Poll results: brand new phones win... half the votes!

Poll results: brand new phones win... half the votes!
Nowadays, there are plenty of places where you can go and get a bargain on a shiny tech gadget. From authorized refurbish shops and resellers to private, mano-a-mano second-hand websites. And these places thrive because shiny gadgets are usually expensive!

We thought we'd ask — how do you go about your new smartphone purchases? Do you always go for the new model as soon as you can, do you wait a bit for the second-hand market to fill with juicy offers, or do you bide your time until said new model's retail price drops (usually a year).

Here's how that poll went. About half the voters always go brand-new and given we are a smartphone tech-oriented website, we wouldn't expect less. We all love that shiny new thing!

The rest of the votes are almost evenly dispersed between refurbished, second hand (private seller), or new old stock phones. And there are plenty of arguments for and against these choices — refurbished phones make it easy to get a newer model in an almost-like-new state, at a noticeably lower price, but warranty is limited and the phone may or may not be a bust. Second hand will be even cheaper, but you have to be really careful about who and where you buy from, of course. Getting last year's model will give you the benefits of having a brand-new phone and a full warranty, but it's... well, it's last year's model.

Do you prefer to go brand new or second hand?

Brand new
Certified refurbished
Second-hand (private auction / classified ads)
Brand new, but last year's model!



1. gandalf_the_junkie

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 22, 2018

Am I the only one who keeps a phone 3+ years?

3. Chris_ABN

Posts: 194; Member since: May 16, 2018

No my last phone I had for almost 3yrs. That's why I had to upgrade to a S9 Plus.

4. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I change phone every 6 months, I have Mate 10 pro since January, next month I'm buying the Oneplus 6.

5. Vokilam

Posts: 1286; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

If I don’t dont have issues I will keep mine for a long time.

9. Linn_Drum

Posts: 79; Member since: Mar 21, 2018

Probably! :) ;)

2. Chris_ABN

Posts: 194; Member since: May 16, 2018

I personally buy new phones unless I'm buying one for my kids. Then that's when used phones becomes a purchasers best friend.

6. willy.4

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

I'm still using my Note 4 and loving it..... Till the 10 comes out, I'll be sticking to one of the best phone that Samsung has EVER made ..... : ) so yes .... lol, buy new and if able and capable I will hang on to them for a while.....

7. two_soggy_waffles

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 10, 2017


8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I generally get the new Note, and iPhone every year. Those are my favs, but this year will be different. I’ll get the new iPhone, if it’s 6.5 inches, but I’m skipping the Note 9, and waiting for the 10. Part of the reason is that, my Samsung accessories got crappy, and I sold them, so my Note 8 isn’t my daily driver at the moment.

10. Linn_Drum

Posts: 79; Member since: Mar 21, 2018

I can't say I'm surprised by that outcome at all.

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