Best phones of 2014: last year's phones prices have fallen, here are the best deals


Last year's flagship Android phones remain fairly competitive to this day.

And they come with one important advantage over the 2015 crop of Android top dogs: they are much cheaper. Smartphone makers have slashed prices on the most alluring devices in their last year's portfolio, but how much of a price cut have they received and are the savings enough to convince budget buyers to look at these phones?

We've looked through the most popular and important Android phones of 2015, starting with a look at their original price and comparing this to the way the phone has aged in price at both carriers and if you want to buy it unlocked. Here is what we found.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha


Release date: September 1st, 2014 (it's been 1 year, 2 months and 12 days since)

Full retail price at launch (in 2014): $613

Prices now:
Unlocked at Best Buy: $295
AT&T: phased out
Verizon: not available 

Savings to date: $318, or 52%


Samsung Galaxy S5


Release date: April 11th, 2014 (it’s been 1 year, 7 months, 2 days since)

Full retail price at launch (in 2014): $650

Prices now:
Unlocked at Best Buy: $450
AT&T: $17.34/mo with 30mo instalment plan, $520 goPhone
Verizon: $23/mo with 24mo instalment plan, total retail: $550
T-Mobile: $20/mo with 24mo instalment plan, total cost: $480

Savings to date (using T-Mobile prices): $200 (31%)


Samsung Galaxy Note 4


Release date: October 14th, 2014 (it’s been 1 year and 30 days since)

Full retail price at launch (in 2014): $700 (Verizon) - $720 (T-Mobile, Sprint) - $826 (AT&T)

Prices now:
Unlocked at Best Buy: $560
AT&T: $22.86/mo with 30mo instalment plan, full retail: $686
Verizon: $26/mo with 24mo instalment plan, total cost: $624
T-Mobile: $22.92/mo with 24mo instalment plan, total cost: $550

Savings to date (using T-Mobile original prices): $160 (22%)


Motorola Moto X (2014)


Release date: September 5th, 2014 (it’s been 1 year, 2 months and 8 days since)

Full retail price at launch (in 2014): $499

Prices now:
Unlocked at Motorola.com: $299
AT&T: $18.90/mo with 30mo instalment plan, full retail: $567
Verizon: $18.74/mo with 24mo instalment plan, total cost: $450
T-Mobile: not sold

Savings to date: $200 (40%)


LG G3


Release date: July 8th, 2014 (it’s been 1 year, 4 months and 5 days since)

Full retail price at launch (in 2014): $600

Prices now:
Unlocked at Best Buy: $340
AT&T (refurb only, web-only!): $12.73/mo with 30mo instalment plan, full retail: $384
AT&T version at Best Buy: $14.97/mo with 30mo instalment plan,
Verizon: $18/mo with 24mo instalment plan, total cost: $432
T-Mobile: $11.67/mo with 24mo instalment plan, total cost: $280

Savings to date: $260 (43%)


HTC One M8


Release date: April 11th, 2014 (it’s been 1 year, 7 months and 2 days since)

Full retail price at launch (in 2014): $650

Prices now:
Unlocked at HTC.com: full retail price of $500
AT&T: full retail price of $500
Verizon: full retail price of $500
Sprint: full retail price of $500
T-Mobile: full retail price of $500

Savings to date: $150 (23%)


Sony Xperia Z3


Release date: September 26th, 2014 (it's been 1 year, 1 month and 18 days since)

Full retail price at launch (in 2014): €650

Unlocked (European price at Amazon.de): €454
AT&T: not available
Verizon: not available
T-Mobile: not available

Savings to date: €196 (30%)


Nexus 6


Release date: October 29th, 2014 (it’s been 1 year and 15 days since)

Full retail price at launch (in 2014): $650

Prices now:
Unlocked (at Amazon): $340
AT&T: $19.97mo with 30mo instalment plan, total cost $599
Verizon: $27mo with 24mo instalment plan, total cost $648
T-Mobile: not available

Savings to date: $310 (48%)


BlackBerry Passport


Release date: September 24th, 2014 (it’s been 1 year, 1 month and 20 days since)

Full retail price at launch (in 2014): $700

Prices now:
Unlocked (at Amazon): $470
AT&T: $16.67/mo with 30mo instalment plan, total cost $500
Verizon: phased out
T-Mobile: phased out

Savings to date: $230 (33%)

Conclusions


It's clear that some phones have aged better than others and while there are hundreds of different aspects to explore, we'll just focus on one: price.

For users, the best savings on last year's top phones are as follows:

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha: savings of $318, or 52% off its original price
  • Nexus 6: savings of $310, or 48% off
  • LG G3: savings of $260, or 43% off
  • Moto X (2014): savings of $200, or 40% off
  • BlackBerry Passport: savings of $230, or 33% off
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: savings of $200, or 31% off
  • Sony Xperia Z3: savings of €196, or 30% off
  • HTC One M8: savings of $150, or 23% off
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4: savings of $160, or 22% off
Put simply, if you are after the best deals and cost is an absolute priority, you should feel the most satisfaction if you purchase one of the first devices on the list. 

Buying a phone is about much more than just a deal, though: curiously, devices like the BlackBerry Passport have already been largely phased out and despite being a fairly good value, we do not recomment you buying one. Then, there are considerations like size: the Nexus 6 might be too large of a phone for many people out there.

The rest of the phones, though? While each one of them has its minor niggles, there are no huge issues to be too concerned about and you can safely pull the trigger knowing you are getting a great phone at a great price.

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25 Comments

1. Jorgemerino97

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

And the Xperia Z3?

4. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

I did not include it initially since it never arrived stateside (except for the Verizon-only Z3v), but on second thought, it's only fair to have it, so I've now added it with its European price and savings. Thanks!

2. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Nexus 6 is the only one worth considering. The others with their current price i would get better deals with the latest specification from Chinese brands.

13. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

What about note 4? Great camera, display, battery life and performance?

19. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

if you look closely, LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Alpha really stand out in their own size segments.

3. legiloca.v2 unregistered

if Software Updates are to be considered, I think the Nexus 6 is a great steal when as for the others I'm quite sure they will be left out after a year, but as of how much you're getting for your money, the Note 4 is the best deal as it packs pretty much everything, the kitchen sink and your neighbor's kitchen sink

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I'm seeing a bunch of people with the S5 and G3.

6. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I think the upcoming price drops for lg g4 is worth the wait for their fans. They're already even having christmas sales in my country today.

7. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

My G3 is still working perfectly, but my next smartphone must be the next generation of Google's Nexus as LG gets me disappointed with its lateness of major updates such as Android OS 5.1 and 6.

8. Doctorluv unregistered

suh, wole on deh..!! What happen to the iPhone? Fi dem price cyaah drop??

23. gazmatic

Posts: 808; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I read that with an Antiguan accent.

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Galaxy Alpha Sd801 $294 At Bestbuy.

10. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

Thanks! That's actually one of my favorites of 2014, added it to the list!

11. ArmAndHammer2015

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 25, 2014

I find it odd that the M8 is still so expensive after all this time, and HTC is the company that is struggling the most at the moment. Even the M9 is still retailing at full price while both the LG G4 and Galaxy S6 have seen a price decrease.

12. kevinhope5

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

LG G3 is the worst flagship phone I've ever used. The 2 mp camera on the Galaxy Pocket Neo 2014 is even better than the G3.

14. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Lol? No one agree with you. Lgg3 is one of the best value for money 2014 flagships

15. kudus

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

well i need a dislike button rn. lg g3 is one of the best phone value for money period!

16. TheOriginal

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

dang its ridiculous how much the carriers gouge consumers but no one notices anymore on these installments, i will always buy unlocked

17. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Always, if you can afford it. I understand some people need the installments, but for a good percentage of buyers they have no idea how much they could save by shopping around and buying outright. Go to Best Buy, go to Amazon, EBay, the OEM website, so many other sites out there. This years Hero devices can be found at non-painful prices, much less last years.

18. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Nexus 6 is a steal. I know it has kicked around harshly when released, but I think it got a bum wrap. It was not a bad device, and everyone kinda piled on because it was kind of a dissappointment. But it will stand the test of time, and if you can handle the size those prices are amazing. The LG G3 is a nice bargin. But buy it for what it is right now. Do not expect any updates, that way you will not be as dissappointed if it doesn't happen. It still is a great Hero. Cannot believe how Samsung devices hold their value. Just a credit to their brand awwareness. I would grab a Passport if you are interested. Even if BB goes all Android, they have shown time and time again they support their devices. I would easily give them the benefit of the doubt. Not sure you could pay me to take a HTC off your hands.

22. BRYLYNT

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Kind of uninformed to say not to expect updates from the g3 when it's been confirmed that it and the g2 will be getting marshmellow. The g2 is a 2013 flagship. Who else is updating their flagship from 2013? My g vista got 5.5 before the s5. Lets stop trying to drag lg through the mud about updates when they're as good or better than every other OEM out there.

20. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Instead of these old flagships, it might be better to buy Zenfone 2 Laser (3GB ram, 5.5 1080p screen 5/13MP camera) for only $200. It's certainly still a lot cheaper than any of these old flagships and all it's features are good enough meets needs of most people.

21. 48Chevy

Posts: 72; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is USD 229 in today's Walmart Black Friday ad and the LG G3 is USD 330 at Boost Mobile.

24. majedlutfi

Posts: 38; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

what about oneplus one 250-300$ I think it's the only smartphone here that worth it since the others prices are not that cheap and you can get an 2015 midranger with higher specs or even a Chinese flagship

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Galaxy Alpha was a good idea, terribly executed. I purchased one for a family member to use outside the USA. It just wasn't worth $500. It felt cheap. I was comparing it to the iPhone 5S which is a cool looking phone, but also feels cheap to me because they are so light. But it felt so small and with only a 720p display, it just wasn't worth it. I ended up getting them an S4 instead because it was cheaper. This year they are getting an S6 Edge so that will be a nice move after one year. Did the Alpha even sell? I haven't ever seen anyone with one.

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