Should You Buy 4G or 5G Phone in 2021

Smartphone brands are launching and highly promoting their phones as 5G phones in India. They are using terms like ‘Futuristic 5G phone with 5-11 or 13 bands’. But the question is Should you buy a 4G or 5G phone in 2021 in India?

If you are planning to buy a new phone, then you must have heard a lot about 5G. It has become a trend to buy a 5G phone nowadays.

But wait,

What if you buy a 4G phone in 2021? What if you can’t spend much to buy a proper 5G phone? Is it worth buying a 4G phone in 2021?

The most important question, Will this society accept you?

To be honest, we aren’t sure about society, but we are sure about 4G or 5G phones. We can guide you in buying the right phone.

So, Should you buy a 4G or 5G phone in 2021? Here is everything you need to know.

Why people are crazy for 5G

After buying a new phone, the trending question that is being asked, Is this phone 5G

Everyone knows 5G doesn’t work as of now in India, but still, people are getting too excited for it.

But why is this happening? Why are people preferring 5G smartphones even when the 5G doesn’t even exist as of now?

The answer is the brand’s Ads. Every smartphone brands are heavily advertising their smartphones as future proof 5G phone. No matter if it makes sense or not, but they keep doing it and advertise it.

The Moto G 5G was advertised as the cheapest 5G smartphone in India. Later, Mi 10i 5G joined this list.

In the current situation, brands know the craze of people towards 5G, and hence, they are giving more 5G bands to boost their sales.

Because the brands are promoting 5G, people are thinking twice before buying a 4G phone. That’s why people are getting excited for 5G for no reason.

Is it worth buying a 5G phone now in India?

Is It worth Buying a 5G Phone

It’s 2021, and the 5G phones are launching every few days. But the actual question is, Is it worth buying a 5G phone now in India?

The answer is No. 5G isn’t going to work in India anytime soon. It will take time. Possibly it’s going to take one or one and half years to work properly all across the country.

So if you buy a phone now, especially for 5G, then you are paying for a feature that you can’t use for at least one years. There is no sense in buying a 5G phone as of now in India.

Reason to buy a 5G phone

There is only one reason to buy a phone, especially for 5G. The reason is time duration. If you are going to use your phone for more than two years, then you can buy a 5G phone.

If you are a person who doesn’t change smartphones frequently and keeps using one phone for 2-3 years, then it’s worth buying a 5G phone now.

But there are a lot of people who use a phone for two years or less. If you are also the one, then it’s not worth buying a 5G phone now.

Now suppose you use a phone for more than two years, and you bought a 5G phone.

Now what?

If 5G works in your location after a year, then you can’t use the feature for which you have bought the phone for at least a year.

One year has passed, and then? Are 5G plans going to be cheaper? Most probably not.

If 5G plans are going to be expensive, then most people won’t even use it even if they have a 5G phone. Then what’s the point of buying a 5G phone? Just think for a moment.

Note: These are all possibilities. Depending on an individual, the usage of 5G may vary. Some may use 5G, and some may not.   

Also check the Mi Notebook Pro vs Ultra Comparison.

Double-check the 5G bands before buying any 5G phone

Now, if you have made up your mind to buy a 5G phone, then please double check the bands first.

Some brands are fooling people by providing one or two 5G bands. 

Whenever 5G is going to launch, there is less probability that 5G is going to work properly on such phones because of the band limitations.

How many bands does your 5G phone should have?

If the 5G phone you are going to buy has 5 to 7 bands, then there are very high chances that it’s going to work perfectly with 5G in future.

For example, Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G has four, and Moto Edge 20 Fusion has thirteen 5G bands. So the possibility of Edge 20 Fusion to support 5G is higher than the Narzo 30 Pro.

Is it worth buying a 4G phone now in India?

Is It worth Buying a 4G Phone

Yes, it’s absolutely worth buying a 4G phone in India in 2021. If you buy a 4G phone, then there is no need to worry because you will use all the features of a phone.

The older 4G processor like Snapdragon 845 is still the most powerful processor. This processor has the guts to run any application.

Another possible reason for not buying a 5G phone is your location. Maybe 5G comes into existence in big cities later this year, but it might take a lot more time to work properly in your location.

If you don’t live in big cities, then possibly 5G is going to take more time to fully work there.

Will 4G stop after 5G in India? Will 4G be discontinued?

It is the biggest fear why people are forcing themselves to buy a 5G phone. But do you really need to worry if you buy a 4G phone today?

Let’s make it clear with an example.

There is a company ‘A’ that launches a 5G smartphone under 20k and heavily advertises it as a 5G phone with 5-10 bands.

Later, the same company ‘A’ launches a budget 4G smartphone under 12k, and keeps quiet about 5G.

Will that newly launched budget 4G phone stop working after the launch of 5G? If yes, then why did that company launch a 4G phone if it’s going to stop working.

The company launched it because they know 4G will keep working without any problem for at least 5-6 years.

It was just an example, but in reality, almost every company is doing the same.

What we want to say is, don’t be afraid about it. 4G isn’t going anywhere, at least for 5-6 years or maybe more.

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Why brands heavily advertise their phone as 5G?

We all know that the 5G isn’t going to work anytime sooner. The brands also know the same. Then why brands are heavily advertising their phones as 5G?

The answer is Qualcomm chipset. Qualcomm is making their new processors with an in-build 5G modem. It means the 5G is integrated with the processor itself.

A smartphone company can’t remove the 5G modem. So when a company buys processors from Qualcomm, they have to pay extra because of the 5G modem.

Basically, smartphone companies are forced to buy a processor with 5G. It doesn’t matter if 5G is available or not.

Further, these companies are doing the same with customers. They are selling phones with 5G, no matter if it’s working or not.

Should You Buy 4G or 5G Phone in 2021?

See, we aren’t saying you should never buy a 5G phone now in 2021. All we are saying is, don’t put 5G as your main priority.

Instead of 5G, other useful features should be your main priority. Other features like camera, display, battery life should be on the top of your priority list.

No matter a 4G or 5G phone offers these features. If these features are what you need, then buy that smartphone and live happily with it.

A lot of our readers are confused about picking the right smartphone under the 20k segment. To make it easier for everyone, we have created a list of the best phones between 15k to 20k. Do check this list.

Is 5G bad for health?

One day we were sitting in our office as always. All of a sudden, we start to get electric shocks from everything we were touching.

These electric shocks were minor but easily feelable.

The more confusing thing was we were getting these shocks from wood, plastic, clothes, or everything surrounding us.

We ignored it for once, but it started to happen every day.

After a little research, we found a news article stating that it is happening to a lot of people because of the 5G testing.

These 5G radiations were imbalancing the electrons and protons in our body, resulting in electric shocks.

It continued for around one month, and then it stopped.

It seems like 5G has been tested in different frequencies to make sure which one is working better without any harm to humans.

Many government agencies and organizations advise that there is no side effect of 5G radiation on our health, but some experts strongly disagree. (Read more)

We felt some problem with 5G, and we just shared it with you.

Concluding everything, we think that this is the testing period of 5G, and it may or may not have some effects on health.

But we hope the final 5G radiation will not have any effect on our health.

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FAQs

Will 5G phones be expensive?

Yes, 5G phones are more expensive than 4G phones. But 5G isn’t everything that affects the cost. Other features like cameras, display, battery, the design also matter when pricing a phone.

To give you a fair idea, let’s take the example of IQOO 3. The 5G variant of IQOO 3 is Rs 7000 costlier than the 4G variant. From here, you can have an idea about the difference in costs. 

But now, 5G phones are getting cheaper. You can get a good 5G phone for around 16-17000 in India.

When 5G will launch in India?

In December 2020, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani revealed that Jio 5G will be launching in India in the second half of 2021.

Now it has to be seen when Reliance will make 5G available in the Indian market. One thing is to note that if 5G launches in late 2021, it will still take some time to work in all locations.

Does 5G phones support 4G?

Yes, all the 5G phones will support 4G. It’s just similar to a 4G phone that supports 3G and 2G.

Similar to it, a 5G phone will support 4G without any doubt.

So, Should You Buy 4G or 5G Phones in 2021? We are sure you know the answer now.

If you still have any doubt in your mind, then feel free to ask in the comments. We would love to help you in this regard.

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149 Comments

  1. Which phone should i buy my budget is 30k -40k and i am going to use phone atleast 4-5 yr .
    So i go for 4g phone to buy 5g phone and which phone should buy ?

    1. If you are going to use your phone for the next 4-5 years, then we suggest you go with a 5G phone. Not because 4G won’t work, but at least you will have an option to use 5G if you want to. Both the S21 and S21 Plus are great phones. You can go with these phones for sure. But these phones are costly, so you can have a look at the Galaxy S20 FE 5G also.

  2. Hey ,
    I am using oneplus 5T its 4g phone and using from last 4yr !
    So i want to buy Samsung s21 or s21plus for 4-5 yr usage !
    Its 5g phone its going to work in indian 5g bands?
    Should i wait for 5g sim launch in india or buy Samsung s21 series’?

  3. I wanna buy a phone now under 20k but I am not sure which, Should I buy a 5G phone now? I probably will be using it for altleast more than 2 years .Even if I buy a 5G phone will the plans be expensive or cheaper like 4G plans when 5G comes to all parts of India??
    I am confused between Moto G40 fusion, Realme 8s 5G and Moto edge 20 fusion…
    Also how is the camera performance in Moto Edge 20 fusion?

    1. The camera quality of Moto Edge 20 fusion is below average. You might end up getting pics with a cheap filter applied. G40 Fusion’s camera is also average. The Realme 8s 5G is a good phone among all you have mentioned. It’s a complete package.

  4. I always wanted to buy an iphone, i was considering to buy iphone SE 2, but it does not have 5g bands and i will be using it for maybe 4 years, should i buy it or 4g phone?

  5. I am getting Realme Gt master edition 6/128 at 20000 at flipkart sale. Battery drainge issue is there, acc to some reviews. Camera is fine i guess. I m preferring it for 5g and SD 778G processor. Will it be worth it? Or should I consider 7 pro /8s/other brands?
    Around 20k is my budget.

  6. Hello sir
    I want a phone under 15k
    And I want to use phone for 3 to 4 years
    Which phone should be buy 4g or 5g
    Which

    1. my priority is –
      1. 6 + 128
      2. moderate to high gaming
      3. camera doesn’t matter
      4. either fast charging, with smaller battery( if possible) or big battery with maybe moderate charging
      5. lag free

        1. Hi,
          This was a very informative article.
          I need your inputs. I want to buy an 8 or a 12 gb/256 gb phone with amoled screen and corning gorilla Glass protection. I’m not too iffy about camera output but I need a phone with massive storage and gorilla Glass protection. I’m not into gaming at all. A 3.5mm jack provision would be good. Could you suggest the most apt phone for me? Thanks in advance.

          1. If you need a massive 256GB storage, then you are falling in the premium category. You haven’t mentioned your budget. So here are some smartphones in different price segments.
            OnePlus 9R 5G (under Rs 41000)
            Realme X7 Max or Realme GT ME(under Rs 30000)
            iQOO Z3 5G under (Rs 21000)

    1. IQOO Z3 5G is better but it only has 2 5G bands and some policy issues. If these two really matters to you then go for Realme 8s 5G. If not, then Z3 5G is a better phone.

  7. Should I buy Oppo A53s 5G
    Preference :
    2-3 yrs usage
    Good & lagfree Performance
    Decent Display & Camera
    Budget
    Buying it for 5G, Design, 6GB Ram, MT D 700 Processer

    Ang major Cons? Shall i go for it?

  8. Good article.
    I use phone 2-3 years. I am not a gaming user. My preference is better camera, display, call recording,security , battery continuously run at least one day ,less weight (if possible). No compermise I am confuse between A52 4G M525g F62. Budget upto 20 k or 30k but it should be worth buying.
    Pls suggest me which one is suitable for me and value for money. Should I go for 5G.

    1. Galaxy A52 4G is an excellent smartphone among all. But, if using some offers if you can get the Galaxy S20 FE 5G, then it would be an excellent flagship phone. Otherwise, Galaxy A52 4G is the best in your budget.

  9. Hi I am looking for a phone for my wife. She is currently using Redmi note 4. She likes to have good camera. I am confused if I shall go for Redmi note 10 pro Or Redmi Note 10T 5g. My budget is under 20k. She will use this new phone for atleast 3 years. Shall I go for 5g if so then please suggest some options.

    1. If a good camera is your priority, then Redmi Note 10 Pro is definitely a better phone than the Note 10T 5G. Also, the Note 10 Pro offers more features. So you should go with it.

  10. Iqoo z3 or redmi note 10 pro or Samsung f62 which is better for a non gamer and need better camera performance, and will use for 3 years

  11. Which mobile you suggest sir,
    Google pixel or iphone?

    Pls can you share your view, in terms of regular usage and camera and just regular phone, with no heat issues

    1. To be honest, It’s a matter of debate as both the Google Pixel or iPhone are excellent. If you are willing to pay a premium, then it’s really hard to pick one over the other. We expect Pixel 6 to perform better in the real world. So if it’s priced well, then go for Pixel.

      1. Hey i just want a phone with good storage and all day battery
        So shall i busy samsung note 20 or s21+ the major difference is 5g feature and i am not sure which one to buy as in I’m gonna use it for more than 3 years. please suggest

  12. Hi
    Plz suggest between oppo reno 6 and google pixel 4A ??
    Both are coming in same price .. considering design , camera and ofcourse 5g thing ??

    1. Pixel 4A has an excellent camera and UI. But Reno 6 is also great in the camera department. Also, Reno 6 is more powerful and offers more features. You can pick whichever phone you like, but Reno 6 5G is a better deal.

  13. Hi here I am again with doubts.
    Samsung galaxy s20 fe 5g is of 33999 with bank card offer in sale. Iphone 11 price haven’t revled but it will be approx 40k and iphone 12 is approx 50k. Should I expand my budget to 50k. Is it really necessary or will I l be fine at 40k itself. and if 40k is ok then choose one phone for me between s20 fe 5g and iphone 11. Main I want a good camera with good processor so that it can easily last for 4 years. And tell me the variant as well that if iphone than either 64gb or 128gb or if samsung then 8 128gb?

    1. You don’t need to go for the iPhone 12, as iPhone 11 is still an impressive smartphone. Now it’s really hard to pick between iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G. Both smartphones are excellent.
      But if we look at the practical comparison, then the S20 has a slight edge because of the 120Hz AMOLED display, bigger battery, and dual 5G. Even the cameras are also impressive here.
      iPhone 11 also has great cameras and a more powerful A13 Bionic chip.
      If both the phones are priced the same, then go for the iPhone 11 128GB variant.

  14. Can you pls suggest me your view on purchasing google pixel
    Is worthy to buy this smartphone after using oneplus 7

    And which phone of google pixel you suggest 4a or any other?

    1. Pixel 4A is still a great phone in 2021. It might not have multiple cameras, a bigger battery, or a high refresh rate display, but it still outperforms most phones, especially in the camera department.
      You will have a satisfactory experience with the Pixel 4A. You can go for it, but just keep in mind that battery life is average.

      1. Many thanks for quick response… Appreciate it….

        And suppose google pixel 6 that if can bought from USA, can be used here in india , will it work by default??

  15. I really loved the article it was really relatable, all my doubts were in there. My budget is twenty thousand and I prefer buying Samsung phone. I need your suggestion shall I buy Samsung galaxy f62 (except for being 4g VOLTE the phone is perfect) or Samsung galaxy a22 5g(except for being 5g everything else is okay) (the phone will be used for a more than 2 years). I need help the phone is for my father.

    1. Samsung cuts down a lot of useful features just for the sake of 5G. For example, regular A22 4G has an AMOLED display, and A22 5G has a TFT display.
      Our parents mostly need a good display, good camera, and good battery life. In that regard, the regular A22 4G is better than the A22 5G.
      If you want to save some money, then the Samsung Galaxy M32 4G is also a great phone.

      1. I heard that Samsung m series are not good enough for long term usage. Otherwise I wanted to buy that one only as m series give a lot of feature in an affordable price and if 4g or 5g doesn’t matter then f62 have a remarkable price drop right now. What should I do?

  16. I am thinking to buy Redmi note 10 pro on filpkart big billion days and i will use this 3-4 years. Is it right decision to buy this phone?
    If not, should i go with 5g phones?
    Which 5g phone will better for this?

    1. Redmi Note 10 Pro is an excellent phone. It’s completely fine if you buy a 4G phone today. If you still want a 5G phone, the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G is a great phone in the similar price range.

  17. Will 4g speed work as it is now after 5g is rolled out?
    Is it really okay if i pick 4g phone even if I’m going to use it for 4-5 yrs or so?

    1. Don’t worry. 4G will keep working just fine after the launch of 5G. It’s completely fine to buy a good 4G phone instead of a feature compromised 5G phone. Just make sure to choose a phone with a powerful processor to make it last for 4-5 years.

  18. I am confused between one plus Nord ce 5g vs Samsung f62. I usually use a mobile for 2-3 years, but f62 doesn’t have 5G. I believe camera is better in f62, would it be better if I choose for f62 over nord ce even if I miss out 5G? Kindly suggest which ones better choice

    1. Nord CE 5G is just an average phone. Galaxy F62 is better, but still, it also doesn’t offer a premium experience.
      If you want both good experience with 5G, then you can have a look at Realme X7 Max. It has become an all rounder phone after the updates. During upcoming sales, it will be priced at 25k.

  19. I’m confusing about two phones redmi note 10 pro and moto edge 20 fusion because moto gives us 5g with support of 13 bands but another redmi note 10 didn’t give.