How Often Do You Upgrade Your Phone? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked you about how and if you make use of apps when you work out or try to lose weight. Apparently, there’s no one solution the majority of you prefer; rather, the votes were almost equally dispersed between the different options.

Out of 180 votes in total, the breakdown was as follows: 21% use both a mobile and Web interface for their exercise, 18% use a combination of several different apps, 16% use a mobile app and 9% use a Web app or another online service. A full 26% don’t use any app at all, and 11% don’t care about exercise and weight loss at all.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

So all in all, the majority of the voters don’t use any app at all. Surprising for such a tech-loving community as MakeUseOf. Don’t forget to read last week’s best comment by Temmuz Onur Deniz Güzel!

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This week’s poll question is: How Often Do You Upgrade Your Phone?

Want to make some extra MakeUseOf reward points? The most useful comment on the poll will be awarded 150 points!

In this day and age, a phone upgrade is becoming more and more frequent. Where once we used to stay with the same device for as long as five years, today, with new models coming out every year, the temptation to upgrade often is bigger than ever before. Not a year has passed since the iPhone 4S came out, and there’s a new one out already. Samsung and HTC release new models pretty much every year, and even Nokia are not left behind. Each new smartphone is better, slicker and faster than the older model, and we’re left with something that feels old incredibly quickly after getting it. On the other hand, a new device costs money, a lot of money, not to talk about the environment, which suffers from the increasing rate of upgrades. So where do you stand? How often do you upgrade your phone?

Why do you choose to upgrade as often as you do? What do you think about upgrading often? Or upgrading seldom? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Comments (45)
  • Dee Wheat

    I have a Samsung with the slide out keyboard that I bought when I began texting more, somewhere around five years ago. It has internet capability, but frankly, the screen is so small as to be useless LOL.

    It’s. A. Phone. I use it as a phone. It isn’t an extension of my hand, and if I happen to forget it at home, it really doesn’t bother me.

  • Min Xuan Xie

    I have very little money with me, so I will always buy Nokia phones and try to stretch its lifetime for as long as possible. Of course, you people always know that Nokia phones are very durable and “indestructible”. There was once I left my 3120c drenced in a 10-minute storm. The phone still works, and I don’t even need to dry it or anything.

    Ironically, it didn’t survive a heavy knock to the corner of the table, which broke the power button, forcing me to replace it with a Asha 303.

    Extreme fanboys (I know of one) would just upgrade everytime the phone gets a new evolution. (Oh, you got your iPhone 5? Then can you give me your 4S to me, and your 4 to my bro.) I can’t blame them, since they like that specific maker very much, but upgrading so often is going overboard and a waste of money. The new generation is sometimes a very small improvement to the old one and hence, won’t feel much difference after upgrading. That’s why phone contracts are 2 years long. Because after that, you’ll feel awestruck enough to buy your next phone.

    It takes an idiot to know that a phone is just like any other phone. Take one and stop arguing and complaining.

  • Chetan Chandgothia

    Generally I do it in two years but this time I think due to windows phone 8 Lumia Line I may do it early.

  • Ahmed Khalil

    5 years now i have old nokia mobile and still not change it

  • Norogis

    Being deaf I only use it for text

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