Got the latest Galaxy smartphone? Apple doesn’t care.
what you need to know
- Apple has slashed the trade-in value of many Android smartphones.
- The most significant cuts apply to Samsung’s best and newest smartphones.
- The trade-in value of some of Apple’s own products has also declined.
Your Galaxy S21 is 2021, at least according to Apple, which has reportedly slashed the trade-in value of several flagship Android smartphones.
The changes were reported by MacRumors, who compiled a list of equipment with old and new trade-in values. The list includes only Samsung and Google phones, with Galaxy devices seeing the biggest drop. Interestingly, the 2020 Galaxy Note 20 still gets more than the 2021 Galaxy S21+.
You can see what some of the best Android phones are worth to Apple below:
- Samsung Galaxy S21 5G — $260 (was $325)
- Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G — $325 (was $435)
- Samsung Galaxy S20+ – $205 (was $275)
- Samsung Galaxy S20 – $150 (was $205)
- Samsung Galaxy S10+ – $170 (was $185)
- Samsung Galaxy S10 – $150 (was $160)
- Samsung Galaxy S10e – $120 (was $130)
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ – $80 (was $95)
- Samsung Galaxy S9 — $65 (was $75)
- Samsung Galaxy S8+ – $60 (no change)
- Samsung Galaxy S8 – $50 (no change)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra — $405 (was $545)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 – $285 (was $385)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – $175 (was $235)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – $120 (was $130)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – $45 (was $65)
- Google Pixel 5 – $235 (was $315)
- Google Pixel 4 XL – $135 (was $180)
- Google Pixel 4 – $110 (was $150)
- Google Pixel 4a – $120 (was $160)
- Google Pixel 3 XL – $50 (was $70)
- Google Pixel 3 – $45 (was $55)
- Google Pixel 3a XL – $50 (was $55)
- Google Pixel 3a – $50 (no change)
On the one hand, this makes sense because we’re in a new year and a new batch of flagship smartphones is on the way. Samsung is gearing up to launch the Galaxy S22 series, which we expect to see in early February. Of course, this is only for anyone looking to switch from Android to the dark side. But on the other hand, if you have to pay more cash, there will be less willingness to switch.
That said, Apple also slashed the trade-in value of some of its own products:
- iPad – $200 (was $205)
- iPad Air – $335 (was $345)
- MacBook Pro – $1415 (was $1630)
- MacBook Air – $530 (was $550)
- MacBook – $325 (was $340)
- iMac – $1260 (was $1320)
- Mac mini – $740 (was $800)
Regardless, if you want to trade any of these devices for a new Apple smartphone, tablet, or computer, be prepared to spend more. Of course, you can always pick up that phone and pick up another Samsung, like the excellent Galaxy Z Flip 3. At least Samsung will give your phone a decent trade-in value.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
From $400 at Samsung From $900 at Best Buy From $941.31 at Amazon
Will turn, but not turn
The new Galaxy Z Flip 3 is perfect for those who miss the good old days when hanging up the phone is as dramatic as slamming it shut. With a larger external display, it’s perfect for controlling music, checking messages or taking selfies from a dual-camera setup.