iPhone 8(+) Is iPhone 8 64gb worth $160 more than an iPhone 7 32gb?

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Is iPhone 8 64gb worth the $160 more than an iPhone 7 32gb?

  1. Yes

    30 vote(s)
  2. No

    9 vote(s)
  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    I'm looking at getting one of my kids an iPhone on Xfinity Mobile. They have a promo right now where you buy the phone and then get a $250 mail-in rebate card.

    After taxes and rebate card, net price of an iPhone 7 32gb would be $235 and the net price of an iPhone 8 64gb would be $395.

    Is the 8 that much better to warrant the extra $160? There is also 2x the storage capacity which also helps in the 8 favor, but he only probably needs 18-20gb anyway. Thanks!
  2. tonybarnaby macrumors 65816

    Dec 3, 2017
    I said yes, but for a kid it’s hard to say. The metal back of the 7 is more durable. 32gb isn’t enough for anyone, so 8 all the way.
  3. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    For yourself, yes.
    For a kid, probably not.
    iPhone 7 has some advantages in this regard. It’s cheaper in the end, and the metal build is definite more durable than the all glass 8. I’d say for a kid, the cheapest 7 makes more sense.
  4. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    Thanks for the comments so far.

    I'm leaning towards the 8 because it's the last series of iPhones with the Touch ID, but it will be 2 years old in September so little hesitant, even at almost $400. Then again, it should last a good 2 years more I'd think.
  5. tt061282 macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2018
    If I can be honest for a second..

    Truthfully the iPhone 7 while it was considered a boring upgrade is one of the best iPhone’s Apple has ever released. That’s complete honesty. The A10 Bionic was a huge leap forward and brought a lot with it. Coming from the A9 to the A10 is more of a leap than the A10 to A11. Theyre both MONSTER chips. Which is why you will see the A10 and A10X still beating Some Android’s in speedtests.

    What it comes down to honestly is real world usage. For a child the difference between the A10 and A11 is not justified.

    For an adult I would say go for it because the 64GB vs 32GB would make it justifiable along with its other improvements. For a kid though the iPhone 7 is still getting iOS 13 and iOS 14 and I’m sure iOS15 is a possibility because it’s hardware is that damned good.
  6. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    I think it just depends. The 7 has a metal back while the 8 has glass. I would guess a glass back would me more prone to cracks than a metal one. But then again I don’t think the 7 has True Tone, which I enjoy. I also like the water & dust resistance on the 8, which I don’t think the 7 has.
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Nope. The iPhone 7 {IP67 Splash resistant rated} was the first iPhone to offer water resistance, to also help protect the stereo speakers. The iPhone 8 shares the same rating. The XS has an IP68 rating.
  8. Lyn2012 macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2007
    Like other have posted, I said yes but for a kid I would stick with the 7. The aluminium back is less likely to get broken.
  9. yash.sharma macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2019
    Not worth the extra 160$ if you're buying one for your kid.
    Aluminium > Glass back
  10. StrollerEd macrumors newbie


    Aug 13, 2011
    I've had my 7 for a while and I think that your child would be as happy as I am with it - great photos, great response, durable and waterproof. 32gb is not a lot but I think it is enough for a child and would prompt him/her to discard rubbish and make use of iCloud as back-up.
  11. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I think the 8 is worth the extra money IF 32 GB is insufficient. Since your kid will not even use up the 32 GB, I’d go for the 7.
  12. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    For a kid, I definitely would save the money and go with the 7, IMO.
  13. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    Hmmm....maybe even the 6s is an option. Would be used though and worry about longer term support. Bur definitely even cheaper.
  14. Aydy macrumors 6502


    Nov 22, 2015
    I’d have to say no. Performance wise they are practically identical. If there are differences between processing performance, it’s pretty much negligible realistically
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    The 6S uses the A9 processor, I would say iOS support should reach through iOS 14, theoretically which would be two versions remaining, if that supports enough longevity for you, then it’s still a very much a viable iPhone. But I still suggest that iPhone 7 from my perspective.
  16. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    Well, I semi-went with the Xfinity deal. I appreciate all the comments and ultimately ordered a used iPhone 7 32gb from Swappa. I also ordered a SIM card from XM which will then earn a $100 rebate card instead of the $250 rebate on the new one.

    In the end, after the rebate card, the used phone will cost me only $125. Should still last a while and maybe if there’s a great trade deal at holiday time, I can trade it in and hand down my current XR. We’ll see.

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