Imagine you’re in the market for a new car. When you arrive at the dealership, you’ll see the shiny new 2019 models, as well as the 2018 models being offered at a fairly compelling price. You decide to test-drive one of each, and while the 2019 might have a few more bells and whistles, a lot of things are pretty much the same. Things like the engine, the safety features, and the fit, finish and feel haven’t really changed after only a year. After thinking it over, you’ll probably end up signing a contract for the 2018 model.
If you’re looking for a new smartphone, you should apply the same kind of thought process as you would when buying a car. Here are a few reasons why buying last year’s flagship is the best choice for your next smartphone purchase.
Patience is a virtue… that makes fiscal sense
It’s true that today’s flagship smartphone models — iPhone X, Google Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy Note8 — are amazing phones. They have slick marketing campaigns and lots of exciting new features to draw in consumers.
However, they’ll still be amazing phones this time next year, when the latest, greatest new versions are released. What’s more, they’ll likely be tens or hundreds of dollars cheaper than their price right now.
The cost of a smartphone soon after release is typically inflated to help pay for that slick marketing campaign and to take advantage of massive consumer demand. You should seriously look at last year’s flagship model, instead of paying the company extra to have it market the phone to you.
It’s not ancient history
With the rapid turnover in consumer technology, it’s easy to feel like you’re always behind the curve. Just six months after you buy that hot new gadget, a newer version comes out, slightly thinner and with features that you didn’t even know you wanted.
However, even if there’s a newer model, last year’s flagship phones are still great choices. They’ve come down in price because there’s a hotter option on the market, but they work just as well and have almost as many features. In addition, you’ll still receive all of the latest updates, so you won’t be falling behind.
It’s tried and tested
Older phones have one big advantage over the newer models: They’ve been battle-tested by thousands of consumers. Once a phone has been out for a year, you can read reviews by media outlets and users that are more objective and divorced from all the hype. After all, you don’t want to get caught up in the excitement and buy a model that ultimately flops, like the Amazon Fire Phone.
What’s more, new tech releases often come with bugs and problems that you might not have expected. It may take months for updates to roll out to fix issues with things like the display and battery. You won’t have to deal with any of the day-one defects or vulnerabilities, like the iPhone 4’s Antennagate or your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 catching fire.
So, you’ve come to your senses and decided to buy one of last year’s flagship models. The Ting Shop is the best resource to find phones that work on Ting, but it’s not the only place to get a Ting-compatible phone. Any phone that works with either Sprint or T-Mobile networks can work on Ting (our compatibility checker will confirm that for you), so there’s a wide variety of options out there.