iPhone XS Max 6Plus to an XsMax...

sboychuck

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Well, it was time to put the 6Plus into retirement, and the XsMax is wonderful. This is a huge upgrade for me, as we keep phones for 4-5 years. The display is beautiful and the overall size is basically the same as the 6Plus. I felt the XsMax display was better looking than the XR, and the 4GB of RAM will help as well. The build on the phone is incredible. I chose space grey and my wife chose gold. I now know why people are happy with choosing this phone. I turned in my old phone to Apple for $200 which helped on the cost. I agree it is expensive, and a luxury. We have the whole Apple eco-system at home and this fits in great. This phone is very quick and the battery life is great. Face ID works great and I do not miss the fingerprint scanner at all. Well done Apple, but the prices are getting a bit out of hand. At the end of the day, I am sure I will have this phone for several years, and be happy with it.
 

netdudeuk

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Well, it was time to put the 6Plus into retirement, and the XsMax is wonderful. This is a huge upgrade for me, as we keep phones for 4-5 years. The display is beautiful and the overall size is basically the same as the 6Plus. I felt the XsMax display was better looking than the XR, and the 4GB of RAM will help as well. The build on the phone is incredible. I chose space grey and my wife chose gold. I now know why people are happy with choosing this phone. I turned in my old phone to Apple for $200 which helped on the cost. I agree it is expensive, and a luxury. We have the whole Apple eco-system at home and this fits in great. This phone is very quick and the battery life is great. Face ID works great and I do not miss the fingerprint scanner at all. Well done Apple, but the prices are getting a bit out of hand. At the end of the day, I am sure I will have this phone for several years, and be happy with it.
I made exactly the same move after three and half years with the 6 Plus. The XS Max is a great phone.
 

bigjnyc

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I really wish I had the discipline to wait 4-5 years between upgrades. It must feel really nice to get all of that new technology. Upgrading every year its so small and incremental. This is the year where I keep the XS Max for 2 cycles... I can do it o_O
 

DevinNj

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I was debating the upgrade coming from an 8 Plus, which was my favorite phone thus far. I have to say I'm very happy with my Max and have no regrets at all. The X wasn't for me, so I waited for the Max size and I'm glad I did. Sometimes I wish I had the willpower to keep a phone a few years, but the lure of a shiny new iPhone gets me every time!
 
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now i see it

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I just hit 1001 charge cycles today on my 3-1/2 year old iPhone 6 Plus using the original battery (running iOS 9.3.5) and I see absolutely no reason to get rid of it. (well a little reason) but at this point I want to see how far it'll take me. Marathon iPhone... gunning for 2000 cycles.

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sboychuck

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The camera on the max is very good, compared to the 6Plus and WIFI and LTE seem faster. I kept my 6Plus so long as I really liked the display. With Apple giving me $200 for the phone, that was a fair price for a 64GB, and I did not have to deal with selling it.
 

bigjnyc

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I just hit 1001 charge cycles today on my 3-1/2 year old iPhone 6 Plus using the original battery (running iOS 9.3.5) and I see absolutely no reason to get rid of it. (well a little reason) but at this point I want to see how far it'll take me. Marathon iPhone... gunning for 2000 cycles.

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I'm surprised you didn't take advantage of the $29 battery replacement program.
 
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netdudeuk

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I just hit 1001 charge cycles today on my 3-1/2 year old iPhone 6 Plus using the original battery (running iOS 9.3.5) and I see absolutely no reason to get rid of it. (well a little reason) but at this point I want to see how far it'll take me. Marathon iPhone... gunning for 2000 cycles.

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Good for you. It is still a very respectable device. I was going to hold on as well but I had iOS 12 and despite the suggestions that it would be faster after the update, it was still slow, just like you see in the Samsung advert at the airport gate.
 
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1rottenapple

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I really wish I had the discipline to wait 4-5 years between upgrades. It must feel really nice to get all of that new technology. Upgrading every year its so small and incremental. This is the year where I keep the XS Max for 2 cycles... I can do it o_O
I know I think it’s great OP kept the phone for 4yrs. I’m aiming for 2. But I’d love to hit three yrs.
 
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Relentless Power

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The camera on the max is very good, compared to the 6Plus and WIFI and LTE seem faster. I kept my 6Plus so long as I really liked the display. With Apple giving me $200 for the phone, that was a fair price for a 64GB, and I did not have to deal with selling it.
In the world of where we deal with selling phones online and the amount of potential fraud there is on sites like eBay and Swappa, trading in is almost the ‘safest bet’. Especially when buyers will take asvantage of the sellers in so many ways possible, that they will keep your device _and_ receive their money back, even if that means trading in makes your device worth less, I personally think it’s the best alternative.
 
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DevinNj

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The camera on the max is very good, compared to the 6Plus and WIFI and LTE seem faster. I kept my 6Plus so long as I really liked the display. With Apple giving me $200 for the phone, that was a fair price for a 64GB, and I did not have to deal with selling it.
Sounds like you definitely got your money's worth out of your 6 Plus, and like Relentless said, not having to deal with potential disasters when selling privately, I'd say you did well. Good luck with your Max and I hope it serves you well!
 
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1rottenapple

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In the world of where we deal with selling phones online and the amount of potential fraud there is on sites like eBay and Swappa, trading in is almost the ‘safest bet’. Especially when buyers will take asvantage of the sellers in so many ways possible, that they will keep your device _and_ receive their money back, even if that means trading in makes your device worth less, I personally think it’s the best alternative.
Agreed. I am anti-eBay, swaps when it comes to high priced item. They can reverse charge you after receiving the device. It’s happend to me years ago selling a MacBook Pro work over $1k. Now, I either give it to family members or sell locally and meet at the police station.
 
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netdudeuk

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In the world of where we deal with selling phones online and the amount of potential fraud there is on sites like eBay and Swappa, trading in is almost the ‘safest bet’. Especially when buyers will take asvantage of the sellers in so many ways possible, that they will keep your device _and_ receive their money back, even if that means trading in makes your device worth less, I personally think it’s the best alternative.
I traded in my phone at an Apple Store after they boosted their offer to a more reasonable value. It was about the same as what I could get for it elsewhere. The guy commented on how it still looked great. They had a process to ensure that the device was fully ready to hand over.

On the other hand, I sent my Gen 4 iPad with cellular to a large company and had no end of trouble. It went on for weeks, with them initially saying that they had sent it back. When asked why, they said it was an international model that didn't work on all UK bands. It was bought from an Apple Store so I know what it was. They eventually retested it and said that they would classify it as a THREE model. They would only grade it as a condition 'B' as 'it had scratches'. Let me say that I never placed it on a hard surface without a cloth (yes :)) and I examined it carefully and even took photos. It looked perfect to me. So, trading in directly with Apple can be a good option.
 
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Shabbis

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I just upgraded from a 7+ to the XS Max, stayed with the same capacity as I wasn't close to using up my 7+'s (256GB). While the 7+ was still going strong, performance was still amazing, even an 87% battery health, I felt it was time to step into the Face ID world and I am definitely glad I did. It took a couple days to stop clicking on the bottom of the phone (pavlov's click?), but I find Face ID to be much more convenient and fast. As I had the glossy black 7+, the glass back of the XS Max looks and feels exactly the same. The notch doesn't bother me at all and I prefer the rounded screen.

I was thinking about a 12" iPad Pro to replace my original iPad air, but with the larger screen on the XS Max, I don't really use my Air anymore.

One other note, Apple has made upgrading iPhones amazingly simple now, just scan your new phone from your old phone (or is it the other way around?) and boom, everything transfers over. I remember the old iPhone days of having to back up to iTunes on a mac and the restore to the new phone.
 
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sboychuck

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I just upgraded from a 7+ to the XS Max, stayed with the same capacity as I wasn't close to using up my 7+'s (256GB). While the 7+ was still going strong, performance was still amazing, even an 87% battery health, I felt it was time to step into the Face ID world and I am definitely glad I did. It took a couple days to stop clicking on the bottom of the phone (pavlov's click?), but I find Face ID to be much more convenient and fast. As I had the glossy black 7+, the glass back of the XS Max looks and feels exactly the same. The notch doesn't bother me at all and I prefer the rounded screen.

I was thinking about a 12" iPad Pro to replace my original iPad air, but with the larger screen on the XS Max, I don't really use my Air anymore.

One other note, Apple has made upgrading iPhones amazingly simple now, just scan your new phone from your old phone (or is it the other way around?) and boom, everything transfers over. I remember the old iPhone days of having to back up to iTunes on a mac and the restore to the new phone.
[doublepost=1551719849][/doublepost]I also have a 12.9 IPP with 1TB of storage and that is my go to device at home, while outside the house I use the XS Max. I also have a 27-inch iMac at home, but do not use it much anymore.

By the way, get that phone in a protective case. It is big and slippery. I have ours in Otterbox Defenders and no longer worried about dropping them.

Thanks...
 

sboychuck

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I still like the 6 Plus. No on the Max.
I did not dislike my 6Plus display. The phone was just getting too slow too work with the current iOS and newer apps. I think 1GB of RAM is just was not cutting it. Again, the display is great, but the hardware was not keeping up with the apps and iOS. It was very clean to get $200 from Apple for it, and that is a realistic price in the open market. This will be my daily user for several years, as we do not change very often.