Please Stop Making New Smartphones Every Year – Review Geek
Justin Duino / Review Geek
With the small year-over-year changes to smartphones, maybe it’s time to ditch the yearly upgrade cycle. It would be better for consumers, the environment, and more.
Every year all the big players release new smartphones. Sure, they’re shiny and have big spec lists, but the $1,200 Galaxy S23 Ultra, expensive iPhone 14 Pro, and others aren’t the huge upgrade we want them to be. Maybe it’s time to stop releasing phones every year.
The first decade or so of the iPhone, Android, and Samsung’s onslaught of Galaxy devices was an exciting time. Back then, it was easier to justify buying a new phone yearly, and I’d almost argue we all needed to, thanks to the quick technological advancements.
Phones quickly got bigger and faster, had more cameras, and unique apps arrived all the time. Don’t get me wrong. Devices are still advancing with more capable cameras or longer battery life. That said, buying a $1,000 phone right now from any manufacturer will be worth keeping for several years. So, here are some thoughts and arguments against the annual release cycle.
Why Manufacturers Release Phones Every Year
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