From: The Verge - Thursday Jan 03, 2019 08:01 pm
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It's getting harder and harder to justify swapping out your phone every two years. The phone industry relied on this pattern for a decade and made a killing thanks to rapidly iterating tech and carrier subsidies that hid real prices.

But now the prices are out there, front and center. They're high! And instead of revolutionary new features, we mostly get steady improvements of existing ones.

Perhaps more importantly, our phones just hold up better now, too. There's no reason to buy a brand-new $750 (or more!) phone when your two-year-old version is just a little bit sluggish. You'll get a nicer design, sure. But for that amount of money, you can probably hold onto what you have just a little bit longer.



+ Weak iPhone demand could mean $9 billion sales miss

+ Cheap battery replacements = fewer iPhone upgrades

Apple and Samsung feel the sting of plateauing smartphones

+ CES 2019: everything to expect

---> The announcements kick off this weekend

Galaxy S10 leak reveals hole-punch display, thinner bezels

+ How Bitcoin grew up and became big money

+ Netflix warns people not to walk around in public with a blindfold on

+ Deals: a bunch of Switch game discounts this week

+ Android Messages is getting spam protection

+ LG announces 2019 TV lineup: Alexa, HDMI 2.1, and an 88-inch 8K OLED

+ Samsung's space-saving monitor is pretty clever

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