Opinion: Do you need a flagship phone in 2021?

Opinion: Do you need a flagship phone in 2021?

Flagship phones used to be the real deal in the past — with all the features manufacturers pass off as innovation to a new device and the hype that comes with it.

To a large extent, most people who buy flagships sometimes want a device that works, wants the best or just wants to display a status symbol.

In addition, smartphone consumers primarily use their devices to access social media, send emails, take pictures, browse the web, play games, and the send the usual messaging — In 99% of cases, a midrange phone will provide this basic experience as a flagship.

Regardless, some game-changing features were exclusive to only flagships, but in 2021 they’ve found their way to many midrange devices.

For example, most midrange phones in 2021 come with a glass back [likely to have gorilla glass] compared to the all-plastic body manufacturers offered in the past.

One thing I’ve come to realize is flagship features over the years turn to trickle down to the budget and midrange smartphone category.

Consumers spend a huge sum of money on a flagship smartphone and after a year or two it turns out to wrestle with a budget or midrange phone.

The in-display fingerprint sensor used to be exclusive to only flagship phones, however, it is presently a feature that is found in most midrange devices in 2021.

A few years ago a flagship phone referred to a phone with better battery life, quality camera, nice display, good connectivity, and could stand the test of time. These features are no more associated with “only” flagships anymore.

It is as if there’s equally a midrange phone in every flagship category that can match it in terms of features and overall build quality.

The iPhone 12 Pro is undoubtedly a great phone, but no one can convince me that it takes better pictures or runs smoother than the midrange Google Pixel 4a — therefore spending $1000 on the iPhone 12 Pro means you’re just paying for the brand.

That fact remains that in 2021, the best smartphone battery life is housed in midrange phones.

So, what is the essence of spending $1000 on a flagship phone with a 120Hz refresh rate, which can’t be turned on because it’ll drain the battery? it does not make sense to do that if you worked hard for your money.


Mobile phones have become really powerful to the extent that it has forced many to use their laptops less. Nonetheless, mobile manufacturers in the 21st century produce devices that take care of basic needs regardless of it being flagship or midrange.

It is also important to keep in mind that smartphones, in general, are depreciating assets — what this means is with time they lose money.

You asked yourself before you purchase a flagship phone, what you’re going to use it for. Your need should influence your decision because a good buy is a buy that leaves you with no regrets and puts a smile on your face.