The Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X are almost here. While there isn’t a clear choice of which to buy if you’re an Apple user, there are some pros and cons to each platform, if you own an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
Remote play is a recent feature which allows users to mirror their Xbox onto their iPhone or iPad and play games over the network. Playing like this can lead to a lot of lag and loss of quality, but its doable. You can even pair an Xbox controller to your device and play that way.
Xbox also has a few additional perks due to being owned by Microsoft. The Xbox Game Pass can be used on Windows 10 and has been announced for future iOS capabilities. Sony has not made any such promise for the future of Playstation Now, but they have announced an initiative to bring Playstation exclusives to PC for the first time.
It’s common behavior to trade in a car when you are ready to purchase a new one. Trading in benefits both parties—the seller secures more money upfront to offset the cost of the new car and the dealer can resell the used car for a profit.
We’re starting to treat our smartphones and tablets the same way. We trade in older devices and use the money to offset the cost of the new one.
Gazelle was the first company to see the value and the need for a comprehensive gadget trade-in service as smartphones started to hit critical mass. Over the past few years, Gazelle has accepted nearly 2 million devices. In the process, we have gained enough experience, knowledge, and data to launch the Orange Book, a guide to help consumers predict the future trade-in value of their devices before they even purchase them.
In our first edition, relying on historical market trends, we reveal when to trade-in your phone as well as what brands retain their value over time. Here are some tidbits: You might be surprised to learn that buying a phone with more memory for photos and videos doesn’t actually help its resale value. And, we dispel the myth that broken phones are worthless.
Time is money
As sleek and special as today’s phones have become, they are not fine wine or art. They lose value as they age. By leaving a handful of phones in a desk drawer as “backups” you leave money on the table. You wouldn’t keep your old car as a backup when you get a new one, so trade in your phone as soon as possible to earn back the most cash. Much like cars, phones are worth less as new models are introduced and the older models age.
So, which brands depreciate the fastest?
Brand name matters
According to Gazelle’s historical data, iPhones tend to hold their value longer than most other smartphones, with Samsung Galaxy phones coming in a close second. Both Apple and Samsung beat other manufacturers by a large margin because of strong global demand. Let’s take a look at how other brands stack up against them.
As seen in the chart above, even after a new iPhone has been out for a full year, it still retains almost 40% (or more than $240) of its retail value. That figure drops to 24% ($156) after two years, when most people are eligible for an upgrade. That means if you bought the iPhone 5 when it came out in September 2012, you could still earn a significant amount of money this fall when the highly anticipated iPhone 6 is expected to be released.
Samsung Galaxy phones retain their value similar to the iPhone. After one year, a Galaxy is worth almost 30% (or about $160) of its original retail price and almost 20% (or about $100) after two years. So Galaxy owners can expect to receive about $100 after two years when their carrier contracts have expired and a new model comes out.
While HTC phones are the third best in terms of holding value, there is a tremendous drop-off between a Samsung Galaxy and HTC. On average, HTCs retain just 20% of their initial retail price after the first year, followed by Blackberry (16%) and Motorola (13%). But all three manufacturers retain only 3-6% of the phone’s initial value after two years, far less than the average 24% for iPhones and 19% for Galaxy phones.
So, if trade-in value is a priority, iPhones and Galaxy phones should be at the top of your list, especially if you plan to upgrade consistently.
When $200 is really only worth $70
Brand is not the only factor that impacts value retention. An iPhone’s base memory capacity is 16GB or you can pay an additional $100 for 32GB of capacity, or $200 for 64GB. But think carefully before you buy that extra storage.
According to our historical data (see chart below), the $200 you spend for 64GB of capacity is worth only about $70 of trade-in value the moment you leave the store. After one year, the extra capacity is worth less than 5% of its initial cost on the trade-in market. That’s about $9 of the original $200 paid for those 64 gigabytes, and it drops to $6 after two years.
*Apple frequently introduces lower priced, 8GB versions a year later. Those models are excluded from this analysis.
Buying additional storage may make sense if your playlists read like novels or you are a shutterbug who takes (and keeps) a ton of pictures and video. But given the low rate of return on capacity, consider online storage (“the cloud”) rather than paying for an asset that will diminish sharply in value immediately. The dollars you invest in gigabytes will, in fact, look like pocket change when you trade your phone in.
Take care of your asset
Obviously, a phone that looks brand new is going to be worth more than one that has taken a bath in the washing machine. But you may be surprised that even broken phones have value.
So, what kind of damage does breaking your phone do to your wallet and what is it worth to get a really protective—if unattractive—case to help keep it safe?
When it comes to phone cases, in the battle between fashion and function, function always wins. Despite an initial investment of $20-60, a quality case is a wise purchase when it comes trade-in time.
According to our data (chart below), a Galaxy or iPhone is only worth about 16% of its retail price, or less than $100, if it’s broken when traded in after just six months on the market. That value drops to 11% of its original value if broken by its one-year anniversary.
Before the phone is two years old, that smashed screen has cut your phone’s value down to only 8% of its initial retail cost. Compare that figure with 24% of retail value for a two-year-old iPhone in good condition and 19% for a Galaxy. You could lose as much as $100 by breaking your two-year-old phone. But don’t forget, your broken phone is not worthless it’s just worth a lot less.
A case is a worthy investment, even if it makes your phone look like it’s wearing the technology equivalent of a bicycle helmet. It can save you a headache down the road.
Always consider what is most important to you when purchasing a new phone or taking care of your current device. But if you want to maximize the value of your next phone purchase, remember that brand has a tremendous impact on a phone’s trade-in value. Our historical data indicates that Apple and Samsung currently lead the pack.
Keep in mind that more storage capacity does not correlate with greater trade-in value. And remember, once you purchase your phone, treat it gently. Breaking your phone will significantly decrease its trade-in value — but you can still recoup some cash for that destroyed device.
Ultimately, when buying a phone, it comes down to personal preference, needs, and priorities. However, with a greater understanding of maximizing trade-in-value, we aim to help you make an informed decision. No matter which phone you choose and when you remember that your old device holds some value and should never wind up in a drawer….Or worse, the trash (see Gazelle’s recycling policy).
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A few years ago, if you wanted to access anything, it had to be on your computer. This is the way you got an email, used computer programs and much more. Jump or thumb drives made it easier to transport your files when you go somewhere else, however, this was limited to a certain amount of storage and the drives could be misplaced easily. Cloud services changed all that because you can now access everything online.
Instead of buying disks and other software that you can install only on a single computer, there is now online software. This enables everyone to use the same software without having to worry about licensing rights. Some of the software is free while others cost money. All the files that are created using the software can be stored online or downloaded to your computer.
When you utilize online software, it makes it easier to take your work with you. This way you simply log onto any computer and pull up the website address where the software is located. You will be given your own username and password so that you can immediately access anything that you’ve been working on.
Using online software also makes it easier to collaborate with colleagues, regardless of their location. When you both have access to the same program and the same files, it makes it a lot easier. You no longer have to wait for snail mail to deliver your files because both of you have the same access, simultaneously.
There are many online services that people are beginning to utilize. It is one more way that they can offer something unique to the general public. People don’t want to be bothered with flash drives when they can simply have a cloud online storing all of their data. This is being used for mobile apps, music, work documents and so much more.
Every day, more online services are coming online with software and programs. This enables you to pick and choose what you want to store online to make your life easier. Plus, when the software goes online, you don’t have to worry about using up so much of your personal computer’s memory. You can now buy cheaper computers because as long as you have online access, you have access to everything.
The online services that offer software and services are very easy to find. All of your online email accounts are examples of cloud services. This includes such accounts as Yahoo and Google. Only until you download it onto your computer does it change to a different classification. Think about the benefit of uploading all of your important files and then having access to them whenever and wherever you are, despite where your home computer may be. That’s a lot of power, which is why it is becoming more popular.
People enjoy cloud services because it also permits backups. You can back up your entire computer system to a cloud. Somewhere, there is a very large warehouse with tons of different servers. This storage facility is where the service provider stores everything to make the clouds possible. It is a very safe facility and allows you to store your data somewhere other than your own home.
Cloud services are not only the most convenient way to store data – they’re the safest. Regardless of whether it’s a few files or an entire hard drive’s worth of data, there is a cloud out there for your data.
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Did you recently get an RV but not sure how you plan to stay connected online while traveling on the road? Being able to find good reliable internet while traveling can be an arduous task. You want to travel and see the great outdoors but if you plan on staying connected while keeping in touch with friends and family you need a connection you can count on. In this post, we’re going to discuss using a mobile hotspot for your internet needs.
First, what is a mobile hotspot and how does it work? A mobile hotspot is a device that is usually pocket-sized that runs on a cellular network similar to your phone. This device enables you to use a cellular signal to connect several of your devices to a wi-fi signal. Devices you can connect with on a hotspot would be your tablet, a gaming system, a good-sized TV, or a Blu-ray disc player. The device’s wifi signal can be shared with everyone you are traveling with. Be it your kids, your wife/husband, or your friends and guests. You’re able to connect between 6-10 people on a single connection with your hotspot. Some hotspot/routers are able to handle more than that!
Nowadays, there are several types and sizes to choose from. You only need to look for one that works for your particular needs. You will find a few that are also unlocked (or not tied to one particular cellular company, per se). Let’s say you use AT&T for your mobile phone service. With your unlocked mobile hotspot, you won’t need to ONLY use AT&T, because with an unlocked device you’re not bound to only use AT&T. With an unlocked device, you can use a similar company, let’s say a pre-paid phone company such as Simple Mobile, Boost, Straight Talk and others!
As long as your network is the same as the network you use for your cell phone service, this should be seamless. If your network runs off of Verizon, Sprint, or the other CDMA services, you will need to make sure your device is compatible with those particular networks. When we talk GSM & CDMA networks, we’re talking about the particular towers those services run on and what spectrum or bands they use for your cell/mobile service.
How to Get a Mobile Hotspot Device?
There are 2 main ways in which you can get a mobile hotspot device. You can shop for your own device; you can find some very good ones online such as the NightHawk Mobile 4G Router for GSM Networks (Unlocked); the other way is that you can rent one for the duration of your trip for a set rate.
If you belong to an RV Club, sometimes you can purchase or rent a device at the discount rate. If you don’t belong to an RV club I highly recommend that you join one whether online or in person. They offer some outstanding tips on RV maintenance, favorite places to camp for free, and information on staying connected while on the road.
One of my favorite places on the web to check is the RV Repair Club as they have tons of great videos on how to maintain your RV’s maintenance before hitting the road for your next trip. You can check out a great article from the blog titled, “The 5 Most Useful Tech Gadgets For Your RV” written by Lauren Grijalva. You will gain some gainful knowledge on everything RV!
There are some great reputable companies that offer decent prices for RV’ers who need to stay connected. One such company is Skyroam! Skyroam’s Wi-Fi can be used internationally. How’s that for your travels? Their WiFi hotspot rental service covers over 130 countries/areas starting at $6. It is great for short and long term stays abroad and doesn’t require any long term contracts. It is the best international WiFi hotspot choice for anybody!
Anytime you get into longer travels your expenses can quickly begin to pile up, leaving you broke and disgusted with the fees. With Skyroam you can avoid expensive unpredictable roaming charges because they use a pre-calculated rate.
A regular rental plan with Skyroam runs about $6/day. For a single country, you only pay for your travel period, Skyroam WiFi’s low daily rates will keep you connected wherever you go!
Need more information about Skyroam’s Wifi Rental Service? You can find their information at Skyroam to check out their services and rates before your next RV trip.
Another way you can stay connected is with your very own cell phone’s mobile connection. When you turn your cell phone’s signal into a wifi signal to share with others, you have now created your own Wifi Hotspot. This is pretty much what we call “tethering”.
Tethering works the same way as using a mobile hotspot for your internet. Most modern phones today come with a tethering feature already included in the phone. Please be aware that just because you are allowed to tether with your phone, your data still comes from your cell phone plan; whether you have a pre-paid phone with a limited amount of data or an unlimited data plan, either way, that data comes from your specific plan.
Please keep in mind, the data plan you have before you turn your phone into a hotspot and start sharing your connection with others; or you begin binge-watching your favorite Netflix shows! Videos and data-driven apps can be burned up in a single session, so please be mindful of your data use.
To keep an eye out on your data, your phone may well come with a data manager built-in. But no worries if yours doesn’t, there’s several great data manager apps in the Google Play store and the Itunes store that you can download. Just do a search for phone data managers and bam, several apps will come up!
One last point I would like to make, there is an app from the Google Play store that you can also use to turn your phone into an instant hotspot. If you haven’t heard of FoxFi, you should. FoxFi creates a hotspot by also using your phone’s included data/cell signal. You can create your own hotspot, name your hotspot whatever you like, and keep your hotspot secured by creating a password for your hotspot.
To get a better idea of what this app can do I suggest you go to FoxFi‘s page to find out more. Personally, it’s been a game-changer when you really need a hotspot quick. To check out FoxFi’s Homepage please follow link here.
These are the ways that you can stay connected when on the road. If you know of any other ways that are helpful for RV travelers or people who are traveling to different locations and need to stay connected at a reasonable price, let’s hear about them. You can drop a comment below!