Other am I crazy for buying a iphone 8?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dimme, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. dimme macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    I have a iPhone 6 that needs replacing, the battery is shot and it only has 16GB of storage. I was waiting for the Apple announcement and planed to get the current model. For my budget my option is the XR, I just can see paying $999 for a phone so the XS is out. I carry my phone in my front paints pocket and I feel the XR is just too big. Is this the way of the future for apple giant phones? I love its but now the other side of the fence is something I will also be checking out.
  2. DevinNj macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2016
    New Jersey
    Not crazy at all, the 8 is a great phone and will be for another few years still. I'm sure there are great deals to be found too.
  3. profmatt macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2015
    The iPhone 8 is a fantastic phone. I just traded mine for an 8+, partly because I wanted a Product Red phone.

    I had an iPhone X and wasn’t sold on it. The XR is tempting but the 8+ beats it on the features I care about most.

    So, no, you’re not crazy to get an 8. It’s great.
  4. Rafterman macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2010
  5. NoBoMac macrumors 68020

    Jul 1, 2014
    This. Best Buy, Fry's, Walmart, Target seem to have semi-regular sales on it. Carrier deals. Add in price will soon drop, can pick up a really nice phone for a nice price.

    Like OP, I carry the phone in my front pocket, so the 8 is a great size for that, fits into coat and suit coat pockets. For me, sits comfortably in my hand. Fast processor and the new A12 processor is not that much faster from what I recall from the presentation (seem to recall that the two big cores have a 15% speed improvement, but all the cores have better power usage performance). Imo, phone processors, for most people, are overly sufficient for their needs, so, no need to go chasing processor upgrades: most people will not tax it and the 8 should have sufficient runway.

    Will be interesting for me in 2020. I have normally updated my phones every three years, so, can sit it out to see what happens to the iPhone line, if they bring back some smaller device. If not, by then would have got hands-on with Xr, can see how the 8 handles iOS 14, battery health on the 8: might be able to stretch things out one extra year and then pull the trigger on the 2021 X (X is not much bigger than the 8, and could live with that, just hate the price; Xr is too close to being Plus in size, so, assume will not like as I do not like the Plus size phones in my hands).
  6. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Not at all, good phone and a good deal. Go for it if you like the home button.
  7. mike9186 macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2013
    I'm in the same boat as the OP. I really like the size of the iPhone 6-7-8 and am hesitant to go larger. I can afford the new X models and am impressed with the tech but at the end of the day I really only use my phone for calls, texting and looking at the internet if I am out at lunch by myself or just killing time. If I want to really surf or do more involved stuff I always switch to my iPad or MacBook. I can also more easily justify getting the new Apple Watch if I only spend $599 on the phone. I recently got a Fitbit versa and love it and haven't worn my expensive Swiss watches much since I got it.
  8. techspin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2014
    The iPhone XR isn't that much larger than a 6 if you want to check it out in stores when it's available.
  9. meme1255 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2012
    Czech Republic
    I've been thinking about buying the 8 as well. However, it has the same amount of RAM (2 GB) as the SE. And RAM is the aspect which determines performance the most with iOS (A9 is not THAT faster than A8, but the 6 has only 1 GB compared to 2 GB of 6S/7/8). The X has 3GB, Xs/Max have 4GB, XR has 3 GB. The 8 will soon be the ONLY supported device with 2G of RAM => poor performance with iOS 14+.
  10. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    iPhone 8 is great. And so is the iPhone 7, a new one at $450 is a great deal. That’s what I’d get.

    I usually stay one or two generations behind. I’ll get an iPhone Xs when the next iPhone is released, and pay the discounted price. You get a mature product and any component problems have been fixed during the product’s lifecycle. I still use the iPhone primarily as a phone, plus email, navigation, and some home devices. I don’t need to spend triple the money to do exactly what the older gen phones do well.
  11. puma1552 Suspended

    Nov 20, 2008
    You wouldn't be crazy. You would be...sensible.
  12. givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God


    Oct 2, 2016
    I wouldn't call it crazy but considering that there are better options available that wouldn't be a wise choice, as long as you're happy with your purchase it's fine.
  13. LarryJoe33 macrumors 65832


    Jul 17, 2017
  14. martin2345uk macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2013
    Manchester, UK
    ...that does everything he needs at a lower price.
  15. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    I agree w @meme1255
    The 8 is going to bite you in two years with its 2GB of RAM. The 8 is now like the 6 was. The 8 Plus has 3GB RAM so you'd be good there, but personally I wouldn't buy an iPhone today w only 2GB of RAM unless I was planning on getting rid of it in two years. IOS 12 may be a gesture of good will from Apple this year, being nice to older devices, but you can take it to the bank that iOS 13 and beyond are going to tax the hell out of older devices and make them a pain to use. As is the Apple way.
  16. dimme, Sep 14, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018

    dimme thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    But if I am happy with my 6 now I should be good with the 8 well into the future. I have a iPad and MacBook, and iMac for heavy lifting. I use my phone for maps, texting, talking, and music, not much more.
    Also I like small phones and I prefer to use iOS so my choices are limited.
  17. meme1255 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2012
    Czech Republic
    I'm on the same boat as you… But I don't see a sensible solution (at least here - SE 128G costs 400 EUR).
  18. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    Isn’t it pretty much the same size as the 6? Well almost?
  19. FoxD macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2010
  20. its93rc macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2012
    Austin, Texas
    No, you're not. The iPhone 8 is perfectly capable and a stellar device. But, I would have shelled out the additional $150 to future-proof my purchase. (You can still do this if you prefer the Xr over the 8.)
  21. lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2012
    I have an 8+. Fabulous phone. Will probably last me for another five years, maybe longer.
  22. Tom G. macrumors 68020

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    Are you crazy for ordering an iPhone 8? Not at all if that’s what you want.
  23. Dreads macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2015
    Not crazy at all fella I currently have a 7plus and not a fan of the x models so I’m thinking of changing to an 8plus as my upgrade..
  24. wulfin macrumors regular


    Sep 3, 2014
    Calgary, AB
    My mom is needing to upgrade her 6, so I'm getting her an 8 next week. It's a good phone for the price and will last a while!
  25. Racineur macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2013
    Montréal, Québec
    Makes me laugh. 2017 technology being old technology. C'mon let's get serious. Are we at the point that a 2017 iPhone is old tech? Next a 30 years old person is an elderly? Then a 50 years old should go away? I'm fed up with this novelty non-sense. If one embraces this philosophy then never buy a piece of tech cause the day after you purchase, it's already dated. The best recipe for being unhappy and sour until you die.

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