A new research report is out, revealing price information for used Galaxy S22 series models as well as the iPhone 13 and Pixel 6. Unsurprisingly, the iPhone 13 is the best at retaining resell value, in line with previous generations. Despite being the newest of the three, the Galaxy S22 is the worst at maintaining resale value.
That’s either good or bad news for the Samsung handset, depending on your perspective.
Don't Miss: Tuesday’s best deals: $19 headphones, $145 Chromebook, unlocked iPhone 12 deals, more The market research comes from SellCell. That’s the same company that discovered iPhone 13 prices were hardly dropping two months after launch.
The good news is that you can buy a brand new iPhone knowing that it’ll retain resale value in the months following the launch. You can recoup some of your investment via trade-ins or by selling the used handset yourself. That way, you can upgrade to something else without losing too much cash in the process.
As detailed in the report, the Galaxy S22 won’t let you pull the same trick as efficiently. But if you’re in the market for used handsets, then the Galaxy S22 is already available at prices that are in line with mid-range phones. That’s a lot of bang for your buck.
How much is a used Galaxy S22 worth?
The conclusions in this Galaxy S22 resale value report indicate that it’s a bad idea to buy a brand new Galaxy S phone when it comes out. Especially the Galaxy S22. Instead, you might be better off waiting several months to get your hands on better deals or used models that can be significantly cheaper.
The SellCell research shows that the Galaxy S22 depreciated almost three times more than the iPhone 13. The Galaxy S22 range lost an average of 47% of its value in the resale market. The Pixel 6 lost 42% while the iPhone 13 only lost 16% of its value.
A graph showing shows the resale value of used Galaxy S22, Pixel 6, and iPhone 13 models in “Good” condition. Image source: SellCell You can currently buy a used Galaxy S22 for about half of its original price. The Galaxy S22 started at $799, so you can score the flagship for about $400.
Moreover, the 128GB Galaxy S22 Plus lost nearly 60% of its value in two months. That makes it an even better deal if you want a used model. But this definitely isn’t good news for people who bought the phone at launch.
The SellCell study has looked at resale value for “Like New” and “Good” conditions for used models.
The iPhone 13 has the best resell value
The Galaxy S22’s performance mess might have contributed to the steep drop in value. But that’s speculation. Interestingly, the Pixel 6 had its own fair share of issues. Yet used models still hold more value than Galaxy S22 phones.
Google’s worst performer is the 256GB Pixel 6 Pro, which lost 48% of its value (Good condition).
On the iPhone 13 front, the handset has started recouping resale value two months after the launch. But not all iPhone 13 models are equal.
The 128GB iPhone 13 Pro Max is the best performer of the bunch, depreciating by 4.7% (Good condition). But the 128GB iPhone 13 mini lost 31.2% of its value on the resale market (Good condition).
Devices that are “Like New” will hold resale value slightly better.
Resale value for used Galaxy S22, Pixel 6, and iPhone 13 models in “Good” condition. Image source: SellCell SellCell has plenty of resale value data for all the Galaxy S22, Pixel 6, and iPhone 13 models, splitting its research into the two categories mentioned above. If you’re looking to buy a used device, these figures might help you determine when to purchase your next handset.
For example, buyers looking for a used flagship will know how long they have to wait before they can get it for the price of a new mid-range device.
Also, people who jump from phone to phone every year can develop a purchasing strategy that lets them spend money more efficiently. For example, you might have purchased the iPhone 13 in the first month after launch, then waited until summer for a Galaxy S22 bargain after trading in the iPhone.
The complete SellCell report is available at this link.
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The newly released iPhone SE 3 selling out during preorders wasn’t a surprise to anyone who remembers the success of its predecessor. Like the second-gen model, the iPhone SE 3 offers unrivaled value. At $429, you get the iPhone 13 experience in an iPhone 8 body, complete with Touch ID. That means the old iPhone SE 2 can go head to head against the Galaxy S22 flagships that launched a few weeks earlier.
Meanwhile, the new iPhone SE 3 actually beats Samsung’s Galaxy S22 when it comes to performance. Even the $1,200 Galaxy S22 Ultra.
The handset uses the same A15 Bionic chipset as the iPhone 13, matching the flagship iPhone’s speed in benchmarks. And the Galaxy S22 can’t outperform the iPhone 13 in benchmark or speed tests. Not to mention the fact that Samsung phones were revealed to secretly throttle app speeds.
Performance isn’t the only area where the iPhone SE3 beats the Galaxy S22. The latest iPhone also handles drops better than Samsung’s Galaxy S22 models. That’s according to drop tests that were performed recently.
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Comparing the iPhone SE 3 and Galaxy S22 might not sound reasonable. The former isn’t a flagship, after all. But we already established that the $429 iPhone SE 3 packs better performance than the best phone Samsung makes.
Of course, the Galaxy S22 does offer a significantly better display experience. It’s not just the design and size, but also the support for 120Hz refresh rates. And it has a more complex camera system on the back.
That said, the Galaxy S22 isn’t more durable than a phone that starts at $429. Tests from Allstate Protection Plans showed that the Galaxy S22 can’t handle accidents very well. The displays of all three devices shattered on the first impact in a 6-foot drop on a rough sidewalk.
The conclusion is simple: you need a screen protector and a case for all Galaxy S22 phones. Despite the use of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Plus on the front and back, these new Samsung phones won’t survive drops. Moreover, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s curved display edges seem to be especially prone to cracking.
iPhone SE 3 drop test
Like the Galaxy S22, the iPhone SE 3 should be more durable than its predecessors. The phone features the “toughest glass in a smartphone,” according to Apple.
Allstate put Apple’s claim to the test… and found it to be true.
The iPhone SE 3 survived a face-down drop test onto a sidewalk from six feet. The screen only got minor scuffs, but it didn’t break like the Galaxy S22 phones. The iPhone SE 3 drop test performance is similar to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12, Allstate said.
However, unlike the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12, the iPhone SE 3 failed a drop test with the back facing down. The glass panel cracked on the first drop.
Allstate Protection Plans’ iPhone SE 3 drop test results. Image source: Allstate Protection Plans Finally, the iPhone SE 3 also survived the side drop, with the aluminum case only showing minor scuffing.
The moral of the story is clear. Any phone made of glass can shatter after certain impacts. The iPhone SE 3 won’t survive all drops, as various factors will influence the outcome.
But Allstate performs the same drop tests for all phones. And this shows the iPhone SE 3 is more likely to survive an impact with a sidewalk than the Galaxy S22 phones.
You should still consider purchasing protective gear for the iPhone SE 3 despite these findings. The rear panel appears to be more fragile, so it’ll require a case for most people.
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No matter how careful you are, chances are that you will drop your phone eventually. When and if this does happen, all you can do is cross your fingers and hope that it didn’t cause any damage. Thankfully, even the glass-covered smartphones that companies are releasing now are rather sturdy. But there are still risks, which is why content creators continue to conduct drop tests with any new phones. Speaking of which, over the weekend, PhoneBuff shared a new drop test video, pitting the iPhone 13 Pro Max against the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
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As PhoneBuff explains in the video, Samsung included a couple of notable upgrades on the Galaxy S22 Ultra that should improve its durability. First, Samsung says its front display uses Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus Plus. Weirdly, it’s unclear what makes it “plus,” because there is no documentation on Corning’s website about this specific product.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra also features a new Armor Aluminum frame. Samsung claims that it’s 10% stronger than the 7000 series aluminum frame that it typically uses.
So, are these improvements enough for the Galaxy S22 Ultra to beat the Ceramic Shield and stainless steel frame of the iPhone 13 Pro Max? Watch and find out:
Results of the drop test
As you can see in the video, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the clear winner.
Early in the drop test, the iPhone and Galaxy appeared to be equally durable. After one back drop, both phones got several minor scuffs and each suffered a crack on the rear panel. The iPhone was slightly worse for wear. Other than that, both were fully operational.
The corner drop was also inconclusive. Even with its sharp corner, the Galaxy S22 Ultra didn’t sustain any serious damage. The scratches are clearly more noticeable on the S22 Ultra, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max also had a dent after the drop.
The face drop was the most damaging for both phones. The front display glass shattered on both the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. All of the fancy names in the world did not save the displays from shattering upon hitting the concrete. With that said, the damage looked significantly worse on the Galaxy. The cracks covered more of the display, and the under-display fingerprint scanner stopped working altogether.
Finally, it’s worth noting that as PhoneBuff continued to drop both phones ten more times from even higher up, the condition of the Galaxy worsened much more quickly than that of the iPhone. By the end of the drop test, the S Pen wouldn’t even come out of the S22 Ultra’s slot. Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 Pro Max continued to work flawlessly.
In the end, the iPhone 13 Pro Max received an impressive drop test score of 39/40, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra received a 34/40. Both phones are relatively durable, but the iPhone will seemingly stand a better chance of surviving multiple rough tumbles.
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Switching from one smartphone platform to another is not a decision that anyone takes lightly, which explains why the top vendors go to such lengths to convince consumers to at least consider making a change. The latest attempt from Samsung is admittedly one of the more clever stabs we’ve ever seen, as the Galaxy maker released a web app this week that allows iPhone owners to emulate Android as it would appear on a Galaxy phone.
If you visit Samsung’s iTest website on your computer, you will see a QR code that you can scan with your iPhone’s camera app. You can also just visit iTest.nz on your iPhone, but either way, you’ll need to load the site in Safari in order to move forward. Once the site is open in Safari on your phone, you will be instructed to tap the center icon at the bottom of the screen, scroll down, and tap Add to Home Screen. You can name the web app whatever you want, and the icon will then pop up next to all of your other apps. Tap on it to “sample the other side.”
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Once you open the app, your iPhone will immediately turn into a semi-functional Galaxy smartphone running Samsung’s One UI overlay for Android. The home screen looks just like it would on a new Galaxy S21, complete with all of the pre-installed Samsung apps that ship with Galaxy devices, such as the Galaxy Store, Galaxy Themes, Samsung Health, and the Game Launcher. While you explore the simulated phone, you will receive occasional texts and calls to give you tips on using the app and to make the experience feel more authentic.
You can open most of the apps within the simulation, though some are more interactive than others. For example, if you open the Galaxy Themes app, you can actually pick from a number of themes and apply them to the home screen. In the Galaxy Store, you can’t actually download any new apps, but you can click on the icons for featured games like Pokemon Go and Garena Free Fire to watch a short preview video.
My favorite shot across the bow is in the Game Launcher, where you can see that Galaxy owners have access to both Fortnite and Xbox Game Pass — two apps that are currently inaccessible on iOS. In fact, Apple has made it clear that Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass will never be allowed in the App Store as it exists today.
Whether or not you have any interest in switching from iPhone to Android, iTest is a neat toy and a fun way to waste a few minutes on a cloudy Friday. And who knows — maybe you’ll be so intrigued by the Android experience that you will consider taking a look at whatever Samsung has to offer next.
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