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Long term smartphone

by Alex592213 / August 31, 2016 7:20 AM PDT

I would like to bay a smartphone,but for a longer term use(like 3-4 years).Because it is for long term I would like to buy a flagship-class phone.I am considering the iPhone SE at the moment,because I have relatively small hands and it is a good fit for me.Any suggestions?

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For me, I'd skip it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2016 9:25 AM PDT
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What about Android phones?
by Alex592213 / August 31, 2016 9:44 AM PDT
In reply to: For me, I'd skip it.

I currently have an Xperia T but it's just not cutting it anymore?Are Android devices recommended for long-term?

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My first Android is still running.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2016 9:57 AM PDT

While it's just old it was still nice, still works and I got it in 2010. So why did I change? Mostly to change off Sprint since I could not make calls from home. And this was with me trying outside the home.

Today I'm on and use that with relative ease on a few phones.

I'll write that not one phone has failed for me. I guess I must be too gentle.

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How about a CNET well reviewed model?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2016 10:02 AM PDT
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Looks nice
by Alex592213 / August 31, 2016 12:41 PM PDT

But it this phone powerful infoff to last 3-4 years in a usable state? The problem is with my current phone that it slowed down really,really hard.

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No phone I've had slowed down.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2016 1:13 PM PDT
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So I can't guess why yours did. I do have folk bring me their slow phone and we factory reset it and it's back to speed, so it must not be the hardware.

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really dont know what the future holds
by renegade600 / August 31, 2016 1:16 PM PDT
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you really dont know what the future holds when it comes to smartphones. You dont know how much technology will change or even your own needs will change a couple of years down the line. So it is really hard to buy something to last 3-4 years.

I have a three year old tablet I really need to replace. It was top of the line when I bought it. there are some apps I need that I have not been able to run for about a year so the tablet is basically gathering dust.

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I caution anyone from buying 'certified' refurbs via Amazon
by Pepe7 / August 31, 2016 9:39 PM PDT
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Still too many different hands involved for the 'certified' to be worth much of a designation.

I find gazelle to be just as good but more banged up.

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I've bought from Apple on Amazon.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2016 8:46 AM PDT

I did so since it was very convenient. All good.

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From third party and not apple
by Pepe7 / September 1, 2016 10:27 PM PDT

Look at your own link. Third parties sell refurb iphones on Amazon, not Apple.
That's the critical piece of info. Buying a refurbished Apple device *directly* from Apple is the best route, but the unfortunately they no longer sell iPhones in that manner.

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You're right.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2016 10:43 PM PDT

Didn't notice that. Anyhow I'm now many months down the road and it's been glorious without paying full pop. I'll wish everyone my good luck.

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if you want one that last 3-4 years
by renegade600 / August 31, 2016 1:11 PM PDT
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I would suggest getting one where you can replace the battery. most batteries will last a couple of years but after that you will see a noticeable difference in battery drainage. that said...

Iphone se is actually a pretty good phone. In addition it will get os updates more often and supported much longer than most android phones (including the one I own). If it is what you want - get it. Happy

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if you want one that last 3-4 years
by a4nusha / September 1, 2016 12:16 AM PDT

Motorola X is best for long term purpose ,it has long batterylife and amazing features

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Agreed with Motorola device.....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / September 4, 2016 12:10 PM PDT

....I had an older Motorola Droid that sat in a drawer for about 1 year turned off and not used. Picked it up to see what would happen and there was enough power in the battery to turn on. I was amazed. I had used the phone for 2 years before upgrading it.

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batteries have recharging cycles
by renegade600 / September 4, 2016 1:11 PM PDT

I have several brands and models of phones that had been sitting for months and years and still works with the original batteries. Sometimes you can get lemons but in general, batteries have a limited number of recharging cycles. so depending how often you charge, they can last a long time.

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