buy mobile gadgets, how do you go about it and do you wait for unreleased devices? How do you handle this constant cycle of new releases?