8+ or 7+ From A 5S?

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  1. AW84 macrumors newbie

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    I know, there are a million of these questions right now all over the internet....but, I need some advice before laying out a big chunk of money.

    Coming from a 5S and need to upgrade. Want the dual cameras, so the Plus models are my choices. On the surface, the changes from the 7 to the 8 aren't that big of a deal to me, however, because I keep my phones for ~4 years, I wonder if the jump from the A10 to the A11 might buy me more longevity in the phone? While that makes sense, my only conundrum is that $950 for the 8+ 256GB is ridiculous, and I could save almost $200 by buying the 7+. Sure, the 7+ is more than powerful enough for my needs today, but three years down the road, that may not be the case. Thoughts? Comments?
     
  2. DevinNj macrumors 6502a

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    If you're a person that keeps your phone for that long, I'd say definitely go for the 8+ if your budget allows. I wouldn't get a phone that's been out a year already if it's something you want maximum longevity out of. But that's just me. By the way, the camera is pretty great on my 7+ plus phone. I am pretty impressed and I'm sure you'll be more than happy whichever route you choose.
     
  3. Jimong5 macrumors 6502

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    I'm in the same boat, I'm leaning toward the 7 for a few reasons:
    1.) Cheaper
    2.) I can buy a 7 today.
    3.) I don't really need the features of the 8
    4.) If my 5s is any indication, the battery is going to go before the processor becomes obsolete.

    The reasons I am still considering the 8 are the way the storage options come out, the 128GB 7 is almost as much as the 64GB 8. I don't want to get 32GB, I have 16GB now and that's a major reason I'm done with my 5s. Also Bluetooth 5.0 seems interesting even if not totally necessary.
     
  4. AW84 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The storage option (and the price they decided that warranted) is what's making it a tough choice. I don't need 256, so a 128 priced at $869 like the 7+ was would have been fine for me.
     
  5. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    If you intend on keeping your next phone as long as you did your 5s then the 8+ no doubt. Improved camera and inductive charging are worth the upcharge and (I despise the term) a tich of "future proofing." 7+ is no slouch though if neither of those features appeals to you and you want to save a few bucks.
     
  6. AW84 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wireless charging, no. Improved camera is always nice. Future proofing, from a processor standpoint, likewise, is always nice.
     
  7. Jimmy James macrumors 601

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    1. Are there features or benefits you really want.
    2. What can you afford and what is your local cost?

    =answer.
     
  8. Jimong5 macrumors 6502

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    I will stand by my statement that battery degradation is a larger issue on a phone's lifespan than processor obsolescence. Apple is also setting themselves up for a lot of 6s and SEs to be in service for the near future, so I think you need to balance that when trying to decide when a 7 will become obsolete.

    I also think I talked myself into a 7+ because my 5s is being extra janky on the fingerprint scanner today and I'm not sure I want to wait another month for a new phone.
     
  9. Broadus macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think you would notice much difference between a 7 Plus and an 8 Plus four years from now. I would save the $200 and buy a new 7 Plus. I agree with Jimong5 about the battery.
     

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