Refurbished iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: Which is Better for You? - OzMobiles

When Apple released the iPhone 12 in 2020 as the follow-up to their previous flagship phone, the iPhone 11, many wondered if it was worth upgrading. The iPhone 11, a popular model in six vibrant colours, served Apple fans well. It came with a camera with wide and ultra-wide lenses, high-quality video and the toughest glass yet seen on a smartphone. The iPhone 12 introduced 5G connectivity, an OLED display and a new Bionic chip. Now that time has passed, and Apple has new flagship phones to buy in stores, both of these highly acclaimed phones are available second-hand. The choice is yours. Which one should you choose?

There are a couple of pieces of good news. The first one is that whichever one you pick, you can’t lose. You’ll be getting a terrific phone either way. The other is that you can save yourself loads of money and ensure you receive a quality phone by buying a refurbished Apple iPhone. 

A refurbished iPhone isn’t quite the same as a regular second hand iPhone 12 or 11. When you buy a refurbished smartphone, you can expect a quality you cannot guarantee to get from a stranger on the Internet.

But should you buy a refurbished iPhone 12 or 11? There are similarities and differences between these smartphone models, but which one is best for your particular needs? For the answer to that question and more information about refurbished phones, read on.


What is a Refurbished iPhone?

Where is the first place you’d go if you were looking for a second-hand phone? Would you go online to a private seller or a marketplace? You may wonder, how do I know I can trust the person I’m buying from? What is my guarantee that they’ll provide me with a good phone in decent working order?’

Refurbished iPhones offer an elegant solution to the problem. While a refurbished phone is second-hand, a retailer has checked, tested and repaired it to ensure it meets specific standards. When you buy a refurbished iPhone 12 or iPhone 11 (or any other iPhone), you get a guarantee of quality backed by a warranty.

Refurbished phones come in various conditions ranging from new to a little more weathered, and are sometimes placed into grades based on these. Ex-demo phones are a particular sort of refurbished phone. They’ve only been taken out of their boxes to be displayed in retail stores.

Retailers who sell refurbished phones have reputations to uphold, so they work very hard to ensure their phones are good quality and sell them to you with warranties. They also erase all the previous owners’ data from these phones, so you’re in no danger of stumbling across someone’s old photos.

There are many compelling reasons why refurbished phones are growing more popular. Obviously, they’re a lot cheaper, and you can save several hundred dollars on an iPhone when you buy one. They’re not that different from new store-bought phones either, apart from the odd dent or scratch here or there. And they’re a lot better for the environment, particularly where the pressing problem of e-waste is concerned.

But as far as value goes, which one offers you more: a refurbished iPhone 12 or a refurbished iPhone 11?


Benefits of a Refurbished iPhone 12

Mint green iPhone 12 laying flat on white surface

Benefits of picking a second hand iPhone 12 include:

5G connectivity

One clear advantage is that the iPhone 12 offers 5G Internet as opposed to the iPhone 11’s 4G. This means faster downloads and updates as well as better bandwidth for streaming.

Lighter than the iPhone 11

The iPhone 12 takes a different approach to design than the iPhone 11, with flatter sides and a look that walks the line between vintage and modern. Its reduced screen size is 15% smaller than the iPhone 11, making it 16% lighter to carry around.

A14 Bionic chip

The iPhone 12’s A14 Bionic processor offers an 80% increase in performance, as well as powering other functions such as augmented reality (AR) photography.

Brighter screen

The iPhone 12 swaps the iPhone 11’s LCD screen for a Super Retina XDR OLED one, which kicks it up a notch in brightness and makes for a higher resolution.


Benefits of a Refurbished iPhone 11

Red iPhone 11 held next to purple, blue and yellow iPhone 11

More affordable

You don’t need to buy a refurbished iPhone 12 to get your hands on a good quality phone. A refurbished Apple iPhone 11 can also offer you an incredible phone for much less. Interested in scoring the best possible deal you can get? The iPhone 11 provides many benefits – like a dual-lens camera, Night Mode photography and the toughest glass you can find on a smartphone – for less.

Battery life

Battery life is always a high priority, no matter what kind of phone you’re looking to buy. While you’d think the more recent model would always up the ante regarding battery life, not everyone agrees. While the battery life is pretty even across both phones, some reviewers found the iPhone 11’s came out slightly ahead, quite possibly due to the absence of battery-draining 5G.

Still a great phone

It may be a few years old, but the iPhone 11 is still a high-quality phone with several benefits that have led to it getting rave reviews.

Not available new

Apple has discontinued the iPhone 11, so the only way to get it is to buy it refurbished. As great as the phone is, it’s now next to impossible to find a new one.


Which One is Better for You?

In the end, it’s up to you. Only you can decide which phone would work best for you based on your needs and budget. Most reviews put the iPhone 12 ahead in terms of quality but still endorse the iPhone 11 as a phone worth buying. Of course, the best way to ensure you get a great deal is to buy refurbished through OzMobiles.


Buy iPhone 11 & 12 at OzMobiles

Have you been looking for a second hand iPhone 12 or a used iPhone 11 for a while? The best place to find refurbished Apple products is on the OzMobiles website.

Every device is tested according to our 72-point checking process, so it’s guaranteed to be in good working condition – including at least 80% capacity battery life.

Our devices are sold with a 12-month warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee. On top of that, we offer free and fast shipping. If you place your order before 12:30 pm on a weekday, we’ll send it out the same day.

Offering value for money is important to us. If you find a better price elsewhere, we’ll beat it by $10 (terms and conditions apply). And if you can’t afford to pay for your phone in full straight away, we offer payment plans through third-party providers like ZipPay and AfterPay.

Score a refurbished iPhone 12 or 11 (or any kind of iPhone you like) through OzMobiles, and you’ll get a better deal for you, the planet and your pocket.

For help choosing the right refurbished phone or to find out more, contact OzMobiles

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