Do you buy Brand New or Used phones?

  • Brand New smartphones only

    Votes: 16 66.7%
  • Used smartphones only

    Votes: 2 8.3%
  • I prefer to buy New, but get the Used phone if more affordable

    Votes: 6 25.0%
  • Total voters
    24
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Spawn

Administrator
Staff member
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Just don’t buy a Samsung Galaxy S, the research shows
A recent study revealed, the resale value of the iPhone remains the biggest in the smartphone market, as Apple’s smartphones barely deprecate after the launch.

BankMyCell data shows that a new iPhone X, which had a price of $999 when purchased brand new, was resold for no less than $690 nine months later. This means the value of the iPhone dropped 30.93 percent.

Furthermore, the Galaxy S9, which was Samsung’s flagship sold for $720 brand new, could be purchased as a used phone for only $290 nine months later. This means it lost nearly 60 percent.
The data also shows that “Galaxy S phones might be the worst investment,” as they rapidly lose their values after purchase.
 

Nightwalker

Level 13
Content Creator
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This say more about iPhone than the Galaxy S line; its totally normal that electronics devices have a great depreciation, but iPhone is a cultural/status symbol, so it can distorce and maintain its value beyond the expected.

Ps: Buying a Smartphone isnt a investment anyway and the title is total clickbait, there are many devices that had more depreciation than a Galaxy S.

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Predrag Radjenovic

Level 2
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Sorry in advance for the long post.
I just can't digest this "only statistics with clickbait headline" articles. What was the point of writing this? Incite discussion? Persuade somebody to not buy Samsung? Persuade somebody to buy Apple? On what grounds? All without any decent info about any device - no tech details, no specifications, and most importantly - not even trying explain WHY (and how) the value decreases.

I have hands-on experience with both brands. I own Galaxy S8, while wife owns iPhone 8 - a sucker for apple. They are not new devices (now at least), and both were and are used heavily since we bought them new (and legit), about 3 months after the launch. The price of the S8 dropped for around 100€, while the price of the iPhone remained the same. Both had decent batteries (lasting up to 2 days of pretty heavy usage - not watching movies or YT, as we both prefer to do that on a normal sized screen - but doing all the other phone stuff).

We both don't use cases - we like the phones better without them, and we take pretty good care of them.
After 6 months:
  • S8 had a few scratches on the back and on the screen, iphone hasn't any.
  • iPhone lasts only 1 day, S8 still pulls up to 2.
  • S8 updates 2 times, without issues. iPhone updates, crashes, needs factory reset. Updates. Can't sync ****, account problems. 2 days lost while bringing it back to normal.
Now:
  • S8 looks like it was put in a washing machine together with all the keys we have in the house. iphone still looks fairly decent.
  • S8 touch input works flawlessly, whuile you really need to push at the screen on the iPhone and the fingerprint reader sucks.
  • S8 battery lasts 1 day tops, iphone needs recharge after 6-7 hours.
  • S8 updated numerous times, without issues. iphone crashed twice, needed factory reset.
What I wrote aren't synthetic benchmarks, this is a comparable real world phone usage of 2 working people. We are not kids, we don't throw or drop phones around, we don't carry them around with keys or other junk. Both of us haven't needed a screen replacement ever. Looking back, I'd take S8 again. Looking back, wife would have taken S8 instead of an iPhone.

Have you checked the prices of these 2 phones now? And which holds better value? And here I'm wondering - WHY?! And wondering what is the point of the article, who wrote it, for whom, and by whose order and how can it help anyone wanting to buy a phone to reach a healthy decision as to what device will serve his purposes better?
 

Slyguy

Level 40
Phones aren't 'investments'. An investment is taken under the assumption something will appreciate in value. A home, antiques, rare automobiles, whatever.. Anyone that thinks phones of ANY brand are an investment is grossly mistaken.

As Nightwalker points out, all of the phones depreciate at approximately the same rate. The savvy phone buyer waits 1-2 generations back to purchase their phone refurbished and allows someone else to take the 50-75% depreciation.
 

Predrag Radjenovic

Level 2
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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (2017) only have a 1821mAh and 2675mAh battery, which is less than the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (2016). Samsung S8 has double that; 3000mAh and 3500mAh for S8 Plus.
  • Batteries naturally degrade over time.
Yes, you are of course right. But it doesn't change the fact that when they were bought, they both manged to last roughly the same, regardless of battery size. But it became obvious soon that either the iPhone battery degrades much faster, or the iOS drinks much more juice the more you use it.
 

Local Host

Level 14
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Yes, you are of course right. But it doesn't change the fact that when they were bought, they both manged to last roughly the same, regardless of battery size. But it became obvious soon that either the iPhone battery degrades much faster, or the iOS drinks much more juice the more you use it.
They got you covered with a $50~70 replacement /s