At its highly anticipated launch announcement on Wednesday, Apple revealed its next-generation iPhone 7. The price—$649—is the same as for the previous flagship, but if you’re willing to prioritize cost over cool, you can now save a bundle on last year’s iPhone 6S.
The same strategy works for other gadgets like computers, tablets, and e-readers. So before you spend top dollar on the latest and greatest tech gear, take a look at last year’s latest and greatest. You’ll compromise very little and save a lot.
BUY: Apple iPad Mini 2
SKIP: Apple iPad Mini 4
Your savings: 33%
These Apple tablets feature the same high-resolution Retina display, dual speakers, and core features. The $399 Mini 4 has a slightly faster processor, a slightly upgraded camera, and a fingerprint sensor. But do you really need those things in a midsize tablet? The Mini 2 sells for only $269.
BUY: Amazon Kindle Voyage
SKIP: Amazon Kindle Oasis
Your savings: 34%
Amazon’s $290 super-luxe Oasis may well be the Rolls-Royce of e-readers, but the $190 Voyage is nearly as good. Both feature a high-resolution e-ink display, dedicated page-turn buttons, and built-in night lighting. Granted, the Oasis can last for months on a charge, but the Voyage will run for weeks, which seems long enough, no?
BUY: HP Spectre x2
SKIP: HP Spectre
Your savings: 49%
At $1,170, HP’s opulent 2016 Spectre claims to be the world’s thinnest laptop, but consider the less flashy 2015 Spectre x2 instead. It also features a dock for a detachable keyboard and weighs only a few ounces more than the gold-trimmed Spectre. You can find a refurbished x2 for close to $600 at Best Buy.
BUY: Apple iPhone 6s
SKIP: Apple iPhone 7
Your savings: 15%
When Apple reveals a new iPhone, it often knocks down the prices of previous models. When the iPhone 7 arrives in September, look for the $649 iPhone 6s to drop by $100. The new model isn’t expected to add major features, so the only reason to go for it over the 6s is if Apple tucks in an espresso maker.