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Previous generation smartphones are cheaper

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Previous generation smartphones are cheaper

With the release of the newest generation smartphones it’s easy to be tempted into buying the newest handset available, but, here’s a strange suggestion, maybe you should buy the previous generation handset. I know this might sound crazy but there is a good reason why I am suggesting this as a viable alternative option: when the new generations handsets are released the older generation handsets become cheaper! Granted, they may not have the newest features, but often they are still just as capable and powerful as the newer generation and come with the majority of the same features and capabilities. Read on to see if I can convince you that your new smartphone doesn’t have to be the latest handset.

The Apple iPhone X vs. the iPhone XS

With the release of the new iPhone XS in September 2018 Apple once again wowed the world with their newest handset delivering their classic style and renowned performance to a new generation of handsets. But, with the media attention comes a rather hefty price-tag! So, if you’re looking for a more budget friendly iPhone without having to sacrifice quality and performance you might want to consider the iPhone X.

According the specifications the newer iPhone XS has the same network and processing capabilities as the older iPhone X, and both have the same super AMOLED 5.8 inch screen giving crystal clear quality in both the older and newer handsets. Both phones also come with the same 12MP rear facing camera and 7MP front camera so the picture quality in both will be the same. They key difference between the two handsets is found in the waterproof capability; the iPhone X has water resistance up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, but the iPhone XS has water resistance up to 2 meters for 30 minutes. Also, in terms of the look of the phone, despite both being the same size, the newer iPhone XS comes in a wider variety of colours offering the choice of a gold handset.

So, it really comes down to the most important difference; the price!

With our best deal you can get yourself the iPhone X on a 24-month contract with 50GB of data and unlimited minutes and texts for £53 per month. But, for the same deal, the iPhone XS comes at £63 per month but you will also have to pay a £55 upfront cost. That equates to a £295 difference in price over the length of the contract!

If you’re looking for a high quality iPhone with the best new features but don’t want to pay the highest prices, consider buying the iPhone X!

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. the S9

The Samsung S range of smartphones have always been a popular choice and Samsung once again hit the mark partnering their beautiful design style with highly functional and user-friendly software when they released their newest Samsung Galaxy S9 in March 2018, and it has proven itself to be a very popular handset. But, a hidden benefit to this new release is that you can now get the previous generation Samsung Galaxy S8 for less. So, is it worth choosing the S8 rather than the newer S9? Let’s find out!

As with many newer generation handsets the S9 does come with slightly better processing power, but the S8 is still more than capable of holding its own. Both handsets come with the same quality of camera so both are capable of taking perfectly clear images, and they both have the same super AMOLED touchscreen display ensuring that whichever handset you choose you will have a stunning screen quality. The most obvious differences between the two generations of handset are cosmetic: The S9 is a slightly different shape and size than the previous S8 but both support a 5.8 inch display so you’re not losing out by choosing the older handset, and each handset comes in a different variety of colours to the other, but with a range of colour options available I’m sure you’ll be able to find one that suits your style perfectly. However, there is a slight downside to the older Galaxy S8 in that it is only available in 64GB whereas the newer S9 can be bought in either 64GB, 128GB, or even 256GB. But, with the ability to insert a microSD card of up to 512GB into the S8 this doesn’t need to be something that puts you off buying the phone.

So, what about the price difference? How much could you save by buying the Samsung Galaxy S8 instead of the S9?

With our best deal you can get yourself the Samsung Galaxy S8 on a 24-month contract with 30GB of data and unlimited minutes and texts for £26 a month with a huge £168 cashback. For the same deal you could get the Galaxy S9 £33 a month.

So, if you’re looking for a powerful yet user-friendly handset maybe instead of getting the S9 you should consider the slightly older but still amazing Samsung Galaxy S8!

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What about other brands?

Apple and Samsung are two of the leading smartphone manufacturers, but they are not the only brands where I have noticed this trend. Many other manufacturers also release new handsets periodically with slightly update features and capabilities that leave their previous generation handsets reduced in cost. So, if you’re looking for your new smartphone maybe it would be worth considering buying a slightly older handset and getting yourself a better.

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