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Do you buy new, used, or refurbished phones? [Poll of the Week]

When it's time to upgrade, do you buy new, used, or refurbished smartphones?

Published onMarch 19, 2018

Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 9,500 total votes, 68% of our readers said they have not received an update to Android Oreo yet. That’s not surprising, considering the last Android distribution numbers showed Oreo installed on just 1.1% of all smartphones.

People aren’t buying brand-spanking-new smartphones as often as they once were, and that’s due to a couple different factors — increasing smartphone prices, lack of innovation, or the simple fact that last year’s smartphones can perform just as well as this year’s phones.

The surprising growth of used smartphones

All three of these points combined make for a difficult case to buy the latest and greatest phone on the market. If 2017 or or even 2016’s flagships aren’t lacking too much in any particular area, why not save some money and go for the older model? Or better yet, why not spring for a refurbished smartphone instead? A lot of the time, refurbished phones come with manufacturer warranties, which means you won’t be completely out of luck if your phone has a problem.

I usually tell my family to buy “new” phones from the previous generation, or go the refurbished route. But what about you? When it’s time to upgrade, do you buy new, used, or refurbished smartphones? Cast your vote in the poll attached below, and speak up in the comments if you have anything to add.