Whilst most seem to believe that a new phone is necessary every year, smartphones generally have a longer lifespan than most would first believe. As long as you don’t drop it, you can easily get by with an older phone for 3-5 years without noticing any major issues.
In fact, some older phones can still be purchased from the manufacturer today at a discounted price. You get the feeling of purchasing a brand new device, but it’ll be far friendlier on your wallet. Here’s a look at the top phones still worth buying today that released in previous years.
What’s even greater is that you can save even more when buying these smartphones with Techscheme. We offer savings up to 12%. More on that later.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
The iOS ecosystem is quite incredible. Apple is able to keep their smartphones up to date and running smoothly for up to five years after a new smartphone is released. In fact, they still sell brand new iPhone 7’s directly from their website. The iPhone 7 launched in 2016 but it’s still going strong today.
You can get the 4.7 inch iPhone 7 brand new from Apple for £449, or up the price to £569 and get the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus. Both smartphones can be upgraded directly to iOS 12.2, which is the most recent iOS update from Apple.
You’re of course missing out on the very best here, but you still get a relatively decent display with a resolution of 750x1334 on the iPhone 7 or an improved 1080x1920 on the iPhone 7 Plus.
The 7 Plus has 3GB RAM, whilst the iPhone 7 has 2GB, which is still passable on iPhones these days. Both devices run the Apple A10 Fusion chip. Once again, not the most powerful chip from Apple now, but it will get you playing most games, using the operating system, and running most apps smoothly.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung doesn’t support their smartphones for as long as Apple, but they are still selling brand new Samsung Galaxy S8s, and at a fraction of the price of their launch price point. You can now get the Samsung Galaxy S8 for £499, which is a lot cheaper than the £799 Samsung Galaxy S10.
The display on the S10 is improved, but the overall resolution is very similar. You get a 1440x2960 resolution 5.8 inch display on the S8, and a 6.1 inch 1440x3040 display on the Galaxy S10. There are actually more pixels per inch on the Galaxy S8, surprisingly, but you do lose out on a bit of colour, HDR10+, and of course the in-display fingerprint sensor.
There's quite a jump up in hardware between the S10 and S8, but the latter is still powerful enough to deal with nearly all tasks the Android operating system can throw at it. You only get 4GB RAM instead of 8GB like in the S10, and the chipset of course includes an older generation Exynos chip. You do, however, still get a fairly decent single 12 megapixel camera, a beautiful Samsung display, and an upgrade to Android 9.0 Pie.
Huawei P20 and P20 Pro
Huawei recently launched their P30 smartphone range, but let’s not forget that last year’s P20 can be purchased in brand new condition for just £399.99. Or, you can get the P20 Pro for just £529.99. Putting that against the P30’s £699 and P30 Pro’s £899 price tags is quite incredible when you consider the P20 range only launched last year.
So, what do you miss out on? Well, admittedly, the camera and display on both of the new P30 devices is beautiful, but the P20 isn’t a bad looker either. The notch is bigger on the P20, but you still get a nice 5.8 inch 1080x2240 display vs the P30’s 6.1 inch 1080x2340 display. No in-display fingerprint sensor on the P20 of course, and the camera technology is a little behind, but it's still incredible. The P20 has a dual camera setup with a 12 megapixel wide angle and a 20 megapixel 2x zoom lens.
You get one generation up on the new chipset with the P30, and an increase to 8GB RAM versus 6GB, but really the real world performance isn’t that different for most tasks.
So there we have it, some excellent affordable smartphones that are still great (and cheaper) purchases today. Below, we have provided a table that showcases how much you can potentially save if you use Techscheme.
|iPhone 7 Plus
|Samsung Galaxy S8
|Huawei P20 Pro
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