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For $200 would you rather get a used high-end phone from a couple years ago or a new budget phone?

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So I'm about to have experienced both worlds. I bought a cheap Chinese phone for ~$200 and broke it after a nasty fall getting out of my car a couple years later. I just bought a used refurb LG V20 because it looks to be cheap, powerful, and easier to fix than any other mainstream phone. I can do a comparison review after I get it if you like. So which route would you prefer on a ~$200 budget?

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I would only get a used phone from a couple years ago if it was still getting OS and security updates.  I'd also like to know the history of the phone...paranoia is the bane of used goods sellers.

 

That aside you can grab a V20 new in box off ebay for $200.

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Tough call for me, especially since budget phones are getting better and better. That being said, I'd probably go older flagship because there's usually a richer selection of cases and other phone-specific accessories and cameras are usually better as well. OS updates are a concern but I'd be careful to buy a device with big aftermarket appeal and no OEM tomfoolery, such as a Google Pixel device.

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1 minute ago, TheSLSAMG said:

Tough call for me, especially since budget phones are getting better and better. That being said, I'd probably go older flagship because there's usually a richer selection of cases and other phone-specific accessories and cameras are usually better on the slightly older flagships. OS updates are a concern but I'd be careful to buy a device with big aftermarket appeal and no OEM tomfoolery, such as a Google Pixel device.

Selection of cases, accessories, and even replacement parts for the LG V20 is excellent. To this day, I have yet to see even one case or accessory for my obscure off-brand Chinese phone. Great point.

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With only $200 I’d go with used. If you had $300 or $350 though then I’d buy new all day, with the stuff manufacturers are putting out these days. 

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I bought a new ASUS ZenFone Max Plus ZB570TL for $211 when upgrading from a very durable flip phone. I'm ok with used hardware, but old batteries just aren't worth the problems they cause when they aren't "replaceable".

 

I don't really like using a phone for much more than making calls, texting, getting quick directions, doing a quick google search, or playing music in my truck; anything more than that and I'd rather be using a desktop. I like the convenience that smartphones offer when out and about, but the only thing they offer over a laptop or desktop is portability and phone functionality, in every other aspect a real computer delivers a better experience in my opinion so I don't care about the extra bells and whistles that a more expensive phone offers.

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With only a $200 budget I'd rather have something like a brand new Moto G6 than a used phone. 

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