I’ve tried hundreds of smartphones, but personally keep coming back to the iPhone, both for my own personal use and for recommending to other people. Why?
If all that sounds appealing, know that for most people older iPhones will do pretty much everything a new one will do, for much, much cheaper. Your camera might be less incredible than the latest model, and apps might take a bit longer to load, but so long as you’re only a few generations behind, your hardware will keep up with the newest software. iOS 12, which works with iPhones going back to the iPhone 5s, gives an appreciable performance boost to older phones.
Apple would rather you buy a new phone, of course, and so that process is much easier than trying to figure out the safest and best way to buy used. But we’re here to help.
The secret of refurbished stuff is that it’s usually brand-new. For example, someone bought it and returned it because it was the wrong device without ever opening the package. These iPhones are inspected for any defects, then sold on this hidden section of Apple’s site, with the warranty.
I’d buy an iPhone here. The phones typically aren’t much more expensive than the other services we’ll discuss, and because you’re buying directly from Apple, you get Apple’s customer service embrace. If you don’t see a specific storage size and color you want, check back because inventory changes.