Shortly before its official release iPhone 13, a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shed light on "what about old smartphones“. In fact the research contains data on number of iPhone users who sell or exchange (trade-in programs) their devices compared to owners of Android devices.
It is worth mentioning that the research was based in the US, so the results may not apply to other areas.
Initially, based on research, Used iPhones are usually in better condition compared to used Android phones. For example, the CIRP observed that in 65% of iPhones used for 12 months, h screen is in good condition, while when we talk about Android smartphone the percentage drops to less than 60%.
On the other hand, the same does not seem to be true of battery of telephones. After one year of use, Only 23% of iPhone users reported that their phone battery lasted a full day without recharging. On the contrary, the 30% of Android users could use their smartphone all day, without charging, even after 12 months.
In addition, according to the survey, the devices that become useless after a year are very few. Less than 10% of Android and iPhone users have completely broken their phones after a year. Also, few notice their battery running out in a few hours (less than 20% of users).
CIRP has noticed that phones are becoming more durable and so the sale or change of a smartphone is delayed.
However, there are those who change their phone without any major problem. Most retired phones are in good condition, with non-problematic monitors and batteries that last most of the day. Thus, many iPhones and Android smartphones are sold or exchanged, delivered to friends or relatives or stored for possible future use.
But what about people who change their device every year?
According to the CIRP survey, Less than 10% of iPhone or Android users sell old phones, although iPhones are sold more often. In addition, while the The vast majority of Android users keep their old smartphones, almost 30% of iPhone owners give them under trade-in programs.
Η Apple promotes more and more iPhone Upgrade Program while other stores and carriers often pay more for used iPhones than for Android phones.