Firstly, What is Flagship?
Flagship simply means the most important or leading member of a group. Which in Gadget world as come to be an adjective describing the most prominent or highly touted product or brand offered by a company.
You can't argue with facts, and those state that the most popular individual smartphone models are ones that fall into the flagship group - the manufacturer's highest of high-end devices. Of course, that doesn't mean that everybody has a Galaxy S5 or an iPhone 6 in their pocket, but if you happen to be the 'tech guy' in your circle, you'll know that even people that are absolute beginners are usually intent on getting the hottest models on the market, even if you explicitly point out that, for their needs and purposes, that would probably be an overkill and even a waste of money.
It's true. People looking to buy new devices usually start out by asking the wrong question -- which is the better between X and Y, regardless of whether those unknown devices are actually in a class more appropriate for their needs. Instead, it's usually best to start out by asking yourself some realistic questions, like what exactly you're looking to do with your smartphone and how often you think you'll do those things on average. For most people, those needs will usually be taken care problem-free by a lower-end device.
Of course, if you do want the hottest thing on the market, there's nobody stopping you, and neither should anyone try. But if you're the kind of person that wants to make the best of what is pretty much always a limited budget, and the below signs apply to you to a large extent, then perhaps you may want to consider a mid-ranger - those have gotten awfully good for what they cost.
1. You're Not Much Of A Gamer
One of the biggest reasons people buy into the highest of high-end devices is the chipset inside. When looking at how those do on synthetic benchmarks, it's easy to see why some consider a flagship phone with one of the latest processors available a must -- but are you necessarily on that list? One of the biggest hooks for the aforementioned silicon has got to do with gaming -- even on mobile, the latest titles are pretty intensive from a graphical standpoint.
But do you actually game on your smartphone? And we don't mean Candy Crush Saga or Solitaire, but more the likes of Asphalt 8 and N.O.V.A. 3. Because those are the titles that actually need a high-end GPU to run on 1080p displays. If the answer is no, then a mid-ranger will get you by (and some will even run the above two frills-free).
2. You Use Your Phone's Camera To Share Images On Social Media
The other major hook with flagship smartphones is the camera. There's just no denying that, regardless of brand (usually), a higher-end smartphone will deliver a better image than a lower-end one. But the question is, what do you intend on doing with those photos? If the answer is "Share them on Facebook or Twitter or Viber", then you might want to face reality: your photos are about to get compressed pretty heavily, and 99.9% of the people on your network will see a relatively small thumbnail of them. In other words, that otherwise excellently-detailed, 16-megapixel photo from your Note 4 won't look radically better than a shot taken with the Moto G 2014 when your circle is looking at it through Facebook's image theater feature. This is especially true for mid-range devices released recently - those are proving to be quite capable in the imaging department.
3. You Don't Plan On Using Your Smartphone A Few Inches From Your Face
Yet another reason people seem to prefer high-end flagship has got to do with their display resolution. Unless you plan on using your phone from less than 6-7 inches from your face (and that's with perfect, 20/20 eyesight), then the otherwise impressive-sounding Quad HD resolution (1440 x 2560) won't actually result in a crisper viewing experience. Especially since content for that kind of crazy resolutions is still awfully rare.
Even with 1080p screens, you've got to keep the above in mind. Not only that, but do also understand that pixel density is the only metric you really need to be worried about. And since mid-rangers usually come with comparatively smaller screens than flagships, there's a very good chance that they'll offer you more than enough detail anyway. As a rule of thumb, if this is an important factor for you, look for displays that offer about 300-320 pixels per inch.
4. You're On A Limited Data Plan Or There's No LTE Around
Sure, an increasing amount of mid-range phones now offer LTE standard, but that's not the case with all just yet. This may prompt you to consider a higher-end phone just so you can take advantage of your carrier's blazing-fast network, and that's a pretty good reason. Usually.
Indeed, you may be well-served to first sit down and consider your situation before you decide to act. First and foremost, not all countries can yet enjoy the benefits of an LTE network, even though that's rapidly changing. But even if your carrier does offer such a service, it's still a good idea to research said network's coverage, specifically in your area. That's because there's a decent chance that your device will default to a 4G network since most carriers worldwide still have quite a significant number of blank spots coverage wise. Last, but not least, consider your data plan -- if you only have 250 or 500 megs available at full speed, you'll find your connection throttled pretty fast anyway.
5. You Want A Relatively Compact Smartphone
Big smartphones aren't for everybody. And yet, most flagship devices now measure 5-inches and above on average, with few exceptions available. Sure, lower-end handsets are following that very same trend, too, so the window is quickly closing, but it's still the case that many of the more compact phones available on the market today are not flagships. If size is a concern for you, then a flagship may not be what you're looking for.
6. You're Not A Multimedia Junkie Or An App-Aholic
If you don't enjoy watching movies on your handset, or aren't obsessed with apps, then a higher-end device's more spacious internal storage should not be that much of a draw for you. Sure, running out of space with the lowest-end of devices is a concern (those usually have 4GB available, and not all manufacturers allow you to transfer apps to SD), but at least you can always count on them to have room for expansion -- through a microSD card (typically, 32GB extra). Unless you need to have your personal library of movies and TV shows loaded on your device, it's probably a safe bet to go with a lower-end phone and not worry too much about space.
7. You Mostly Care About The 'Phone' Part In SmartphoneThe rate of evolution in the smartphone market is nothing short of astounding, but not all of us need be concerned with the latest features and breakthroughs. This is especially applicable to people that still mostly use a smartphone for the 'phone' part, or, in other words, to mainly make and receive calls and texts. If you self-identify yourself that way, then going for a flagship is probably not going to be your best financial decision. Get a featurephone or a lower-end smartphone and buy yourself a nice stereo.
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Source: Phone Arena