A shiny new cell phone is hard to resist. A brand new sleek smartphone that delivers great features is even harder to resist. That is until you look at the price and realize that you cannot afford to buy a new phone after all.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many lessons including the importance of making every penny count. This might be the right time for you to downsize and purchase a used smartphone that will not be a burden on your finances.
If you’re looking for a low-priced phone that still delivers great features, here are some of the most popular secondhand or used smartphones that are still worth buying in 2020.
With the iPhone X getting up to three years old now, we’d recommend opting for the slightly more up-to-date iPhone XS if you’re hunting for a used full-screen iPhone, as it’ll last you longer. The iPhone XS, with its powerful A12 Bionic processor, Face ID technology, and immaculate design, holds its value better than any other smartphone out there. With the release of more latest models of iPhone 11 and iPhone 12, prices of iPhone XS have been dropping but it still offers some of the best features in a smartphone.
iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
While the new iPhone 12 models have been released this year, iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max from last year still maintains a high level of productivity. While iPhone 11 Pro Max has a bigger screen size and battery capacity, both phones offer similar up-to-date features such as a high level of water resistance and battery life that will last you at least for a full day.
Samsung Galaxy S9
The Samsung Galaxy S9 does not stray far from the Galaxy S8. The good thing about it is that it proves that Samsung continues to offer gorgeous and fully-capable phones.
With Samsung Galaxy S9’s evolution from the Galaxy S8, it now comes with a more powerful processor and new dual-lens cameras with adjustable aperture. It also boasts of fast speeds, wireless charging, and water resistance. In terms of design, it comes in a gorgeous 5.8-inch screen, dual-curved design. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is available in stunning blue or purple colors.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 may not have the Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED panel, ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensing, and reverse wireless charging that the newer S10 and S20 series are offering, but it is still a powerful handset that can last you a long time. In other words, it is an excellent option if you are looking for a used smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is an efficient phablet that comes with a handy S Pen, a bright and bold display. It does not have a quad-lens camera and does not look as sleek as the newer Galaxy Note 20, but it is still a capable and modern smartphone to have even in 2020.
When it was first introduced, the Galaxy Note 9 cost around $1000. Now, you can easily afford it for half the price. It is a big, beautiful phone with great specs.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes with a great camera function, long battery life as well as an internal 128GB storage. You can also use its S Pen as a wireless remote for taking selfies!
Google Pixel 3 XL
Google’s flagship phones tend to use similar camera components, even for its latest models, while upgrading the post-processing algorithms to produce better results. Why is this a good thing? It means that a Google Pixel 3 XL, which was released in 2018, can still take gorgeous photos that are similar to photos taken by the newer Google Pixel 4.
One thing to note with a Pixel 3 XL is that its battery charge does not last for a long time. It also does not have a secondary camera if you want to take ultrawide shots.
With a 4GB RAM capacity, the Pixel 3 XL may not be the best phone for you if you need to do multitasking a lot.
Even with these considerations, the Pixel 3 XL still offers software perks that you may love, such as its innovative Recorder and Call Screen functions. With these features as well as its fantastic camera feature, a second hand Google Pixel 3 XL is one of the best secondhand smartphones in the market today.