Smartphones get launched regularly and new devices mean old ones drop in price. If you can't afford a brand-new phone then why don't you pick up an old one from 2014/2015 which is still decent for a fraction of the cost? Here we round up the best old phones 2014/2015. You should try and avoid buying a smartphone when it first gets launched if you want to get the best deal possible. The price of phones tends to drop quickly after being released due the way they quickly get superseded. A prime example is Samsung with its Galaxy phones. These tend to drop in price very quick after hitting the shops. However, some stay the same for a long time or until a new version is released – Apple's iPhone are an example of this.
If you are an iPhone user, and you specifically want an iPhone to be your next smartphone, the iPhone 6 is great, but of course the iPhone 6s is even better. It's going to come down to budget ultimately, as the iPhone 6 is a brilliant iPhone that'll save you a few pennies if you're set on getting an Apple phone. It's a slick, well-built, beautifully designed handset. Performance is good, the display is good, and the iOS eco-system is, well, good.
The Huawei P8 has excellent design and build for a price lower than other flagship rivals. On the whole hardware is decent too, particularly in the photography department. However, poor performance and buggy software taint the experience to frustrating level which can also be fixed easily.
When the LG G3 came in at under $500 we were impressed. A year on and a phone that packs amazing features including a Quad HD display and a camera with a laser auto focus is one of the bargains of the market. The LG G3 is surprisingly small considering the 5.5in display and we like the more premium design.
The Sony Xperia Z3 is undoubtedly a decent and desirable smartphone but Z2 owners will have little reason to upgrade unless PS4 Remote Play or High-Res audio are must-haves. In terms of the wider market, the Z3 is up there with the best and a solid choice even if it doesn't have the amount of bells and whistles which others do.
The Xperia Z3 Compact is great little smartphone offering pretty much everything available on the full-size Z3 (including PS4 Remote Play and High-Res audio) apart from a Full HD screen. The new design is thinner and lighter plus the display is bigger than previously. At such low price, this is not only the best mini smartphone you can buy, it's one of the best smartphones around.
The Galaxy Note 4 is a bit of a handful and is rather expensive but lovers of the Galaxy Note range will likely be enamoured with this edition. It is, on the whole, a great device with plenty of power and features. As long as you're aware that you're buying a huge phone and will get the most out of what it offers. Otherwise a smaller and cheaper handset is probably a better choice – the Galaxy S5 or one of its rivals.