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    What causes people to upgrade to newer models of Samsung phones?

    I have an S9+. I intend to keep it for another couple years, or when the battery recharging becomes a PITA.

    I wonder what causes MOST people to upgrade to a newer model (I understand some love to upgrade every year or two just for the heck of it, but I suspect that is a minority.)

    So, how many years do most keep their current model, and what causes them to want to upgrade?

    * Battery not providing enough hours of charge? Do many folks pay the $100 +/- to have a new one installed?
    * New, "gotta have" features? If so, what sort of features and why?
    * Damaged phone?

    Finally, as of July 2021, what model is worthwhile beyond the S9 and what features make it so?

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    Personally, I get a new model phone under a few circumstances. Primarily if a new network or technology becomes available I am usually an early adopter. Secondly if something starts to fail, I don't like to try to take it to a repair facility when typically it is cheaper to replace. I average 2-3 years before getting a new phone.
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    I went from S10+ to S21 5G strictly to investigate how 5G performed. Plus there were some super prices earlier this year, both from carriers and manufacturers, that offered way above market trade-in values.

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    Almost identical for me

    Quote Originally Posted by Colecaz View Post
    I went from S10+ to S21 5G strictly to investigate how 5G performed. Plus there were some super prices earlier this year, both from carriers and manufacturers, that offered way above market trade-in values.
    Instead I upgraded from S9+ to the S21 5G for the same reasons.

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    I tend to early adopt based on price incentives for newer models. Got my S20 a year ago on a lease deal for $10/mo for 18 months. Did the same for my LG V20 before that.

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    I like the latest and greatest, to be honest, and through my job I'm able to not only use all 3 carriers, but also get the newest devices.

    If I had to buy my own devices, I would look at upgrading every other year, simply because the upgrades are not worth it on an annual basis.


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    I am "upgrading" from the S21 that I've only had six months to the Samsung Z Flip 3. Purely for the foldable feature. I have always liked flip phones but when I went to a smart phone I lost the flip style. I have had my eye on the Z Flip since it came out but waited until it was improved some and cost less. I feel that regular smart phones are getting just too big.

    I realize the camera isn't as good and that the battery is smaller but I don't think either is going to be too much of a issue for me. I don't take a lot of pictures and I am normally close to a charger.

    Perhaps I'll regret it but I don't think so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjack22 View Post
    I am "upgrading" from the S21 that I've only had six months to the Samsung Z Flip 3. Purely for the foldable feature. I have always liked flip phones but when I went to a smart phone I lost the flip style. I have had my eye on the Z Flip since it came out but waited until it was improved some and cost less. I feel that regular smart phones are getting just too big.

    I realize the camera isn't as good and that the battery is smaller but I don't think either is going to be too much of a issue for me. I don't take a lot of pictures and I am normally close to a charger.

    Perhaps I'll regret it but I don't think so.

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    I don’t think you will. From the reviews I have seen from reviewers on YouTube they seem to like it. I traded in some devices and I’m hoping to get it soon. I hope you like it when you get it.

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    Thank you! I am excited and can't wait to get it! Because I chose a 256 GB model (because the price was the same so why not) and went with white I have to wait 5-6 weeks for it. I could have had black immediately but I have never been a fan of black. I really like the purple or cream versions but they were not available in the 256 GM size. I will have a cover on it anyway so its not a big deal. I am feeling a little guilty because I haven't had my S21 for very long but the Z Flip has been on my radar since it came out.

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    I'm still happy with my Samsung Galaxy S7. A refurbished one from Tracfone (now unlocked). I am still using it because of the small size. It still works well, good battery life, so I will use it for another year or so. I have an IPhone SE 2020, about the same size as the S7, that I will probably move to next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gfmucci View Post
    I wonder what causes MOST people to upgrade to a newer model (I understand some love to upgrade every year or two just for the heck of it, but I suspect that is a minority.)
    Quote Originally Posted by DevalB View Post
    If I had to buy my own devices, I would look at upgrading every other year, simply because the upgrades are not worth it on an annual basis.
    I upgrade every year because of trade-in policy at Samsung web store. I get the latest device with little money.

    I had an S7 Edge that is still functional with my mom (over WiFI, she doesn't like to carry it).
    I bought an used S9. Battery life was disappointing.
    S10 came along and Samsung gave me a huge discount if I traded in my S9 - more than I have paid for it used. They added some other store credits (bought some accessories, chargers, a watch). Fresh battery.
    S20 came along, again the same deal - $750 trade in for S10 plus instant store credit - I think I got a Galaxy Tab A7 tablet and some wireless AKG N60 headphones (for $25). S20 promised 5G and better cameras, the 5G was spotty, cameras were great. Fresh battery.
    S21 came along - this time I got the S21+. Again some $700 buy-back and some instant store credit - I got the Galaxy Buds + free and Galaxy Watch3 too, trading in my Galaxy Watch. The 5G on the S21 really works this time, a few more of new bands can be used too.
    All in all, every year upgrade costs me $200-300 and I get the latest phone with a fresh battery and a couple of goodies.
    Samsung store gives some % discounts for educational, government, first responders... and those phones are unlocked for all carriers, including International (I travel and use local SIM cards).
    They give the maximum trade-in discounts for last model phones, if you jump over a generation, discount really drops, better off selling it privately. If you jump over two generations... good luck selling that. An S10 now is about $200, S9 is $120 on Swappa.

    If I would be tempted to get a foldable now, they will give $700 trade-in for my S21+, plus some instant store credit (good for chargers and such). On Swappa I can probably get $650 if I wait, and then pay sale fees. And risk to get tangled with scammers - ebay is full of them and their seller fees are astronomical.
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    Is the topic restricted to just upgrading Samgungs?
    A couple of important reasons to upgrade (any brand) are
    • Need up-to-date operating system to handle one's desired apps
    • Need for larger storage on a device

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    Quote Originally Posted by joseg2016 View Post
    Is the topic restricted to just upgrading Samgungs?
    A couple of important reasons to upgrade (any brand) are
    • Need up-to-date operating system to handle one's desired apps
    • Need for larger storage on a device
    No, it is not restricted to just Samsung phones. You make excellent points.

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