Today , a genuinely good smartphone tends to come very close to emptying your bank account , this is something we geeks know all too well . But this dilemma is faced mostly by Android users , due to the overwhelming amount of companies selling smartphones . iPhone lovers have it a lot easier , as all they have to do is buy an older generation iPhone , preferably used and they end up saving a lot of money while getting a very premium experience . Of course we could do the same for Android right?Not really . As mentioned before the sheer number of Android smartphones out there is way too much , that definitely doesn’t make the task of buying an old or used smartphone at a reasonable price . But we at Go Crunch are here to help , for here are some slightly older models that you should definitely check out !
The One Plus Line-up
The One Plus 5 has been out on the market for quite some time now , and its done nothing but impress us with its specs and overall performance . However , even though its very fairly priced for what your’e getting it just means that you will get the older models at a much cheaper rate . Take the OnePlus One , powered by a Snapdragon 801 chipset , clocked at 2.5 Ghz , coupled with 3 GB of RAM . Not bad . Sure yes it may not give us the most high end performance or the snappiest , but it will definitely hold up today . That’s just the bottom of it . Go a bit higher on your budget and pick up a OnePlus Two and you’ll definitely get a more powerful experience than the OnePlus One . The OnePlus 3 is definitely something to pick up if you come across a used one , but since the OnePlus 3 is still kind of new , we really aren’t seeing a lot of used ones , however do search !
Ahhh , the Google Nexus , or the Pixel ? Which is it ? Anyways I prefer the original name if you guys don’t mind . “The Cleanest and Most Smooth Android Experience ” is what comes to my mind whenever I come across Google’s Nexus line-up . The latest version of it is the Pixel , a truly unique phone , offering the best in class performance and looks as well . My favorite ones out of the Nexus line-up are the Nexus 5 , 5X , 6P . The Pixel is also there but since I wanna focus on more performance to price ratio , I’m gonna leave that out . Although the Nexus 5 isn’t really that much of a powerhouse in this whole list , it was once a flagship . As of now , it is outdated as Google stopped rolling out their official updates for this model a while back . The last update being for Android Marshmallow . But the biggest pro with this phone is that these can be found abundantly anywhere in the world . And if you feel the need for the latest software , just put a custom ROM on there and you’re good to go . The other three I mentioned are also fairly old , but still a great deal .
The LG G-series smartphones are certainly something . They boast very powerful specs as you would see on the OnePlus smartphones . So far we have seen up to the G6 , which features a bezel-less design . But looking back , we can see that all the smartphones that have been released previously are powerhouses . Most of them run an OKAY interface and outdated versions of Android , so you might wanna look into that before you go buy these . Our personal favorites are the G2 and the G3 . They can be found at insanely low prices online as well as locally , so check out these too .
Samsung’s Galaxy Note and S-series
We all are still hearing about the Note 7’s explosive failure even after almost a year of release . The Note 8 has arrived and so far nothing terrible has happened thankfully . On the S side we all have seen the S8 , which brought the bezel-less design to the market on a major flagship , its definitely been noticed and appreciated for its fresh design , which every other phone company is being seen to replicate onto their own phones (cough*iPhone8*cough) . However , despite the Note 7 being a failure it is no reason to not check out the older models , which frankly can take on daily tasks just fine . The same goes for the S-Series . Although we recommend you don’t go too old , if you expect some decent performance for today’s needs .
The HTC saga
It is definitely not at the top anymore but during the 2010-2011 period, it was at its peak. HTC is credited for releasing the 1st ever Android phone, the HTC Dream/ T-Mobile G1, since then, it has had a lot of time to come up with newer models with better everything. It’s most recognized smartphone was the HTC Desire, released in 2010 and it’s one of our personal favorites (although its kinda under powered in today’s standards). The HTC one series has great options including the HTC One M8 and HTC One M9 which gives a great performance output.
In conclusion , buying an older Android flagship ain’t that bad for people with a tight budget. But to be honest , we would recommend saving up and buying a newer flagship because older flagships might have out-dated software and hardware features whereas the newer phones obviously are the latest version themselves .
Looks like you have a tough decision to make. We hope we have made it easier for you guys (emphasis on”hope”). For any further inquiries, leave a comment or you can also email us.