fotocrack wrote in post #15349020
If you get a cheap upgrade it is worth getting a smartphone better to have it and use it when you need it then have to upgrade later and pay more.
Here's a serious rebuttal to a serious response to a sarcastic comment. Is it really worth getting a smartphone even if you get it cheap? The real cost of that S3 you purchased is not $.99, but rather is the cost of the data plan you signed up for. Even if you turn data off, you're still paying for the plan. I am not aware of any pre-paid or pay-as-you-go data plans yet.
Over the next couple of years, consumers will be faced with finding the right balance of devices to suit their needs. Do most people need a desktop/laptop, subscription based tablet AND a smartphone with data plan? Probably not.
Myself: Between consumption and creation, I have a preference and need for creation devices. This means that I will most definitely need a desktop or laptop computer. Currently, I have a personal laptop and a work laptop. I will not likely ever purchase another laptop, instead opting for a powerful desktop. When I'm on the go, my company provides me with a tablet for e-mail consumption and document access. That's all I really need.
As a consumer, I have to ask whether I need a smartphone. Since I already have a tablet, I don't really need to have a data capable phone. I'm seriously considering downgrading my phone to a basic cell phone for text messaging and voice.
To further complicate matters, my company also provides me with a company cell phone (I could use it for personal, but I like to keep them separate). When I'm eligible for an upgrade, I might consider something like the Galaxy Note... if that's the case, then the need for a tablet is back up in the air even though it's company provided.