Do You Need The Newest Phone?

Advertising perfection. The sort that lasts for a little while until it’s perfection no more. That’s when the next perfection is out and is – once again – the best phone they’ve ever made.

Then all the commercials begin. All the reviews, all the talk. The new devices start appearing in all familiar places: Suddenly your colleague has one. You see it in the coffee shop. Your cousin gets one. Then, before you know it – you get one.

The perception of older phones

Since there’s so much buzz when new phones come about, last year’s phones instantaneously become outdated. 3-year-old phones – merely usable, and yet older phones – ancient – since they are supposedly much slower, constantly crashing, and lacking functionality.

This… is bullshit. And there’s no easy way to see through it as the countless ads warp actuality, elevating the newest and compelling us justify the impulse to always crave for the supposedly best.

You don’t need the newest phone!

Except, if you are into photography since cameras are the big focus of phone upgrades. The rest is either gimmicks or refinements which do not make you more productive, neither do they improve your relationships, nor bring you a better income.

Phones have become so good over the years that the most recent ones are way ahead of what an average person may consider necessary. In fact, the phone most people need today came out about 4 years ago.

The phone I have

For more than 3 years, I’ve had an iPhone SE – a phone I don’t plan to replace in the next 2 years. I’ve even considered getting another SE when mine gives up completely.

It’s a 4-year-old phone which still supports the latest iOS and receives all software updates just like any new iPhone. One can still find it new for about $250 (note that we do pay more for Apple products in Denmark) or around $100 for a used one.

There are definitely other great phones out there from 2-3 years ago which are capable of about anything you’d expect from a new phone. Do a little research and see for yourself.


Instead of falling for the endless ads and chatter, you may want to reevaluate what you truly need a phone for and whether that’s conceivable without face-recognition, augmented reality, and an overkill camera. Such headline features are often tricking us into justifying extremely unreasonable purchases as their novelty is undoubtedly compelling.

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