Do you need a top of the range phone?

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I update my mobile phone every two years, so I have started looking at what I might want as a replacement.

Historically, I have been a Samsung Galaxy user. My primary phone use is for calls, email, web browsing, audiobooks, photos, and Multifactor authentication.

Should I get a flagship phone that boasts the latest technology and premium design but comes with a price tag to match, or a mid-range phone that balances affordability with decent performance and handles all the tasks I have outlined? Let’s delve into the key differences.


A phone’s performance lies in its processor and memory. Flagships typically sport the most advanced processors, ensuring smooth multitasking, handling demanding games, and enabling faster app loading times. Mid-range processors provide enough power for most daily tasks and even lighter gaming. Flagships often come with 12GB -16GB of RAM, while mid-range phones usually have 6GB to 8GB of RAM, which is adequate for regular use.


Security is another area where flagship smartphones excel. They often include advanced biometric security features like facial recognition and in-display fingerprint sensors.


Flagship phones often boast gorgeous displays with high refresh rates that translate to smoother scrolling and a more responsive feel. They have higher resolution panels, like QHD+ or AMOLED, offering sharper visuals and richer colours. Mid-range phones typically have lower refresh rates and Full HD+ resolutions.


Flagships pack multi-lens systems with high megapixel counts, offering zoom capabilities, wide-angle options, and superior low-light performance. Mid-range phones might have fewer lenses and lower megapixel counts, but they can still capture decent photos and videos.

Design and durability

Flagship phones are designed to impress. They often use premium materials like glass and metal, giving them a luxurious feel. However, this can also make them more prone to scratches and breakage. Mid-range phones typically use plastic backs, which are lighter and more durable.

Battery life

Flagship phones often have larger batteries to power their powerful hardware and displays. However, their feature-rich nature can sometimes drain the battery faster. Mid-range phones might have slightly smaller batteries, but their less demanding processors can improve battery life.


Flagship phones come with a premium price tag, often exceeding $2000. Mid-range phones, on the other hand, offer excellent value for money, typically ranging from $300 to $800.

So, which one?

Mid-range phones are becoming increasingly powerful, and the gap between them and flagships is narrowing. Ultimately, the best phone for you is the one that strikes the perfect balance between your needs and your budget.

For me, the deciding factor was the size of the phone. I like to work with bigger phones, so I upgraded to the Galaxy Ultra.

David Norris, Nortec IT

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