Used Sony Phones vs Samsung Phones: Which is Better for You? - OzMobiles

Forget about iPhone vs. Android for a moment. There’s another debate going on between two titans of the tech world – Samsung and Sony – and their smartphones. Both brands manufacture Android smartphones, both are known for other products besides smartphones, and both are recognised for the high quality of their cameras and their images. So if you’re an Android fan browsing the range of second-hand phones for sale, what’s the right choice for you – Samsung Galaxy or Sony Xperia? Should you shop for used Sony phones or take your pick from the many models Samsung has released?

Both brands are world-famous, versatile and internationally recognised for other types of tech besides smartphones. Samsung began as a grocery trading store in 1938 before moving into electronics in 1969 with black and white TVs. Galaxy smartphones, launched in the early 2000s, are now the biggest-selling Android phones in the world. Taking its name from the Latin word for sound (“Sonus”), Sony began in the wake of the Second World War. Although its first product was rice cookers, the company first came into its own in 1950 with tape recorders and soon transistor radios. Over the decades, several innovations followed, including the Sony Walkman, a record label and film studio, and big-screen TVs. In 2013 the company made its move into smartphones with the Sony Xperia Z.

If you’ve been asking, “Where are the good quality second-hand phones near me that are guaranteed to work properly?” you’re in luck. OzMobiles has both used Sony phones and Samsung phones for Android lovers of all kinds. Whether you’re looking for crystal-clear photo quality that’s a joy to behold, crisp sound quality, security with strong protection or powerful memory, the options are right here on our site. The first question is: Samsung or Sony? Which is better for you?

Sony Phones

Sony’s Xperia phones seem to just get better and better with each release. The Sony Xperia 1 IV was released in May 2022, and some reviewers called it the best Sony phone out. It was followed in September of the same year by the Xperia 5 IV, which also attracted its share of praise.

As you’d expect from a company with a long history of products in the sound and visual spaces, both audio and pictures are impressive on Sony smartphones. Yet whether you’re making content or just watching/listening to it, used Sony phones allow you to reap the benefits without paying the high prices you probably expect.


There are a lot of great things about Sony smartphones. If you’re a pro photographer who doesn’t want AI calling the shots for you, their cameras are perfect. Their phones have superb sound quality and tend to come with headphone jacks, which can be a rare find these days. Whether you’re shooting or watching a movie, you can observe it through a bright and generously sized display.


On the downside, Sony phones can sometimes overheat, and they can be expensive (all the more reason to buy used Sony phones).

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Top Three Sony Phones

Looking for Sony second-hand phones for sale? Three of the best include:

Xperia 1 IV

With a slim form that’s comfortable to hold, this model is ideal for serious photography buffs. It has a 4K HDR OLED screen, an optical zoom periscope camera and features that give you total control and let you get very particular about the results you want.

Xperia 5 IV

A more compact version of the Xperia 1 IV, the Xperia 5 IV in itself, is a capable all-rounder phone. Some of its best features include long battery life, excellent cameras and a headphone jack.

Xperia 1 III

A premium-quality phone, the Xperia 1 III was expensive when it was first released. That’s one of the reasons it’s such a bargain if you’re looking at used Sony phones. A 4K picture display and ultra-tough Gorilla Glass are just a couple of the features that make this smartphone worth your while.


Samsung Phones

Samsung phones come with a high number of advantages that have helped the company achieve a prime position at the top of smartphone sales and stay there. Starting with the original Galaxy S in 2010, the brand has had a long run of successes leading up to the release of the Galaxy S23, which arrived in February of 2023.


Samsung smartphones have terrific multi-tasking capabilities, long-lasting batteries, security that both big businesses and governments place their trust in (Knox Security) and easy desktop connectivity (Samsung DeX).


There aren’t many downsides to Samsung phones. However, depending on the model, they can be expensive, contain bloatware or be a little short on storage capacity.

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Top Three Samsung Phones

Are you wondering, “Where are the best Samsung second-hand phones near me?” Three of the best that you can currently buy from OzMobiles include:

Galaxy S22

This compact but powerful phone lets you ramp up the performance without sacrificing the battery life, which is longer than previous Galaxies. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, which gives you speed and power but keeps everything running smoothly. The 50MP camera captures images that are as brilliant as you’d hope for, including surprisingly good night shots.

Galaxy S21 5G

If you’re particularly looking for used Sony phones that provide particularly good screen resolutions, the Galaxy S21 5G comes with a 6.2-inch HDR 10+ 2x Dynamic AMOLED screen. The picture is vibrant, the scrolling is smooth, and the battery lasts a long time. The 64MP 3X hybrid zoom telephoto camera lets you capture clear photos even from a distance.

Galaxy S20

Different second-hand phones for sale come with different discounts, and right now, the Galaxy S20 is available for hundreds of dollars less than the regular retail price. The Galaxy S20 has all the features you need for fine photography, including a 6.2-inch 1440p, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, HDR10+ display and a peak brightness of 1200 nits. Once you’ve captured the perfect shot, it’s a quick process to view it on the big screen with Samsung DeX.

Sony vs Samsung: Which is Better for You?

“I’m looking for second-hand phones near me, should I choose Sony or Samsung?” The answer is that both are great and when you choose used Sony phones or Samsung phones, both are cheap too. Either will give you first-rate camera quality, but Sony may be better if you want more control over your photos – not to mention a headphone jack. On the other hand, Samsung’s screens are hard to beat and they have a proven track record of strong security. The bottom line is if you’re inspecting second-hand phones for sale and trying to choose between Samsung and Sony, it’s a tough call.

What isn’t such a hard decision is choosing to buy refurbished. Refurbished smartphones are more than second-hand phones, although they have had previous owners. Refurbished phones have been fixed, tested and prepared for re-sale – with warranties included – by companies like OzMobiles.

Shop Second-Hand Phones at OzMobiles

The answer to the question of “Where do I find second-hand phones near me?” is right here. OzMobiles has a massive collection of refurbished Samsung Galaxy phones with major savings to be had across Samsung stock.

Whether you prefer used Sony phones or Samsung, in the end, it’s hard to find a better deal than to buy refurbished ones.

An Australian-owned and operated company, OzMobiles puts all of our devices through a 72-point checking process to make sure they meet high Australian standards. Certified 100% fully functional, our phones also come with 12-month warranties and 30-day money-back guarantees.

If you’ve found a better deal somewhere else, we’ll beat that price by $10 (terms and conditions apply). Also, if you can’t afford the full cost of your refurbished phone upfront, we offer plans through third-party providers like ZipPay, AfterPay or PayPal Pay in 4.

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