Other Could use some help deciding on a new used iPhone

shiphawk

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My iPhone 5s has finally given up the ghost. In the past, I've had good luck and saved some money by buying a used iPhone when I have the need to upgrade. Right now, I'm looking at a few choices: iPhone SE/iPhone 6s (used in good condition ranges $150-$200) or an iPhone 7 ($250-$300). The iPhone 8 seems to be too expensive for me even used at this point. I'm wondering what people feel is the sweet spot. I'd like the phone to get OS support for at least two more years. Is there anything in particular technical reason to go with the iPhone 7 over the SE/6s from that standpoiint? I'm still satisfied with the performance of the 5s and so I'm not particularly concerned with speed improvements. Thank you!
 

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I'd like the phone to get OS support for at least two more years. Is there anything in particular technical reason to go with the iPhone 7 over the SE/6s from that standpoiint? I'm still satisfied with the performance of the 5s and so I'm not particularly concerned with speed improvements. Thank you!
I think any of the phones will be fine if all you need is 2 years of OS support.

Get a new SE for $249 from Apple.
It's no longer available.
https://www.apple.com/shop/refurbished/clearance

But it is available for cheap from other carriers.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/simple-mobile-apple-iphone-se-4g-lte-with-32gb-memory-prepaid-cell-phone-rose-gold/5859415.p?skuId=5859415&ref=212&loc=1&ds_rl=1255843&ds_rl=1260579&ds_rl=1266837&ref=212&loc=1&ds_rl=1255843&ds_rl=1266837&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrJHw96Wv4AIVC9VkCh2I5A-REAkYASABEgK1d_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
 
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maxjohnson2

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I've used all three mentioned.

Unless the headphone jack is a must and you don't want to use an adapter, I recommend getting the 7. It's a big enough improvement over the 6S in all areas and is water resistant. The two crucial points are the 7 will be supported longer and have better battery life.

The only way I can recommend getting the 6S now is if you know for sure the battery health is near perfect.
 
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puma1552

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Saving money up front buying an older phone is sort of a myth because you lose that much more on the backend either in terms of resale, or having to upgrade sooner when support is dropped.

That said, get a 7.
 

1rottenapple

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My iPhone 5s has finally given up the ghost. In the past, I've had good luck and saved some money by buying a used iPhone when I have the need to upgrade. Right now, I'm looking at a few choices: iPhone SE/iPhone 6s (used in good condition ranges $150-$200) or an iPhone 7 ($250-$300). The iPhone 8 seems to be too expensive for me even used at this point. I'm wondering what people feel is the sweet spot. I'd like the phone to get OS support for at least two more years. Is there anything in particular technical reason to go with the iPhone 7 over the SE/6s from that standpoiint? I'm still satisfied with the performance of the 5s and so I'm not particularly concerned with speed improvements. Thank you!
7... dual speakers. Little better camera. Bigger screen.
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Agreed. I think they’re dropping support for 5s and 6 for iOS 13. But I bet 6s and se will continue to receive updates for a few more years
 

1rottenapple

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Saving money up front buying an older phone is sort of a myth because you lose that much more on the backend either in terms of resale, or having to upgrade sooner when support is dropped.

That said, get a 7.
Disagree. There’s people like my parents or my friends who don’t care about getting the lastest and greatest. They keep the phone for years until It stops working or starts breaking down.
 

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Disagree. There’s people like my parents or my friends who don’t care about getting the lastest and greatest. They keep the phone for years until It stops working or starts breaking down.
Right, so they spend $300-$400 on a used phone that's already halfway through its useable lifespan, and then recoup $0 and are forced to upgrade at some point when it breaks or becomes unsupported rather than upgrading when they choose or when it's convenient for them. Versus someone who buys a new phone for $700, sells it for $300-$400 2-3 years in, spends roughly the same but has newer tech and flexibility to sell it when they choose. Not to mention when you buy a 2-3 year old used phone, it has way worse battery life than a new one.

I mean, sure, you'll save a little money, but not as much as people always like to think. The delta between buying a phone halfway through it's lifecycle for half price, using it for a few years until it breaks or is unsupported and recouping $0 or buying a new one and selling it for half price at the halfway point isn't different enough for me personally to not just buy and enjoy new.

To each their own, but it is a simple fact - the money saved on the front end buying an older phone is lost on the backend in terms of lower resale or no resale. The total picture is way more than just the dollars outlaid to purchase the phone.
 

1rottenapple

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Right, so they spend $300-$400 on a used phone that's already halfway through its useable lifespan, and then recoup $0 and are forced to upgrade at some point when it breaks or becomes unsupported rather than upgrading when they choose or when it's convenient for them. Versus someone who buys a new phone for $700, sells it for $300-$400 2-3 years in, spends roughly the same but has newer tech and flexibility to sell it when they choose. Not to mention when you buy a 2-3 year old used phone, it has way worse battery life than a new one.

I mean, sure, you'll save a little money, but not as much as people always like to think. The delta between buying a phone halfway through it's lifecycle for half price, using it for a few years until it breaks or is unsupported and recouping $0 or buying a new one and selling it for half price at the halfway point isn't different enough for me personally to not just buy and enjoy new.

To each their own, but it is a simple fact - the money saved on the front end buying an older phone is lost on the backend in terms of lower resale or no resale. The total picture is way more than just the dollars outlaid to purchase the phone.
Dude not everyone resells there phone. There’s people who buy a phone and hold on to it.
 

shiphawk

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Right, so they spend $300-$400 on a used phone that's already halfway through its useable lifespan, and then recoup $0 and are forced to upgrade at some point when it breaks or becomes unsupported rather than upgrading when they choose or when it's convenient for them. Versus someone who buys a new phone for $700, sells it for $300-$400 2-3 years in, spends roughly the same but has newer tech and flexibility to sell it when they choose. Not to mention when you buy a 2-3 year old used phone, it has way worse battery life than a new one.

I mean, sure, you'll save a little money, but not as much as people always like to think. The delta between buying a phone halfway through it's lifecycle for half price, using it for a few years until it breaks or is unsupported and recouping $0 or buying a new one and selling it for half price at the halfway point isn't different enough for me personally to not just buy and enjoy new.

To each their own, but it is a simple fact - the money saved on the front end buying an older phone is lost on the backend in terms of lower resale or no resale. The total picture is way more than just the dollars outlaid to purchase the phone.
I appreciate the advice and your perspective. Anecdotally however, I purchased this iPhone 5s two years ago for $100. And it served me well.
 

Hieveryone

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I heard the iPhone X is refurbished rn on the apple store for like 769.

I have the X and it's good
 

maerz001

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Right, so they spend $300-$400 on a used phone that's already halfway through its useable lifespan, and then recoup $0 and are forced to upgrade at some point when it breaks or becomes unsupported rather than upgrading when they choose or when it's convenient for them. Versus someone who buys a new phone for $700, sells it for $300-$400 2-3 years in, spends roughly the same but has newer tech and flexibility to sell it when they choose. Not to mention when you buy a 2-3 year old used phone, it has way worse battery life than a new one.

I mean, sure, you'll save a little money, but not as much as people always like to think. The delta between buying a phone halfway through it's lifecycle for half price, using it for a few years until it breaks or is unsupported and recouping $0 or buying a new one and selling it for half price at the halfway point isn't different enough for me personally to not just buy and enjoy new.

To each their own, but it is a simple fact - the money saved on the front end buying an older phone is lost on the backend in terms of lower resale or no resale. The total picture is way more than just the dollars outlaid to purchase the phone.
Basically your right that the difference isn’t that huge as it first looks like. But your numbers are a bit off.

I bought about a dozen used iphones in the last 10years. All of them were valued about 50% after one year when the new model hit the shelves.

Assume they last 4years then you spend $200/year when u buy a $800 new.
A one year old u buy for $400 accounts for $133/year or 30% saving.