All smartphones depreciate in value from the moment you buy them. But just like cars, some brands hold their value a lot better.
A recent Priceonomics report found that Apple’s iPhone boasts the best resale value of any mobile platform. After 18 months, the iPhone can sell for an impressive 53% of its original retail cost.
According to the research, Android devices hold only 42% of their value after the same length of time. BlackBerry smartphones hold just 41% of their value.
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That’s one way to look at it. Another way to look at it is based on monthly costs.
“The iPhone hardware only costs you $13.20 per month if you resell it at the end of 18 months. Android phones cost 40% more,” the report says. In that sense, Android and BlackBerry resale values are actually much worse than the iPhones.