In the market for a new smartphone but don’t want or need a brand new device? Or, perhaps you want to get rid of your current model so you can cash in toward the latest flagship? Swappa, one of our favorite destinations for help in this area, has today released a companion app.
Called Swappa Price, the app is a no-frills way of looking up your smartphone’s value. Handy and intuitive, it pulls from the Swappa system to deliver your device’s trending worth. The data is presented in a handy chart that shows historical pricing.
Upon opening the app you’re given a list of devices to select from, some of which are older models. Find yours here and you’re essentially almost done.
Users can search for a specific phone using two methods: a traditional search box and a filter by brand and carrier option. Either way worked well for me in my initial testing.
Once you’re ready to either buy or sell the phone you can tap on the respective buttons which hand off to the (mobile) Swappa website. From there, you’re able to log into your account and begin the process of buying or listing.
There’s a quick “share” feature in the app which links to a phone’s respective listing on the Swappa database. If you’re helping your buddy get rid of his old Droid Incredible you can look the phone up and share the link via email, messaging, and more.
Understanding that this is an initial release, there are a couple of things I’d hope to see down the road. Heck as far as I know the developers already have these on their agenda. Two things spring to mind for me as a user which might make for a more robust experience.
First, I’d like to be able to save devices in a personal list. This could be helpful for watching the value of devices I am considering selling just as much as those I have my eye on. From there you can perhaps build in pricing alerts which could prompt the user to take action.
Another feature that I’d like to see is maybe a trending list of devices. Perhaps the top movers and shakers or those with major price fluctuation can greet the user upon opening the app.
Neither of these are vital in my opinion; I quite like the simplicity of the first release. It’s totally free and doesn’t have a single advertisement. As it is today I would definitely recommend the app to anyone interested in finding the value of their phone.
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