Picking a phone you like can be an uphill task. There are so many considerations that you need to factor into making your decision. To spiral you into further confusion comes the question of whether you prefer a mid-range or an old phone. This decision is not made any easier by the many contradicting opinions claiming one is far better. Whose advice is most wise? That’s a tough question to answer but it can be made simpler with a comprehensive comparison of the two.
When it comes to hardware there is no straightforward answer on which of the two is better. It simply depends on the mid-range device you are using for comparison. Although there are circumstances where the mid-range devices features are similar or even better than those of the flagship, in most scenarios for you will have to make a trade-off. This means you will have to compromise on a good camera for more internal memory storage et cetera. This is very unlike with an old flagship, whose top notch features though a year old are two out of three times still relevant. It is still important to comprehensively compare the two devices because though the rule of the thumb says that an old flagship is better, it does not always ring true.
On the subject of updates, mid-range phones are ranked considerably higher than old flagships. Android is already rated poorly because of the slow pace with which updates are rolled out, how about in an old phone? It is claimed that most android phones never get an update in their lifespan. If you could care less about having the latest operating system, then you will not mind getting an old flagship conscious that you may never receive an update. If you are a tech enthusiast who enjoys owning the latest software, then a mid-range phone may fair better for you. Security patches are after all important.
The beauty of an old-flagship phone is that it has been used and tested by so many people. There are tons of reviews of what it can do and what it can’t do. Buying an old flagship will prevent you from falling victim to tech companies marketing strategies. You will be able to ascertain the prowess of a phone instead of having a misconstrued image of a phone. Additionally, in the event that you run into a problem while using the phone, you will be delighted to discover that you aren’t alone, and as result, solutions to your problem have already been found. This is something you cannot easily find with the latest mid-range phone. There will be tons of reviews, but majority of them will not be first-hand experiences but assumptions off the box. With an old flagship, you have a year old of experience and advice which can prove very handy.
On the matter of warranty, you have a better bet with the latest mid-range phone. This is because network providers tend to only stock the latest phones, forcing you to turn to dealers who may not always offer a warranty. Buying a phone without a warranty at a mid-range price is simply dreadful. This means any challenges you run into with the phone are your responsibility. This can prove quite pricey especially since it’s an old flagship. Another downside is that in the event that the phone does include a warranty, which is a good thing, their warranties tend to be for a shorter duration than that mid-range phones. The presence of a short duration of manufacturer support does make one cringe and shy away from them. Mid-range phones don’t have this challenge.
In conclusion, they both have downsides and advantages, the question of which is better is now left to you to decide.