The low prices of ex-display and reconditioned phones can be tempting. We outline what you get if you buy an ex-display or refurbished phone so you can decide if it’s worth it.
An ex-display smartphone is a demonstration handset that was originally used in a store for customers to look at and touch. That means that it will have been handled by lots of different people and could show signs of wear. They are normally switched on for long periods at full brightness too, so bear in mind that the screen could burn out quickly after purchase.
Being switched on and handled a lot can also damage the battery. You might discover that the lifespan of the battery of your new ex-display phone is significantly reduced.
On the plus side, the cost of buying an ex-display phone is normally quite a lot less than a brand new phone.
When you buy a refurbished phone it is a phone that has previously been used and has been brought back into service. It could be a phone that was broken and returned on warranty before being fixed and resold. Or it could simply be a phone that has been traded in when the original owner chose to upgrade.
Most refurbished phones will be older, so you won’t be getting the latest hardware. Some might come with a warranty for peace of mind, but be sure to carefully check what’s included first. On the flip-side, prices of refurbished phones can be significantly cheaper than buying a new phone.
Buying a reconditioned or ex-display phone is cheaper than purchasing a brand new model, but buying one does come with some risks. It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it.