NEW YORK — Apple’s new iPhone X is special. It has flashy upgrades, facial recognition and animated emoji, all in celebration of the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary. And its price tag is appropriately special: $999 and up.

But not everyone will find those extra features necessary. A solid phone that takes good pictures and lets you communicate with loved ones doesn’t have to cost that much. Here are some options.

GO BACK A MODEL — OR TWO

Going with an older phone can mean significant savings, but it won’t come with the latest camera and screen technology of the newest phones. IPhones will get the latest software updates, though. Many Android models will, too, although you may have to wait longer.

The iPhone 6S, released two years ago, now starts at $449. Last year’s iPhone 7 costs $100 more. Samsung’s Galaxy S7, launched in March 2016, costs $576.

SOMETHING OLD

Buying a refurbished model can be even cheaper than buying a new-but-outdated model, though it’s more risky, because it could come with problems.

It’s a big plus if your used phone has been updated with a new battery; those start to give out after about 18 months, said Matt Zieminski, an account manager with iFixit, which sells tools …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Business

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