Is A Galaxy S20 Worth Buying Refurbished?

Samsung smartphones are the highest sellers in the Android world, and the Samsung Galaxy S20 is no exception. It was popular with both Android fans and reviewers, selling 10 million units in its first year and winning praise for its cutting-edge features. Released in 2020, the Galaxy S20 now has a few good years under its belt, so you may wonder if its features are still as impressive. Is a refurbished Galaxy S20 worth buying?

Samsung Galaxy smartphones are known for the beauty of their screens and displays. All four models of the S20 range, the S20 5G, the S20 FE, the S20+ 5G and the S20 Ultra 5G, use their different screen sizes to showcase their image quality in their own way. The smallest of the devices, the Samsung Galaxy S20 makes the most of its compact size, with the kind of features that have made Samsung one of the most sought-after household names in smartphones.

Refurbished phones offer a lot of benefits that regular second-hand smartphones can’t promise: a level of quality you’d expect from the retail market, warranties, and healthy battery lives. Yet there are still factors you need to consider when shopping for any kind of refurbished model, such as how much longer will it receive system updates. What’s a second-hand Samsung Galaxy S20’s lifespan, and how long can you expect it to stay protected from threats?

In this article, we talk about the specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy S20, how it compares to Samsung’s recent models and more. Most importantly, we answer the question, “Is a refurbished Galaxy S20 worth buying?”

When Was The Galaxy S20 Released? 

The Samsung Galaxy S20 line-up was released everywhere (including Australia) on March 6, with pre-orders starting February 21. Pre-orders for the phone were delivered on March 6, coinciding with retail availability. The smartphones were unveiled at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event on 11 February 2020, with the exception of the Fan Edition model, which didn’t come out until September of the same year.

Like most new high-end smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S20 was originally sold for a recommended retail price of over a grand. Like all models, it’s gotten more affordable with time, especially as it’s arrived on the refurbished market.

The Features and Specs of a Refurbished Galaxy S20 

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is intuitive, easy to use and offers most of the features the average high-end smartphone shopper wants. Some of its most appealing features and specs include:

Improved camera and 3X lossless Zoom

The Samsung Galaxy S20’s camera is bigger and better: bigger Zoom, bigger sensors and additional features. The Samsung Galaxy S20’s triple rear camera has a 12MP sensor, and the telephoto lens has a 64MP sensor. The Galaxy S20 Ultra is even more powerful, with a 100MP Space Zoom. The Hybrid Optic Zoom reaches 3X for a lossless picture, while the digital zoom reaches 30X.

For a bit of fun, turn on the Single Take feature. This will take multiple photos of you, your family or anything else you want to snap. The feature puts the Galaxy S20’s AI capabilities to good use and decides which moments to capture.

As a result, the Galaxy S20’s photos are satisfyingly sharp, bright and clear, including at night. The quality of the camera is one of the reasons a refurbished Galaxy S20 is well worth buying.

Beautiful display with high refresh rate capture

The Samsung Galaxy S20 has a 6.2-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, which is double the rate of the Galaxy S10. This makes for a fluid, smooth and responsive touching and scrolling experience.

Terrific battery life

A long battery life is an important addition to any smartphone, and the Galaxy S20 delivers on that front, running well into the next day with minimal use. Even when you’re streaming video, the Galaxy S20’s 4000mAh battery lasts for almost 10 hours.

Lots of charging options

As well as offering fast charging with 25-watt wireless chargers, the Samsung Galaxy S20 also allows for wireless charging and reverse charging for accessories.

Gorilla Glass

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Ultra-strong Gorilla Glass protects the front, back and screen of the Samsung Galaxy S20. This form of glass is scratch-resistant and tough even under pressure.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 was one of the first smartphones to embrace the benefits of 5G in 2020. In 2024, a refurbished Galaxy S20 is worth buying still. You just need to make sure your second-hand Samsung Galaxy S20’s lifespan (and other features) live up to the standard of quality you’d expect.  


How Does A Refurbished Galaxy S20 Compare to Newer Models


Since the Samsung Galaxy S20 came out, there have been four further releases in Samsung’s popular ‘S’ series of Android smartphones. Because Samsung is fond of the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach, you’ll find similarities between all four models. But like every other smartphone brand, Samsung loves to innovate. Recent models boast new developments, but overall, a refurbished Galaxy S20 is still worth buying.

Each new year brings a new flagship smartphone and the question of whether or not you should make the switch arises. Similar in terms of camera quality, design and battery life, the Samsung Galaxy S21 boasted a faster processor: the Snapdragon 888, as opposed to the S20’s Snapdragon 875. The Samsung Galaxy S22 retains many of the best features of older models, with some nifty additional features like the in-display fingerprint sensor.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 packs some extra benefits like additional storage and enhanced display, while the Galaxy S24 also has tweaks and upgrades in areas like screen and camera quality. While all are great phones, none leave the Galaxy S20 in the dust completely.

If you’re worried about a second-hand Samsung Galaxy S20’s lifespan, a lot of a smartphone’s longevity comes down to how well it’s protected from threats. Samsung has promised three years of Android updates for all S10 and S20 variations. Quality and longevity are both important for getting your money’s worth, and on both counts, a refurbished Galaxy S20 is worth buying. 

Buy a Refurbished Galaxy S20 at OzMobiles

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The Samsung Galaxy S20 is still well worth your time, especially at refurbished prices. Yet, if you want a refurbished Galaxy S20 worth buying, it’s important to buy from a retailer with a detailed, high-quality refurbishing process.

Our refurbished Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones are fully functional and backed by our 12-month warranties, and we can deliver them anywhere in Australia. If you’re an Android lover looking for the right Samsung, our Galaxy S20 smartphones are just the tip of the iceberg of our refurbished Samsung Galaxy range.  

The OzMobiles team works very hard to ensure your second-hand Samsung Galaxy S20’s lifespan is long and healthy. We know how important battery life is to getting the most out of your device, so we make sure that it’s at least at 80%. Every device we sell, including our refurbished Samsung Galaxy smartphones, we put through a 72-point checking process. All devices are fully functional and sold with 12-month warranties and 30-day money-back guarantees, so an OzMobiles purchase is a safe bet.

If you have any questions or need help finding a refurbished Galaxy S20 worth buying, contact the OzMobiles team


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