Old vs new: what smartphone would you buy?
posted by Nick T. / Feb 13, 2013, 7:19 AM
great "old" phones are now quite cheap.
And we're not talking about second-hand units sold on eBay. Former flagship Android smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S II or HTC Sensation to name a few, can be bought unused and off-contract for half of what they were worth back in 2011, which is about as much as mid-rangers cost today. These former flagships are not bad devices at all given their relevant hardware specs and capabilities. However, things don't look as good on the software side of things. In fact,
major software updates for older phones take forever
or don't come at all, which can be frustrating. Don't believe us? Just ask an owner of the HTC ThunderBolt or LG Optimus 2X "superphone". Having up-to-date software running on your smartphone is important because that makes it more stable and adds certain features that improve the overall user experience – in Android's case, Google Now and Project Butter are two great examples.
Apple in this case is an exception as it provides its users with timely software updates. For example, the iPhone 4, which now runs iOS 6 despite being well over 2 years old. But in general, smartphone manufacturers rarely bother with updating devices they've released more than a year ago. Sure, there are quality custom ROMs available online – made by the online enthusiast communities for a broad range of handsets. Those not familiar with the matter are free to look up CyanogenMod and see what it's all about. However, not every user feels comfortable with altering their handset's software and voiding its warranty along the way.
On the other hand, online smartphone communities are a great source of information about dealing with a device's imperfections. The longer a given handset has been on the market, the more it has been studied and the more feedback about it has been provided by those who already own it. And it is safer to buy a smartphone that is known to be free of glitches, won't you agree?
Sadly, while a smartphone's software can be modified and upgraded, its hardware cannot. And
new phones often feature new technologies
that may come in handy. For example, we've started seeing 4G LTE connectivity present on a number of new mid-range smartphones, such as the US-bound LG Spirit 4G, Samsung Ativ Odyssey, or the HTC One SV, which is offered in many markets around the world. NFC is also a cool perk, which allows one to take advantage of contact-less payments, among other things.
What's your take on this, guys? Would you go with a flagship smartphone from last year, or you'd prefer buying a brand new handset model that costs the same? Cast your vote in our poll below and don't hesitate to share your opinion with us down in the comments!
An old flagship or a new mid-range: what smartphone would you buy?
Old is gold!
A new mid-range makes more sense
Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013
I rather buy nokia 3310, haha XD
posted on Feb 13, 2013, 7:22 AM 19
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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 Feb 13, 2013, 7:22 AM 2
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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 Feb 13, 2013, 7:55 AM 2
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if you want a former flagship model, buy iPhone, trust me, its software updates is amazing..
posted on Feb 13, 2013, 10:02 AM 0
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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 Feb 13, 2013, 12:05 PM 0
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Well obviously old is gold if you have a nexus device.
posted on Feb 13, 2013, 7:22 AM 18
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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 Feb 13, 2013, 7:27 AM 0
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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 Feb 13, 2013, 7:30 AM 6
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HTC was faster updating their phone software than Samsung was.
posted on Feb 13, 2013, 7:51 AM 3
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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 Feb 13, 2013, 7:37 AM 2
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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 Feb 13, 2013, 7:39 AM 0
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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 Feb 13, 2013, 7:41 AM 3
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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 Feb 13, 2013, 7:57 AM 0
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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 Feb 13, 2013, 7:59 AM 0
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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 Feb 13, 2013, 8:00 AM 0
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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.
posted on Feb 13, 2013, 8:03 AM 0
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