Don’t buy any phone after 2 years of release. Here’s why

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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


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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.

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  1. I disagree with you. It depends on the manufacturer of the phone. Every one knows that when it comes to software and full hardware utilization, Motorola and nexus phones are the best. Imagine Motorola droid razz maxx of over 5 years is now running on lollipop. Your advice only works for people who want to buy popular phone brands like Samsung who abandons phone update after one year of manufacture.

    1. It still applies to all manufacturers. Would you rather buy the Droid Razr Max instead of the more recent MotoX 2014? The newer Moto X will be far better with features and functionality even if they both will run Lollipop

  2. True.
    Just picked up a HTC Desire 816 over the weekend released in early 2014 and plan to use it only for 2015.
    After bad experiences with Samsung, Infinix and even the gregarious Blackberry Q10, I had to. No matter it’s individual strengths phones are never meant to last; how the hell do the OEMs make their money then?
    Time to be smart. Smarter.

  3. “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!!”

    I also disagree with your cited example.

    The Z10 trumps the Z3 in all features EXCEPT the battery size. Some devices age well you know 🙂
    I’ll choose the Z10 over the Z3 all day, all night…except the Z30 comes to play 🙂

    1. I’ll go with Soji on this one. When it comes to mobile devices, buying older flagships with price drops is 100 times better than buying a budget “newer” device with low specifications. I bought the Z10 when it was announced in 2012 and can never advice anyone to get the Z3 over the Z10 when they sell for the same price. I’d rather use last year’s flagship instead of this year’s budget device.


  4. most of the issues raised above only apply to devices in the same class. a 2 year old flagship device will run better than a 2012 entry level device, eg a Samsung Galaxy S III is almost 3 years old and it’s more capable than any entry level phone you’ll get today. also the Nexus 4. problem is that it’s almost impossible to get such devices brand new except they’re from big OEMs like Samsung or leftovers in inventory. in fact the only reason to pick a 2014 entry level device over a 2012 flagship is price. for example SLOT still has the 2 year old LG Nexus 4 for 67000 answer the 23 month old SONY Xperia Z for 60000. another issue you didn’t include was updates and support, that’s a salient point for getting newer devices as older flagships are reaching the ends of their EOL cycles

  5. You have to forgive @ElroyChibex on this one. I personally was planning on getting the Z3 until I decided to do a comparison with the Z10 and I didn’t just see any point in going for the former! They still run the same OS and at the same price range, it doesn’t make much sense to go for the “newer” but watered down specs that is the Z3. It was in a bid to get the Z10 at a bargain that I spent over 16hours on Jumia on Black Friday though of course without much luck!

  6. Prince Elroy, The Only Area I Am Sitting On The Same Page With You Is Where You Mentioned Os Recency.

    That’s Salient.

    All The Others I Have Just Dumped.In My Overflowing Dustbin.

    My Present Device Is Going To Serve Me For Quite A While. (Unless It Gets Stolen Or Snatched At Bazooka Point, Or Gets Damaged). Three Years, Minimally.

    A Way To Keep Your Device Pristine Is To Invest Time In Knowing About Apps. Despite New Os Releases, It Takes Some Good Time Before Obsolescence Breaks Down Your Mobile Wall.Two Years Looks Rathet Short.

    Physical Depreciation Is Mostly About How You Handle Things. Two Years Is Not Enough To Make A Branded Phone Go Bust.

    Financial Depreciation Does Not Apply To All Brands /Make. Its Like A Toyota Having Better Second Hand Value Than A Mitsubishi.

    One Could Buy The Samsung Galaxy Note Ii Now, For Example, And Still Have Awesome Value For Money, And It’s Older Than Two Years.

    1. gbam! I agree with you 100%. this doesn’t apply to techies, unless when hardware limitations start to impair the user experience. even when old Android flagships reach EOL, development fora provide ROMs that keep the devices running on ROMs based on current releases. a friend of mine still uses his Samsung Galaxy S II as a daily driver, 3 and a half years and still running well. Samsung pushed updates for ~ 2 years (from 2.3 to 4.1 IIRC). then he flashed a TouchWiz based custom ROM and currently has a ROM based on 4.4.2. basically as long as you get a flagship device with relatively future proof specs you can get 3-4 years out of that device. and after that it can be relegated to second/backup phone. looking to get 4 years out of my Nexus 4 myself

    2. I agree with you. i came across a galaxy note 2 running a custom rom DN4 which is a rom based on the note 4. i almost thought it was a note 4, save for the physical attributes. you can check out the thread on xda.


  7. Buying a device just because it’s newer is not a wise decision. I rather buy an older flagship than a new mid range device. The flagship devices see better supported by their manufacturers and app developers making them more future proof than a similarly priced new mid range device.
    OS updates aren’t even an important reason any more when it comes to using the device as long as apps runs just fine.

  8. Had a choice six months ago between buying an older flagship GN2 and a midrange HTC Desire 816,finally settled on the Note 2,gotta say i ain’t regret my decision,the Note 2 is still blazing away..

    1. My SG Note 2 died on me after less than 6 months. “Sudden Death” syndrome, they say.
      I’ll stick to my HTC desire 816 dual sim thank you very much.

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