The Best Used Smartphone Model to Buy For Every Purpose

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Mobile Phones are some of the most in-demand used and refurbished items in the market. In India, the used smartphone market is projected to reach $10 billion by 2026, according to a report from RedSeer. Driven by rapidly changing trends and jumps in tech advancements, smartphone users are prone to buying newer models, even if their older units are still functional.

Looking through refurbished models can be scary, but doing your research and purchasing from reputable vendors like our reCommerce platform Budli can save you a lot of trouble. Below are some suggestions of not-so-recent models you can look for in used marketplaces, depending on your needs:


Mobile gaming may be fairly new, but improvements in recent years are quickly shaping the world of mobile gaming into its own beast, possibly rivaling that of the more established realms of PC and console gaming. From mobile gaming e-sports to smartphones having specs that match gaming laptops, mobile manufacturers have quickly caught up with the growing market.

The good news is, smartphones these days are manufactured with much higher specs than they were a decade ago, that you don’t have to restrict yourself to only gaming models if you are looking to game on the go. Case in point, take a look at the iPhone 13 Pro Max. With Apple recently announcing the iPhone 14, there is no doubt that people will want to dispose of their iPhone 13s and its many variants to keep up with the latest model. Equipped with a powerful 120Hz screen, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is a future-proof option for mobile gamers who want to game with the highest graphics and no drops in frames.


The smartphone’s camera has become one of its most important features. No doubt, the quality of images produced by mobile photography has evolved a great deal from that of early mobile phones. In 2019, tech writer Daniel Ling recommended the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus for its photography features. With a screen resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels and a remarkable f/1.5 aperture for low light shots, the phone allows for brilliant shots in dark and daylight settings. In its latest 2022 release, Samsung doesn’t disappoint either, with the S22 Ultra model ensuring mobile photography excellence. Providing a slightly bigger AMOLED screen than its predecessor at 1440 x 3088 pixels, the S22 Ultra improves on past features and brings forth new pluses, such as faster 45W charging and bigger main sensors for low light photos.

For photography geeks, testing the camera on this phone and checking for any damage to the lens is crucial when looking for refurbished units. Sporting a curved display, it could also be useful to check for any screen damages that may get in the way of your photography endeavors.

Daily Use

In the market for a smartphone that wasn’t designed for specific hobbies? Some people want a smartphone that’s just – well, a smartphone. Recently, Nokia announced two new entries in their G-series line set to enter the Indian smartphone market — the Nokia G11 and G11 Plus.

The Nokia G11, dubbed an entry-level phone by the manufacturer, provides users with all the essential smartphone features, without threatening to break your bank. Armed with a 5,000mAh battery and a 90Hz screen, the G11 is a perfect alternative for people who just need a smartphone for daily or business use, without the fancy camera specs or unnecessary built-in gaming features. In line with Nokia’s older smartphones and mobile phones, you can expect the G11 to be a durable and dependable daily driver, with a hint of nostalgia in its design.

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