Saving Money on a Premium Phone

My Pixel XL gets its last monthly update in October 2019, which means I’m already looking for a new phone. A Pixel 3 XL would be nice, but the price is giving me second thoughts. Maybe I should hold out for the Pixel 4 XL in October 2019? Or perhaps I should save some money and buy a cheaper phone. 

After buying the Motorola e5 Plus for my husband, I’ve been thinking of getting a budget friendly phone instead of the new Pixel XL. My Pixel XL has given me everything I want in a phone, monthly updates and a good camera. It would be great to get something that checks off all the boxes on my wish list and costs less. The Pixel 3 XL is rumored to be close to a thousand dollars, which is a bit steep. 

Both Huawei and OnePlus have new phones coming out this October, which means the bugs should be worked out of them by early 2019. The price may also drop as they get ready for the new crop of phones.

Finding What You Want

There are different types of smartphones out there because not everybody has the same needs. The best thing you can do is make a list of what’s important to you.

My list:

  • 6″ HD screen
  • A good camera
  • Regular updates
  • A speedy processor
  • 64 GB or 128 GB of storage
  • A small notch or none at all

A headphone jack isn’t necessary. I already have wireless headphones that I like and am one of the people who just don’t understand why a headphone jack is such a necessity. You may not feel this way, but that’s how I feel.

Other than headphones, you can’t talk about a new phone without asking if it has a notch. I’m not a fan of the notch, but if I can hide it or if it’s a teardrop (which is the rumor for the OnePlus 6T), I’ll be able to live with it.

Last Year’s Model

Since I live in the US, getting the Huawei P20 Pro isn’t an option. The Mate 10 Pro is a nice phone that gets good reviews, and is available in the US. The Mate 20 Pro is due out this October, but it’s rumored to be another thousand dollar phone. I’ll look at the Mate 10 Pro instead, which  has a nice camera with lossless zoom, which is a plus. The 6″screen is also sharp and crisp according to the reviews. Many of the reviews for Huawei phones mention the launcher (EMUI) and how awful it is. Launchers can be switched out, and I would probably use Nova Launcher if I hated it that much.

The Mate 10 Pro now sells on Amazon for $544.00 for 128 GB of storage and 6 GB of RAM. Huawei does say that they’ll give their phones bi-monthly updates, but not for how long. The Mate 10 Pro doesn’t have an edge-to-edge screen, but I would rather that than an ugly notch that I would have to hide.

There are some security and privacy issues that have come up regarding Huawei, but some people think it’s bogus. You’ll need to make up your mind before buying a Huawei phone. Here’s a post from Android Authority on the subject: If Huawei has a security problem, what exactly is it? There are other articles on the subject, so you may want to do a Google search and find them.

New Phone, New Tech

If I want a currant phone with the latest tech and bi-monthly updates, I’ll go with the OnePlus 6T, which is due out in mid-October. All I have to go by is speculation and knowing that the specs should be better than the OnePlus 6.

The two rumors that make me interested in the phone is the teardrop notch and the under-screen fingerprint sensor. The OnePlus 6 has a notch, so I’m hoping the rumors of a teardrop notch are true. The video below makes me believe the rumors.

The reviews for the OnePlus 6 all agree that the camera is better than previous models, but that’s not really saying much. OnePlus is known for making quality phones with okay cameras. I’ll have to wait for the reviews to see how good the camera is. Fingers crossed.

As for pricing, I would have to go to the OnePlus website and look at the onePlus 6 pricing. The 64 GB of storage with 6 GB of RAM sells for $529.00. You can also get 128 GB of storage with 8 GB of RAM for $579.

I’ll wait for the reviews on the OnePlus 6T before making any decisions. Luckily I have time. I am hoping for a better camera and I can live with the teardrop notch.

Is the Pixel 3 XL Worth the Price?

Then there’s the Pixel 3 XL, with that huge notch and price. Great performance, the best camera, and monthly updates are expected, but are they worth the price? Also, that damn notch is rumored to be huge. I’ll trade bi-monthly updates for a phone that’s half the price and has a smaller notch, but I’m not sure how much I want to compromise on the camera.

If you’re in the market for a new phone and want to really save some serious cash, check out my post How to Find a Good Phone for Less Than $200.00.

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