Smart buys: four previous-gen smartphones worth buying today at discounted prices

Smart buys: four previous-gen smartphones worth buying today at discounted prices
As smartphone makers get around to introducing new models, it's only natural to see the old ones being offered at discounted prices. However, as it turns out, not all smartphones are created or priced equal.

In some cases, devices that have lost their appeal as months passed largely maintain their launch-day price. In other cases, however, smartphones that still pack a mean punch are offered at hefty discounts.

We did some digging around, and we're ready to talk about the top five 2015 smartphones that are worth purchasing in March 2016. 


The LG G4 landed back last April 2015 as a sub-premium smartphone. At the moment, T-Mobile is selling the handset for just $350 up front, while B&H Photo Video has the unlocked flavour of the phone available at $380

The handset may be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset - a SoC that integrates a hexa-core CPU, not an octa-core one like the Snapdragon 810 - but the overall performance of the phone is quite satisfactory. In the memory department, the LG G4 comes with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, as well as a microSD card slot. 

Keeping the lights on is a 3000mAh battery, that offers only average autonomy. However, you can always buy a second battery and take advantage of the phone's ability to swap batteries on the go.

Other advantages include the 16MP primary camera, one that offers a manual mode to facilitate the capture of amazing photos in the hands of a skilled photographer, as well as a tanned leather back option that adds a bit of elegance to what's otherwise an unimpressive build. Furthermore, the device has been already updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and will probably get the next major Android iteration as well.

Compared to the new LG G5, the G4 is far less impressive, that's for sure. On the other hand, the new LG G5 will be priced at about twice as what its predecessor is currently going for. Currently sold at the price of a mid-range model, the LG G4 is definitely worth buying today.

Samsung Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S7 may be the talk of the town today, but its predecessor, the Galaxy S6, is still one of the best Android smartphones you can currently get your hands on. At the moment, an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 with 32GB of internal storage and one year of US warranty goes for just $479.99. 

The Exynos 7420 chipset is paired with 3GB of RAM to offer sufficient processing power for any task you can imagine while the 5.2-inch 1440x2560 Super AMOLED display offers one of the best multimedia experiences on any smartphone. Other advantages include a beautiful glass-and-metal sandwich design, a 16MP primary camera that offers excellent performance, as well as an accurate fingerprint sensor. 

On the software side, the Galaxy S6 is currently being updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Unfortunately, it looks like Samsung has delayed updating its 2015 flagships to the latest version of Android, which makes us a bit skeptical about the phone getting a timely update to Android N.

With the Galaxy S7 just around the corner, chances are that the Galaxy S6 will start being offered at even lower prices, so keep your eyes open for hot deals on the phone.

Motorola Nexus 6

The Motorola Nexus 6, the original premium Nexus phablet, launched all the way back in September 2014. Following the launch of the Huawei Nexus 6P, Motorola has since discontinued the Nexus 6, but the phone can still be purchased unlocked from Amazon, where it's currently going for $349.99

In terms of processing power, the Nexus 6 is able to handle almost everything you throw at it, despite the fact that the Snapdragon 805 chipset is a bit outdated by modern flagship standards. Other notable specs include a massive 6-inch display with a resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage space, and a 13MP primary camera. 

Like all Nexus smartphones, a major strong point of the Nexus 6 is the promise of timely Android updates. The device currently runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and it will get also get Android N when the new OS version launches later this year.

At $349, the Motorola Nexus 6 is still a decent pick for a beastly-sized Android phablet with the promise of timely Android updates - both major launches and security patches - by the end of the year.

If you want to get an inexpensive Android smartphone, check out the Motorola Moto G (2014). The 8GB version of the handset is currently available for just $100 at multiple retailers.

Definitely, the specs of the Motorola Moto G (2014) are not going to impress anyone after 18 months of commercial availability. Before shrugging at the hardware specs, however, do bear in mind that we're talking about a smartphone that costs just $100 unlocked.

The 2014 Motorola Moto G comes with a 5-inch IPS display running a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels. The processing power is ensured by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset paired with 1GB of RAM. In the imaging department, the Moto G (2014) features an 8MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary shooter on the front.

Also notable is the fact that the Moto G (2014) is now being updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the US.



1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

you guys would suggest the G4 despite the hardware issue that LG admitted there was with it? i'd suggest potential buyers stay far, far away from the G4.

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Wasn't that due to loose contacts or something? It seems like a non-issue now considering that LG says they'll repair any affected models, and they probably starting producing a revised model without the problem, so most new buyers of the G4 won't be affected at all.


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Not true; not in my country at least. Despite LG releasing the statement, and countless of online threads regarding the issues, the LG team in my country says they're not aware of this issue. And this is even though many people have already sent their phone in and their FB page getting spammed by angry customers.

6. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

What issue? I have a g4 and it's running fine.

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

"My one unit is working fine, so that means the problem doesn't exist" Not how it works. There was a very serious bootloop issue with the G4, but LG began to resolve it about a little over a month ago.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just because you have a working unit doesn't mean the problem doesn't exist. Stop being ignorant.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Friends don't let friends buy the G4.

21. Ashoaib

Posts: 3285; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

buy nokia 808 in 200$... great camera, great call quality and ............ thats it :p

2. saif2711

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

S6 seems a perfect choice.s7 like feeling for less investment.

7. Furbal unregistered

128gb att model going for under $500 new on eBay right now, great deal

20. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I have read several articles recently about the S7 where the writer has commented on the underwhelming battery of the S6, stating that was what had let it down.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Doesn't the G4 has a hardware defect that is just waiting to mess up your phone? Maintenance might be free but I don't live close or even relatively close to any certified repair shops and sending it off would be a pain. For that reason alone the G4 shouldn't be on this list, it might have a discounted price but it's not worth it. Anyone that's interested, shouldn't buy the G4 because its a ticking time bomb.

28. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Unless you manage to get a unit from last year you are out of the woods.

4. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

From this article, i read necus 6 has 32gb RAM !!!!!!!

8. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

LOL it would beat 6P in multitask...

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

even my PC's RAM cant beat that, lol

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's NeXus with an X, not C. Second, 32GB of storage, not RAM.

11. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I vouch for the Nexus 6... I just bought one for $230 refurbished. I don't think I could own a better phone right now. Even if the Note 5 or 6P is supposed to be better. I just can't picture myself enjoying them any more than this phone. Especially for the price.

13. clay91071

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

My G4 hasn't missed a beat! I can't think of any other phone to upgrade to for

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Really PA? These are the best previous generation phones you can think of? Where's the Note 4, the HTC One M9, the M8? I would choose a flip phone over the G4 or the Nexus 6. Those two dead weights are terrible choices.

29. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

It seems like this guy hates LG as hell. These days every phone brand has issues, but most important is that they have solutions after being aware of the issues. Get a new life, dude! Hate doesn't make us great.

30. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

One M9? Are you serious?

19. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Guys I'm torn between the note 4 and s6. Which should I go for? Main priority is a good camera and battery backup that can last a whole day atleast. The note 4 32 gig is a tad cheaper than the s6 32 gig. I'm swayed more toward note 4 for the removable battery, expandable Storage and the bigger screen. Just wanna know your take on this.

22. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Go for the Note 4!It has better battery backup,expandable storage and S pen.S6 has a better camera but Note 4's camera is also great.

23. Furbal unregistered

Note 4

25. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Dude, go ahead and buy the Note 4. Besides the slightly better camera and faster rom of the S6, the note 4 floors it in every other category. If battery life is important to you then it's a no Brainerd my friend

26. chenski

Posts: 769; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Note 4 only has better battery life

24. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This is stupid list, those phones are still expensive, S5 is the previous gen phone with best value

31. sissy246

Posts: 7117; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

True, the s5 got a bad rap. It is truly a great phone. Loved mine the whole time I had it. Ran great and never had a bit of trouble with it. I did give it up for the note 5 because I wanted the bigger screen and the S pen.

27. jamesbradley

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

my S5 is worthwile!

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