Phones forum

Resolved Question

Long term smartphone

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

Hello!
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?

Alex592213 has chosen the best answer to their question. View answer
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Long term smartphone
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Long term smartphone
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Best Answer chosen by Alex592213

Collapse -
For me, I'd skip it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2016 9:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Long term smartphone
Collapse -
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?

Collapse -
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 Ting.com 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.

Collapse -
How about a CNET well reviewed model?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2016 10:02 AM PDT
Collapse -
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.

Collapse -
No phone I've had slowed down.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2016 1:13 PM PDT
In reply to: Looks nice

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.

Collapse -
really dont know what the future holds
by renegade600 / August 31, 2016 1:16 PM PDT
In reply to: Looks nice

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.

Collapse -
I caution anyone from buying 'certified' refurbs via Amazon
by Pepe7 / August 31, 2016 9:39 PM PDT
In reply to: For me, I'd skip it.

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.

Collapse -
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.

Collapse -
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.

Collapse -
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.

Collapse -
Answer
if you want one that last 3-4 years
by renegade600 / August 31, 2016 1:11 PM PDT
In reply to: Long term smartphone

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

Collapse -
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

Collapse -
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.

Collapse -
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.

Popular Forums

icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

FALL TV PREMIERES

Your favorite shows are back!

Don’t miss your dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. Find out when and where they’re airing!