iPhone retains its value best over the years, Android, RIM losing value quicker
0. phoneArena posted on 09 Feb 2012, 05:16
You’ve probably noticed that already, but here’s a study to prove your observations true and back it all up with data - the iPhone has the best resale value, while Android and RIM trail behind…
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1. Striker posted on 09 Feb 2012, 05:34 7 7
No surprise here. It is like comparing the resale value of a Benz with these of a VW or a Toyota.
7. Dmann posted on 09 Feb 2012, 07:50 6 4
No it is not. It´s like comparing Benz with almost all other cars altogether, from Toyota to BMW. You can have Android phones on all segments, from low to high end. Each segment with different resale value.
8. remixfa posted on 09 Feb 2012, 07:55 8 7
correct. ive proven in other articles to our resident apple fanboys that the galaxyS2 is older than the i4s and retains a higher resale value. "android" in this article incorperates everything from the el-cheapo Comet which is only 120 at full retail, to the monster phones like the S2.
Considering that, its not doing all too shabby.
24. metallica43 posted on 09 Feb 2012, 14:46 1 1
you are so right dude plus id say its an advantage having an option of low end and high end from the same company because say u like htc but can afford say a sensation xe you can get a lower spec phone for about £150 but with apple your stuck with one hefty price tag
15. nak1017 posted on 09 Feb 2012, 10:34 0 0
Comparing it to cars sortof brings to light of how unimportant the idea of resale on a phone is in the long term considering you don't take out a loan to buy a phone. When there's used phone lots on the side of highways in the shadier part of whatever city you live in, then I believe this will be an issue.
23. jskrenes posted on 09 Feb 2012, 14:40 1 0
Not quite a fair comparison. Since Android is an open and fluid system, you have Samsung, Motorola, LG, and HTC, among others, releasing new hardware every few months, that drives the resale price down. If there was only one new Android phone for every carrier every six months, I bet Android would hold its resale value more.
3. kshell1 posted on 09 Feb 2012, 07:05 2 4
iphones release once a year and they are extremely popular so naturally the price will be higher.
4. remixfa posted on 09 Feb 2012, 07:21 1 3
amazing anchorage is #2 on the list considering how bad iphones do in the cold.
16. nak1017 posted on 09 Feb 2012, 10:38 0 0
I was surprised Portland wasn't higher on the list until I realized it's still 1998 there
29. thephoneguy92 posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:07 0 0
When I used to live in Anchorage, people would kill for an iPhone...like literally kill...
10. PAPINYC (limited) 2 days ago posted on 09 Feb 2012, 08:22 1 5
This study is seriously flawed.
First off: you can not put a "Premium" Android smartphone, e.g., Motorola Photon/RAZR™/MAXX™, Samsung Galaxy S II/SkyRocket/Galaxy Note, HTC Rezound/EVO 3D, etc, in the same class as a Samsung Dart, Motorola Defy, HTC Hero, etc, or a host of low-end Android phones on carriers like MetroPCS, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, etc.
Secondly, iThink iPhone actually retAiNs more vAlue because, there have been a few tiMes whereiN i'Ve bought iPhones on CrAiGliSt quiTe iNexpensiVely (from people who don't know any better) just so that iCould do a few rAndom tests and then iResell them on CrAiGliSt for much more to people who really don't know any
better aka iShē€p. (baaaa-haaa-haaaa-aaaaaad…)
Finally, RIM actually still has value???????
30. thephoneguy92 posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:11 0 2
You are truly evil to make me think that you had some elaborate reason for capitalizing the letters that you did in the second paragraph. I spent 30 minutes trying to decipher that hidden message!
11. YouLostTheGame posted on 09 Feb 2012, 08:43 4 3
Interesting that iOS buyers are sheep while Android buyers are superior, LOL! All I know is that my 4S hasn't randomly rebooted or frozen, or encountered any lag whatsoever. However I did have all of the previously mentioned problems with Android. I owned both an original Droid and a Droid X and both phones were ok for about a month or two, but then started randomly rebooting themselves, freezing and laggy for the simplest of tasks. Wake up and smell the coffee, Android is an inferior product for many, many reasons.
13. andro. posted on 09 Feb 2012, 09:48 3 2
The simply answer is work in retail and with iphone complaints and theres much will change your mind on the situation. The galaxy s2 for one example is a smartphone we currently in which we've had the lowest returns from
20. PAPINYC (limited) 2 days ago posted on 09 Feb 2012, 10:55 0 2
Yes, agreed. (And, no, I do not work for T-Mo' or AT&T or BB or any other venue wherein electronics are sold)
19. PAPINYC (limited) 2 days ago posted on 09 Feb 2012, 10:53 0 3
Well, iPartiAlly agree wiTh you because iToo had the DROID X and that was one CRAPPPPY A$$ phone; so much so, iSwore never ever to buy Motorola again for as long as iLived. As for theOriginal DROID, had that too for about a month; it was even CRAPPPPPPPIER!! Both phones suffered from a variety of technical glitches and the dreaded random reboots. It's not really Android, it's what the OEM manufacterers and the carriers do to the OS. Also, sometimes in an effort to increase profit margin, they will opt' for inferior hardware. I don't have any issues with my DROID RAZR™, however, it has worked flawlessly [for me] since day one.
As for smelling coffee, no thank you; I would rather drink it with some South American "White Sugar" (Thank you).
31. thephoneguy92 posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:14 0 0
To be fair to Android, you did start off on the wrong foot. Android has many leaps and bounds in terms of the phone quality and actual OS. Starting with the original droid/x would come with those problems, but try a SGS2 now and see if you still have the same problems. Just sayin.
45. frydaexiii posted on 09 Feb 2012, 21:45 0 0
Maybe one of the reasons is because you're a dimwit who don't know proper phone maintenance? You're like one of those idiots who go around screaming "PC's suck, they crash and get slow after a month!" When they didn't even bother to do system maintenance like defragmenting or cleanup...
12. andro. posted on 09 Feb 2012, 09:46 1 2
This is no shock as the low mentality of ifans insures that they will still pay huge amounts for older generation iphones despite them being over a year or two old and despite it being way outside of the one year warranty.
That saying seeing as most iphones are the pretty exact same phone as each other released year on year then buying a two year old iphone doesn't differ much from buying the latest model,but then you still should pay high value despite this
14. gallitoking posted on 09 Feb 2012, 10:26 3 2
lol... I loved remix excused... now waiting for Sniggly and the top ranked fandroids
26. taz89 posted on 09 Feb 2012, 16:41 2 1
don't u mean excuse?...also dont think its a fair comparison, as there is different phones made no different price ranges made by multiple oems so its not fair just to put them under one "roof"...the s2 should not be put in the same camp as an HTC wildfire etc...although I agree though that the iPhone easily sells for higher price on the "streets".
34. gallitoking posted on 09 Feb 2012, 18:02 1 0
Android is open source while Apple is not.. they are different.. is not fair to put them head to head all this year but they have.. so fair went out the window.. years ago
35. taz89 posted on 09 Feb 2012, 18:13 0 0
Comparing os to os is fair...comparing higher end models to lower end model is not...its like comparing windows to mac but it wouldn't be faitin saying a £1000 Mac has a higher resale value compared to a £400 windows laptop....
38. gallitoking posted on 09 Feb 2012, 18:34 1 0
I see your point now... Apple products to Android products not made by Android.... ok.. true not fair....but is not Apple fault or RIM or Windows that Android is the only OS open to whomever....Apple products retain the value simply of brand recognition and Apple just claim the top spot...
40. taz89 posted on 09 Feb 2012, 18:38 0 0
Agree apple have created a brand that keeps great resale value and no one can argue that...just think aome not all android do keep some good value but obviously not at the level of apple products...
43. gallitoking posted on 09 Feb 2012, 18:54 1 0
true... I will leave it at that.. lol.. see I admit defeat.. at times
32. thephoneguy92 posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:17 0 1
Well gallito, maybe if you used logic instead of, well, whatever it is you call, maybe you would understand why the trends are the way they are, instead of screaming to yourself in your bedroom ANDROID SUCKS
33. gallitoking posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:59 1 0
how come I don't hear the same excuses when the topic is .. market share?... I have never hear any fandroid stating that the market share of Android is due to different manufacturers. and all that cr@p... please at least dig deeper into that bag of excuses as those are old. now... being an open OS has it cons..
36. taz89 posted on 09 Feb 2012, 18:15 0 0
Market share is different to price as price comes in at various prices where as android is android and there are charts that just do market shares of individual manufactures too.
41. gallitoking posted on 09 Feb 2012, 18:38 0 0
you win Taz89.... very good congrats... I see your point... thanks..
37. thephoneguy92 posted on 09 Feb 2012, 18:34 0 0
I don't understand what you mean? Maybe use less periods and proper english? Cause I am very confused
39. gallitoking posted on 09 Feb 2012, 18:37 0 0
I don't understand why you being confused has anything to do with the article... I am not dear Abby.... lol... jk.. the article is confusing so the answers will be confusing.. ( I don't understand much either)... if that helps
17. TKFox007 posted on 09 Feb 2012, 10:46 0 0
It's only because the demand for iPhones is still high and will probably always still be high. People only want it because it's an iPhone.
18. rasinhussy posted on 09 Feb 2012, 10:49 1 0
I say all smartphones are Toyota brands, with the iPhone being the Lexus line, you pay a premium for slightly better parts. The Android phones range anywhere from the Corolla up to Land Cruiser.
I really just depends on what you need it for and the status symbol you're trying to live up to.
22. speckledapple posted on 09 Feb 2012, 14:09 0 0
I think this is obvious. The main makers of android devices create one every ten seconds it seems. Too much saturation. Apple releases just one a year and that seems to be enough for them. Android manufacturers simply need to cut back and focus more on the quality rather than the quantity.
25. sprockkets posted on 09 Feb 2012, 15:20 0 0
Weird, I find supply and demand is still a factor. The original Nexus 1 still goes for more than the 3GS on average on ebay. For that matter, the iphone4S is more expensive unlocked to begin with by $100 than most high end Android phones.
28. thephoneguy92 posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:04 0 0
In my opinion, there are a couple reasons for it. One, is that this study is taking into effect all Android phones, even low-end ones. Two, how much you get for a trade in are factored on many things, one of them being demand for the product. With Android realeasing so many phones in a year, higher-end phones can easily become less desirable because something new has come out, regardless of how good it is. Although I could be wrong, someone please enlighten me if I am.
44. QWIKSTRIKE posted on 09 Feb 2012, 19:59 0 0
The true reason for iPhone higher resales is probably due to they only have a few versions. Android has a new flavor of a phone out many times during the year. Every new Android latest and greatest makes the older model more obsolete. Comparing Benz and Toyota's is so damn stupid and childish. Talk about the blind leading the lame and blind......get a grip!
If any new model had as many new offerings a year as Android the price would fall for the oldest model period. iPhone just has limited models that can be had that all pretty much function the same minus the last siri release 4S.
Who would want an old EVO 4G with a GN , SGII, or Droid Max. Who would want a Droid Max with an SGIII on the horzion.
46. frydaexiii posted on 09 Feb 2012, 23:12 0 0
It's funny, this should be a good thing for Android...The value of phones go down because a newer superior model has deemed it obsolete, for models like the Galaxy S2, it's priced hasn't dropped much since it was released because no new Android model has really beaten it yet, most are on par (Galaxy Nexus, Droid Razr). For phones like HTC Wildfire, Hero, SE X8 etc. they are low ends that are easily beaten by the newer low ends, thus the significant price drop. Fast price drops are good in the sense that Android phones are advancing really quickly in terms of hardware...
47. RORYREVOLUTION posted on 09 Feb 2012, 23:38 0 0
Oh look another iPhone sales are amazing article, never seen one of these before!