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Old vs new: what smartphone would you buy?

0. phoneArena 13 Feb 2013, 07:19 posted on

Each time someone asks us what phone they should get, the very same conflict arises: would it be better to buy a high-end smartphone model from last year, or settle with a new mid-range model? Well, giving a universal answer to that is a challenge since there are several pretty solid arguments in favor of either choice...

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posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:22 19

1. imsickwithsmartphone (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I rather buy nokia 3310, haha XD

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 08:19

22. zhiae (unregistered)


there is always a phone that will fit ur interests but you wont feel good if you said i wish :)

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:22 2

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


i prefer a newer version with the latest software ...not saying old versions are bad ,but when you got a choice , its always better to have the latest .....kind of like chosing between a old 3 series and a new 3 series bmw ...

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:55 2

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Cars would be a different thing...they become vintage after years.
While 'Old is gold' indeed...i won't advice friends to buy something that came out 10 months ago. The rate at which mobile phones improve their insides and outsides, a mid ranger now will, almost, likely be able to hit the mark of a year old high-end device...and that with the latest OS, in this case i'm talking about Androids.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 08:59

30. anshul0000 (unregistered)


galaxy s was better than galaxy s plus..galaxy s scores 28 pts in nenamark 2 while s plus gets only 15 pts..... s2 is better than s2 plus...exynos replaced by brodcomm

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 10:02

41. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


if you want a former flagship model, buy iPhone, trust me, its software updates is amazing..

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 12:28 4

53. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Dont make me laugh !!! iOS software updates don't make any difference.....iOS 5 & 6 r the same thing .....HA HA , LOLZzzzZzzzZzz

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 10:20

43. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Following your analogy, I'd prefer a new 2010 BMW 6 series than a new 2013 BMW 3 series anytime.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 12:05

52. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Older flagships have more accessories, developers, and manufacturer support than mid rangers that will be eol'd in six months. Just my $.02

And its not the same as an old and new 3 series. Were talking old flagship vs new midranger not old flagship vs new flagship.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 12:30

54. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Yes Flagships will always get the full Dev community support...so no need to worry abt updates , we got the Dev's backing us Up here ....

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:22 18

3. Zarak (Posts: 23; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Well obviously old is gold if you have a nexus device.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:35 2

36. cezarepc (Posts: 716; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


IMO, aside from Nexus devices and from a software standpoint, only the GS2 is a true oldie but a goodie because of the massive dev support..

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:27

4. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


My samsung galaxy s plus is no longer supported by cyanogenmod (post 10), and android 4.1 is the last spot it is going to, while the Old flagship, Samsung galaxy s is getting cyanogen mod 10.1

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:53

49. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


depens upon harware,price,update ...etc. you can't say perfectly.......especiality it is very difficult in android...

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 13:58

59. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


there are unofficial ports too...

my nexus one got kicked b4 ics, yet it is running cyanogenmod 10.1 perfectly

posted from a nexus one running 4.2.1

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:29 1

5. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 421; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


wheres the option for new high end?

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:30 6

6. PhoenixWright (Posts: 102; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


I'd like a sturdy Android phone manufactured by Nokia with A Pure View cam, with waterproof features like Sony's Xperia, with a huge Motorola's battery, and with Samsung's quick updates and great support.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:51 3

11. Leo_MC (Posts: 1711; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


HTC was faster updating their phone software than Samsung was.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 08:00 3

15. alexzibrit (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


Quicker but they hardly give updates for most of their phones

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:36 1

7. wendygarett (unregistered)


Easy for you to say old is gold :(

When a new device looks shiny and attractive, for sure you will easily brainwashed by marketing gimmick

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:37 2

8. johnriii (Posts: 238; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


considering I'm on a very tight budget, I will always look a smartphones that are not brand new, but less than a year old, with Specs that are relatively "future proof". I upgrade in July, so my target phones would be those that came out October 2012 or later. If I went by specs alone, the HTC DNA and the Samsung Note 2 far and away gives me the most bang for my buck. the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD is a distant third, but it is still definately on my list. Battery life is big for me, so the Note 2, based on my criteria, is tops on my list. The DNA gets negative marks due to lack of micro SD support, and questionable battery life, compared to the other two.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:39

9. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


im still enjoy using my old 3250 and N86. of course because they're Nokia, their quality is like the first day i bought them.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:49

38. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Nokia communicator 9300 still works as it did when i bought 7 years back despite having 3 terrible accidental drops.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_9300

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:41 3

10. daymler (Posts: 12; Member since: 09 May 2012)


i have samsung galaxy nexus - old (2011) but god damn gold !! - cheap without contract, the most recent updates (even updates that some of the most recent high edge smartphones don't have), and all the new technologies that one user need (LTE(optional) and NFC for example) !! no doubt the best offer !! :)))

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:57

13. lallolu (Posts: 492; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


In specs, an old high end is equal or less than a new mid-range phone. Eg lg optimus 2x vs lg L9; Htc sensation vs HTC One S.

Furthermore, their prices are usually very similar, so I believe it is much more sensible and future proof to buy a new mid-ranger.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:59

14. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Well, it all depends on the needs of each one. We must remember that not everyone can just get the latest flashgrip that comes out. I have pals that still use Samsung Galaxy I9000 & are very happy with it.

It's a matter of need & money.

I'm a hard player in this as recently I got myself a Note2 & Xperia Z but also have the S2,S3,S2 HD-LTE SHV-120L & the original Note (I need to sell the old units) hahaha
But the oldies are still goodies.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 08:00

16. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I try grooming my constituents in keeping the mindset that today's mobile devices are the new PC era. It is important to purchase a device that has the most features that they can afford. Signing a two year jail sentence with a carrier, means that most individuals are stuck with their devices until then. Having a device with the utmost latest features(even if not fully mainstream), ensures that they will grow into the technology.

John B.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 08:02 2

17. pyradark (Posts: 864; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


my SE K610i is working good for me, they even last long than my iphone5..hahaha
that's why its time to shift on the Z

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 08:02 3

18. alexzibrit (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


Well Sense the Samsung Galaxy S2 has been downgraded to a mid-range phone, it is still at the top of that category so I'll say Old Is Gold

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 08:03

19. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1017; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


If you can buy an older phone that still has 1GB of ram, dual core processor, and good screen, you can probably throw on a rom(I have JB on my Dinc2) and last for another 6 months to a year. I say this because right now, there aren't any new phones I would jump on. However there may be in the future. the Moto X phone and the HTC One are catching my attention.

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