The Best Old Phone — iPhone

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2016 was like the Golden Age of phones because we have some bangers that year. OnePlus 3T, S7 from Samsung as well as the first generation pixel — The Pixel 1, iPhone 6s from Apple. When you take a look at these phones, the first thing that comes to mind is they all had headphone jacks. Like in 2016 it wasn’t even a question, it was a smart phone of course it had a headphone jack.


The pricing on these phones were also really good like all these were flagship devices were 650 bucks. We also had the OnePlus phones that were around $400 but these were all reasonably priced for flagship phones.

This is the reason why so many of these phones still exist in your hands today. I know a lot of people still use some of these phones but there’s a very big difference in how these phones have aged.

Just looking at some research data iPhones aged so much better than basically every other phone in the market at least from this time period.

Software Updates

iPhones have amazing software support like iPhone 6s is 3–4 years old but it’s still running the latest version of iOS, iOS 13. The Galaxy S7 came out in March of 2016 runs Android 8 Oreo. It has some of the recent security patches but in terms of functionality it doesn’t have any of the stuff from Android 9 or 10, which is strange.

The OnePlus 3T got up to Android 9 and then the there’s community builds for Android 10 that you have to load on if you want to. The first generation of pixel this does have Android 10 but they’re gonna drop support on it relatively soon.

Samsung Loss

The big kind of loss is to Samsung users. Samsung software support on their phones is surprisingly poor especially for a company that’s as big as Samsung. They are good in terms of hardware but when it comes to software they should do a better job.

It’s not like the users needs the latest version of Android to use their phones, but when you do get an update it brings new features. It just keeps your phone feeling fresh and relevant to the user and that’s something that is important.

iPhone Re-Sale Value

If you look at the value of these phones in the used market right now iPhones just do better. The software support is one of the reasons why people are more comfortable. They are confident buying a used iPhone than any other brand in terms of performance. None of them stick out as being amazing compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro. But there is one phone that is the best of the bunch, it’s the iPhone SE.

The Real Hero iPhone SE

The real here is the iPhone SE. It can run iOS 13 with just 2 gigs of RAM. I’m sure the S7 can run Android 10 with its 4 gigs of RAM but Samsung chose not to do it and this stuff affects resale value.

It’s part of the smoothest experience of the group, it’s probably from software optimizations like this is faster now and more fluid of an experience now than it was when it launched which is crazy. The 3T is also not bad this feels pretty fast still. iPhone definitely takes a crown here now. There is one feature amongst all of these that was terrible in 2016, it’s the camera. These all pale in comparison to any kind of moderns art phone both from computational photography.

OnePlus Improved

The thing that’s most interesting is how much of an improvement OnePlus has made over the years. If you look at the 3T, the photos were terrible for low-light in 2016. But they’ve improved a lot to the point where now they have very respectable cameras on their phones.

Bad in iPhone

The one feature that I’d say was very bad on the iPhones compared to everyone else is charge time. These things just charge slowly and they use lightning cables but I still feel like Apple’s iPhones from this era aged the best like in terms of hardware
and software.

If you’re an Android user or an iPhone user which phone do you feel aged the best?




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