Other debating between the iPhone 8 and XR

bigpoppamac31

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So I have the iPhone 6S 64GB currently and am eligible for an upgrade. Not sure whether to get the 8 or the XR. An iPhone 8 with 256GB is $1029 (Canadian) whereas the XR with 128GB is $1099. Either storage size is plenty for me but that 256GB would be nicer to have. The iPhone 8 is the familiar option as it's identical to the 6S but I think I'd really like the bigger screen size of the XR. The XR is physically smaller than an 8+/XS Max which I'd find too big for my hands. Seems like a nice compromise between physical size and screen size. Would the XR be noticeably better than the 8/8+?
 

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Would the XR be noticeably better than the 8/8+?
Yeah, I think so. XR has more horsepower, though I’m not sure you’d notice that on a day-to-day basis. But it’s got all the other important X-gen tech too, including a superior camera.

Also - given the relatively negligible price difference, it makes sense to go with the newer device. You’ll buy yourself another year of usability.
 
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bigpoppamac31

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Yeah, I think so. XR has more horsepower, though I’m not sure you’d notice that on a day-to-day basis. But it’s got all the other important X-gen tech too, including a superior camera.

Also - given the relatively negligible price difference, it makes sense to go with the newer device. You’ll buy yourself another year of usability.
Yeah that's potentially true. My 6S still works very well. I could get another year out of it if I wanted to. Every time I've upgraded I've gone with the previous years model cause it was cheaper. This year seems kind of an odd year price wise. I think I'd really like that 256GB but on the XR it would be another $200 or so over the iPhone 8 price with the same storage. I rarely take photos so a superior camera is not high on the list. But the bigger screen of the XR would be nicer for reading over the iPhone 8.
 

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The only reason to get an 8 now is because you want to retain the smaller screen size.
Well it would be nice if Apple offered the 4.7” screen size without the top and bottom bezels. Would be pretty easy to do. Call it the iPhone mini.

As you keep your phones a couple of years, XR for sure.
Yeah if I can get 3 years out of a phone that is preferable. I wonder how much a 6S would sell for online?
 

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Product Red XR for sure. I'm guessing this model will sell out in minutes.
 

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Stick to the 6s for another year as per your third post if you can OP

I think next year, we'll get a better update to the iPhones....right now, the 6s experience isn't too different from the iPhone 8 so you might as well either go XR or just wait 10-11 months for the 'iPhone 11" which should likely include a redesign of sorts, perhaps a smaller notch

Not a huge difference between A11 and A12 in terms of performance, and the 6s is very speedy on iOS 12 and will give you the same experience as the 8.....maybe tough it out if you can?
 

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XR definitely. If you keep your phone for a few years get on board with faceID and the larger edge to edge screen now. The larger screen and smaller bezels is really nice and faceID just makes things like password entry disappear into the background
 

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I'm kinda with nordique re: wait it out. iOS 12 might breathe some life into the 6S so that can get possible tweeks to form factor, maybe a FaceID 2, and usual spec bumps with 2019 phones.

Or at minimum, don't pre-order an XR. Wait until it comes out and see how it feels. Yes, smaller than a Plus model, but still bigger than an X which is a smidge bigger than 6/7/8. I'm in same boat as I do not like the feel of the Plus models, and X felt ok, it just might be that XR is still a little too big as it's not much smaller than a Plus model.
 

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in terms of storage space, get just enough. excess storage space is expensive and there is always cloud storage. How much storage space is taken up in your 6S currently?

you sound like a light user, so 8 or XR should both serve you well, but i would recommend XR simply because it should have higher resale value after 3 years.
 

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The 8 was obsolete the day it was announced. XR all the way.
Not sure about the obsolete part. Now that’s its discounted, it still will be fairly popular for a while and it still has touch ID, which seemingly many are still accustomed to using.
 

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XR would be my vote, after using the 8 for a year. However, you’ll need to update your MacOS to High Sierra I believe. I was running Yosemite and as soon as I updated my iPad and 8 to iOS 12, they were unrecognised by my iMac. After hours on the phone to Apple support, it was decided that the older OS won’t work with iOS 12.
 

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I’m in same boat as familiar with my 6s so
Easier to go to 8 BUT battery life is quite poor and think XR battery will be a big improvement over the 8 despite price difference of 150 UK pounds (749 vs 599).
 

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I’m in same boat as familiar with my 6s so
Easier to go to 8 BUT battery life is quite poor and think XR battery will be a big improvement over the 8 despite price difference of 150 UK pounds (749 vs 599).

Whats familiar? It isn't a big jump to a non-touch ID phone. you'll get used to the gestures in the first couple of days, and FaceID is great. The larger screen is a huge improvement over the big chin/forehead on the earlier phones. To me its like when they introduced laminated displays - the content is closer to you. Same with losing the bezels - the content is in your hands and the phone gets out of the way more.

Supposed to be a better battery even than the 8+, so will be a huge improvement over the 8
 

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in terms of storage space, get just enough. excess storage space is expensive and there is always cloud storage. How much storage space is taken up in your 6S currently?

you sound like a light user, so 8 or XR should both serve you well, but i would recommend XR simply because it should have higher resale value after 3 years.
I still have 35GB free out of 64GB on my 6S. Nonetheless I want enough storage for all my music which is over 64GB at the moment. But that could grow if I decide to re-import my CDs in Lossless.

I think I'm just bored with the 6S cause up to the 8 the iPhone has basically been the same with the big top and bottom bezels and home button. Until the X the iPhone never changed form factors and was getting outdated in it's appearance. Just wish there was a dark green colour option for the XR.
 

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So I have the iPhone 6S 64GB currently and am eligible for an upgrade. Not sure whether to get the 8 or the XR. An iPhone 8 with 256GB is $1029 (Canadian) whereas the XR with 128GB is $1099. Either storage size is plenty for me but that 256GB would be nicer to have. The iPhone 8 is the familiar option as it's identical to the 6S but I think I'd really like the bigger screen size of the XR. The XR is physically smaller than an 8+/XS Max which I'd find too big for my hands. Seems like a nice compromise between physical size and screen size. Would the XR be noticeably better than the 8/8+?
Speed wise you’ll not notice any difference from the viseo comparisons I’ve seen, the camera will better, the screen will probably look exactly the same.
But you still may struggle with the screen as it’s corner to corner, you have to stretch your thumb a lot if you want to use the device one handed, you may not be able to easily pull down from the top for instance.
Perhaps wait and try it out first?
 

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Speed wise you’ll not notice any difference from the viseo comparisons I’ve seen, the camera will better, the screen will probably look exactly the same.
But you still may struggle with the screen as it’s corner to corner, you have to stretch your thumb a lot if you want to use the device one handed, you may not be able to easily pull down from the top for instance.
Perhaps wait and try it out first?
Yeah I'd have to get used to the bigger screen. But I did the same when I want from the 5S to the 6S. I like the XS as it's basically the same physical size as the 8 but with the bigger screen. But it's also more expensive.
 

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I still have 35GB free out of 64GB on my 6S. Nonetheless I want enough storage for all my music which is over 64GB at the moment. But that could grow if I decide to re-import my CDs in Lossless.

I think I'm just bored with the 6S cause up to the 8 the iPhone has basically been the same with the big top and bottom bezels and home button. Until the X the iPhone never changed form factors and was getting outdated in it's appearance. Just wish there was a dark green colour option for the XR.
only a £50 increase from 64-128 which may be enough for you? More reasonable than £150 for 64-256 on the Xs

8 is only available in 64 or 256GB.

If 64GB isn't enough, the 8 becomes £749 for 256GB, and the Xr is £799 for 128GB. Only a £50 difference.
 

bigpoppamac31

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only a £50 increase from 64-128 which may be enough for you? More reasonable than £150 for 64-256 on the Xs

8 is only available in 64 or 256GB.

If 64GB isn't enough, the 8 becomes £749 for 256GB, and the Xr is £799 for 128GB. Only a £50 difference.
Well I'm in Canada so the Euro comparison doesn't work for me. ;) But yes if I got an 8 it's $1029 for 256GB but the XR is $1099 for 128GB.
 
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