Old vs new: what smartphone would you buy?

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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68 Comments

56. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

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

58. MesEyes

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 05, 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

60. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 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.

61. rdeleonp

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

How about option 3: Buy a new Nexus 4 at the same price of current mid-range phones, call it a day.

62. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 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.

64. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 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??

65. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 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

68. samsunggalaxylover

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

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