back to article Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

iPhones maintain their resale value much better than Androids. That much you probably already know – but which are the worst droids to resell? A survey of over 100,000 eBay transactions provides some answers. The data isn't just a handy guide to flogging your unwanted upgrade, but also an indication of the "real" market value …

  1. Voland's right hand Silver badge

    Same as with cars

    This goes to show that "use until it is dead" model is significantly better financially than "change shiny-shiny every 2 years". The fact that it sucks marginally less for an iPhone is just that - "sucks marginally less".

    So if you run the same model till full depreciation which for a phone now stands at around 4 years you get that you have a net gain compared to selling old and getting new every 2 years.

    That is not news - it is well known from other goods - cars, white goods, etc. Just there the depreciation periods are longer (up to a decade).

    1. Chris Miller

      Re: Same as with cars

      Agreed, Voland, except the model is rather more "run until the mfr stops issuing security updates", which for a Sammy phone is probably around 18 months if you're lucky - and if you insert the word 'timely' before 'security updates' 18 days. And no, I don't want to put Cyanogen on it, but thanks for asking :).

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Same as with cars

        "which for a Sammy phone is probably around 18 months if you're lucky"

        Horseshit. Here is the wakeup call, the Internet lies.

        1. Phukov Andigh Bronze badge

          Re: Same as with cars

          truth.

          personal s5 still running strong. S7 is barely 4 months old tho. Work S5 still going strong.

          iPhones get resold because of both marketing hype and foreign desire.

          People will buy old ones simply to play apps that are no longer supported after a couple years of iOS upgrades leave the new device behind.

          But seriously, anyone buying handsets "for the resale value" is playing a serious fool's game. Like refusing to lower a convertible top on a new car because it "ruins the resale value"-like anything will do what simply driving it off the lot did. All mine have "value" as terminals, robotics programs, donated to charity, whatever. If I get any money for one, bonus.

          But since I never pull a handset before 2 years, what do I know LOL

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Same as with cars

            "But since I never pull a handset before 2 years, what do I know LOL"

            You had ne until LOL.

    2. GlenP Silver badge

      Re: Same as with cars

      Unfortunately for iPhones "use until dead", or in practice "use until battery dies" is about 2 years. I have very few of the work ones go much longer than that, and some are dead after 18 months.

      1. cynic 2

        Re: Same as with cars

        That's strange. My old 4S still had decent battery life after 4 years. I suppose the mileage is different if you do lots of calls a day,

        1. Jeffrey Nonken Silver badge

          Re: Same as with cars

          "That's strange. My old 4S still had decent battery life after 4 years. I suppose the mileage is different if you do lots of calls a day,"

          Probably has more to do with the way you treat the battery. I mean, charge cycles and stuff. Do a web search to find the best practices.

      2. Voland's right hand Silver badge

        Re: Same as with cars

        Unfortunately for iPhones "use until dead", or in practice "use until battery dies" is about 2 years.

        Again same as with cars. Just think of it as the extortionate amount of money the local VW garage will charge you for a timing belt chain after 75K miles. While it may be extortionate, it is still a service item you have to include in the model. I generally consider 1-2 battery changes for all devices (even the ones which need using the wife's hair-drier as a tool to open them) in the modeling. As long as the battery cost is not 50% of the cost of a new device (hello Kindle) it usually works out correctly in the cost and depreciation model.

      3. Mage Silver badge
        Devil

        Re: iPhones "use until dead"

        Unfortunately for iPhones "use until dead", or in practice "use until battery dies" is about 2 years. I have very few of the work ones go much longer than that, and some are dead after 18 months.

        Which makes the resale price nuts. If I'm buying a gadget I want it new, or at least 50% cheaper than cheapest new option. Such a high risk buying ANY second hand gadget.

        Obviously buyers of S/H iPhones are keen to have Apple specifically, but can't actually afford a new one?

        Subsidised or part of Contract phone selling by mobile operators, or their resellers such as Carphone/Currys should be stopped. It's anti-competitive to other HW makers and unfairly raises cost of contract or PAYG for SIM only customers and locks in Customers. It's nasty.

      4. werdsmith Silver badge

        Re: Same as with cars

        iPhone battery replacement, 10 minutes and £10.

        Not including iPhone 7 - I haven't done one of those yet and the waterproofing might make it a bit trickier.

        1. Jeffrey Nonken Silver badge

          Re: Same as with cars

          "iPhone battery replacement, 10 minutes and £10."

          iFixit FTW.

      5. Oh Homer
        Meh

        Re: Until the battery dies

        Surely a replacement battery is cheaper than a new phone.

        I tend to keep stuff long past the "until it dies" point. With me it's more like "until its fossilised remains are unearthed by a team of archaeologists and sent to the natural history museum's research department for further analysis", and even then I usually steal it back from the museum and renovate it to full working condition, and will stubbornly cling to it until it's prised from my cold, dead hands.

        I'm not kidding, either. Literally just this week I bought a new battery for my SGS1. I'm buying seven candles and a cake on the 4th of June.

        "Until it's no longer supported" just makes me laugh, and a little angry. As a point of principle I refuse to have my property arbitrarily terminated by the vendors. I'd happily spend ten times the cost of a replacement just to deny them the satisfaction, although in practice I rarely have to spend anything at all, especially when the thing being "terminated" is just proprietary software that can easily be replaced with Free Software, and in my case usually is on day one.

        Not that I don't buy new stuff, but the old stuff would literally have to vaporise in a puff of blue smoke first. I think that's happened maybe once in my life. I was in therapy for months afterwards.

        1. Timbo

          Re: Until the battery dies

          "I'm not kidding, either. Literally just this week I bought a new battery for my SGS1. I'm buying seven candles and a cake on the 4th of June."

          My original SG S11 battery has at last decided it doesn't want to charge up any more...but I already had a spare, bought at a time when the little pocket rechargers weren't available.

          And I still have my EE pocket charger (just in case), as it's one of the good ones that doesn't heat up !

    3. disgustedoftunbridgewells Silver badge

      Re: Same as with cars

      With cars, that may be true but I think it's because modern old cars are so much better than the used to be. My first car in 2005 was 10 years old - a '95 car, it was awful. Now a 10 year old car is a 2007 plate - they're practically new. When I bought my first car the bloke selling it told me about how great it was because it had an automatic choke!

      With phones, I personally have started buying £200 phones outright - you don't need top end phones anymore in my opinion. Back when the iphone 4 was new, you did if you wanted anything decent.

    4. I Like Heckling

      Re: Same as with cars

      In the last 15 yrs I think I've had 4 or 5 phones... each one on average lasts between 3-4yrs.

      Early 2000's I got a little SE T610 and 6 months later was given an identical one as a work phone... I used both alongside each other until I got an SE P990i smart phone in 2007... then in 2011 I got the HTC Desire HD (the first and last time I'll ever buy HTC) and then in 2014 (or early 2015) I got a Moto G 2nd gen which I found wasn't actually fast enough for what I wanted.. but I loved the almost vanilla android with no overlays and bloat. So in April 2016 I picked up a Wileyfox storm which I love and aside from the fact the company seem to have disowned it now whilst still supporting the cheaper & lower spec Swift.. it's still a reasonably decent phone for the money (I paid 20% under RRP).

      Each time I replaced a phone it was because it was either no longer able to do what I needed it to, was no longer supported (OS is 2 or 3 gens behind) and continuing to use it put my privacy/security at risk.. or the phone was actually starting to fail and replacement batteries were not helping.

      Providing the Storm doesn't break or become too obsolete, I won't really be looking for a replacement for another 2yrs. By which time the sub £200 market will be as feature rich as the £600+ ranges are today... and I'm OK with that.

      1. disgustedoftunbridgewells Silver badge

        Re: Same as with cars

        I had a P990i. What a bloody awful device that was.

      2. Jon Gibbins

        Re: Same as with cars

        Ah, the Wileyfox.

        Under-exposed, under-hyped, under-appreciated. British too, apparently (for those who are Brexitly inclined).

        Rocking the Spark X here and for less than £130, it's a blinder.

    5. DougS Silver badge

      I don't trust their results

      They claim:

      But best of all was the iPhone 6 Plus. It retained 38% of its initial sale price even 24-months on. That’s actually less depreciation that any car we studied, bettering the 36% an Infiniti Q50 clung on to.

      An Infiniti Q50 loses 64% of its value in 24 months? I've never heard of ANY car depreciating even remotely that fast. I also know their data is bullshit from what they claim about iPhone 5 depreciation, because I actually did sell mine at the 36 month mark, and for nearly twice the residual value their graph claims.

      Then when I reached the bottom of the page I saw that "START SELLING" link and all became clear. They want you to think everything loses its value quicker than it does, so you'll think the pittance they offer is a great deal!

      1. TeeCee Gold badge
        Stop

        Re: I don't trust their results

        I've never heard of ANY car depreciating even remotely that fast.

        You've never heard of the Citroen XM? That had depreciation rates that make the purchase of a Q50 sound like an investment opportunity.

  2. Ralph B

    Cause or Effect?

    > Users now hold on to their phones longer so manufacturers are raising the sticker price.

    Are we certain we're not confusing cause and effect here? Users now hold on to their phones longer because manufacturers are raising the sticker price ... ?

    1. Steve the Cynic Silver badge

      Re: Cause or Effect?

      That's a good question, and the real answer is probably "a bit of both" - we buy fewer phones because we keep them longer because they are more expensive, and they raise the prices because we are buying fewer phones.

    2. Cuddles Silver badge

      Re: Cause or Effect?

      "Are we certain we're not confusing cause and effect here? Users now hold on to their phones longer because manufacturers are raising the sticker price ... ?"

      Or alternatively - users now hold on to their phones longer because it's mature technology and there's little benefit to upgrading regularly, while manufacturers are raising sticker price because it costs more to develop and build the things. There's not necessarily any cause and effect at all, it can simply be two unrelated things happening at around the same time for different reasons.

      That said, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the original statement is the correct one. It's easier now than ever before to get a cheap low-to-mid-range phone that's more than good enough to do everything the average consumer wants, and do it better than any phone from a couple of years ago. So manufacturers raising prices at the top end will have no meaningful effect on how often people upgrade - those who worry about the price aren't buying those phones anyway. On the other hand, given that people upgrade less often, raising the prices of high-end products that are going to be bought by some people no matter the price is an obvious response on the manufacturers part.

      1. jeffdyer

        Re: Cause or Effect?

        I can't find anything that new phones do that my Sony Xperia Z2 can't.

        Water resist. Noise cancelling headphones. Magnetic charging dock. Full HD screen. Lasts at least all day.

        Until Android 6.0.1 is too dated, I'm sticking with it.

    3. Terry 6 Silver badge

      Re: Cause or Effect?

      Or, Ralph B, vicious circle. (feedback loop)

  3. SkippyBing Silver badge

    James May

    Wrote a rant about this in the car market a while ago. In essence he was questioning why people brought cars with the resale value in mind, so they chose a silver car with black leather interior because that would have better resale than the blue one with cream leather that they actually wanted. So you end up buying a car for someone else, which seems a bit stupid when you're the one shelling out all the hard earned.

    Mind you to date my old phones have been re-purposed rather than sold* and I have yet to sell on a car rather than drive it into the ground.

    *A £30 monitor off ebay and an MHL lead gave me an instant media centre for my workshop.

    1. Voyna i Mor Silver badge

      Re: James May

      This is a good point, and it's also worth mentioning that the lowest cost of all involves buying a nearly new car when the model has been out a couple of years (so you're not buying one of the first production run with all the bugs). With a lot of modern small autos and cvts, the computer basically prevents people from abusing the engine and transmission so the risk is much lower than with older manuals. External signs of abuse are easy to spot.

      I read somewhere that one reason cars depreciate very quickly to start is because if you sell a car which is only a few months old people assume there is something wrong with it.

      tl;dr, cars are very different from phones (partly because they are much easier to service and you can replace the battery cheaply).

    2. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: James May

      The new car market is mainly driven by leasing and company cars which benefit from significant tax subsidies, the idea being that the car industry is hugely important to the economy. Pity the idiots that are trying to keep up with them out of their own pockets.

      1. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

        Re: Leasing companies

        Oh yes.

        A BMW 318i on a lease for business. Drive more than 5,000 miles in a year and you will pay around £1.00 per mile extra.

        Why would anyone sign up for that sort of deal?

        The same goes for a lot of Phone contracts.

        Tesco Mobile, iPhone 5S, 24 months £17/month Really?

        1. Commswonk Silver badge

          Re: Leasing companies

          @ Steve Davies 3: Why would anyone sign up for that sort of deal?

          You and I as individuals probably wouldn't, but as a company you are in the happy position of knowing that it's your customers that will be paying it for you.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Leasing companies

          Errm ... anyone who knows their annual mileage is going to be a bit under 5,000 miles. Alternatively if they think they are going to do close to 10,000 miles a year they tick that box on the lease quote and get a slightly higher monthly payment that hopefully will amount to rather less than £5000 a year extra.

      2. Dave 126 Silver badge

        Re: James May

        > benefit from significant tax subsidies... ...Pity the idiots that are trying to keep up with them out of their own pockets.

        I was under the impression that the tax subsidies have been tweaked to steer fleets towards lower emission vehicles - more hatchbacks and fewer BMW sedans.

  4. DaddyHoggy

    I joined the smartphone revolution quite late, hanging on to my SE C902 until it died, so I'm about 4-5 generations behind and picking up once premium phones for about £100 new. I've had my Galaxy S3 for about a year now, it was 'new in box' (box opened but phone unused) and paid £110 for it.

    It's getting a bit sluggish now on some apps but if it lasts another year I might get an Galaxy S5 or Honor 7 for similar money...

    1. Duffy Moon

      I'm the same and also poor, so I always buy used. I'm perfectly happy with my S5 (apart from the fact that it could do with more internal storage ).

    2. Charlie Clark Silver badge
      Thumb Up

      FWIW LineageOS is now available for the S3. It's well worth giving a go to get more out of the phone.

      But the S5 is a much better phone, bought my own second hand 18 months ago. Splashed out on the wireless charging kit and an MHL cable (so I can watch what I want on hotel TVs) and an Otterbox and Quadlock for mounting on my handlebars and a Jabra sport headset. Worth keeping some cash for useful accessories rather than buying more shine.

      1. Dave 126 Silver badge

        That is a near-term future I would like to see. We don't have just one knife in our kitchen, so why just use one phone/tablet/touchscreen media streamer? It would be nice if an old phone's screen could be easily mated to a Raspberry Pi. Etc etc

        1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

          Touchscreens that mount on the RPi's extender are cheap and come with drivers.

  5. IHateWearingATie

    Yes, but...

    ....shiny shiny beats financial considerations every time.

    I *could* bugger around worrying about the resale value of things, or I could enjoy the shiny shiny when it is new and think about when the wife will let me buy the next latest and greatest.

  6. tedleaf

    And the reason why HTC do so badly is because their devices are not seen as "premium" but they charge premium prices..

    Look at eBay price for a ten year old HTC hd2=£120 ish,HTC ten about £300+

    The reason why the hd2 is still selling at mugger higher ratio price than anything else HTC have produced in the last ten years is because the hd2 is the last decent device they made that actually sold well,it was THE developers phone for 5 years,nothing else came close and it is still the only mobile that can run just about anything you care to try,up to and including desktop os's like xp(embeded).

    HTC have been trying to live off the kudos of the hd2 for the last ten years,they built a couple of nearly good devices,but then charged silly prices,they will either change or go bankrupt in the next two years.

    The U will be another sales flop,no matter what reviews say,price will kill it,doesn't matter ifvtgey drop price shortly after,something else shiny will have taken the sales by then..

    1. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Likewise, LG have made some odd design choices (G3 had stupid high resolution screen that sapped battery, another had a weird modular set up, their 'sane' V10 / V20 alternative high end offerings weren't sold in Europe) and then they had an endless boot cycle issues on some handsets, leading to bad press.

      Shane, cos LG seem able to make a great flagship phone, but stumble at the last hurdle. Their latest G-series phone has a similar 2:1 screen to the latest Galaxy S, but reviews suggest Samsung's offering will be just that little bit better around the board.

    2. James Anderson

      I am on my third HTC phone (over a period of 10 years), and, I will probably by another one in two to three years time if they are still in business.

      There main problem is the lack of advertising/marketing clout compared with Samsung and to a lesser degree LG.

      They produce well designed Android phones, with superb, better than Apple, build quality; whats not to like. Yes they tweak the Android UI -- bit unlike rivals the tweaks are usually an improvement on the vanilla OS.

      Ignoring a brilliant phone just because its not a best seller makes no sense at all.

  7. Rosie Davies

    Why Does This Matter?

    I'm not really sure I understand why this is important. Who sells their phone after only one month? Even six months doesn't make a great deal of sense to me. I've still got the same HTC M8 that I got Gods only know how long ago. OK so it's got LineageOS on it so I get the weekly updates but it's still working perfectly well. Doesn't freeze up, UI responds speedily enough and the battery is easily good for a day and a half of normal usage. I've not seen anything on a new phone that's making me think "oh yes, must have that" so why do I care that it's worth pennies to the pound on what I paid for it?

    Fingers crossed the next device will be a Gemini (assuming they get the thing out the door). A proper, useful keyboard on a phone would be a wonderful thing to have; and I'll probably hang on to that until the heat death of the Sun.

    Rosie

    1. Buzzword

      Re: Why Does This Matter?

      > Who sells their phone after only one month?

      I bought an iPhone SE which was less than a month old. The seller had bought it, but then decided he really wanted the larger 6S instead. I paid about 30% below the price new.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Why Does This Matter?

      It doesn't matter, and it also fails to take into account an iPhone costs twice the price of an equally as good Android device.

      1. death&taxes
        Alert

        Re: Why Does This Matter?

        Droid troll alert!!!

    3. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Re: Why Does This Matter?

      > m not really sure I understand why this is important. Who sells their phone after only one month?

      Hi Rosie! Some people sell on a new phone they get with their network operator contract. It's a bit daft, because they would probably save money if they bought the phone outright ( or on credit card) and then negotiated a SIM-only tariff.

    4. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Re: Why Does This Matter?

      > Fingers crossed the next device will be a Gemini (assuming they get the thing out the door). A proper, useful keyboard on a phone would be a wonderful thing to have; and I'll probably hang on to that until the heat death of the Sun.

      Since you are looking at crowdfunded solutions (and you are an adult who knows the risks), you might also consider a Moto Mod keyboard - five row sliding and tilting keyboard for compatible Moto phones: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/keyboard-mod-a-physical-keyboard-for-the-moto-z#/

      You give the impression that you're waiting for real products to ship and be reviewed before laying out your cash, so may the best keyboard win!

      My feeling is that the detachable keyboard will be the better solution - should a key fail, you can detach the keyboard from your phone and send it off for repair, without having to faff around digging up a spare phone. Should your phone fail, your investment in the keyboard can be carried over to a new phone. Ditto if you ever wish to upgrade your phone.

  8. 40k slimez

    I use the "Gie it to your kids when you upgrade" model.

    They get a free newish handset every two years when you do ;)

    1. Buzzword

      Re: Give it to your kids when you upgrade

      Alternatively, there's the "Give it to your parents when you upgrade" model!

      1. SkippyBing Silver badge

        Re: Give it to your kids when you upgrade

        'Alternatively, there's the "Give it to your parents when you upgrade" model!'

        I still don't understand why a man with an aversion to phone calls needs two handsets, but it keeps him happy!

  9. Daz555

    Resell - the idea sounds nice.

    My kids get the old handsets, and when they are done with them they're worthless.

  10. Your alien overlord - fear me

    What about when you release a Samsung Note 7 to the market? It's resale value really bombed due to technical issues, not users perceived value. What, too soon?

  11. Ben1892

    Or if you do the maths instead of quoting percentages - you end up about £300 out of pocket after 6 months whichever flavour of phone you choose !

  12. leon clarke

    How 'real' are Sim-only RRPs

    If I read the article correctly, they're comparing ebay second-hand prices to the SIM-free RRP. However, I've got the impression that SIM-free RRPs can be massively inflated. The manufacturers can 'charge' what they like because approximately nobody buys phones sim-only, so losing sales here doesn't matter. (They solve the problem of large markets like India where phones are sold SIM-free by introducing a very similar phone with a different name for a more realistic price) The reason for doing this is because the people will think the phone should be compared to a much more expensive phone (probably the iPhone) as the price is the same, but strangely it's much cheaper when bought on contract (because the real price that the operator paid is much lower than the published RRP). Hence customers flock to the phone as it's 'equivalent to an iPhone' but available on cheaper contracts due to some 'special deal' they don't understand. Or that's the theory; it doesn't seem to actually be working for HTC.

    1. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Re: How 'real' are Sim-only RRPs

      I haven't looked for a while, but I remember the well-recieved Xperia Z3 Compact had an RRP of around £550 at launch, even though it could be bought brand new for around £400 online. My figures are rough, but still within margin to support your point.

    2. stephanh Silver badge

      Re: How 'real' are Sim-only RRPs

      "Approximately nobody buys phones sim-only"? [1]

      That statement can only be considered approximately true in the US market, in many markets sim-only is important. And not just in India. In the Netherlands we have 36% of all phone contracts as sim-only.

      [1] That should be "sim-free", of course. But who wishes to be a pendant and hang from somebody's neck?

  13. aenikata

    May lose less in relative terms and more in absolute ones

    Firstly, iPhones are generally rather more expensive than Android phones. If both depreciate by, say, £100, it's a higher proportion of the Android phone cost than the iPhone one. In opportunity cost terms, though, you make the same loss, having tied up a larger sum of money (or committed to a larger contract) initially. Samsung are also relatively premium products, and lost a lower proportion of value than generally cheaper makes of handset.

    Secondly, durability is an additional question. Most items, if they were hard-wearing, would tend to keep their value well. However, because a tech becomes increasingly obsolete, this effect is limited. The opposite effect may dominate, that of scarcity. If phones are easily broken (and I've seen countless people using iPhones with cracked screens on the Tube), then getting a good condition example after 6 months may be much less likely, so those that have had 'one careful owner' will face much less competition on the market, leading to a higher resale price. As a result waterproofing on many Samsung phones may not improve the resale value.

    Finally, the Samsung chart shows a significant drop then increase in value that seems likely to have been the result of negative media commentary surrounding the Note debacle rather than providing any useful information about iPhone vs. Android resale value trends, so it should probably have noted such substantial external factors.

    Many should probably stick with somewhat less expensive phones - whose entire purchase price would be comparable to the drop in value of many iPhones. If you want the latest and can afford it, I doubt you're overly worried about the resale value anyway, even if your phone lasts that long. If I'm locked onto a 2 year contract I don't really care what the resale value is after 6 months

  14. BahnStormer77

    use until dead: especially on AOSP

    Use until dead really works if you look around elsewhere for OS support: Samsung may have abandoned my 4yr old Galaxy S4's, but I still have two of them in daily use as multimedia players, universal IR remote controls, Skype phones, etc: one of them needed a new battery 2 years ago (£5 on eBay and 10secs to swap it over), the older one is still on the original battery and gets ~48h easily, admittedly mostly due to WiFi only usage.

    All I've done with them is put AOSP ROM's and they're lightning quick, faster than even the new handsets are with SlouchWiz and I get far longer battery life and all the latest security updates before even the Galaxy S8 users will.

    I used one of them recently for a day out, while I was rebuilding my G5 and I must say that I was almost tempted to keep on with it: very compact, 5" screen with the same res as an iPhone7Plus, long battery life and with a 64Gb SD card, it was brilliant!

  15. BahnStormer77

    Ha ha!! This guide is my new shopping list

    This guide is my new shopping list!!

    Look at the SIM-only angle: I want a phone that is going to have the largest possible initial drop in value.... that way I get to pick up a nearly new handset that is a 6-month old model for a tiny fraction of the RRP and then run it on a SIM-only contract.

    Mobile phone included contracts are for mugs: people are better off buying the phones on credit cards (even on 30% APR!) and just negotiating HARD on the contract - the last time I tried this, the difference between the "lowest possible" price for a high-end contract (Vodafone Red 4G, Spotify, 20Gb data) and any of the popular phones, versus the same contract and no phone was £34pcm (£48pcm vs £14pcm)... for 24 months. £34pcm x 24 months....

    That means they would have milked an EXTRA £816 out of me if I'd gone for their included phone... and continued to do so once the 24months was up unless I then re-negotiate.

    Solution: Scan this list for a high depreciation, nearly new, fairly decent (£500?) handset that you can pick up for <£350 and you've avoided a ~£450 mugging....

  16. Lamont Cranston
    Happy

    Alternate headline:

    Bargains to be had on 2nd hand phones.

    1. Mikko

      Re: Alternate headline:

      Precisely - buying an Android phone that has been used for a couple of months seems to be the best move.

  17. Mikel

    Save money

    Just get the Moto G5 Plus. New.

  18. David Roberts Silver badge
    Unhappy

    Sadly

    My S3 died abruptly after about 4 years or I would still be using it.

    So sometimes fate intervenes.

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