iPhone 8(+) iPhone 6 v iPhone 8 plus

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I have only just started using the latter and cannot see much of a difference at all. Battery not great, speed seems similar etc., hardly any difference in the camera..

Anyone done a similar upgrade? Thoughts? Currently my thoughts are send it back, get a refund and carry on with the 6!
 

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I see these threads all the time.

There actually is supposed to be some degree of improvement on every aspect on the phone, but some people don’t notice it.

That’s a totally fine opinion to have, but hardly a real complaint (not that you’re complaining that much, you sound perfectly reasonable).

I personally did find much improvement (in a 7 Plus) and wouldn’t want to go back to a 6. It depends how you use it I guess.

You should indeed just send it back and get a refund. Get as much value out of your money as you can!
 
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I see these threads all the time.

There actually is supposed to be some degree of improvement on every aspect on the phone, but some people don’t notice it.

That’s a totally fine opinion to have, but hardly a real complaint (not that you’re complaining that much, you sound perfectly reasonable).

I personally did find much improvement (in a 7 Plus) and wouldn’t want to go back to a 6. It depends how you use it I guess.

You should indeed just send it back and get a refund. Get as much value out of your money as you can!
Oh yeah, it’s just an observation as opposed to a complaint.

To be fair I’ve only just it for about half an hour so may need to give it more of a chance!

For the hike from £25/month to £50/month I think I want a decent upgrade. May compromise on the 8 which will be an upgrade but less costly.

Did you find it took a while to get used to the size? It’s so big!
 

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I went from the original iPhone to Android 2.x to the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 7.

And honestly, aside from operating system functionality, the differences have been minor.

The smallest difference has been between the iPhone 5 and the 7.

There is no observable performance difference. There is no observable battery difference.

There are 2 differences that made the change worthwhile. The first was 32-BIT vs 64-BIT. Which only matters to me because of Apple’s forced abandonment of application support for my 32-BIT iPhone 5. And honestly that wasn’t enough reason to upgrade.

The deciding factor was my iPod being stolen. And the upgrade to a larger capacity iPhone 7 w/ 256 GB from my iPhone 5 w/ 16 GB was cheaper than a replacement iPod big enough to hold my music collection to play in the car.

So I have no complaints. And in my case, the change was worthwhile.

But aside from the above mentioned features, and the larger screen, I can say that in my usage, the iPhone 5 to 7 change was negligible.

From a 6 to an 8, if capacity is equal, I’d find no reason to upgrade.
 

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Oh yeah, it’s just an observation as opposed to a complaint.

To be fair I’ve only just it for about half an hour so may need to give it more of a chance!

For the hike from £25/month to £50/month I think I want a decent upgrade. May compromise on the 8 which will be an upgrade but less costly.

Did you find it took a while to get used to the size? It’s so big!
Half an hour is as unfair as it gets. ;)

The battery of any Plus-sized iPhone is better than the normal sized one, you should take a few days to test that out. The battery needs a few days to start performing optimal.

I have been able to get used to any size iPhone from the 4 to my Plus. I like the big screen for consuming video and don’t mind it at all. I’ve switched between the normal and Plus sizes a few times before, they both have their pros and cons.

Another pro of the Plus size is the second camera, I especially like the depth-effect and of course 2X zoom.

Give it some more time before you make a decision then.
 

ericwn

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I went from a 6 Plus to an 8 Plus and the difference in performance was obvious to me from the start. Same was the difference in camera quality.
It it was said already, we all perceive these things differently.

I also find it interesting that you’d not explore the new device longer but instead used it for a few minutes and already make assumptions about the battery life and other aspects- stuff that really needs a bit to figure it out.
 
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I have only just started using the latter and cannot see much of a difference at all. Battery not great, speed seems similar etc., hardly any difference in the camera..

Anyone done a similar upgrade? Thoughts? Currently my thoughts are send it back, get a refund and carry on with the 6!
In terms of performance and the camera, those are your own perceptions. But in terms of what the differences are between the iPhone 6 and 8, there are great differences in terms of water resistance, stereo speakers, haptic home button, True tone display, 3D Touch, etc. Those are all significant changes that have progressively refined the difference of generations between those models. But you should continue to use whatever iPhone you find the most value in.
 

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I went from a 6 to an 8 plus and am very pleased with it , faster , nice camera and lots of fun features

Wireless charging via a belkin qii charger is brilliant - no more hunting for cables !!

In fact I'd like a bigger screen , but keep the same shape

The bezels either side could easily be slimmed down I guess ?
 
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The only reason to upgrade phone is if your current one is too slow or the new one provides a feature you’d like; I would have stayed with my 6S, but my finance’s 6 died and she needed it as a replacement. You should, at the very least, see a reduction in Safari tabs reloading because of the extra RAM. Return the 8+ and spend $30 for Apple’s battery replacement on your 6 which will give you tangible benefits. I’d hurry up and do that before Apple releases a software update where they turned off the throttling so they dont have to swap the battery for that low price.
 

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I’d hurry up and do that before Apple releases a software update where they turned off the throttling so they dont have to swap the battery for that low price.
There is absolutely no inclination that Apple is going to change anything regarding the battery replacement program or even change the price. I would say that will be in effect for quite some time. Especially given that they just finally received adequate stock in Apple stores for the replacement batteries with in the last few weeks.
 

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I have only just started using the latter and cannot see much of a difference at all. Battery not great, speed seems similar etc., hardly any difference in the camera..

Anyone done a similar upgrade? Thoughts? Currently my thoughts are send it back, get a refund and carry on with the 6!
Send the phone back and wait til September for the new iPhones.
 

Brandonjr36

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Given that the cheapest iPhone X is currently £70 a month I don’t think I’ll want whatever the new one is!
They’re coming out with a new lcd iPhone that’s gonna cost the same as the 8 plus. Gonna look like an x but it’s gonna have an lcd instead of an oled.
 

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I didn’t notice that much performance improvement going from the 6 to the X myself. I liked having the bigger screen size of the X with similar form factor to the 6. Everything else is gravy that I’ve come to appreciate over the last few months.
 

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I have only just started using the latter and cannot see much of a difference at all. Battery not great, speed seems similar etc
We'll definitely on a 6 Plus, the notes app text input gets very laggy. Keyboard can develop a lot of delay as the CPU tries to find auto fill words.

How's the notes app typing on the 8?
 

Relentless Power

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They’re coming out with a new lcd iPhone that’s gonna cost the same as the 8 plus. Gonna look like an x but it’s gonna have an lcd instead of an oled.
It seems very likely. Its a 6.1 lcd iPhone. If the rumors are to be accurate, I believe this would be it. It Makes complete sense Apple offering a cheaper alternative under the 5.8 iPhone X.
 
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8 plus is excellent, but I still can’t get used to the size - just seems too big for one hand, and easier to drop! Going to use it for another day before deciding, but I’m leaning towards sending it back and swapping for an 8. I don’t game and don’t watch enough videos to justify to size and extra cost.
 

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We'll definitely on a 6 Plus, the notes app text input gets very laggy. Keyboard can develop a lot of delay as the CPU tries to find auto fill words.

How's the notes app typing on the 8?
It's fine, why? That wouldn't really be a deciding factor for me!

I won't lie, I am not impressed with the battery life compared to when I had the 6 brand new. Full charge has lasted for over 27 hours standby, but currently 6hrs 29 usage time with only 22% left. I remember when I first got the 6 I got a solid 8 hours usage time to almost empty. The phone is very good, apart from that, I must say.
 

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I won't lie, I am not impressed with the battery life compared to when I had the 6 brand new. Full charge has lasted for over 27 hours standby, but currently 6hrs 29 usage time with only 22% left. I remember when I first got the 6 I got a solid 8 hours usage time to almost empty. The phone is very good, apart from that, I must say.[/QUOTE]

Then you need to check your settings. I've had a 6s, 6s+, 7, 7+ and now 8+ and the battery easily kills the smaller phones, especially the 6, which I had as a work phone years ago. Not to mention the overall performance of the 6.
 
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With an 8+ on WiFi you should be getting 11+ hrs and on 4G at least 8 hours. This is 3x of what the 6 gets currently and 1.5x what it used to get when new.
 
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