Last Updated: March 8th, 2014

Buying a smartphone is a lot like telling a joke - timing is everything. Purchasing a Galaxy S III a few months ago was probably fine and dandy, but today, everybody sort of knows we're closing in on the next round of product announcements for 2013.

When do I buy? Which announcement do I wait for? Do I buy as soon as my contract expires, or sit on my upgrade until something new comes along? It's easy to get paralyzed into a sort of gadget anxiety - where you never commit to buying anything, because who knows what could be coming next. I admit, it's happened to me more than once. I'm on the verge of clicking that "submit order" button, and I chicken out at the last second. For most people, it's probably not a concern - having the latest and greatest is enough, even if it's only the latest and greatest for a few months. But for us tech lovers, it's serious business.

This year, we'll undoubtedly see a lot of cool new smartphones announced. So what are you waiting on before you drop your hard-earned cash? (The poll answers aren't super specific, so definitely elaborate in the comments section about your choice.)

When are you making your next Android phone purchase?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/brandonb927 Brandon Brown

    Hmm, there is no option for "When the Nexus 4 is available in the Google Play store"

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I'm going to say that's "I already know what I want."

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        I'm hoping for a >=32GB Nexus 4 smartphone or maybe that's wishful thinking.

        • PINJ

          cough lg optimus g cough

          • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

            At almost twice the price of the Nexus 4, no way..

          • http://twitter.com/brandonb927 Brandon Brown

            The Optimus G has a skin for Android. I want stock by default.

      • http://twitter.com/brandonb927 Brandon Brown

        Which is what I decided :P

  • chris125

    How about an option, I'm stuck on Verizon so whenever they get another nexus lol

    • Ivan Fossa-Ferrari

      After the galaxy nexus fiasco, you'll be waiting a long time.

  • http://twitter.com/aliaboalsaud Ali Aboalsaud

    How about "non of the above".. I'm waiting for the Galaxy Note 3

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      "I know what I want - I'm just waiting for it to come out / become available." No?

      • http://twitter.com/aliaboalsaud Ali Aboalsaud

        That was my first thought too but when I saw the Galaxy S4 option, I thought that meant devices that are already announced otherwise, it will include the S4

        • Abhisshack D

          I'm holding off until Samsung announces the Galaxy S IV and / or next Note.

          • http://twitter.com/aliaboalsaud Ali Aboalsaud

            Didn't see it at first :S, now I'm embarrassed :p

          • Abhisshack D


  • Tiffany Sears

    My S3 contract isn't up until summer of '14, but I may have to jump early if the next Galaxy Note is even better than the last :)

  • http://twitter.com/mugabuga Max Anderson

    I think the Nexus 4 should last me for 2 years.

  • JLishere

    I'm still rocking the Galaxy Nexus, rooted with ParanoidAndroid, so my next phone will probably be the Nexus 5 (or whatever it's called). I feel the next one is really what's going to amaze me by leaps and bounds - unlike the 4.

    Turns out, I skip 1 Nexus every 2 years. Bought the HTC Nexus One, but skipped the Nexus S (which I'm glad I did). Changed to the Galaxy Nexus but skipped the Nexus 4 (which I'm glad I did). Nexus 5 here I come!

    • Max Barlow

      Haha same here, however I did like the nexus 4, unlike the cheap plastic nexus s, i just didnt have the money when i thought it was worth getting

  • Brenden

    I love my Nexus 4 <3

    • TK

      Same here, was holding out on my upgrade from my Samsung Galaxy S until it released. Was contemplating the GNex but the bad speakers created a no sale.

    • Ronald Parker

      Yep, same here. I'm set for the next 2-3 years.

  • http://twitter.com/TheJauntyJester Jaunty Jester

    We need an "I know what I want but am waiting for the price to lower" option...

  • Chuck Peebles

    I'll be replacing my Note2 with a Note3 with my November upgrade. And I'll be keeping Verizon unlimited data.

    • Adam92Wilkins

      how are you keeping your unlimited?

      • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

        He can't if he is getting a subsidized upgrade.

        • Chuck Peebles

          Yep I've already done it twice.

          • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

            How does that work?

          • Chuck Peebles

            Do you have unlimited now?

          • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

            I switched to T-Mobile Prepaid - but I used to. I'm curious anyway.

      • Chuck Peebles

        Yep I carry an extra line with a dumb phone. Costs extra ten bucks a month but I upgrade once a year, move the new phone to my regular line, put the dumb phone back on the line I just upgraded, works like a charm.

        • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

          Pretty smart. Well done.

  • aard

    I'm still happy with my less-than-a-year-old EVO 3D (GSM). I'll probably be running it for at least a year. Next purchase will probably be a Nexus 7 when I can afford it, tho :)

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    I'm with Sprint, so I really have no idea... I'm ready for something new tho... GS4, M7, XPhone, Nexus 5 would be nice...

  • Abhisshack D

    waiting for Googorola's X-Phone

  • PCSievers

    Note 2 carries me on contract through to the end of 2014, but with Google's strategy to produce good quality phones at reasonable off contract prices who is to say I wont pick up the next Nexus end of the year. It needs to have a 5" screen and a big huge battery though, I cant see myself going down in size too much on either now I have tried the GN2.

    • Joshua

      After having used a Note 2 for about a month now, I agree about the size. Phones like the 3 and One X (or One X+) feel downright small, and the DNA feels smaller, though not small. I think I could deal with a 5" screen, but any less than that and it'll feel too small to use comfortably.

      • Joshua

        Like the S3*, sorry about that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        I have to admit the iPhone 5 feels small and heavy compared to my Galaxy S II. So I know that psychological feeling when it comes to phone/phablet sizes.

  • Aleebaan

    I don't know what i want at all actually. Still holding on to my Xperia Arc S, so guess I'll just wait for Nexus 5 in november... Or maybe I'll wait even longer, depending on financial situation (15 years old, don't have like $550 right now...)

    • Joshua

      If the Nexus line continues its "Great stuff at reduced prices" legacy (which I don't doubt), then you probably won't be looking at a $550 purchase. If it's down to $300 again, or even $350, you might be able to get away with "Hey mom, dad, could you pay half of the phone and I'll cover the other half?" Oh, and claim it as a Christmas gift because it's so close to the holidays. If you save up from now till then, you should be able to scrape up enough for it. Or, you know, get a job over summer or something. Even at minimum wage, you could EASILY pull together much more than $550.

      • Aleebaan

        Yeah, guess I'll have to find a summer job... Wish i could buy the Nexus 4 right from Google like in US for $299. Here in Sweden, the price is minimum 4000 kr, which is $615 :-( Please Google, sell devices via Google Play in Europe too!!!

        • HoTshoT

          dude, import it!!! via hopshopgo / americanbazaar, borderlinx, ppobox, etc.. what noobness? Dude m a 17 year from INDIA and i probably have more import options than EUROPE? Kidding me? I OWN A NEXUS 4!!! ;-) Peace...!!!

  • winkdinkerson

    The last phone I had for 5 years, I have no idea what OS is on this LG Extravert, but as long as it makes calls I'm good to go...

  • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

    I WAS going to wait until the Nexus 4 was available, but after seeing those processors unveiled at CES (particularly the new Snapdragons) I think I'm going to wait until they come into play. Android just advances too rapidly - I can buy the top phone on the market yet 3 months later it's garbage!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      I think "garbage" is a harsh word, maybe outdated would be kinder. I am still rocking a Galaxy S II (i9100) back here and that has a dual-core Exynos.

      My contract doesn't end until the end of this year anyway.

      • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

        I know, I know... I'm not a very nice person haha. I was deliberately overstating it. I'm still very happy with my Note (N7000) and won't upgrade until something amazing comes out (Motorola/Nexus most likely). Note 2 doesn't do it for me, especially here in Australia they only have the slimy feeling gloss plastic backs. Just turned me off the phone in about half a second. And I want software buttons! Nexus here I come!

        • HoTshoT

          I advice you that MOTO-GOOGLE wont suffice you too much because MOTO is bad at CUSTOMER-CARE...!!! Also, overstating = hyperbole?

          • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

            Yeah I'm aware of that, but as I wrote in another comment I will always root and run custom roms. I'm more at a stage where Nexus is 70% going to be my next phone and I am just very strongly interested in what Motorola can bring to the table under Google

    • TK

      Which is why you should get a nexus. At least the software updates.

      • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

        I would have already bought a Nexus 4 if they were available. But I really don't pay attention to the software updates because I will always root any Android device I own and run a custom ROM. Pretty much a sure bet I will have CM on it anyway.

  • Metalborn

    I hope Google keeps pushing updates to GNex until next Nexus phone....

    • PINJ

      .... ..... until 2015 nexus version.

  • Paul_Werner

    Very happy with my Nexus 4 and do not plan on upgrading anytime soon. Goes well with my Nexus 7 :-D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    Ultimately I'm going to see what the next Nexus phone is, this can be anything from a 32GB (or more) Nexus 4 or the real deal being the new 2013 Nexus phone or phablet.

    I would love a Nexus phablet!

  • Elliott Hansen

    Luckily my contract with Verizon ends in November. Then I can ditch them and get the new Nexus on T-mobile.

  • ElfirBFG

    My Atrix went kaput, I have a RAZR on the way to tide me over until my upgrade in November. I'm probably waiting on Moto to release a new flagship or the S IV.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShinobiPhoenix Cody Shiranai

    None of those options quite work for me. I don't quite know what I want when my upgrade hits and I am on Verizon. I may get S-III depending on the price, I WANT the Note II, but again,that depends on the price, and I doubt it will drop without the next S or Note to be announced first. I don't want to wait for another "next phone" since I am ready to make one good purchase to make a "hold point" to stick with for the next 2 years. I think the Note II should be a nice hold point, but price is everything. I want to stick with Samsung, but I will be checking everything Motorola and HTC has out or puts on sell by the time my upgrade hits. I probably will wait a little longer before using it this time. I just want to change up from my HTC Rezound.

  • Peter A Stone

    I know what i want and I'm waiting for it. So on that note, My GS2 has been my only fone since July 11 and I'm due an upgrade July 13. I have to say Sony's Xperia Z is the first fone to get my attention. Saying that, anything can happen. So if the Xperia is still tops for me in July I'm for it. Until then I'm on the fence.

  • JG

    I can't answer the poll (least not with radio buttons) right now.... Don't know the specs so I can't say which I'm looking at. As of right now the next Nexus*, the Galaxy S4, and Moto's X-Phone & the next Razr MAXX HD iteration are basically on equal footing (Of course if the Occam Razr Nexus Maxx HD rumor comes true - especially if a variant comes to Verizon, then it'll almost be certain).... Knowing the specs will help pick the phone I ultimately go with.

    My wishlist includes:
    -preferably a 64GB SD card (+ at least 16GBs internal). If no SD, then at least 32GBs internal
    -at least, say, 3500mAh battery. preferably removable... Wireless recharge would be a plus
    -display: virtual buttons, 16:9 ratio, dpi better than Retina Display, 4.75-5" (anything bigger I'd need to feel in my hands first), 1080p would be nice
    -a quad+ core processor & maybe 2GBs of RAM.
    -NFC, front facing camera & all the other goodies we come to expect (screw making it the "thinnest", make it functional)
    -either upgrades coming straight from Google or an unlocked/able bootloader to get CM/AOKP on it for near Nexus-like updates
    -WiFi calling would be nice (I believe Verizon is planning on switching to VoLTE instead of CDMA shortly after converting their entire footprint - I'd assume it'd function as VoIP while on WiFi rather than kicking in the 4G modem)

    *Of course to get the Nexus I'll have to switch from Verizon to T-Mobile (& hopefully they don't get hit by the iPhone curse & decided truly unlimited data isn't worth it anymore). Thanks a lot Big Red for screwing up your chance at ever getting another Nexus device.... Only problem there is being in Middle-Of-Nowhere I don't think T-Mobile has much coverage out here, especially not at the level Verizon has us covered [yeah, could do AT&T they'd have coverage similar to Verizon, but no unlimited data]..... So I'll probably end up staying with V so I can actually use the phone.... So unless Googorola can force carriers hands (since, like Apple, it'll be the same hardware & software manufacturer so hopefully they won't need to do their own quality control testing on updates (HA, yeah right)) I'll be relying on CM to get me Key Lime Pie....

  • CJ Walker

    Sitting pretty with a rooted galaxy nexus so I don't really need anything for awhile. Phone does everything I need it to.

  • http://www.twitter.com/RaptorHawk Hawk

    "I'm sitting tight for the next Nexus phone." o/

  • Elias

    Since I already ordered a N4 and am just waiting for its delivery on the beginning of February, guess i can say I already have what I wanted. That said, I'll be very sad when devices with Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800 start appearing, which should not take very long. If Google releases a new nexus when i happen to have friends visiting the USA I'll promptly upgrade, but if this fails I'll probably keep the N4 for 2 or 3 years.

  • vhick


    I will buy when the new Nexus 4 is no longer out of stock and can ship now in my country.

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    There should be an option saying "I want a Nexus, but Verizon will never have another one."

  • Jerome Hendricks

    Real racing 3

  • 1ceTr0n

    Just got my new Galaxy White Note 2 the other week, i'll see you in 2014 for the Note 3 though!

  • Richard Yarrell

    Guaranteed to get the Galaxy Note 3 in October/November. Might even pick up the Galaxy s4 in June just for GP. Extremely happy with my Galaxy Note 2

  • scuttlefield

    I got my Nexus 4 in December and am happy with it. I'm totally hooked on the Nexus line (I've bought the S, GNex, 7, 4, and 10) and plan to buy the next Nexus phone. I think only thing that might be able to sway me at this point would be the Motorola X phone.

  • squiddy20

    1. I'm in a 2 year contract (with about a year left). Sure, I could pay the ETF if I wanted to, but the way I see it, why bother? I'd be getting a phone with only marginally better specs, as if my current phone doesn't fulfill most of my needs as is.
    2. I'm perfectly happy with my Sprint Galaxy Nexus, mostly slow network speeds notwithstanding.

  • Sootie

    Only cm is keeping my SII vaguely relevant and useful at the moment and the >2 year old battery is starting to show its age however I'm very short on cash at the moment so buying a phone outright (nexus 4) doesnt look like its going to be an option for me right now. However I might be able to get a new phone through work but only through telstra which means my options are limited to rubbish. The most interesting rubbish looks like the note 2 (mostly as an experiment) however there is some talk of them getting the xperia z which looks interesting but basically I think holding out until MWC would have to be a good idea now unless you can afford the nexus 4 outright and they get there act together on availability

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    I would have bought a Nexus 4 if it was in stock. I'll extend the active life of my Galaxy Nexus until then.

  • RajivSK

    Whatever phone is recommended by CM by the time my contract runs out. (Nexus is great but not nearly enough storage)

  • George Fayad

    I'm surprisingly still happy with my Galaxy Nexus (Toro). Prior, I had gone from an OG Droid to a Droid 2 to a Droid X to an Incredible, to an iPhone back to the Droid X and ultimately back to the OG Droid then finally to the Droid 3. All in about 2 years. I added a line before my contract ended for the GNex and haven't even given a second thought to any Vzw phone that has been released since.

    The Nexus 4 was tempting, but GSM service isn't great in this area, so if I want LTE and a reliable calling network, I'll be sticking with verizon.

    That being said, I'm still not necessarily waiting for the next Nexus device on VZW. While that would at least make my ears perk up a bit, I think what I'm waiting for is the next flagship Motorola phone. Having bounced around from Moto to HTC and ultimately to Google/Samsung, the best devices I owned were the Moto devices hands down. Quality build, quality radio, sound (both talk and multimedia) were superior to both HTC and Samsung.

    If Motorola can keep their promise about timely updates (not that it's a huge deal since I rarely run OE firmware) I see a Moto flagship dev phone in my future. If not, I guess i'll get more than 2 years out of a phone for the first time since my Nokia 3585i.

  • gagan

    Xperia Z is the one I want (if my dad buys it) other then that I am happy with my mini pro

  • http://www.swehes.com/ Hans-Erik

    Will most likely switch over to an Ubuntu phone.

  • twincard

    when ?
    well, when my phone no longer functions proper, or when comes the need for better phone :)

    if you satisfied with your current phone, then there's no need to purchase new one.

    i used my optimus one happily over 2 years, before finally replaced by desire x last november. as long as my phone works fine, don't see the need to buy any new phone.

    • Nicholas Loomans

      Galaxy S Captivate still going strong 2.5 years. Should get at least another 6 months, hopefully another year+.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AqoO.4Ever Kool Shah

    xperia z all the way

  • Magnus100

    There are so many great phones out there now, but I don't see myself buying any other phone that lacks the S pen functions. I'll definitely be waiting to see what the Note III brings to the table.

  • Forcemaker

    I voted "I have what I want already - call me in 2014!" but in reality I do NOT have what I want as I figured out the Samsung GS2 (i9100) has "bad" custom rom support (as I understand it is because Samsung won't release the required code/docs to Exynos processor?!? and we won't get official "stable" CM10 or even CM10-M1 support?).

    Back to the vote: what I am missing is the option
    **** "whatever I have and whatever cool devices will come the next 2 years - I have my budget and I stick to my plan as I am a responsible grownup and I will not buy earlier." ***