For a long time, I have not been surprised at smartphones with a price of a thousand dollars or more, because, firstly, I understand that technologies really cost money, and, secondly, Chinese manufacturers have long been keen on making devices for every taste and several times cheaper. Despite this, I personally prefer to buy all the same flagships. As a rule, this is iPhone and some kind of device on Android with top-end hardware, if possible. This helps me to be able to directly compare the development of two platforms, and at the same time switch between them depending on the tasks being performed. But if Apple has a rather small choice, then its competitors can choose a smartphone until gray hair. But now I know for sure that the Galaxy S20 will definitely not be on my list.
Galaxy S20 is too expensive, but that's not its only problem
This year, Samsung decided to ditch the conditionally available model in the flagship lineup and made the most recent version of the classic Galaxy S20, which is the successor to the Galaxy S10, not the Galaxy S10e, as one might think. The device really turned out to be quite attractive both in terms of appearance and hardware content. However, the price of 999 dollars, which, when converted into domestic currency, turns into almost 70 thousand rubles, involuntarily makes you think about the rationality of this purchase. After all, in fact, for this amount you buy relevance for only two years. Let's explain in more detail.
Why won't I buy the Galaxy S20
Galaxy S20, S20 + and Galaxy S20 Ultra will stop updating as early as 2022
Speaking of relevance, I mean, of course, software support. For flagship Samsung smartphones, its period is completely standard and is equal to two years from the date of release. That is, if the Galaxy S20 out of the box works on the basis of Android 10, it will receive Android 11 and Android 12, which will be released with an interval of about a year. It would seem, what's wrong with that? After all, the vast majority of manufacturers adhere to this cycle, stopping releasing updates for their smartphones after two years from the date of release. But Samsung has raised the bar too high.
See for yourself. Samsung is almost the only manufacturer that has allowed itself to estimate the base model of a flagship smartphone at a thousand dollars this year. Huawei, Honor, Xiaomi, Lenovo, Nokia, Sony, Google and other brands do not allow anything like that. No, of course, in the range Huawei there is Huawei Mate 30 Pro, which costs a thousand dollars, and Huawei Mate X, which is estimated at 2,5 thousand dollars. However, the first has a slightly simplified version without the Pro, which costs $ 800, and the second is not a flagship at all, being a kind of concept phone. Even Apple does not allow itself anything like this, for the second year already supporting the conditionally available line of flagships, which is getting cheaper and cheaper.
Profitable or unprofitable smartphone
In updates, it is not their innovations that are valuable, but the feeling of the relevance of the smartphone that receives them.
I can't say I'm a fan of updates. By and large, I don't care what build number the device I use has, and functional innovations are of little interest to me. If necessary, I could receive them through applications from Google Play, or even buy more if Google started selling them. But the fact is that updates to Android in the current environment are a real symbol of the fact that the smartphone is still relevant, and the manufacturer is supporting it.
In the case of iPhone, I absolutely understand why I'm paying money. After all, a thousand dollars includes not only hardware and an outer shell, but also stable 4-5 years of support, during which I receive new features, protective mechanisms and necessary kernel changes that allow the OS to remain fast and stable. In the case of the Galaxy S20, they let me know that I'm in flight after two years. That is, it turns out that a year of normal use of the flagship for Samsung costs $ 500, for Apple – 200-250, depending on the model, for Huawei – 400, and for Xiaomi – 225.
Yes, after the end of support Android – smartphones do not stop working, and all applications that are available on Google Play are still available to them. But what about the feeling of worthlessness of your own smartphone, which only yesterday cost like a second-hand Lada Granta, and today turns into a pumpkin, the existence of which its creator forgets at the very moment when she turns two? I strongly dislike this approach, so for now I opt for Chinese smartphones. And there, as they say, we'll see.