Using and changing phones over and over again has taught me a lot. Having crossed about 30 phones and counting ( Tuale to my Oga at The Top who has hit over 100:-) ), within this period, I’ve learnt that buying or owning a phone after 2 years of its release, be it brand new or fairly used, is not advisable. The following reasons come to play
Value and Price
One thing we all know is that once a phone is announced, and launched into the market, the price and it’s value begins to depreciate with time. The longer it stays in the market, the lesser it’s price and value. In terms of value, a phone launched in 2012 cannot rub shoulders with a 2014 phone. This is one thing we should be aware of.
Software and capabilities
If you’ve been following mobile technology in recent times, you’ll have noticed that it is increasingly vibrant and volatile, with new technology, and innovation moving at breathtaking paces. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has double the processing power of the laptop I used to compose this post. Funny, but true.
What we’re saying in essence is that newer phones have better capabilities, better features, and improvements compared to older phones. So if you’re buying a more recently launched device, you’re sure of getting something with better software and equipped with more recent features.
Longevity and durability
just like every other thing made by man, phones and gadgets deteriorate with time. The parts get weaker. You have to realize that most cheap UK/London used phones sold in markets are about 2 years old or more. So if you’re buying a phone you plan to use for a very long time, such phones won’t be ideal.
For instance, people call me and ask, “Between Z10 and Z3, which one is better? Which one should I buy?”
I say,” Go for Z3″.
They ask why and I reply, “C’mon, the Z10 is OLD!!”
For one thing, come January 2015, the Z10 will be 2 years old in the market. Even if it might have a better camera, the newer Z3 is your best bet.
For a phone you plan to use for 2 years or more, buying a phone that was launched around 2011/2012 won’t be practical. One day you can wake up and the phone blanks out on you.