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Androids lose resale value faster than iPhones, study shows

09 February, 2012 | Read the news | Post your comment
Androids lose resale value faster than iPhones, study shows - read the full textAn interesting new startup called Priceonomics tackles a question that we all face eventually - how much can I sell my old phone for? According to their research, iPhones have the best resale value, while Android is almost tied with BlackBerrys in this respect. If you try to sell your 18-month...


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> In reply to Paul @ 2012-02-12 15:46 from vG70 - click to readGuys, We are not kids anymore to tell this statement:
An Iphone is a "DEVICE" and android is an "OPERATING SYSTEM". What do people expect? The resale value of a 1st generation Iphone will be definitely lesser than a 3GS or a 4 mode...

Again, most of us here are techy and some are not... but then, if we talked about IPHONE, what does it mean??? It use IOS right??? Be wonder if IPHONE use Anroid for its Operating system.

Well, It's proven that Apple products really looks more expensive compare for those handsets that use Android OS.... Thats it

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  • 2012-02-15 04:27
  • PGwZ

I completely agree with Robert regarding this topic. An Iphone is a "DEVICE" and android is an "OPERATING SYSTEM". What do people expect? The resale value of a 1st generation Iphone will be definitely lesser than a 3GS or a 4 model. Similarly phones having older android versions which cannot be upgradable to the current version will have lesser resale value. So the conclusion is this topic is absolutely useless.

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  • 2012-02-12 15:46
  • vG70

in congress run india symbian still has the best resale value,shopkeepers will follow you around to get your secondhand nokia or other symbian device

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  • 2012-02-12 14:39
  • vGFk

Very simple. iPhone releases one flagship phone per year. So, it holds its value. When Samsung & HTC come out with new flagships every month, they drive down the price of the one released only a month prior.

Folks will only pay so much for a smart phone. If your flagship is $300 and you come out with a better one only a month later (as Sammie, HTC & Motorola are known to do) you can't price the new one at $350. You have to price it at $300 and the less fancy one must be cheaper.

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  • 2012-02-12 14:37
  • qWeG

iphone=apple android=lg,samsung,BB,htc and many more

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  • 2012-02-12 10:59
  • vxtq

> In reply to robert @ 2012-02-11 09:52 from 95p4 - click to readdude when u r talking abt iphone dat means dat u r talking abt iOS..!!
nobody here is comparing a phone wid an OS..!!

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  • 2012-02-12 09:16
  • KFQN

Tried selling my SGSII and the shop hesistated. Asking if I have an Iphone to sell instead.

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  • 2012-02-12 02:22
  • TK4F

> In reply to rahul @ 2012-02-10 05:35 from utBy - click to readSorry why is Andoid better?

Being able to change how your phone looks should not be a main feature in why an OS is better.

The problem is people think progress is quad core chips and 12 megapixel cameras. And from an Android standpoint that is all you will hear. If don't like sense just flash something else on and you will here time and time again about so called openess that some how has become a main feature of Android.

But my question always is why do I have to do that to make it work better why can't it just do that out of the box.

If you look at the S2 one of the biggest selling Android phones yet the resale value is terrible it you were to compare the resale value of the iPhone 4 which as a single handset has sold more than the S2 but it has secondhand

Hate or love everyone knows what they are going to get when they get an iPhone where as with some Android makers its pot luck. Also even if I think that some of the materials were stupid on the iPhone 4 ie glass on front and back it has quality that Samsung don't have. The back on the S2 is the worst back that I have ever seen on a mobile and it comes to something when there Bada handsets have a better build.

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  • 2012-02-11 17:15
  • LaQx

in indonesia,blackberry has the highest resale value tha followed by iphone and android because indonesia has the most blacberry users

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  • 2012-02-11 14:29
  • wrnt

Well... manipulation...manipulation...manipulation... OR stupidity stupidity stupidity...

How can u compare Iphone(witch is a phone) with android ( witch is an OS)...

Of course... If u sell your old LG gw620 (witch is crap and have android 1.5 and is upg. to 2.2) u'll sell it cheaper than ur iphone ... or than a galaxy s (witch also have android)...

U can't compare a phone with an OS that can be found on different phones...

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  • 2012-02-11 09:52
  • 95p4

Android phones get outdated so quick not only in hardware but also in software.

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  • 2012-02-11 05:32
  • kg3T

> In reply to vikas @ 2012-02-10 05:10 from rAVL - click to readYou walk away with the prize. By the time you get home a learn your phone the new version is out but your phone won't get it

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  • 2012-02-11 04:33
  • RbqK

> In reply to eddie8880 @ 2012-02-10 04:32 from N80u - click to readA premium phone that is not even 4g? All the phones you mentioned cost way more to make because they have way more features than simply launching apps. When I hold an IPhone and sg2 or atrix side by side, I think, man that iPhone has a small screen. IPhone has a higher resale value amongst people who look to buying things secondhand because of its popularity as a niche item. It is among the least expensive phones to make. However, a phone is not a car or house and resale value is not a key factor in deciding what to get.

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  • 2012-02-11 03:49
  • YaDK

> In reply to oriveradel @ 2012-02-10 19:03 from Ixif - click to readNot everyone has the luxury of buying brand new phones like you. Because of the iPhone's great support by Apple (iPhone 3GS runs the latest OS), it represents great value for money to buy second hand.

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  • 2012-02-10 21:53
  • 95eM

Tell this to HTC HD2 owners.

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  • 2012-02-10 20:29
  • 0Bxm

who cares about resale value.. smartphones are not cheap to change every six months as it used to be.. smartphones are to be kept for at least 18 months..who wants to buy a phone that outdated

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  • 2012-02-10 19:03
  • Ixif

And that is why it makes more economic sense to recontract an iPhone, sell it, and buy an Android from people who recontract an Android to sell it and buy an iPhone.

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  • 2012-02-10 16:27
  • uHZx

everyone knows this alredy even if priceonomics dont conduct that study...its a matter of demand/supply...

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  • 2012-02-10 14:27
  • A5w1

> In reply to imranrulez @ 2012-02-10 10:46 from IWUM - click to readlol so true!

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  • 2012-02-10 13:53
  • MVg6

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-02-10 00:56 from 3ZQJ - click to readMaybe we should!! i bought my iphone with the intention of selling it within a year to upgrade.. with no contract!!

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  • 2012-02-10 11:27
  • b4c%

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