The Re-sale value of an iPhone

In three months, the prices for Samsung’s Android phones fell anywhere from 14.4% to 35.5%. On the Apple side of the chart, the only iPhone to lose anywhere near that much value was the iPhone 4S in China. The price of the iPhone 4 actually increased during the three-month period, up 1.4% in China and 10.3% in the U.S.
— Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster
Numbers from June 19, 2013 (Might not be accurate as of today)

Numbers from June 19, 2013 (Might not be accurate as of today)

Two major things that consumers should care about the product they are buying are the user experience and the re-sale value. After all who doesn't want to keep updating their technology product as often as possible to get a new gizmo. From my experience Apple leads in both of these. I posted an article sometime back comparing the resale prices of top smartphones and here is another article on this and there is only one winner in getting the best value for the bucks, Apple! 

This also emphasizes the importance of the long rumored lower cost iPhone for Apple to appeal to a larger audience in countries outside of US where the iPhone prices are horrendous (in local currencies). For example in India it is Rs. 42,000 or around  $700 - $850 depending on how the global economy is doing (compared to $650 is the US). Either way this is much higher than in US. Of course the key for Apple is to get the non-contract price of the iPhone down without sacrificing the user experience with this 'cheaper' iPhone[C].

Android dominates China (>75% market share) and thus Apple appears to be maintaining mindshare in the high end market...
— Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster