iPhone 8 vs. iPhone SE - $400 better?

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  1. Sieve33 macrumors newbie

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    Wondering what everyone’s take is on this. If I have narrowed it down to these two phones, can you argue that the technology in the 8 warrants a $400 premium over the iPhone SE (top storage tiers for both sizes being compared)? That’s $50 short of buying two iPhone SE’s. Have the iPhone 8 now but have had the 6, 6S Plus and 7 Plus and am enticed at the opportunity to actually own my phone after a year as opposed to paying for half of it by that same time period.
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    If you don't mind the smaller screen on the SE then you'd be fine. It's a very nice, capable and fast iPhone.
     
  3. Sieve33 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Considering I have an iPad Pro and MacBook Air that don’t get nearly the love they deserve, I am considering making this switch and pocketing the money.
     
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    grab the $150 SE prepaid att 32GB from Best buy.

    Then buy the ~$30 R Sim 11 Plus from Amazon.

    Enjoy your new under $200 brand new SE with ATT, Verizon, or Tmobile.

    Come back and thank me later :O
     
  6. Sieve33 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Haha wish I could, but 32GB is not an option at this point.
     
  7. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a

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    Coming from a 6+. I returned my 8+ and got a 128 gb SE. Super happy with my decision.

    8+ is a great phone but it felt like more of the same. And yes the weight is definitely noticeable.
     
  8. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

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    I have an SE having sold a 7+ some months ago and very glad to be back to a bigger screen of the 8+ again. Don’t need to carry my iPad Mini when I’m out and about any more. SE performs very well but battery life swung it for me.

    SE will be used mainly for work now.
     
  9. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    The iPhone SE it's so much easier to handle one-handed. As an owner of the iPhone 7 Plus, I also opted to not purchase the iPhone 8+ because of the redundancy. I do look forward to see the iPhone SE 2 hopefully revised in 2018.
     
  10. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a

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    I'm going to pounce on that if it ever comes.
     
  11. Reno Raines macrumors 6502a

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    Could not agree more! I have an SE and an 8. The SE is a beast for the money. iOS 11 runs very well on the SE.
     
  12. NickYanakiev macrumors member

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    I am currently using an SE that I planned to keep until the X finally releases. Even though I am in love with the size and speed of the thing, I can't help but think that Apple cut the cost of it by going for lower quality materials.

    The phone is quite light- almost to the point of feeling a little cheap. I had no issues in the first three days since buying it but I noticed that the top button used for locking/unlocking the screen has sunk into the chasis and no longer responds, no matter how much pressure I apply. Back to the Apple store for an exchange!
     
  13. Sieve33 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Picked up my SE today, definitely made the right decision, but on the drive home I noticed a blemish on the back, obviously right out of the box. Dropping $450, I’m inclined to exchange and find a perfect one. 1. Will they even allow this? 2. Am I nitpicking expecting the device to be perfect out of the box? Ugh... been spending way too much time at Apple Stores these days.
     
  14. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a

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    They will let you exchange it.
     
  15. thadoggfather macrumors 604

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    SE 7+ master race !

    Will buy an SE2 day 1 pretty sure as well

    ESPECIALLY if it gets updated quality screen/brighter display
     
  16. rneglia macrumors 6502

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    I have the SE and I'm considering going to the 8. Battery life is atrocious on iOS 11.
     
  17. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    Keyboard on SE is tiny. No way I could get through a day with the SE.
     
  18. one more macrumors 6502a

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    In my experience SE screen is already brighter than that of 7 and 8.
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    Battery life is “atrocious” on iOS 11 itself, rather than on SE runnng iOS 11. I have been running iOS 11 public betas on SE and then installed the final release on a 7. The battery life in both cases could have been better.
     
  19. BeatCrazy macrumors 65816

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    I use the SE daily (for work) and also have the 8.

    The SE feels just so much different, and a lot of that has to do with the slow/tactile home button. I've also had the Plus versions of the 6/6s/7, so the SE screen typically feels too cramped for me, these days. The haptic feedback on the 8 is a nice differentiator, as well. Probably most important is the 8's camera. I enjoy taking pics of my kids/family, so the extra performance of the 8's camera is $400 well spent.
     
  20. one more macrumors 6502a

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    You could also consider getting an iPhone 7 if you do not need a wireless charging. You will get a brighter screen than on iPhone 8, its battery will not pop up on you and you will still save a 150$. In comparison to SE, the biggest differentiating factor is the screen size. Then there is a solid home button with a faster Touch ID, which is important, as a “regular” button used in SE can get wobbly after a few months of use. 7-8 are also water resistant, while SE features a now exotic headphones jack. They all will run iOS 11 just fine (tested), so it all depends on what you mostly use the phone for.
     
  21. thadoggfather macrumors 604

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    You either have a bum 7 or 8 or a freakazoid of an SE

    My 7 plus is way brighter

    I'm referring to outdoor visibility specifically tho
     
  22. nilk, Oct 5, 2017
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    I bought a new 128GB SE but ended up returning it and getting a used 128GB 7 for only about $20 more. I love the SE and it's size, it ran incredibly fast on iOS 11 and I had no problem adjusting back to the smaller size (felt natural within a week), but the 128GB at $450 + tax is just too much money for the various downgrades in terms of features. I might have kept it if it at least had some waterproofing or if I had got it at half the price.

    I wish I could fit into 32GB otherwise I would have bought the $150 AT&T prepaid model (I'm on AT&T).

    Edit: SE battery life on iOS 11 was fine for me, easily get through the day without a charge. I was using a brand new phone, though.

    Edit 2: I thought the slower Touch ID was going to be a problem (it was on the 6 for me), but it was not, the SE unlocks fast enough and even sometimes even beat my 6S in time-to-unlock (if I include bringing up the app that is open). SE has an advantage over the 6S in that it has the same processing power but less screen to render.
     
  23. bufffilm macrumors 601

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    There no way I would pay $400 more for the ip8.

    But are these your 2 final picks? What about the 7?
     
  24. barry.wiestling macrumors member

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    Does this SIM really work? I have AT&T and I could get an SE cheap and use this??
     
  25. blackberrycubed macrumors 6502

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    Yes, using it now.
     

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