10 Models to Steer Clear of When Buying Used Smartphones


Craving a new phone, but your wallet’s singing the blues? Used phones can be tempting; they promise the latest tech at a fraction of the cost. But before you hit “buy,” beware! Not all used phones are created equal. This list unveils ten models that, while budget-friendly, might land you with more headaches than happy selfies.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: The Explosive Personality

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a titan of tech that toppled from grace, not with a whimper, but a bang. This model is, at best, a museum piece and, at worst, a live grenade because of its combustible nature.

LG G5: The Modular Misfire

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With its modular design, the LG G5 promised a phone that could transform to fit your needs — a camera buff’s dream, a productivity powerhouse, or something entirely new. But the magic never quite materialized. The limited modules, compatibility issues, and overall bulkiness left the G5 feeling more like a complex puzzle with missing pieces.

Google Nexus 6P: The Premature Power-Down

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The Google Nexus 6P’s sleek design and pure Android experience were marred by a battery that betrayed users at the worst moments. This phone’s premature power-downs can turn a day of productivity into an afternoon of outlet hunting. It’s a gamble on when, not if, it will leave you in the lurch.

Motorola Moto Z2 Force: The ShatterShield Shambles

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Boasting a revolutionary feature — a ShatterShield display promising ultimate protection against everyday drops and dings — the Motorola Moto Z2 Force painted a picture of an invincible screen, a warrior in the war against gravity. But reality didn’t quite match the hype. While it might have saved you from shattered glass nightmares, it seemed to attract scratches with an almost magnetic pull.

HTC U Ultra: The Fragile Fashionista

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The HTC U Ultra was a beauty queen with a glass slipper that cracked under the slightest pressure. Its stunning display and reflective back are a siren’s song, but one tumble, and you’ll be left with a spiderweb of regrets. This phone is a reminder that not all that glitters is gold.

Sony Xperia Z3+: The Overheating Artist

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Sony’s Xperia Z3+ was a masterpiece of features until it got too hot to handle. This phone could make streaming feel like you’re in a sauna. This isn’t it if you’re looking for something that keeps you cool.

OnePlus 2: The Update Desert

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In spite of its initial promise of cutting-edge features, the OnePlus 2 ultimately lost its reputation due to a lack of consistent software updates. Users reported random reboots, unresponsive buttons, and faulty fingerprint sensors. Additionally, the phone suffered from poor battery life and dual-SIM selection problems, which contributed to its decline in user satisfaction.

Red Hydrogen One: The Hyped-Up Hologram


The Red Hydrogen One, marketed for its innovative holographic display, failed to deliver on its futuristic promises. Among the issues encountered were non-functional power buttons, broken fingerprint readers, and difficulty finding replacement parts. Despite its ambitious features, such as the 3D display, a lack of support and useless updates left it behind.

Essential PH-1: The Abandoned Project


It may have been the brainchild of Andy Rubin, the man behind Android, but the Essential PH-1 quickly became a smartphone orphan. Even its innovative design and premium materials couldn’t shield it from a quick trip to the tech graveyard. This phone serves as a cautionary tale — sometimes, even “essentials” can become expendable.

BlackBerry Priv: The Security Slip-Up

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The BlackBerry Priv was meant to be the stronghold of security in a smartphone, but it turned out to be as porous as Swiss cheese. Its sluggish performance and outdated software make it a relic of a bygone era. In the world of secure phones, the Priv is a private joke.

Written by Johann H