iPhone X Keep iPhone 6s & buy AW3 or switch to iPhone X w/ AW1?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Malus120, Jan 13, 2018.


iPhone 6s (& buy AW3) or upgrade to iPhone X (w/ AW1)

  1. Keep the iPhone 6s & get an Apple Watch 3

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  2. Upgrade to iPhone X and wait for Apple Watch 4

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  3. Keep the iPhone 6s/Apple Watch 1 and just wait.

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  4. Other (please specify in a reply)

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  1. Malus120, Jan 13, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2018

    Malus120 macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2002
    TLDR: Just had 6s replaced, want ApplePay in Japan, get Apple Watch 3 or sell the 6s and get an iPhone X to use with Apple Watch 1 (first generation not "series 1")?

    I love my iPhone 6s, I've had it for two years, and it's still a great device. While the iPhone X was mildly intriguing when announced I wasn't planning on upgrading this year. But...

    The battery/throttling fiasco has been a real pain point for me this year (battery issues started early in the year & inconsistent performance, which I would later learn was due to severe throttling began in mid summer), and TBH this whole fiasco is probably one of the most disappointing things I've seen Apple do during all the years I've been a fan. BUT, Apple has done right by me with a new 6s and some other perks so I'm willing to let it go.

    Anyway, I spend a lot of the year in Japan, and unfortunately neither my iPhone 6s, nor my Apple Watch 1 (AW1/S0) is capable of using ApplePay there (a big deal when using mass transit every day). I was originally planning to get a cellular Apple Watch 3 (AW3) to, among other things, scratch that itch, but the severe carrier restrictions, additional monthly fee, and the balkanized regional LTE bands, really turned me off on the idea for now. TBH, ApplePay aside, the cellular features were the only real reason I wanted an AW3, so I'd really prefer to wait for AW4 to make it better.

    Which leads me to my current dilemma, I REALLY want ApplePay (in Japan) so should I: A) sell the like new 6s and get an iPhone X (to use with my AW1) OR B) keep my new 6s and get an AW3 (GPS model).

    Primary uses for my phone are: Twitter, Safari, Facebook, Mobile scanner w/ OCR (primary sources, books, newspaper articles, etc), messaging, tethering to MBP, some Netflix, light gaming (Vita & Switch for serious gaming)

    So far I see the advantages/disadvantages of each combination for my use case as follows:

    1) iPhone 6s + AW3
    + ApplePay on the wrist is more convenient & less taking the phone out means less chances to drop.
    + Significantly cheaper, I can basically break even after selling my Apple Watch 1 and some other things.
    + Resale prices in Japan, combined with the price delta vs the US, are such that with some luck I'll take little to no loss on the watch, even if I sell to upgrade to AW4 next year.
    + TouchID (FaceID is cool, but in many situations I still feel TouchID is superior)
    + Home Button (some things, like control center just work better in my short experience with both)
    - No more AppleCare+ means that if I drop & break my 6s I've just wasted A LOT of money.
    - Really want cellular on the AW, so I'll likely have to go through the hassle of reselling the watch at some point.
    -resale value of iPhone 6s will drop when the 90 day warranty ends / the phone gets some use / as we get closer to or pass the launch of new phones this year.

    2) iPhone X + AW1
    + AppleCare+ keeps my blood pressure down if I drop the phone.
    + I do a lot of scanning so OIS could be a big plus
    + Better battery life especially with black home & lock screen/app dark modes/grayscale/smart invert colors is really appealing for those days when I need all day battery life.
    + No need to do the AppleWatch buy/sell/buy dance twice in a year.
    + faster/beautiful screen/other new phone advantages (nice but for my use none of these are make or break)
    - EXPENSIVE, even getting the phone at $850, it still comes out to $1050 with AppleCare+. While I can sell my 6s for around $500 (and some other things for a bit as well) in Japan, that's still a good chunk out of pocket & hard to justify with a brand new 6s.
    - ApplePay less convenient than on wrist
    - Loss of TouchID
    - Loss of home button
    - Curious to see where iPhone goes next year, if I like it, iPX2 could be a good choice, if not, iPX will be much cheaper next holiday season.

    If you read this far thanks for bearing with me. Opinions, thoughts, things you think I've missed welcome. Thanks in advance.
  2. KrisLord macrumors 65816

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    iPhone X owner here.

    I’ve an S3 but had an S0 and S1 too so I’m familiar with your model too.

    Get the X, it’s a huge upgrade to your 6S whereas the S3 is an incremental update on the S1.
  3. Malus120 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2002
    Thanks for your feedback. I've actually got an S0, (forgot to give adequate differentiation w/ "Series 1"), but your point about the S3 being more of an incremental upgrade w/o LTE is kinda how I've been feeling.
  4. Vermifuge macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009
    Not sure about your experience but my S0 became very slow when paired with my 6 Plus and iOS 11. Upgrading to an x was like a shot of Adrenalin into my old S0. Regulars less I still upgraded to an S3 + LTE.

    I 2nd your recommendation.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I think it depends, would you rather have an iPhone X or Series 3 Apple Watch? Which would you find more beneficial to you? Do you think the upgrades to a Series 3 Apple Watch would be enough for you to appreciate it? I just think it's dependent on how much you actually use your first generation Apple Watch and what for.

    My suggestion would be to upgrade to the iPhone X, and then likely wait until September for a possible Series 4. At that point, then you can make a decision if you want an Apple Watch and which model.
  6. KrisLord macrumors 65816

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    The S0 to S1 is a bigger upgrade, as it gives the dual core processor.

    Having said that, what’s the used market like?

    I just bought my wife a 38mm S1 and then sold her rose gold S0 for the same price! (£120)

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