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3 Reasons Why Buy Old Gen Phone Over New Generation Flagship

It is entirely common practice for smartphone manufacturers to sell premium, flagship phones at a subsidized price when a new-generation one takes its place. Also competing for you money in loosely the same price-bracket are OEMs that decide to sell first-generation phones albeit making the, fall under the ‘mid-range’ category.

Today, we give you 3 reasons why you should pick a first-generation mid-range smartphone over latest generation premium smartphone.

[stbpro id=”info”]Please Note: As per the trend we have seen so far, you get better value for money on immediate old gen phone like buying a Note 4 when Note 5 is launched by samsung. However, there are some compromises you will make when you do that. [/stbpro]

Hardware Support

When we refer to ‘hardware support’ we mean the extent to which you can delay the dreaded ‘that spare-part is no longer made for your phone’ message from being flung at you by the guys at a service center. Simply put, an OEM may have a loose rule of discontinuing making spare parts such as batteries, the display assembly etc. after around 2-3 years since the manufacturing of the device began. Naturally, a newly launched mid-range device will start that 2-3 year cycle afresh, compared to a year(or more) old flagship device.

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Software Updates

Granted that a flagship device is usually slated to receive updates for a few years after its launch, a company usually always decides to focus software updates for its popular devices as a priority. An added advantage is that a newly launched mid-ranger usually starts with the latest(or as close to the latest as that manufacturer usually gets) version of Android anyway. To illustrate, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 just recently got upgraded to Android Lollipop whereas the Galaxy A8 was launched with Lollipop out of the box.

Hardware Nuances

There are times when just a year of advancements can make significant changes in hardware. As an example, the Samsung Galaxy S5 featured a clunky swipe gesture to recognize fingerprints. This year, Samsung’s Galaxy A8 has one that works simply by touching it-an implementation that is preferred over the alternative any day. Other advantages, such as microSD expansion can be found only on mid-ranged devices, in some cases(we’re looking at you Galaxy S6).


Of course, arguments can be made in favor of buying an older flagship phone over a newer mid-range device but these are the reasons why you should prefer the latter over the former. Let us know what you think about this debate in the comments below.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.