Not to get all curmudgeonly on smartphone manufacturers, but the rate at which “new” Android phones hit the market is getting ridiculous. There was a great Best Buy commercial early last year that perfectly captured my sentiment. Titled Outdated World, the ad shows how quickly electronics become old hat, and the reactions of people who are stuck with “old” technology. “I just bought this one,” a woman says in the ad.
The latest example is the soon to be released Droid Maxx. Motorola hit us with the Droid Razr only a few months ago, and already the company is offering an upgraded version. I realize smartphones can’t stay new forever, but it’s hard to stomach when a device comes out and then another, better device from the same company, with a slightly different name, is released. At least with the iPhone, no matter your opinion on the device itself, consumers get annual iterations.
I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s no “good” time to buy an Android device. There are plenty of amazing Android phones currently on the market, without a doubt, just know that the phone you purchase today won’t be the top phone of tomorrow. Unfortunately, it’s how manufacturers and carriers are operating in today’s market. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a Droid Maxx II hit before Summer.