How To Find the Best Refurbished Smartphone for You

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Time for a new phone? eBay is a great place to find a deal on your next mobile, but zeroing in on the right model for you isn’t always easy. 

Follow our guide and you’ll find not just the best picks, but also discover some hot tips for getting a stellar deal. 
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Pick Your Price

So just how much do you need to spend to get a high-end smartphone? Probably less than you think. If you choose to buy brand new, you'll be paying the highest price, but if you plump for a refurbished phone, you can save yourself up to 32% off the exact same model.

If you want a top-end phone such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or iPhone 6S, you can save perhaps £100 off the high-street price by buying a refurb. And you'll can find plenty of good-quality refurbished smart phones at just over the £100 mark, too. Refurbished iPhone 5Cs come in around this price, as do classic LG G3 phones – a phone that used to cost £500. 
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iOS Or Android?

It’s time to choose a side. Do you want the epic apps library of an iPhone or the more customisable feel of an Android smartphone? If you’re after something completely different, you may want to check out a Microsoft Lumia phone, too. These run Windows 10 – not as popular as Android or iOS, but still neat. 

iPhones are notoriously expensive but saving money by buying refurbished can help make money less of an issue. Opt for an iPhone 6s or above if you want all the latest features.
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Screen Size Is Key

When it comes to phones, screen size is a matter of preference. Some people like a phone that fits easily in their pocket or handbag, while others like a large display. If you're not sure what you're looking for, knowing what's classed as a larger screen and what's classed as smaller should help.

'Small' phones today have 5-inch screens, or less. The Moto G 3rd generation is a classic budget pick at this size, while the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is a good premium choice. 

Phones with 5.5-inch screens may not sound much bigger, but they certainly feel it. If you’re after a larger phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 can found be found for half the price of today’s top hitters on a refurb deal. And it’s still fantastic. 
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Do You Need Waterproofing?

Drowning your phone is a common malady, but easily avoided by buying a waterproof phone

These either have special water-resistant sockets, or use rubbery seals to keep water out. Fuss-free water-resistant phones include the Samsung Galaxy S7. If you’re happy to dive back in time a bit, you’ll find some great refurbished Samsung Galaxy S5 deals too. It’s water-resistant, and still an amazing phone. 
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How Much Memory Do You Need?

A top tip for avoiding phone-buyer’s regret is making sure your phone has enough storage. Do you really only want to be able to keep a couple of games on your mobile? 

While 16GB may sound like a lot, you don’t actually get all of that to play with. The phone software and default apps all nibble away their share. Meanwhile 32GB is great, and any phone with a microSD slot gets you masses of storage potential. Big microSD cards cost peanuts these days, too. 
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How To Spot a Great Camera

If it's an amazing camera you're after, and you don't mind spending a bit, check out the amazing Samsung Galaxy S7 and its brothers. If budget is an issue, there are plenty of other stunners at much lower price-points, too.

The 2015 and 2016 Moto G phones have excellent 13-megapixel cameras while affordable refurb deals will let you pick up a flagship of yesteryear for under £150. Even next to today’s top phones, the LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S5/S6 cameras hold their own. 
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The Value of Fast Charging

In the past couple of years, fast charging has skyrocketed. Where you once needed to plug your phone in for an hour or so to get a good juice-up, 20 minutes will now do. And 40 minutes will get you almost a full charge. 

Fast charge on a budget? Look for refurb deals for the fantastic LG G4 and the Google Nexus 6.
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Top Colourful Phones

If you want to bring a bit of colour to your life without resorting to a bulky phone case, there are a few great options to choose from. 

Almost all the Lumia Windows 10 phones come in a couple of different bright shades, while the much-missed iPhone 5C comes in four colourful shades (and white). 

Want a colourful Android? The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact comes in pink and yellow as well as black. 
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