Choosing New Premium Phone for long run

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Wanted to upgrade from OnePlus 7, but S24 has Exynos which is a huge negative for the price point and ultra long duration usage(5years).

Now realised why people are buying iPhone, they're pretty cheap with good software/hardware ecosystem.

Now I am in confusion to choose between Premium Android and Apple, since 2012 I am a Android user and was fan of it during the initial year(although now it's become a junk with no new exciting features).

Everyone around me using Apple, and people think it's a luxury product and judge status based on it(atleast in tier 2/3 cities).

Please suggest which to choose? OnePlus still healthy after 4.5 years.

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If you have the budget, go for s24u. It is one the best phones i have used till date. You get best of almost everything, 6.1 update has been buttery smooth with animations + 7Y of updates.

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oneplua 12 with additional exchange offer which they are giving on Apple and oneplus devices or iPhone 15 if going for apple route
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Which city r u from

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Nothing is such a premium available nowadays .

Even high priced phones phase out without a six months once the same brand launches a new phone

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True, every now and then new device launched.

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phones are like...one comes one goes...You can never be satisfied with what you have. eveeyday new companies new specs etc. its all about showoff. if your budget permits go for latest 15 pro max...use for 3-4 years then change. And if your budget permits, exchsnge your old iphone everytime a new comes and stay updated.
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Buy any phone from normal oppo Vivo iqoo one plus between 25 to 40k

Use your old phone for exchange and bonus

It's just the hype and it's not worth it

Use this phone for 2 3 years and exchange it

If you have no issues with money then you can go iPhone or Samsung s24

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The  S24 Ultra has SD 8 G3... All the variants in the last generation have SD 8 G2 which should be performant for the next 5 years at a bare minimum except for heavy gaming in the future. Plus hefty price cuts. OneUI had the reputation of being laggy after a while in the years past. Otherwise SD G2 should be good for most tasks for even longer. considering the ~6 year old SD845 handles everything with ease albeit running AOSP. AI is the next hype which warrants a new device (and 16+GB RAM) but it remains to be seen if it will deliver on it's promise or not. 

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I won't recommend the new S24 series at all. First, the S24 and 24 Plus come with an Exynos processor...Ram naam satya hai

And even if you go with any S24 series phone (including Ultra), you will get those AI features for free just for 2 years (wtf!!!)

The entire thing that Samsung has marketed its new series on is a pay-to-use feature post 2 years...what's the difference between the S23 and S24 series then?? Earlier, Samsung increased the bezels on the S23 FE, removed chargers from all of its phones, started giving 8MP ultra wide cam instead of 12 like it used to, and launched phones with Exynos and MTK processors...idk what's on the brand's mind, but I won't buy a single Samsung phone with all these things going on.

So for the OP, I'd recommend getting the iPhone 15 pro. Not the Max version if you prefer compact phones. Or, you can even consider the Nothing Phone 2 (not the best camera setup or performance, but the OS is fab), or the OnePlus 12 (again, not the best camera setup, but a good phone overall). Or, if you need a Samsung phone (possibly the best camera setup and decent performance), then you should get a phone from the S23 series, it's much better than the S24 series in my opinion. 

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Not saying Exynos in S24 series is best or anything, but as per reviews, it seems to be decent chipset, unlike the past horrible chipsets

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If you have the budget, go for s24u. It is one the best phones i have used till date. You get best of almost everything, 6.1 update has been buttery smooth with animations + 7Y of updates.

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In S24 Ultra some devices build quality issues like camera shifting, gap bottom and top and some time camera does not perform well in low light and some device battery drain issue also
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No need to buy flagship phones. Upper mid range works well, I am using op 8t since past 3-4 years and its still going strong. Can go for any brand with price under 40k. If willing to buy oneplus, I can trade in some vouchers to offer phones like 11R for 2500 off or 11 @ 3k off from op site. Dm if interested.

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Since u r already using oneplus I would recommend oneplus 12. Excellent battery life and display. Camera also won't disappoint

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if camera is not your priority you can pick OnePlus and u will be fine.

 s24/23 ultra series is too big.

if you compare everything apple is the only brand that gives everything balanced in 50-70k range., pick iPhone 15. if you like android s23.

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since you have budget


if you sideload apps from the web or use launcher icon packs etc change the accent colour of the system and  other similar things  then buy a samsung for a higher number of such customisation or high compute else pixel to put some of these things in autopilot and more peace of mind in general .

if you don't do any of the above and dont need much frills don't think much and go buy an iphone.


from my experience all 3 above will have same status either based on the logo or on basis of looks. sweat_smile


if looking to save money  buy a realme around 20k most are the same dimensions as oneplus so get an oplus cover from the market you are set for 2-3 years or change in between for some exchange offer.

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Go for S23 or iPhone 15 , best of both worlds. I have S23 , bought last year on launch. It has been great experience so far.

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iPhone 15

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If you want to show status to everyone around you, then buy Samsung fold or Oneplus Open

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"Everyone around me using Apple"

This is called peer pressure makes you buy expensive things , not considering your purpose.

I am using samsung m51 from past 3.5yrs and i dont see any reason to change. I see cooks, maids, drivers in my gated society using old iphones given by their masters. So should i hide my phone or change which i can afford? 

Unless you are in show business and want to flaunt your phone without knowing purpose think twice.

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Exynos gets a bad rap unnecessarily. That's why they call the internet an echo-chamber. Some Exynos processor years ago may have had a overheating issue and some competitor-sponsored / paid news articles would have magnified the issue. Since then every Exynos is labelled as "overheating" even before there are any official reviews or people having personally used it. Galaxy Note7 batteries would catch fire. They don't call all Note's (or Ultras nowadays) "lighters", do they? iPhone 7 would bend if you kept it in a back-pocket and sat on it. They don't call iPhones "bendy" or "flexible", do they?

We have used nearly a dozen Exynos powered phones in our house from the mid-range to high-range. We have not had an issue even once. I am personally using an Exynos powered S20 from 2020 and my Mom is using an S7 Edge from 2016 (which had been used by 2 people before her). Prior to my S20, I used an Exynos powered S9 for 4 years (it had been used by 2 people before that). No chipset / overheating issues whatsoever. We are all moderate phones users with less than a couple of hours to screen on time including phone calls.

Yes, it is a fact that Exynos powered phones have generally been outperformed by their Snapdragon counterparts for the past few years, but only just. You are talking difference of around 5%. In the real world that will not be noticeable even. Exynos also costs lesser which plays a role in what the phone costs you eventually. As for the S24 series, the initial performance numbers are in favour of Snapdragon for CPU whereas the Exynos takes the cake in GPU. Thermal stability over sustained performance is in fact better in the Exynos!

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The S23 was available for Rs 49k earlier this week. It was a mouth-watering deal and for all the Exynos haters of the world it has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 - https://www.desidime.com/deals/samsung-s23-8gb-...

You could wait and watch for the price to fall around that range. It comes with 4 OS upgrades and another year of security updates. You are likely to replace / break the phone before that, despite your long use of your OnePlus.

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Don't spent much more on flip/fold due to more issues in this device also, like my one relative Fold and Flip continue to vibrate 
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