Circling a new Android phone—or the iPhone, for that matter—but worried that a newer model or a price drop is on the horizon? Enter Decide.com, an online shopping site that now offers pricing predictions for dozens of the latest smartphones.
The two-and-a-half-month-old Decide.com already offers shopping advice for HDTVs, laptops, and cameras, but the site began serving up pricing predictions for cell phones—more than 170 of them—this past weekend.
Click on a phone, and you’ll get details on the lowest prices from a variety of retailers, links to reviews, and price-drop alerts.
Not bad, but here’s what sets Decide.com apart from the pack: a graph that tells you the site’s best guess for whether prices for the phone you chose will go up, hold steady, or fall within the next couple of weeks, plus a “buy” or “wait” recommendation.
Decide.com also tells you if it thinks a new and improved model is waiting in the wings—and indeed, for the soon-to-be-obsolete iPhone 4, the site has posted a big red “wait” warning, plus a note that reads “Rumored: Next model coming October, 2011.”
How does Decide.com come up with its predictions? As the site’s founders explained earlier this summer, it uses a massive database that crunches historical pricing and lineage data for hundreds of gadgets, along with a little help from the hyperactive tech rumor mill.
It’s a handy service—particularly when it comes to Android phones, which tend to dip in price soon after hitting the market.