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Friday, August 14, 2020

Upgrade when you really need


Hi guys let's talk about smartphone peak,  have we reached the high point of smartphones and where do we actually go from here?

The smartphones in the last  six months or a year if you notice we are not seeing a huge improvements, yes we are getting slight refinements  but i feel in every technology there's a curve and  now in the traditional smartphone phase  i think so we are reaching that plateau, we are not getting some huge innovations yes we are seeing this increase of speed a little bit slight improvements in camera multiple cameras but real innovation is not happening and this actually happened even in the PC industry if you recall about last decade around 2005 2007 we started to see very good computer quad core etc but suddenly the peak was reached and people upgrading to new computers didn't find a huge difference and i think smartphone revolution actually started during that  time frame for example the first iphone was launched in 2007 and then we started to see and then android came into space then we started seeing true smartphones that were like mini computers and for many people especially in india i think  their first computing was actually done on a smartphone rather than a traditional  pc and slowly the smartphone became an integral part of it and we saw huge improvements every generation from let's say 2012 to 2013-14 the processor speeds used to increase quite a bit the camera sensors improved quite a bit but now lately if you have even if you look at the latest flagship android phones in real world usage you won't find that

much of a difference because of the rate of innovation of the smartphone.

Regular smartphone has become so good to improve it you have to do something radically different and that is not happening,  yes we have seen bit with camera improvement, the stereo speakers are becoming a little bit improved but i won't call it a drastic improvement and that's what i'm noticing and in india specifically  the real smartphone innovation started  last couple of years thanks to jio the mobile data became so affordable and because of the smartphones people got connected to internet, but now most people who want to be connected are actually connected.

These days we get some very good smartphones even in the mid-range and the price point of about 10 000. whenever a new phone is launched, so there is a pomo which  fear of missing out and these days smartphone manufacturers are launching so many devices so quickly that users feel that they are getting missed out but that's not that's a simple myth to give you an idea there are some of the most powerful smartphones like Asus ROG Phone 3 and samsung Note 20 ultra these have got very good processor in fact the one of the fastest processors that you can get on android that's the snapdragon 865+ on this ROG phone 3 but if i compare the daily usage performance to even about snapdragon 855 in daily usage i don't notice that much of a difference yes in benchmarks obviously this will get better benchmark scores but is that translating to real world performance  difference that you will do every day and the answer is No for about 95 of the users.

To give you an analogy let's talk about speed and cars this is very easy to do for example let's say your smartphone was old and  maximum speed that it can go is about 50 kilometer and next after a year you get a new smartphone that can go up to a speed of 80 kilometers you'll notice a huge difference because that 50 was restricting you but now the stages are like that for high-end smartphones you could say the speed of a snapdragon 855 i'm just giving you a very vague example is about let's say 170 kilometers it can go to the maximum speed and the new snapdragon 865 can go up to 180 but the thing is that in real world usage you simply cannot go that fast so this incremental speed increase that we are see has become sort of a mood thing it's just for bragging rights yes you have the latest processor i don't but in real world usage i would say you won't find a big difference in fact i would say even the mid-range processors for example the snapdragon 7x series let's say 712 720 etc are so good in terms of speed if i have to give an speed example,  they can go up to 125kmph speed but realistically you will not touch those speeds so the fomo of upgrading every year for a faster processor is just not right.

Many people get influenced by cameras because these days we see many phones having that four four cameras or whatever and people think it is better but this has been proven wrong again and again by pixel,  they mostly put just one primary camera at the back and that beats many of the smartphones even higher priced smartphones so it's not just about number of cameras in fact some vendors are also faking the cameras they just put four but they'd hardly used it, so don't fall into traps like this it's not like if you have a 64 megapixel  would be way better than what you are having right no in fact i have seen a lot of smartphones that are having a lower 48 megapixel perform better than 64. so it depends on the manufacturer how well they optimize it and a manufacturer launching less products will spend more time to improve a product but another manufacturer launching a new phone every month or 45 days will they really put that much effort in optimizing that smartphone?.  

I frankly feel too many smartphones are getting launched and if you have a good enough smartphone that you bought recently just don't get into that fomo  because just that new smartphone is coming out with the new latest processor for example the latest  snapdragon 865plus and if you already have 855 i will tell you that in real world usage you won't find a huge difference that you should upgrade, upgrade when you really need it. 

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