Old Flagships vs. New Budget Smartphones

Modern smartphone users have so many options when it comes to buying a new device, especially on the Android side. There are so many phones released by different companies. And they are all targeting different sets of users. Some want to sell to the rich and enthusiasts, while others are happy to target the midrange and budget markets.

But what does that mean for you? What options are available when you want to buy a new smartphone? Let us assess the two options for those who want to save some money on their next purchase.

Buying an Older Flagship

It is a tempting idea to buy an older flagship device when you want to save money on a new phone. Let us say that you have a phone that is five generations old. You may look at the newest generation of LG or Samsung phones and be put off by the prices, which are usually $700 to $900, depending on the year.

But you could look ahead only a couple of generations. Instead of buying a five-generation old phone, you could get one that is two or three generations old. So if the latest phone is the Galaxy S9, you could get the S7. It is only two generations old. You can find some incredible deals online.

Buying Budget Smartphones

The other option is that you buy a budget smartphone that came out a few months ago. These phones start with a lower price, around $200 to $300, as they are made with lower specs and other compromises. But what are the pros and cons of each option.

Pros and Cons of These Options

The biggest pro with an older flagship is that you are getting a high quality processor and a very good camera. In fact, you will get a camera that is better than a modern budget phone. Say your flagship came out two years ago, it will have a better camera than a budget phone released a month ago.

The issue with older flagships is battery life. Even if you find a new flagship from two years ago at a lower price, its battery will struggle with the updated software and apps. And if it is a used phone, the battery is going to give you even less performance.

Meanwhile, budget smartphones released today will give you a lot of battery life, as they have lower resolution screens and processors that conserve battery.

It all depends on what you care about when you are using a smartphone. Do you want something that runs smooth, gives you a lot of battery life and has an okay camera? Then a budget phone from the current year is a great option. If you want a classy design, great screen and great camera on a budget, go for a two-year-old flagship!

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