How often do you replace your smartphone?

Theinsanegamer

TS Evangelist
I used to only replace them when there was a noticeable speed increase. Now that I cant replace batteries, though, I'll be forced to do it every 2 years.

On the plus side, buying $200 phones every 2 years is more feasible then buying $600 every three. Only reason I'd buy another flagship is if it had a removable battery, like the upcoming LG G6, if they finally get their build quality issues straightened out.
 

SalaSSin

TS Booster
Mostof the time I wait for the old one to die.

Got my Samsung Galaxy S2 somewhere end 2011, it swallowed some water so I had to change it.

My LG G2, which I absolutely loved, was its replacement begin 2014.
During an unexpected downpour it soaked up water on the inside of my trousers. End of story

Then I had a replacement iPhone 5c in july 2015 from work. The thing nearly didn't have any battery so I got a, iPhone 5s instead. It's sitting on my desk as we speak, but I don't like it.

That's why I'm getting back to Android. My Oneplus 3T has been shipped 2 days ago and should arrive start of next week :)
 

Phr3d

TS Guru
Still on my deuce, -want- to get a new phone with a camera that doesn't suck, just can't find one that I want that has the requisite replaceable battery (on my third: 18hrs to 20% weekdays, unknown but >24hrs weekend) and the SD for the music/picture/video library (64GB, can't imagine how Anyone can pay for that much cloud, or bear transferring it phone 2 phone PLUS the intermediate).
May hafta' bite the bullet and Note 5 it, as the deuce-camera is a real hardship and 1GB RAM-space can be a bit laggy (but so am I, lol).
Had lusted after Note 7, sure glad I got over my release-day addiction about a decade ago.

(forgot to Note, Otter case with burred rubber at every corner from countless drops, never a screen protector with no scratches - I'll WAGer that this is the Last phone I will own for 4 years - the engineering whizzes accidentally made it well, rather than cost-effective)
 
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Squid Surprise

TS Evangelist
Used to be every 2 years.... but will wait another year (making it 3) to buy the 7S - or 8... whatever they call next year's iphone :)
 

SNGX1275

TS Forces Special
So far... the answer would be never :) I didn't get a smartphone until the one I have now, which is an iPhone 6. I have a work issued Galaxy S4 that I've had since late 2013, but they haven't upgraded me. So I've never replaced a smartphone.

I guess in the spirit of the question though, I'll probably get an iPhone 8 or whatever the next version will be, however I won't be trying to get one on launch day unless something incredibly crazy happens with it. Outside of somewhat concerning battery life I don't have an issue with my 6 - and I'm not sure if the battery thing is an iOS beta issue, or an actual battery issue.
 

andy06shake

TS Evangelist
My phone replacement cycle is dictated by the phone itself... if it gets too slow or fails for any reason. usually every four years or so if I'm lucky.
We had mobiles around 1998-2000(real mobiles, not bricks), smart phones soon after. Holo lenses and some form of augmented reality are sure to follow. Welcome to the information age. But until that happens all that really happening is the same thing that transpired with PCs, basically build a better more energy efficient smartphone.
 

ikesmasher

TS Evangelist
Probs once every two years, but never with a brand new one.

Replaced my iphone 5C with a G3 a few months ago. The G3 might not last 2 years....heat issues and battery life is mediocre and such. Hopefully someone keeps making a phone with a removable battery just so I can swap when one dies.
 

m4a4

TS Evangelist
First (and previous) one I replaced when it was just over 3 years old (still in decent condition). This one is 3.5 years old, is in great condition, and I'm not looking to replace it any time soon. The only thing I replaced on it was the battery a few months ago to bump me back up to around 2 days life with normal use.
 

DaveBG

TS Maniac
My first Samsung S1 I replaced when it was too slow to use as internet and media device. It was my first smartphone. Now I use my second one which is Samsung Note 2
 

tipstir

TS Ambassador
My $500 LG-G3 5.5 HD/UHD 32/128 Storage 4 Core 3GB RAM last year purchased took a nose dive cracked touchscreen, I did manage to get around that by using Toshiba Bluetooth Wireless Mouse and Keyboard tricked the disappearing calling screen with earphone jack cord. But got a lot of ladies looking at me using the a mouse with smart phone. I just got BF 2016 Deal ZTE ZMax Pro 6.0 HD Dolby Digital, 8 Core, 32/256 Storage, 2GB RAM fingerprint feature. Newer smart phone has the latest Android Version. I enjoying this one over 5.5 from LG problems before the crack screen.
 

ET3D

TechSpot Paladin
Once or twice a year. Unfortunately nobody makes small smartphones, so I keep switching to find the optimal option from the crappy ones available. Just recently (Black Friday) I almost bought an iPhone SE, but ended up buying a refurbished Galaxy S4 Mini, which is about the same size but 1/5 the price.
 

Yynxs

TS Addict
Every time the daughter gets one. Daughter's goes to the wife. I get the wife's and I put it in the steel drawer so I can open it once and a while and admire how nice it looks on the felt in a Faraday cage. Sometimes the little LED flares a slight amount from the drawer movement as last vestiges of chemicals release their energy. You have to admire the engineering that made that will to live.
 

mcborge

TS Guru
We had mobiles around 1998-2000(real mobiles, not bricks), smart phones soon after. Holo lenses and some form of augmented reality are sure to follow. Welcome to the information age. But until that happens all that really happening is the same thing that transpired with PCs, basically build a better more energy efficient smartphone.
I would rather spend money on my gaming pc then on a new phone.
 

delluel

TS Booster
I used to burn for the latest and greatest. Nowadays I just stick with Note5. I don't need anything else to stay connected. When it dies I'd like to go to HTC because they are the fave. But the google phone looks sharp too.
 

wiyosaya

TS Evangelist
Well, I don't own a smartphone, and may not for several more years. I just do not want to keep feeding the data money pit. Besides, wi-fi is nearly ubiquitous these days...
 

alexnode

TS Enthusiast
I like small phones with long battery life like the experia compact. But there is not much competition in the field so around every 2 years. I have the experia compact 5 now I had the 3 for two years, Motorola razr maxx for another two, a note 1 before that, and an iPhone 2nd generation around 2008