Galaxy S8 vs. Moto G Power: Is a used phone better than a new budget model?
Galaxy S8 vs. Moto G Power: Is a used phone better than a new budget model?
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Galaxy S8 vs. Moto G Power: Is a used phone better than a new budget model?

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You've got less than $300 to spend on a phone, so what do you do? Do you grab a new budget phone like this Motorola Moto G power, or do you buy used and get yourself an older flagship phone like this Samsung Galaxy S eight for the same money? To find out which is best I did some tests. I picked up this Samsung Galaxy S8 used in the UK for only 205 pounds and it's in surprisingly great condition. It's got a beautiful, curving screen, an Octa-Core processor, and a single rear camera on the back. The Moto G Power comes in at 220 pounds in the UK. That's brand new. Let's start with which one's got more power? The Galaxy S eight packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 optical chip, while the Moto G power uses a lower end Snapdragon 665. Perhaps no surprise then that the SH easily beat the G power on our benchmark tests and can run demanding games like asphalt nine without issue. The G power struggles with high end games that less demanding type of like altos adventure played perfectly well. And both phones can comfortably handle video streaming and image editing. The camera differences are surprisingly tough to call While the SH only has one rear lens, it takes shots that look much better than the Moto G power standard camera can manage. However the Moto does have a super wide mode and telephoto zoom which does give you more shooting options. So you'll have to decide what's more important in your photography, getting creative with the different angles, or better overall image quality. Hardware-wise there are a lot of similarities. Both charged using USB type C, both have 64 gig of expandable storage. Both have fingerprint scanners on the back. The Moto G powers battery lasts way longer than the S eight. But the S eight has waterproofing and it's compatible with Android Pay. So it's all sorts of balancing out rather than nice Like, what tips the scales though is the software. While the three year old sa had a security update in April of this year, its age means that it's unlikely to get more updates down the line using a phone that doesn't have the latest security software updates. Can leave it extremely vulnerable to hacking. The Motorola being new runs the latest Android 10 software and will likely be supported for at least the next couple of years. It's that safety reason more than anything else that would mean that my money. He would have to go on the Moto G power rather than the three year old Galaxy S eight. But don't be put off by older news phones. It's a great way of putting amazing hardware in your pocket without emptying all of your savings. So lots more info on these phones, make sure to keep your eye on cnet.com

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