iPhone XS iPhone 7 Plus to iPhone Xs

X2000

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I think iOS 12 is a great upgrade and made my iPhone 7 Plus feel like a new phone. Yesterday I purchased and iPhone Xs and thought I liked the size but realized I really did not. Additionally it felt like a side grade. I didn't notice any better responsibility based on the apps I use. Has anyone else noticed this? I don't game, I use music, email, safari and assorted other apps like Fantastical 2. Nothing that's particularly groundbreaking. After looking at what I spent on the phone including Applecare+ I'm very seriously considering returning the phone. Additionally I hate where they moved the Emoji and Voice dictation buttons to the bottom of the screen it seems to eat a lot of the real estate. Am I missing something?
 

Knowlege Bomb

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I've heard a lot of people express discontent with the move from a Plus to and X model phone. Personally, after using a plus sized phone for a few months, I couldn't wait to downsize but it still took a little getting used to. Now that I've been using my X for the better part of a year, I can't imagine using something that big. I use a 6s for work so I'm always open to that form factor. In other words, you can really get used to anything.

If you're happy with your 7+, by all means return it. Something tells me there's a reason you bought the Xs though. If money's not an issue I recommend keeping it through the 14 day return window and see if it grows on you. I think you won't regret it.
 
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ggibson913

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I went from the 7 Plus to the XS and love it so far. The new size is awesome for me and it feels great not feeling like I am carrying a brick in my hand. The screen is fantastic as is the camera, no regrets here at all other than maybe trying a different color than Space Gray.
 

Xombie2000

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Something tells me there's a reason you bought the Xs though. If money's not an issue I recommend keeping it through the 14 day return window and see if it grows on you. I think you won't regret it.
You’re right, my son needs an upgrade I was going to give him my 7 plus. I may buy him a 7 plus now that they are $500 and pocket $1000.
 

Ffosse

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The only real, tangible difference from upgrading my X to an XS Max is in the screen size and capacity. 64GBs was becoming a tight squeeze and I love the 6.5" display.
 

dotzero123

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I’m holding on to the 7+ for another cycle. If I used the camera more or streamed to my phone, I’d jump on the XS. They are so nice but soo expensive. For $1k I’d put it toward a new Mac.
 

Xombie2000

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I’m holding on to the 7+ for another cycle. If I used the camera more or streamed to my phone, I’d jump on the XS. They are so nice but soo expensive. For $1k I’d put it toward a new Mac.
I’d had this thought too. It could go a long way towards a new MacBook Pro.
 

Lobwedgephil

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I think iOS 12 is a great upgrade and made my iPhone 7 Plus feel like a new phone. Yesterday I purchased and iPhone Xs and thought I liked the size but realized I really did not. Additionally it felt like a side grade. I didn't notice any better responsibility based on the apps I use. Has anyone else noticed this? I don't game, I use music, email, safari and assorted other apps like Fantastical 2. Nothing that's particularly groundbreaking. After looking at what I spent on the phone including Applecare+ I'm very seriously considering returning the phone. Additionally I hate where they moved the Emoji and Voice dictation buttons to the bottom of the screen it seems to eat a lot of the real estate. Am I missing something?
As you are a very light user, you don't really need any of the processing power of the XS. Just depends if other things like camera improvements, etc. matter to you. If they don't, return it and use your 7 + for several more years.
 

njek

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I've moved from 7+ to XS Max. Loving it! The increase in screen size is impressive, and the general hardware updates, such as the camera, are worth it in my eyes. Also, my 7+ (and yours I'm guessing) had fallen out of warranty, so I'm now covered for another 2 years. Each to their own, but the upgrade from 7+ to XS has been a success for me.
 

EugW

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7 Plus is a 414 point wide phone.
XS is a 375 point wide phone.

So, the XS is in fact a downgrade in term of of effective screen width. Yes, the screen height is better on the XS, but that screen width matters more IMO in terms of overall feel. The screen width also matters if you ever want to watch 16:9 video. The videos are much bigger on the Plus than on the XS.

The "proper" upgrade from a 7 Plus is the XS Max, which is also a 414 point wide phone.

7 Plus: 414x736
XS: 375x812
XS Max: 414x896

In my case, I'm just keeping the 7 Plus. The CAD$1954 (with tax) for the 256 GB XS Max is ridiculous. I'm thinking I might have dodged a small bullet too, in terms of the XS Max's antenna design.
 
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The Oak

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The XS is 99.9% the screen pixels of a Plus.

A Plus to the XS I would think would feel like a sideways move.

Unless ... you need (to name a few): a better camera, better LTE, OLED, FaceID.

My wife had a 7 Plus ... moved her up to a Max. The Max is a beautiful phone.
 
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AppleHaterLover

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OP, I feel you.

I have a 7 Plus and frankly it's great. Battery life fits my life, camera is very good, it's speedy etc. The only issue is that I'm bored with it.

Currently my father has an SE, and if I got an XS he would get my 7+ (I'm not complaining, he probably spent 100s of thousands with me). I wouldn't be able to fetch more than $150 for his SE so I'd end up keeping it as a spare phone. So it's effectively dropping $1000 for a phone that would not be twice as good as my old phone, just different. And flashy, so people would know I'm either not totally poor or I've got good credit.

I think I'll wait until Jan. 2019 when deals start appearing for this phone...
 
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