There's a reason for iphones keeping their resale value. In two years it will still be relevant.Most other devices won't be since there will be many many new devices to replace them in the next two years.Question is,in a year and a half do you want to still be using a phone that is relevant?
As far as value I have to agree with Cat.
However I have to ask this:
If you are considering swapping then is there something that you aren't happy with on the iPhone? Is that something the SG2 can provide and will it also provide what is positive about your iPhone expirience. For me I'd love an SG2, but I'm a Droid fan so.....
I don't know Roger.. resell wont be there, and would you be happy with a Droid? I kid iPhone users, but its clear that it meets needs. I hate to see you regret the trade.
None of them are investments. They both devalue. More so the Samsung when compared to iPhone or BlackBerry, even. But as cats says, are you going to hold a phone for a year and a half? Or longer? Maybe just a year.
A phone if well kept will always find a buyer that values the condition. Today the original Galaxy (2 years old) still fetches 80% of the original price. And there's plenty demand.
An iPhone 4 has devalued about 15% for a new one and just about 20% for a mint condition 2nd hand one. The 4S, in second hand mint condition is about 15% cheaper.
The Sammy SII about 20%.
Finally everything balances out. Why? Acquisition of a new phone is considerably cheaper with aby Android as compared to an Apple product.
Rog, if you want something its because you're going to enjoy using it.
How much is that worth to you?
NOTE:Im talking carrier free and the prices here are different.
The values i mention are todays, up to date. Im deeply involed in this...
And then, there are models to avoid. Anything HTC is down, Motorola and LG keep away. Other Chinese crap are dead even new.
Value is directly linked to popularity - sales.
The HTC Inspire that retails for $400-450 which I had, six months later are going for $150 on Craigslist. From what I can see, it's that way across the board on the Android devices. In six months to a year it will lose 65-75% of it's value. I'm not bashing, I'm merely stating what I observe, and I pay close attention to this. iPhone 4 devices are still going for 3-$400.
I so regret swapping the nexus s for the evo.
Its a good phone, but for a geek who likes aosp its been frustrating. Add sprints hit and miss network and I'm even more frustrated. Its to the point where I've considered trading my tab for something better, from Sammy.
HTC dont hold value. Thats for sure.
A iPhone 4 sold originally for 699Euros, and now are 400 Euros 2nd Hand mint.
I usually change often, so its always a calculated transaction.
The best margins are obtained with the high volume sellers.
But at the end of the day, I admit, iPhone popularity and quality, guarantees a better trade.