iPhone 7 or iPhone 8?

CLS7

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I have an iPhone 6 today and plan to buy a new iPhone. I'm not sure what model I want to buy. either an iPhone 7 or iPhone 8.

I do not care about the wireless charging on iPhone 8. I just want a faster iPhone compared to my iPhone 6. What model should I buy?
 

RhysoTDI

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I bought an 8 and it's great!

For me I wanted the latest processor etc but in the small format. It's blisteringly fast compared to the 6. You won't regret it :)
 

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I generally always advise people to buy the best technology you can afford. That’s especially true if you tend to hold onto a phone for several years. If you’re upgrading from a 6, it sounds like you fit that description. The price difference between the 7 and the 8 will be small over 3 years and the 8 offers some nice improvements over the 7, including a much faster chip. All that being said, you really can’t go wrong with either one.
 
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if this phone was $50 or $100 less would people be more willing to buy this product?
 

Imory

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if this phone was $50 or $100 less would people be more willing to buy this product?

I know I would. The iPhone 8 at 256 GB is 1188 USD in Sweden. Since I currently use a 64 GB iPhone 6 I can't really consider the 64 GB option since 4K, apps etc continue to increase in size over time. Not to mention that if you intend to hold onto your phone for longer, the more valuable the storage becomes.

Apple knew exactly what they were doing by eliminating 128 GB as an option for their new line-up while keeping it for the 7.
 

4ppleg1rl

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The price difference isn't that big, better off getting the 8. I had the same dilemma, but for an extra £50, I got the newest phone so might as well
 

Imory

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The price difference isn't that big, better off getting the 8. I had the same dilemma, but for an extra £50, I got the newest phone so might as well

A price difference of 330 USD between an iPhone 7 128 and an iPhone 8 at 256 where I live. Have a hard time justifying that premium for said amount.
 

4ppleg1rl

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A price difference of 330 USD between an iPhone 7 128 and an iPhone 8 at 256 where I live. Have a hard time justifying that premium for said amount.

Fair enough then, if you're going for the 256GB then it's probably not worth it to pay that much extra than the 7, in that case - go for the 7 if you're not too bothered about the extra features the 8 has.

Mine was between 128GB 7 and 64GB 8 - 128GB for me is just overkill so I opted for the smaller storage 8 - 64GB is perfect for me
 

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I generally always advise people to buy the best technology you can afford. That’s especially true if you tend to hold onto a phone for several years. If you’re upgrading from a 6, it sounds like you fit that description. The price difference between the 7 and the 8 will be small over 3 years and the 8 offers some nice improvements over the 7, including a much faster chip. All that being said, you really can’t go wrong with either one.
any other improvements? same camera, same screen, same shape and design, 100$ for a slight processor upgrade? not worth it .
 
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Imory

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Fair enough then, if you're going for the 256GB then it's probably not worth it to pay that much extra than the 7, in that case - go for the 7 if you're not too bothered about the extra features the 8 has.

Mine was between 128GB 7 and 64GB 8 - 128GB for me is just overkill so I opted for the smaller storage 8 - 64GB is perfect for me

I've been going back and forth between the two but I genuinely can't find a good reason to go for the 8 over the 7. Wireless charging is incredibly slow with benefits and tradeoffs concerning its convenience. A11 while impressive, won't make a difference to what I use in terms of apps, browsing, texting etc. Battery degradation these days has a far more substantial impact than older SoCs. BT 5 won't make a difference to my AirPods, as far as I know.

The camera, which is important to me, so far seems to reproduce very similar images to the 7 with slightly more saturation, which is something I've tweaked post anyway with previous devices. 60 fps is impressive, but I prefer the look of 30 which the 7 can deliver in 4K.

If Apple hadn't removed 128 gb and generally made the 8 so exorbitantly expensive here, I might have bought it. But their added arbitrary markup have finally caught up to them.
 
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4ppleg1rl

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Not the same design, not the same camera, and a quite huge processor uppgrade showing scores that are almost double from the 7.

Even I noticed how FAST the 8 is compared to the 7 - and I don't really notice anything that isn't blindingly obvious. I love the 8, it's definitely worth getting over the 7, but probably not worth upgrading to if you already have the 7 (if that makes sense).
 

roberthallin

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I've been going back and forth between the two but I genuinely can't find a good reason to go for the 8 over the 7. Wireless charging is incredibly slow with benefits and tradeoffs concerning its convenience. A11 while impressive, won't make a difference to what I use in terms of apps, browsing, texting etc. Battery degradation these days has a far more substantial impact than older SoCs. BT 5 won't make a difference to my AirPods, as far as I know.

The camera, which is important to me, so far seems to reproduce very similar images to the 7 with slightly more saturation, which is something I've tweaked post anyway with previous devices. 60 fps is impressive, but I prefer the look of 30 which the 7 can deliver in 4K.

If Apple hadn't removed 128 gb and generally made the 8 so exorbitantly expensive here, I might have bought it. But their added arbitrary markup have finally caught up to them.

I was in the same situation that you were except I was coming from a 5S. To me, after seeing how well the 8 plus performed I reasoned that it's better to spend some extra money now for a phone that likely will be supported for a long time to come, with the performance to actually make the most of future updates and new software features without being sluggish or generally not delivering a nice experience. If I hade gone for the 7 I'd expect to upgrade again in maybe two years, while I plan on keeping this one for four years (like I did with my 5S). I got it on a 24 month plan which won't make a noticeable bump in my economy. The difference in price is about 5$ or 40kr per month compared to the 7 plus, but keep in mind I get double the storage. For you the difference would be around 90kr/month right? Anyway, this was my reasoning. Båda är fortfarande riktigt jävla dyra dock :)
 

Imory

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I was in the same situation that you were except I was coming from a 5S. To me, after seeing how well the 8 plus performed I reasoned that it's better to spend some extra money now for a phone that likely will be supported for a long time to come, with the performance to actually make the most of future updates and new software features without being sluggish or generally not delivering a nice experience. If I hade gone for the 7 I'd expect to upgrade again in maybe two years, while I plan on keeping this one for four years (like I did with my 5S). I got it on a 24 month plan which won't make a noticeable bump in my economy. The difference in price is about 5$ or 40kr per month compared to the 7 plus, but keep in mind I get double the storage. For you the difference would be around 90kr/month right? Anyway, this was my reasoning. Båda är fortfarande riktigt jävla dyra dock :)

I understand your reasoning and you've kept an iPhone longer than I ever have (only had the 5 and 6), but I'm not sure if that's worth the premium of 2700 sek (330 usd). You're also going for the plus models which are ridiculously expensive.

Needless to say, who really knows? I believe phones have already plateaued and that devices such as 6S and beyond should last for a long time without any issues regarding performance, unless Apple releases iOS revisions that run like a heap of **** (which iOS 11 isn't far from). A 24 month plan doesn't take away the total cost, but you might gain some/offset the cost by investing the rest and get the added interest over that 24 month period. Your 8 Plus should have no issues running well in 4 years in terms of the SoC, but I suspect your battery will be shot or reduced in half after 3 years. But maybe a simple battery swap for under 79 usd (800 sek) would be all you'd need.

Oh yeah, iPhones in Sweden are a luxury with a preposterous markup that's completely arbitrary. Thanks Apple, you *******.

Btw, an iPhone 7 (128 GB) at 6990 SEK would be 291 SEK/month. An iPhone 8 (256 GB) at 9700 SEK would be at 404 SEK/month.
 
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any other improvements? same camera, same screen, same shape and design, 100$ for a slight processor upgrade? not worth it .

So you make 3 statements (same camera, same screen, same shape and design) and all three are false. That's quite an accomplishment.o_O
 
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Manatlt

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Yeah but design is different with the glass back and shape and design is basically 1 thing.
Actually shape and design are two different things. The design is different I agree with that statement, but shape? Lay both of these phones one on top of each other, and you'll barely see any difference.

Oh and the 8 is more heavy than 7, the guy forgot to mention that.
 

4ppleg1rl

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Actually shape and design are two different things. The design is different I agree with that statement, but shape? Lay both of these phones one on top of each other, look at their sides and you'll barely see any difference.

Oh and the 8 is more heavy than 7, the guy forgot to mention that.

Technically the 8 is thicker than the 7 .. that's a shape difference isn't it?
 
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