As much as possible, do not buy older smartphones and laptops. It may be a very tempting proposition to pick up those older models at great bargain prices. But it isn’t always a good idea. We explain it all below.
Why you should not buy older smartphones
Danladi went shopping for a new smartphone, but was constrained by cost. He found what looked like a great bargain. A 2015 model smartphone running Android 4 Kitkat. It had the right screen size he wanted and a good battery. However, after buying it, he soon began to experience issues with it.
His brand new smartphone could not play certain videos that he downloaded, and some apps lacked advanced functionality that he had enjoyed elsewhere. For example, the email app didn’t have a few features he had used on the web version of his email service.
What could be the problem with his new smartphone? Age. The current crop of smartphones ship with much newer software like Android 6 or Android 7. Those newer software have more advanced, more current functionality, and up-to-date compatibility built into them. His Android 4 smartphone looked good and all, but it would keep running into issues with newer services and functionality.
Danladi would have been better off buying a smartphone running newer software, even though he would have to trade some things to be able to get one at the same price. But a smartphone running Android 4 Kitkat in 2017 is a dinosaur. Stay away from them.
Why you should not buy older laptops
Remember the issue we faced with the Camon CX wireless hotspot not seen by our Windows 7 laptop? We have tested the wireless hotspot feature on the Camon CX more extensively and it works without issues with a number of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 laptops. What was the problem with this particular laptop it wasn’t working with?
Age. The affected laptop not only runs Windows 7, which is old…, but the laptop itself is an older, more basic model as well. To be honest, we should get rid of it. It is a dinosaur. If we do not replace it, we shall continue to experience more incompatibility issues with it.
In today’s fast-paced world of technology, it is always good practice to get the most up-to-date hardware and software that your budget can afford. As much as possible, avoid much older models. You do not want to spend on a laptop or smartphone and not be able to get one or two basic things done. Unless you really have no choice, do not buy older smartphones and laptops. To save yourself the agony of incompatibility issues from age, you may opt to buy used versions of more up-to-date devices in the market.
For every generic rule, there are exceptions. If you have to go for an older model, opt for a flagship that is less than two years in the market.
Such flagships tend to continue to get software updates and support for up to two yeras, and so are generally up-to-date. They are also usually now available at bargain prices. See our insightful article, Appreciating the value of the ageing flagship.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.