iPhones better value than Samsung Galaxy, Fluent data hints

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Tim Cook cheers shoppers as the doors open on iPhone XS day.

Who else has noticed that Samsung Galaxy prices are rapidly catching up with iPhone, even though the devices the Apple competitor makes don’t hold onto their value for anything like as long?

iPhones better value than Samsung Galaxy

The truth is, someone has spotted this new phase of fast follower flattery, with Flipsy noting that:

  • In 2008, the original iPhone sold for $499. Today’s iPhone XS goes for $999 – a 100% increase over 10 years, or an average of 10% per year
  • In 2010, the original Galaxy S sold for $400. Today’s Galaxy S10 goes for $900 – a 125% increase over 9 years, or an average of 13.9% per year.

That’s a pretty interesting statistic, I thought.

Clearly Apple isn’t the only company attempting to reap a little more revenue as the smartphone industry these two names have dominated for so long goes into decline.

It is interesting to consider how much Samsung would charge for a Galaxy if Apple had set its prices lower… who leads the market again?

What about the long-term value?

Smartphones are essential tools for most of us, so surely – with both products costing more or less the same – the second hand market would see prices set at about the same level?

That’s not the case.

In fact, the difference in value between a second user iPhone and a second user Galaxy is huge: An old iPhone is worth double (or more) of the value of a Galaxy released the same year, Flipsy said.

Here’s a comparison of current buyback offers for Samsung phones versus iPhones (by release year):


  • iPhone XS: $692
  • Galaxy S9: $316


  • iPhone X: $546
  • Galaxy S8: $269


  • iPhone 8: $360
  • Galaxy S7: $110

This is good news (I guess), if you plan to switch from an iPhone to new Galaxy device as you’ll make a whole bunch more of the purchase price. However, in my anecdotal experience most everyone I know who dumped an Apple for a Samsung regrets it.

It is interesting to note Flipsy’s data around the cost of smartphones in general.

The company estimates you’ll spend over $75,000 just on network coverage across 60-years of use.

Add the fact that most people upgrade their iPhone every 2-3 years, and the following chart speaks volumes. Indeed, iPhone (and Galaxy) prices have climbed at a rate that vastly exceeds growth in average wage.

Perhaps that’s why sales are stalling?

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Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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