iPhone 7(+) iPhone 7 still OK?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bryanc28, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. bryanc28 macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2007
    Arlington, Va
    What's the general consensus on the iPhone 7? I really like the new iPhone XR & iPhone 8 but they are glass. For me that's just a huge accident waiting to happen. So is it OK to get a 7?
  2. SnacksGU macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2018
  3. Euroamerican macrumors regular


    May 27, 2010
    The question for me is, am I willing to spend about anywhere from 5 to 10 dollars more a month to get an iPhone 8 64 instead of an iPhone 7 32 on a 24-month plan with Verizon?

    32 versus 64 gigs of RAM, supposedly louder stereo speakers and what else for 7 to 10 dollars more?

    Coming from a 5s 16 which is hampered by a slowly failing battery.
  4. OTACORB macrumors 68000


    Jun 21, 2009
    Central, Louisiana
    I don't know if it's important to you, but you would move up to the Bionic 11 and wireless charging. It's a bit more future proof. I am talking about the iPhone 8.
  5. Falhófnir macrumors 68040


    Aug 19, 2017
    Considering how well even the 6S is still performing I'd imagine the iPhone 7 will only be better still - It's not like the days of the 4 and 4s where they slowed to a complete crawl after ~2 software versions.
  6. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    Stick with the iPhone 7.

    If you're investing in a new phone, don't dive deep into an old form factor (iPhone 8).
  7. EugW macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2017
    Buy the XR and get a nice case. Problem solved.
  8. Hater macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2017
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Even my mothers 5S is absolutely 100% fast on iOS12, a 7 will still kill it.
  9. ggibson913 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2006
    I wouldn’t do the 7 new. XR and case/AppleCare or square trade
  10. OTACORB macrumors 68000


    Jun 21, 2009
    Central, Louisiana
    Last time I checked... iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are exactly the same form factor! If you mean more money... then I think one has to look at what those extra dollars will net you and if those are important to you or not.
  11. EugW macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2017
    The problem with the 5S are the repeated and annoying Safari tab reloads, because it only has 1 GB RAM.

    I think what he's saying is don't spend a lot of money on an old form factor. The 7 is cheaper than the 8.
  12. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    7 performs but battery life leaves much to be desired on iOS 11

    I’d do an 8 or Xr
  13. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    Exactly. The iPhone 7 gave consumers what they most wanted. Stereo speakers, water resistance, capacitive Home button. Most of the new features on iPhone 8 are superfluous.
  14. SackJabbit macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2011
    I would highly recommend getting the iPhone 8 over the iPhone 7. It's likely to be more useable in the event battery capacity diminishes over time. Slowdowns and sudden shutdowns due to battery issues can be really annoying, as I've experienced on older iPhone models.

    The iPhone 7 is affected by iOS power management when its battery degrades, and its performance will be throttled. The iPhone 8 is less impacted by iOS performance management as it uses a more advanced hardware and software design:


    I would definitely pay a bit more for the iPhone 8 just for that reason, in addition to known longer battery life compared to the iPhone 7, albeit having a slightly smaller capacity battery than the iPhone 7.
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    In terms of iOS performance, the A10 Fusion is still a strong processor. You seem more concerned about the actual durability of the new iPhones, which is prohibiting you from upgrading due to the glass. It’s just like any other iPhone, if you use protection, you won’t likely have an issue if you drop the phone.

    But in your case, if you do upgrade, I would likely consider the XR, which would be a solid upgrade from your iPhone 7 in almost every way.
  16. pazgb macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2013
    7 works great on iOS 12.

    I’m sticking w 7 until I have to upgrade. These phones are built to last years.

    My opinion on why I stick w 7.
    One Hand use
    Not glass
    Home button
    Put a new battery in for cheap
    Stable and runs smooth

    You could pick up a good used 7 and go get a new battery for around 300.

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