It’s hardly a surprise, Apple products are known for keeping their value over time. Hell, our incredibly robust Marketplace Forum demonstrates this nicely, but here comes the evidence to back it up. Pricenomics has tracked the resell value of iPhones, Androids, and Blackberry as a percentage of their original price, and surprise, surprise the iPhone does much better — especially in the short term.
The numbers are telling. One year after purchase, iPhones are worth 63% of their original price, Androids just 46%. If you sell within six months of buying, it’s 89% and 66% respectively. As time goes on, the numbers draw closer together, and at 18 months it’s 53% and 42%.
Pricenomics did offer some hints if you’re buying for a resale down the line. The Motorola Triumph, HTC Wildfire, and Samsung Exhibit 4G have retained their value much better than most Android phones. Extra storage doesn’t pay off when you’re reselling, an additional 8GB will cost you $100 when you buy, but only net you $10 when you sell.
I’d love to see how this chart looks for tablet devices…