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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, 13:22

56. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)

i will pick the htc desire HD with a large battery any day. Loe that phone !

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 13:47

58. MesEyes (Posts: 18; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

I dont know. im still trying to figure out what phone to upgrade to. I love phones and i want one that will stay up to date for a while. But even thought i love phones, im not willing to spend a lot on a phone because its just phone. I have sprint

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 14:03

60. cdgoin (Posts: 533; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

Just upgraded a "New" Dell Venue Pro to 7.8.. I personally like it better than my sons 8x.. Althgouh I do wish it had a better Camera.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 14:28

61. rdeleonp (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Jan 2012)

How about option 3:

Buy a new Nexus 4 at the same price of current mid-range phones, call it a day.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:19

62. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

It's on a case by case basis, but for me I would much rather have an older more capable phone than a newer buggier, cheaper phone. I know my sister just got her first smartphone, and was originally wanting some mid-range Samsung, but I eventually just talked her into the GSII which is better in every aspect. But she just picked up a GSIII when Best Buy was having that sale before Christmas where it was only $50! Which is what I really don't understand because it's really not hard to find the best for a great price.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 17:43

64. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

Old flagships like the S2 is an instant choice. It still gets support from samsung and old flagships are supportive from the dev communities providing root access and custom ROMS. Mid-rangers hardly ever get a major update pushed out. The S2 is even getting jelly bean with the new touchwiz on the S3. what more to say??

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 21:40

65. a_tumiwa (Posts: 373; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

depend on the OS , if it is Android, i prefer a new mid-range, but if it is iOS, i prefer the old one

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:52

68. samsunggalaxylover (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

I prefer new mid-range phones because they have newer software.

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