These were the top selling used Android phones of 2017

These were the top selling used Android phones of 2017
Which was the best-selling used Android phone of 2017?

It's hard to tell as tracking used phones is a tough task, but Swappa - one of the most popular user-to-user services for selling and purchasing gently used tech in the US - has released its data for 2017, and you can see some interesting trends.

For starters, the top 10 of the most-traded used Android phones of 2017 consists of devices made by just two brands: Samsung and Google.


If you ever doubted Samsung's dominant hold on the US Android market, take a look at the list below, with 7 out of the 10 best selling Android phones in 2017:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S7 with an average price of $309
  2. Samsung Galaxy S6 with an average price of $199
  3. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with an average price of $368
  4. Samsung Galaxy S5 with an average price of $104
  5. Google Pixel XL with an average price of $586
  6. Nexus 6P with an average price of $293
  7. Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus with an average price of $615
  8. Samsung Galaxy S8 with an average price of $550
  9. Google Pixel with an average price of $495
  10. Galaxy Note 8 with an average price of $726

Swappa does not say exactly how many phones in total it helped people sell and buy in 2017, but does mention "hundreds of thousands", so this really sounds like a big enough sample size.

Meanwhile, would you consider buying a used phone? You could save a lot of money, but there is a certain amount of risk to it.

source: Swappa

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14 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7004; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wow $104 for a Samsung Galaxy S5. For 1920x1080 AMOLED display.

8. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Welcome to Android world. Android phones lose value literary within months....lol

11. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Welcome to iOS world. iOS device throttle after a year.....lol

13. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Or 6 months. Whichever comes 1st.

12. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

The Galaxy S5 is a 4 year old phone. They don't lose value. To7 wouldn't know value if it slapped you in the face.

2. libra89

Posts: 2264; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I believe this. I had no problem selling the 2 Pixels I had last year.

3. Obádárà

Posts: 217; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

... WOW! IT MEANS MORE PEOPLE ARE BUYING SAMSUNG PHONES...

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30875; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can dig it. Android = choice.

5. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Americans love lag and the Sawtooth crapmoleds pentline

7. MOSFET

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Now featuring in the bargain-basement Apple iPhone X.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3106; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You must be the life of every party.

10. Duncdawg26

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

I've bought a couple phones off of swappa. But got my moto g4 off of Craigslist for $100 a year ago. Whether it's swappa or somewhere else, I only buy used. No one needs to or even should spend more than a hundred or 2 on a cell phone. Too breakable, looseable, and dispensible. And also, those averages are all higher than a good deal really would be on swappa. You can find all of those cheaper than those averages...

14. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

i once bought a sold as great condition iPhone 3G when it was out. Looked great, worked perfectly, but then would auto restart. Took it to the Apple store about 5 months only to be told its missing a bunch if screws, brackets, and other components that kept the internal together. My friend bought an iPhone 7 on swappa. Water got inside the phone. Adhesive was garbage and not OEM apple. It was also once open. I've also once bought an S3 with fake ATT receipt printed on a receipt paper and the seller claimed the device had a clean IMEI. Less than a month later, my phone was blacklisted and there was no way to unblacklist it. Phone are not too unbreakable. The S8 and Note8, my current phones, don't flex when trying to intentionally bend (watch bend test videos) and a thin case with a hammer proof screen protector like Rhinoshield, In1 Nano shield, Lensun, etc are great for protection. Even a great quality material thin case is good enough for a typical drop with tge device rolling if you were to fumble your phone on gravel or down a rocky hill. The best is to finance a phone from a carrier and pay for device protection. As long as you pay that small 10 to 15 each month, you can own your phone for as long as the rest of your life. anytime your phone breaks or goes missing and you didn't expect to have that 200 to 400 for a cheaper used phone, you only pay as little as 100 to 200. Also, all defects or future non accident claims will will be free or 5 bucks like at TMobile. [Knock on wood] I rather break my Note 8 two times and pay $99 total for each Note 8 in a period of a year or 2 rather than buy 2 off the streets for 600 each at lowest and still isn't guarantee it won't be a lemon or a brick. And you can say insurance is costly each month. Is it really? Note 8 came out in September 2017 if I remember, even if I own the Note 8 til sept of 2018. Thats about 180 bucks of insurance money I would pay, then lets say i pay 99. Its still only 279 that I paid for a replacement Note 8 that has been certified by Samsung or even new if Im lucky. Still less than 6 to 700 bucks for a note 8 and i can live well knowing if I lose a device, my bank account won't be hurt

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