The Best Deals On Last Year's Top-Of-The-Range Phones

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While owning the latest smartphone from your favourite manufacturer may give a warm, inner glow it can also empty your wallet or max out a credit card. Sometimes, the best deal on a new phone is to step back a generation and buy last year's model. It will often come at a decent discount while still offering almost all the same functionality. So, what kind of deal can you get on last year's premium smartphones?

One Thing To Note

When shopping for smartphones and trying to save a few bucks, you may end up buying items that are being shipped in from other countries. That means power adaptors might not be Australian. While USB chargers are pretty easy to come by and most people has a few spares around, if that's a big deal for you make sure you know exactly what you're getting before hitting the "Buy Now" button.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Last year's flagship Samsung smartphone didn't leave you with a lot of change from $1200 and it received an unequivocal yes when it came to answering the question - should you buy it - in Gizmodo's review. Today, you can pick one up for $694 from Catch.

If you're after a larger model, catch also has the Galaxy S8 Plus for $725.

The next best price I could find for the S8 was closer to $1000.

iPhone 7

Apple dropped the price of the iPhone 7 when it released the iPhone 8 and iPhone X last year, but they are still charging $849 for the iPhone 7 and $1049 for the iPhone 7 Plus.

If you're thinking about Ebay for this one - forget it. Folks there are listing the iPhone 7 for over $3000 proving that a fool and his money are soon parted.

Again, it looks like Catch is the place to go but pay attention before splashing out your hard-earned cash. Many of the units they have listed are refurbished but there are some new iPhone 7 for $839 - which is only a small saving on Apple's price but it's better than nothing.

Google Pixel

If you're looking for an original Google Pixel then it looks like JB HiFi is the place to go.

The Google Pixel 128GB is selling for $699 while the Google Pixel 32GB is just $599. The only minor hassle is that you can have any colour you like as long as it's Very Silver.


Comments

    or what about phones like the
    xiaomi mi mix 2
    or the lg g6
    etc?
    all in the $400-$500 price range.

      All excellent handsets, and where the smart money goes, but the articles about the top-of-the-range devices.

    It's not all doom and gloom on ebay if you're willing to stoop to refurbished. I couldn't stomach the price of new handsets so I picked up a 256gb iPhone 7 Plus for a shade over $700 a few months ago from a reputable seller in Aus (the ebay arm of a phone buyback operation) and similar deals are still available by the time you slap a discount code onto the purchase. As a bonus the handset appeared practically new without a scratch on it, honestly can't complain for the saving.

    Chances are the best deal is the one you already have. Don't buy anything.... or maybe replace he battery if it is worn.

    I used to one of those idiots that buy an iPhones on day of release. I grown wiser, and sometimes I look back surprised at myself how stupid I was and how much money I wasted.

    My wife has an iPhone 5s, and I have a 6+. They are just fine. We browse the web, send emails, listen to podcasts, take photos, use the various 'tools' etc. We don't do calculus on them you know.

    When shopping for smartphones and trying to save a few bucks, you may end up buying items that are being shipped in from other countries. That means power adaptors might not be Australian.
    The Catch Samsung page has this:
    The item may come with an International plug. In this event, a 3rd party Australian compatible adapter will be includedSo you should at least be covered for charging needs.

    iPhone 7 $839 vs $849 is not really a deal is it?

    I would much rather drop by Apple Store and pickup an $849 iPhone 7 directly than wait a couple days for Catch delivery for $10 less on a $800+ purchase. The hassle.

      Apple does not like stores discounting their products. Hence why you see such insignificant discounts. Ive seen Jbhifi advertise huge savings on macbooks only to find out its like $20 off the advertised priced on a $2k laptop.

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