The best-selling used cell phone list on Trocafone as of July 2021 has a 2015 device in third place: it’s the iPhone 6s. In addition to being the oldest, it is also the most affordable in the top 10 of the platform for buying and selling used smartphones: a product in good condition costs at least R$ 829.
Compared to the last ranking, for the first half of 2021, the leadership continues with a more recent model – or rather, less old: the iPhone 7, from 2016. It starts at R$ 1,339.
The list is all high-end devices from Apple and Samsung released in years past. In the first half, the Samsung Galaxy A31 intermediary was still among the best sellers. The South Korean brand’s models are the latest: three phones from the 2019 Galaxy S10 family are among the most requested. Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 is the latest Apple product in the top 10, and it was released there in 2017.
Top Selling Used Cell Phones in July 2021
|Cell phone||Launch||Minimum price in July 2021|
|iPhone 7||september 2016||BRL 1,339|
|Galaxy S10||February 2019||R$1,669|
|iPhone 6s||september 2015||BRL 829|
|Galaxy S9 Plus||March 2018||BRL 1,349|
|iPhone 8||september 2017||BRL 1,939|
|Galaxy S10+||February 2019||BRL 1,869|
|Galaxy S8||June 2017||BRL 989|
|Galaxy S10e||February 2019||BRL 1,499|
|Galaxy S9||March 2018||BRL 1,219|
|iPhone 7 Plus||september 2016||BRL 2,129|
Used iPhones get more expensive
Another point to note is that used iPhones were more expensive between the first semester and the month of July. The iPhone 7 went for at least R$ 1,299; now, R$1,339. In the case of the iPhone 8, the rise was even more accentuated, going from R$1,629 to R$1,939. iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 Plus are not listed above.
One hypothesis is that the high prices of new Apple devices in Brazil made more people look for used ones, heating the market and raising prices.
Meanwhile, some Samsung smartphones have been cheaper, with reductions of up to R$ 140, while others remain the same. None rose in price.
|Cell phone||Minimum price between January and June 2021||Minimum price in July 2021|
|Galaxy S8||BRL 989||BRL 989|
|Galaxy S9||BRL 1,299||BRL 1,219|
|Galaxy S9 Plus||BRL 1,489||BRL 1,349|
|Galaxy S10e||BRL 1,579||BRL 1,499|
|Galaxy S10||BRL 1,759||R$1,669|
|Galaxy S10+||BRL 1,869||BRL 1,869|
Is iPhone 6s Worth It in 2021?
Buying an iPhone for R$829 can make a lot of people go wild – after all, many current entry lines are above that price. In Apple’s portfolio, the cheapest model, the iPhone SE, is found at around R$ 2,500 at retail, almost triple that amount.
Even so, we are talking about a device with something between five and six years of use. As much as it is still updated – the 6s will receive iOS 15, which should arrive in September – it hardly continues with the power of a long time ago. Also, not all features of the new version of the operating system make it to older phones.
Other factors to consider if you are using used cell phones:
- Screen Format and Size – The iPhone 6s has a 4.7-inch display and a large bezel design on the front, which may not appeal to those who like more space to play games or watch videos; the same goes for iPhones 7 and 8. Newer devices, even cheaper ones, tend to have larger displays. There are those who prefer, however, this more compact format.
- camera and resources – Apple’s camera is admittedly good, but like virtually every 2015 phone, the iPhone 6s has only one lens or sensor set. Today, the standard is to have between two and four in intermediate devices. The choice is between image quality and versatility. Also, no Night Mode in 6s.
- Drums – Apple’s smartphone batteries were a major cause of complaint until recently. With the wear and tear of years of use and a chip that’s not so modern anymore, you’ll almost certainly have to take the charger with you wherever you go.
Android phones run out of updates sooner
Updates are an always-on factor for Apple when looking at used devices. As we’ve already said, the 2015 iPhone 6s will be updated later this year to iOS 15, completing six years of the latest OS. Meanwhile, newer Android devices haven’t been updated for a while. The 2017 Galaxy S8 will not even receive security updates. Also, S8 stopped on Android 9.0 Pie, and S9 on Android 10.
From the Galaxy S10 onwards, however, the new policy of three years of operating system updates is valid, which should give greater longevity to the devices: until 2022 the latest Android is guaranteed.
For those who understand a little more about technology, there is the option of using a customized ROM to have access to newer versions of the operating system, such as LineageOS. However, this does not always work to your satisfaction, and your device runs the risk of being left out of the list of supported devices.
How to choose a used cell phone
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money and still have access to a high-end device, used cell phones are a way to consider. However, it is worth keeping an eye on some aspects.
It is important to know how the conditions of the drums before closing the deal. On iPhone, this is easy: just go to Settings > Drums > battery health to know its maximum capacity in relation to a new component.
On Android, it is possible to use a code in dialer to find that out. Samsung devices have an interactive check in the app’s help area Samsung Members. It is also possible to install an app, such as AccuBattery or the CPU-Z, to check this aspect.
Having an entire device is not just a matter of beauty: cracks and cracks they can compromise protection against water and dust, for example. Also, it is important to verify that the connection ports work, if the chip drawers open normally without getting stuck and if the card readers (in the case of Androids) remain intact. If you have physical access to your cell phone, it’s good to call the screen to see if it has no dead pixels or lines in the image.
Finally, it is worth avoiding brands that left the Brazilian market, like Sony and LG, because this can be a huge headache if you need technical support.