Originally Posted by sherlock
That bump in spec you simply wrote off is happening at a faster pace on smartphones than on desktops. Thus upgrading mobile phone is more worth while than upgrading desktops.
2 year ago people have 5Ghz quad core Intel processor & 1440p/1600p screens, right now people have 4.7Ghz Intel quad core processors & slightly more affordable 1440p/1600p screens.
I already listed the difference in specs between GS2 & GS4, and I don't need to bother to mention that difference is much bigger than Sandy Bridge vs Haswell. We are on a site with people who upgrade their processor/motherboard every year, and upgrade phone every year is far more worthwhile not mentioning phone warranty last 1 year while CPU/mobo warranty last 3 years.
Your battery life argument works in a vacuum, however new phones also have larger battery & more energy efficient SOCs(due to better clock/turbo managment) thus the battery life would end up better (GS4 vs GS3). Plenty of people complain about GS3's Pentile display, next to nobody do that for GS4 because the increase in PPI.
Selling your phone is also not time consuming in my experience. It took me less than 3 hours(take a few pictures as requested and list my shipping options) to set up my GS3 to sale on Swappa.com, it got sold the next morning, I shipped it on the same day and got a positive feedback 3 business day later when the buyer got it.
What exactly do you need the bump in spec for?
I don't like mobile gaming, aside from reckless racing 1 and 2. Even those I always play on my tablet and not my phone. I use my phone for internet, call, sms, and a portable camera. Again, I still use a HTC Amaze. Does everything I need, and takes decent photos with good lighting. Yes the battery sucks, but I got a battery pack for 40 bucks just for that reason.
I understand this is overclock.net, this is not mustbuynewgenerationoftechnology.net
I'm not loaded, I'm sure if I was rich I'd upgrade. Sadly, I get the feeling that on this forum not TOO many members are drowning in greens. I'm sure we'd all love nothing less than a 458 Italia for every day of the week, but we gotta be rational.
For me technology has hit a "good enough" point for me. Look at my rig, I could spend 500+ upgrading to newer intel platforms but it would only give me around 20-30 FPS gain on games I can already play. Back in the day when we were all rocking AMD rigs (SK939), you actually had to upgrade to be able to play the games of that year. In BF2 alone, I went from a AGP ATI 9800XT (P4, low, setting 1024 res) to a AGP 7800 GS (P4, medium setting, 1280 res) eventually to a Nvidia 8800GTS 320mb paired with the AMD X2 4600+, and finally I was able to play it max at res and settings. Then BF2142 came out and I needed even more power for when you battle on the titans.
I like to keep my old smartphones, and buy new ones to replace them with when it is time. I'm a media junkie, could always use another media player for my trips.