Reasons why you should not buy a smartphone right after it launches, smartphone, software updates

It’s always a great feeling when you’re one of the very first people to own a new gadget. However, sometimes, the smarter thing to do is to let the initial wave of euphoria pass before you join the bandwagon for that cool smartphone.

It may not have occurred to you yet, but, read through this very short list and a lot will be clearer.

1. Lack of accessories

For some phones, this isn’t much of an issue as accessory manufacturers release their products just as said phones are launched. However, for most others, buying on launch day means you may have to wait for weeks before getting a screen protector or a smartphone case you’ll be okay with.

2. Price drops

It is common knowledge that smartphone prices always get a cut when new competing devices are released. Most phone sale projections are based on first two months’ sales. And by the time competing devices arrive, they’ll be willing to make major price cuts that won’t really hurt the brand.

3. Major software updates

The iPhone 8 screen fix update is one such example of a major software update needed not so long after launch. In the iPhone’s case, people who had their display fixed by 3rd-party repair shops were unable to control their iPhone with the usual touch controls.

4. Parts for repair

This point, is similar to the one above. Oftentimes, it’s not easy to repair phones that have been damaged not so long after launch. Recently, there was a situation with a Google Pixel 3 — where Google could not repair a broken Pixel 3 and also, 3rd-party repairers couldn’t get the necessary parts to repair a broken glass backside for a month.

While it may be a bit of a bummer to not have the device you wanted right after it’s launched, you’ll find that by the time a month or two passes, you’d have read or watched enough reviews to make an informed decision about that smartphone.


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