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[–] Airtime 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

TL;DR: Everyone already has smartphones that don't need to be replaced

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[–] bananasteel 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

My 3 year old mid-range smartphone is still running fine. Besides the crappy camera and mediocre battery life there is little reason to upgrade at the moment. I have the latest software updates and apps still run fine.

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[–] aggressivesalad 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I think that to many companies are holding back features and just releasing them incrementally, I got a nexus 5 when it came out and even now it runs great (bar battery life and camera) and I don't see a reason to upgrade to much at the moment as there is nothing that I am feeling that I am missing out on.

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[–] neilofneils 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

The smartphone market needs to adjust to the fact that most people who want smart phones own one now. The past 5 years had a lot of first time buyers - switching from traditional cell phones. The first time market rush is over.

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[–] 655699? 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Also, the technology in the smartphones is tapering off like it did with desktop computers. My two year old phone still does 90% of the things that the new phones do. I don't have a compelling reason to upgrade until it physically breaks.

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[–] Vatras 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Even a 5 year old Android phone could do everything that the latest flagship can, but not on the same level, and it would be painful to use a phone that old.

But I get what you're saying, a 2 year old phone can do what the latest flagship on a similar level. Sure, most things are slightly better on the newer phone, but the difference isn't that big.

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[–] 657060? 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I compare it to all the people still on XP...Its not painful enough to upgrade yet.

Also, I wonder how the idea of "no contracts" or "att next" etc are having an affect on this. It was one thing to upgrade my phone every two years when the cost was built into my contract phone but now that the cost of the phone is split from the contract, I wonder if more people are hesitant to upgrade.

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[–] DeBuggz 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge hasn't delivered the sales Samsung hoped.

From what I have read, this simply just isn't true. Samsung's problem was that they didn't anticipate the demand for the Edge and therefore didn't make enough of them and then couldn't keep up. If they could have kept up with demand, this wouldn't have been a problem. There is also the fact that they cannibalized their own S6 sales with the Edge.

Doing worse than before isn't necessarily doing bad, it's just coming down to a realistic expectation.

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[–] CarlFriedrichGauss 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

They can still sell though, but manufacturers have been focusing on things that we don't really want or care for since maybe 2013. Processors are fast enough, screens are big and high-res enough. But what hasn't changed is that I'm still lucky to make it through a whole day on battery. Cameras are still slow and laggy compared to the iPhone, and everyone is making the same 5.5" black slab though this recent generation produced the cool S6 Edge and the LG G4 backs look nice too.

The laptop market got stuck in a huge slump a few years back too. Then ultrabooks happened and got good, battery life finally lasts more than 3-4 hours, and people have been trying out various form factors that have finally begun to stick (ie Surface Pro 3). I hope that manufacturers will finally focus on battery life and not the screen or processor and also BlackBerry will bring back keyboards to add some diversity back to Android.

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[–] ClockwerkZim 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Yup. I just recently purchased an iPad Mini 2, released in November 2013. The hardware is good enough that it can do all I want today. (Also have a Nexus 7 2013 which I don't have any plans to replace anytime soon).

Now, if there was some tablet that came out with the capability of lasting a week while retaining the size/weight of the current devices, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

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[–] aggressivesalad 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The problem is at the moment there has been no really large and disable increase in batteries capabilities despite research being done into it. At the moment the only way to get better battery life is a thicker phone which many wouldn't mind however there is that race for thin phones which seems to ruin many phones IMHO.