iPhone 6 vs iPhone 8 - help please

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Freida, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. Freida macrumors 68000

    Oct 22, 2010
    Hello guys,

    I need some help or different angle in order to consider if I am doing the right thing or not. Up until today I was on iPhone 6 but today I bought an iPhone 8 (I don't like the X). Got home, did restore from back up and now I feel that I've wasted money.
    I can immediately feel the difference in speed and the photos are nicer but thats about it. For some reason I can't help but to feel that £849 doesn't justify the benefits so I'm here to ask you what you feel.
    I have 14 days for full refund so I think that I will use the phone for a week and revaluate but it would help me to get different angles.

    I guess I could stick to iPhone 6 for another 1-2 years and be fine but then I won't sell it for that much. (I have a buyer for £185 now so that is a decent offset)
    Or I could keep the 8 and have it for 3-5 years and be more future proof whilst not having to worry for a bit.

    I just don't know right now. It feels that the benefits are not that massive anymore even when jumping from 3 generations back.

    What are your thoughts, please? Please help me out so I can decide :)
  2. myscrnnm macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    I know you don’t like the X, but my two cents is the 8 is not a worthwhile upgrade (FOR ME) coming from a 6. If the X had not come out this year, I would not have upgraded. The 6 is still a very good phone, and the 8 to me honestly feels like a 7S.
  3. KrisLord macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    How much do you use the device? If you’re not doing much then perhaps the 6 is sufficient, but my wife has had one for the last 2 years and it’s terribly slow now (compared to the 7 plus I’ve had for the last year)

    The 8 looks the same, but it’s much more pleasant to use than a 6.
  4. TrueBlou macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2014
    The 8 is an awesome upgrade over the 6, I’d keep it if it was me.

    You’ve noticed straight away the performance increase and that’ll be important over the next few years where the 6 just won’t be able to cope.

    The camera is a big quality improvement too, seriously much better.

    Then there’s the simple things like wireless charging, the convenience of which just can’t be beat.

    Other niceties like 3D Touch, once you get used to it there’s a whole host of things that are just much easier to do with 3D Touch.

    At the end of the day nobody can decide for you, these things are a very personal choice. But the iPhone 8 is a stunning device that will serve you well for years to come, should you decide to keep it.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I think there are enough benefits and capabilities with the iPhone 8 that you would appreciate over your iPhone 6. From the speed, battery life, Tru-tone display, 3D Touch, stereo speakers, water resistance, wireless charging, etc. There are a lot of internal improvements with the iPhone 8.
  6. satchmo macrumors 68020

    Aug 6, 2008
    I'm curious if you considered an iPhone 7 instead of going with the 8.
    I've got a 6 as well, and think you can find a much cheaper 7 for almost the same performance as the 8.
  7. Vermifuge macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009
    For me, the 1 gb of ram on the 6 was just killing me... but that might be a specific use case. I only use a hand full of apps on a daily basis but switching between them has become painfully slow, as each time I switch apps it has to reload. Again this may be the specific apps i need to toggle between. Others may have a different experience with 'lighter' less memory intensive apps. With the release of iOS 11.... well the situation certainly hasn't improved.

    for others the 6 might be just fine for another year. its still speedy once an app loads and otherwise a solid device. I also have a release day plus that supposedly would bend but mine doesn't have any hint of warping or even a scratch on it.
  8. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    Why don’t you wait a couple days and have the system settle down while it’s indexing. Did you install new or did you go through iTunes to transfer over from the 6 ? Some will install new while others will not
  9. Freida thread starter macrumors 68000

    Oct 22, 2010
    I think I will play with it for a week and then will see. For now, I only see massive speed gain but I don't think that is worth the price tag. I mean, its great to have a faster device but £850 is a lot of money for just speed and better pictures.
    Its tough so I guess time will show. Will use this for 5 days and then will switch to 6 and see how that feels going back. :)
  10. Vivian125 macrumors 6502


    May 19, 2017
    iPhone 8 Advantage
    2GB RAM
    3.2Ghz Core Processor A11 Chip
    Can be used in Daylight
    Fantastic Camera

    iPhone 8 Disadvantage
    Looks like iPhone 6/6S that came over 3 years ago.
    4 Years Design, iPhone 8 especially in front looks so 2012/2014
    Not as progressive upgrade on features

    Well if you compare iPhone 8 to iPhone 6 there isn't that much progressive upgrade in terms of software. iPhone 8 vs iPhone 6 is just like comparing an iPhone 4S over iPhone 6 since it is 3 years gap. iPhone 6 has waaaay more features than 4s in just 3 years like Touch ID, LTE Support, VOLTE, Apple Pay, Motion Compressor, Ability to Scan Cards, NFC, Image Stabilization, Night Mode, and Etc. in 2017 vs 2014 iPhone the gap between those year isn't as progressive unlike 2011 vs 2014.

    So for me If you have iPhone 5S and older might as well get an iPhone 8 if you just wanted to have faster processor and better camera. If you have iPhone 6/6S/7 you can reconsider iPhone 8 if you don't care about the LATEST DESIGN that is present on iPhone X
  11. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Listen to your gut. If you're not finding much difference or the usage is about the same, then return the phone. There's no harm in using the 6 for another year or two.
  12. martin2345uk macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2013
    Manchester, UK
    I had a similar dilemma with my new 8 vs my old 6S.

    In the end I decided to stick to my 6S as though the 8 was lovely (apart from uneven screens!!!!) for my personal use case (texting, browsing, WhatsApp) it just wasn’t worth an extra £800!
  13. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    The water resistance is a _huge_ feature (for me). That's not an incremental improvement like the cameras/SOC/etc., 8 has it, 6/6S does not.

    That being said, so does the 7, so have you considered that model as a nice improvement over the 6 (even the 6S), adds some totally new features, supports HEIF/HEVC (for photos/videos).
  14. sstiwari macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2017
    Return and get iphone7. That would be the sweet spot.
  15. Jjayf macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2015
    The reason you are underwhelmed is because it looks and feels like the exact same device. The 6 is barely adequate to run iOS 11. Any further updates Ito the iOS and it won't handle well at all. You with stick with the 6 and forget future updates, or move to the 8 and have a trouble free experience for the next coup,e of years.. You should reconsider your decision on the X. It will definately give you a new user experience.
  16. AdonisSMU macrumors 604

    Oct 23, 2010
    Take it back and keep your iPhone 6. The iPhone 8 isn't future proofed and you spent nearly 1k on essentially the same phone you already have.
  17. Revels macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2008
    Going up the difference seems small, it's when you go back that you'll really notice it.

    Use the 8 for a day or two. Then put it in the box and use the 6 again. You'll realise how slow the 6 is.
  18. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    I'd say if you are not feeling it you are not feeling. Doesn't matter what anyone else here says. It's your $.

    Personally I had a 6 when the 7 came out. Had zero intentions of upgrading but my 6 developed some sort of power issue where it would randomly shut down. Apple said it wasn't the battery or other hardware issue so I had zero repair options. So I had to plunk down $800 for a 7 -- not really happy about that. I got over it, did enjoy my 7, but it really wasn't much of an upgrade IMHO and would have loved to have had that $800 still in the bank to pay for part of the cost of the X, which I now have and love.
  19. RhysoTDI macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2017
    I've had my 8 since launch and I personally find it's been worth every penny. iOS11 on the 6 effectively killed my phone sadly despite a fresh install :( It was particularly laggy and froze often

    The speed of the 8 is unreal; in fact I think the TouchID part of it is 'too quick' as sometimes I just press the home button to wake the screen and find I've unlocked it and straight into the phone!

    Battery life is brilliant; I can easily get a day and a half with medium usage and stretch it into 2 days.

    Wireless charging is also really good. I've got a charging stand on my desk and being able to pick the phone up without worrying about snagging or breaking the charging cable is great.

    Yes the design is largely the same (few subtle differences) but I like the form factor and I wasn't prepared to splash £999 on the X as I wasn't sure if I would like it. For me I like to see and try a phone in person before making such a decision.

    I just hope my 8 lasts the 2.5 years the 6 did. If it does then I'll be a happy chap :)
  20. Freida thread starter macrumors 68000

    Oct 22, 2010
    all valid points here, thank you. So far, I've enjoyed the experience as the phone is super fast and does have few little things that I forgot about (ie. the flash for selfies was a surprise when I was taking pic with my partner) :)
    ApplePay was super fast compared to 6 that was another big surprise. Raise to wake is super cool, I've literally reduced my home button pressing by almost half :)
    This was my experience path with iPhones:
    Bought iPhone 3G, 2 years later got iPhone 4 and was impressed with the retina screen. 4 years later I got the iPhone 6 and again was impressed with the screen and the overall speed. The video and picture quality + the speed made it worth it and I never looked back as 4 years with iPhone 4 was a stretch. Now, 3 years later I'm in the same boat again but somehow it feels that either I've grown up and don't need this flashy thing or I just value the money more compared to the return. Not sure but somehow jump from 6 to 8 does feel a bit similar like from 4 to 6 and yet its not the same feeling.
    I think that tomorrow I will switch back to 6 and use it for a whole day and see how i feel going back.
    iPhone 7 is not an option as the price difference is minimal (£100 or so) with less features. Basically I kinda value the iPhone 8 as £400 upgrade so I guess thats why I have internal fight in me. :)
    I also fear that Apple will kill this "home button" design next year and we will all be forced to go for X style iPhones which at this point I really don't like. Price is crazy and the notch is distracting to me + don't like how OLED reacts to little movement in the hand. So 8 could be the last option right now. Damn :)))
    So hard to decide :)
  21. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Yes, I agree the X form factor of the future, but as the iPhone 7 is still available, I suspect that next year the 8 will be offered for less then what they're selling now.
  22. Vivian125 macrumors 6502


    May 19, 2017
    TrueLaley sister So True... and agree with you. iPhone 8 looks faster than previous iPhone. But even iPhone 6 is 3 generations behind, just imagine the 4S its also 3 generation behind from 6 but if you look at 6 the 6 has waaaay more arvance features like LTE, VOLTE, Motion Conpressor, And Design.. the 6 is much closer to 8 than to 4s interms of both performance and Design..

    In reality if you have bought iPhone 8 it looks still has the design of 6/6S which is sooo 2013.. they looked like the same iPhone. Especially in the Mall if your using an iphone 8 people will thought your still using iPhone 6 cuz of design
  23. Freida thread starter macrumors 68000

    Oct 22, 2010
    yeah, true. I don't care that much about design to be honest. In fact, if people think I'm on 6 then it might be better as its less likely to get stolen :)
  24. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014

    If you feel buyer's remorse, just return it and go back to your 6

    Not worth the 850 quid if you feel it isn't - never mind what you'll read on a message board.
  25. Freida thread starter macrumors 68000

    Oct 22, 2010
    so after using iPhone 6 for almost a whole day I haven't noticed massive downgrade so I think I will return the 8 and wait for next year. Additionally, I went to see the X again and I gotta say that even though I don't like it (notch,price) I could see myself using it as it does feel nice. The screen is just great.
    However, for the X price I think I would regret the purchase even more :)
    So for now, I think the 8 is going back and I will stick to 6 another year or 2. Maybe I'll invest the money I get from the 8 back and will let it grow (probably BTC) so when there is time to buy a new phone I should hopefully have more in there. :)
    I'll let it settle for few more days before I commit to the return but for now it seems that the 8 didn't really make me happier for that money so I feel its better to wait.

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