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Smartphone search - new or older models

135 76 August 12, 2018 at 05:40 AM
I've stayed in the budget category. I can afford more, but just don't see big enough benefits to go to a mid-range, whereas flagships cost way too much. But as I look at all the models out there, I realized I'm only comparing current models. How do I know the Moto G6, for instance, is the best budget deal. Maybe a previous gen Galaxy or even iPhone is mid-range would give the extra features worth the extra cost.
Is there an easy way to compare phones by features and price?

FYI, my last three smartphones were HTC One S (T-Mo), Moto G4, and Moto G5Plus. The next one will probably be a moto g6, unless I find an older phone that is better.

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Not that I know much about those, but I would start with listing the relevant factors for you: (a) budget, (b) network, or if you are willing or able to switch, (c) how much are you willing to wait for a deal.

Older phones are perfectly worthwhile if you are not looking at top of the line. As new models come out, they push the price of old models down and that trickles down. If you are willing to buy used, that is even less. Finally, good deals is usually not about what is available today. It is about waiting for a deal, till either a new major release, a holiday or holiday season, or just a good sale.

This is not a specific model advice, like you probably looking for, but just some considerations to keep in mind.
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Not that I know much about those, but I would start with listing the relevant factors for you: (a) budget, (b) network, or if you are willing or able to switch, (c) how much are you willing to wait for a deal.

Older phones are perfectly worthwhile if you are not looking at top of the line. As new models come out, they push the price of old models down and that trickles down. If you are willing to buy used, that is even less. Finally, good deals is usually not about what is available today. It is about waiting for a deal, till either a new major release, a holiday or holiday season, or just a good sale.

This is not a specific model advice, like you probably looking for, but just some considerations to keep in mind.
Like I said, I'll start at about $250 (Moto G6). I'm willing to pay more but the new features have got to be substantial.
I'm willing to switch between AT&T and T-Mobile. The former is preferred, but I'm on Mint Mobile so that's T-Mo right now.
I'm willing to wait for a deal, but by the time one comes around, new models will have come out, etc. So I guess I'm looking more for methods than specific models right now (although it wouldn't hurt).

For instance, one phone I seriously considered is the LG G6. It's got a bigger screen, better back camera, but the front camera is significantly lower resolution and lacks flash. It's faster, more memory. But it didn't ship with Android 8, so it may not receive the next OS update(s), and it's about 50% more expensive--money I can put towards the next phone, which I anticipate buying in 6 months.
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Phonescoop.com does this. You can pick 3 or 4 different phones from their vast database and compare specs side by side. I use it every time I am considering an upgrade.
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