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TomOSeven

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Hi all,

I'm not one to spend a fortune on phones every other year, so I stuck with the iPhone 5 for a while.

After replacing the battery last year, I was almost happy with it again. But now it stops getting updated with newest iOS releases, which makes me think about security more than I'd like.

So I figured I'd get a new (refurbished) iPhone. The latest ones don't have a headphone jack, which sucks a reasonable amount of anus, but I reckon the 6s is still a good deal better than my old phone, right?

My uses are fairly light, just whatsapp, occasional photos, no selfies or social media, and hotspotting for my Mac.

Will the 6s be an alright upgrade?
 

snow755

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i would get a iphone 8 or 8 pluse
[doublepost=1530016525][/doublepost]dont get a A7 chip and a A8 chip iphone

the A7 chip may be on the way out after IOS 12
 

TomOSeven

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The SE sounds great, it's basically the same phone I have now, just better in most regards.
 

Brandonjr36

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The SE sounds great, it's basically the same phone I have now, just better in most regards.
You can probably find really good deals on the iPhone 7 which is a really good phone. I personally didn’t like the se when I had it.
[doublepost=1530027405][/doublepost]They have iPhone 8’s for $499 at Target for AT&T I’m not sure who your carrier is tho.
 

nfl46

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SE and 6s are the bare minimum to get in 2018. And, that's because it has 2GB of ram. The iPhone 6 and below performance has been good on iOS 12, but it still has 1GB of ram so I wouldn't recommend that in 2018.
 

NoBoMac

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I guess depends on how much you have to spend.

If money is not an object, get an 8 (or wait until September to get a discounted new 8 when the XIs get released) as that will give you about 4yrs of support (as Apple tends to be on a 5yr lifecycle for their products). With the 6S, you'll be getting about 2 more years, and will be back in the same boat as today re: updates.

And the SE might soon be in the same situation, just "worse": might see that roll off the support map with iOS 13 in 2019.
 

JPack

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iPhone 7

You don't want an iPhone SE or 6s - both have the A9 from 2015.
 

Freakonomics101

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6s or SE.

Both have an A9.

Both will run iOS 12 fine. And if you’re lucky both may be okay on iOS 13, if you’re lucky. Neither will last longer than that.

My iPhone SE is butter smooth on iOS 12 beta 2, so I can provide evidence to this. Any iPhone with at least 2 GB of RAM will do.
 

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I still think the SE is a contender with the A9/2GB. They can be found relatively inexpensive and it still supports the 3.5 mm Jack if that is of something of interest as well.
 

TomOSeven

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It's now between the 7 and the SE.

The 7 is a bit more recent and water resistant, which is a big bonus. The SE is a fair bit cheaper (considering both 128 GB versions) and supposedly has better battery life.
 

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It's now between the 7 and the SE.

The 7 is a bit more recent and water resistant, which is a big bonus. The SE is a fair bit cheaper (considering both 128 GB versions) and supposedly has better battery life.

I would opt for the iPhone 7, simply because it has the updated A-10 fusion processor, it does have the added water resistance as you mentioned, stereo speakers and haptic home button. As far as battery life is concerned, that’s always subjective based on your settings and usage.
 
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borgranta

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Hi all,

I'm not one to spend a fortune on phones every other year, so I stuck with the iPhone 5 for a while.

After replacing the battery last year, I was almost happy with it again. But now it stops getting updated with newest iOS releases, which makes me think about security more than I'd like.

So I figured I'd get a new (refurbished) iPhone. The latest ones don't have a headphone jack, which sucks a reasonable amount of anus, but I reckon the 6s is still a good deal better than my old phone, right?

My uses are fairly light, just whatsapp, occasional photos, no selfies or social media, and hotspotting for my Mac.

Will the 6s be an alright upgrade?
You could look into the iPhone SE since it is the same size as the iPhone 5 and it has the headphone jack and it is cheaper than the newer ones.
[doublepost=1530259002][/doublepost]There are rumors of an SE 2 but it may not have the headphone jack if released.
[doublepost=1530259254][/doublepost]The will be releasing a cheaper 6.1 inch LCD iPhone though probably not as cheap as the current SE
 

TomOSeven

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I would opt for the iPhone 7, simply because it has the updated A-10 fusion processor, it does have the added water resistance as you mentioned, stereo speakers and haptic home button. As far as battery life is concerned, that’s always subjective based on your settings and usage.

Meh, I'm afraid you're right, that's probably the better choice. Although I swore never to get a phone without a headphone jack...
 

Zagor13

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Hi all,

I'm not one to spend a fortune on phones every other year, so I stuck with the iPhone 5 for a while.

After replacing the battery last year, I was almost happy with it again. But now it stops getting updated with newest iOS releases, which makes me think about security more than I'd like.

So I figured I'd get a new (refurbished) iPhone. The latest ones don't have a headphone jack, which sucks a reasonable amount of anus, but I reckon the 6s is still a good deal better than my old phone, right?

My uses are fairly light, just whatsapp, occasional photos, no selfies or social media, and hotspotting for my Mac.

Will the 6s be an alright upgrade?
Get the SE, I went 3 times to 6s, X, and back to 7 then after being unhappy with all of them due to brick size design went back to SE and I am happy again. Would be nice if it was a little less tall by 2 cm but what can you do.
 
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Lioness~

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Find a used SE. Don't buy a new one at this point. May or may not come a new one fairly soon.
Regardless, it's a great phone if you like the form factor of it.
 
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aakshey

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The battery life of SE and 7 is very similar.

On iOS 11 with a fresh battery, expect 6-7 hrs usage as per the battery app (including background activity etc) from 100% to 0% if on WiFi. With only 4G and heavy usage probably no more than 4-5 hrs of usage.
 

Alch3mist

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Right behind you.
I got the SE because I like the size and I refused to pay more than I had to for a phone that wasn’t the newest out. My $150 puts me right smack in the middle of the IOS ecosystem with reasonably decent specs. Because of cost I would not feel bad upgrading at any moment (preferably after 6+ months of ownership). If I would have spent more I would feel stuck and I wasn’t super impressed with the difference between SE vs. 6,7, and 8.
 

44267547

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Find a used SE. Don't buy a new one at this point. May or may not come a new one fairly soon.
Regardless, it's a great phone if you like the form factor of it.

A new SE can be found for $150.00 new, maybe even less with trade incentives. Used SE’s are not a significant discount under new SE’s, assuming someone can find one at the price I listed.
 

Lioness~

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A new SE can be found for $150.00 new, maybe even less with trade incentives. Used SE’s are not a significant discount under new SE’s, assuming someone can find one at the price I listed.
If you say so, I don't know the price in US. I wasn't even thinking about it.
Just that I wouldn't buy a new phone or anything else Apple that haven't been upgraded for awhile.
SE doesn't cost much. But I was talking about the principle.
 

HerrlichkeitReinhardt

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Hi all,

I'm not one to spend a fortune on phones every other year, so I stuck with the iPhone 5 for a while.

After replacing the battery last year, I was almost happy with it again. But now it stops getting updated with newest iOS releases, which makes me think about security more than I'd like.

So I figured I'd get a new (refurbished) iPhone. The latest ones don't have a headphone jack, which sucks a reasonable amount of anus, but I reckon the 6s is still a good deal better than my old phone, right?

My uses are fairly light, just whatsapp, occasional photos, no selfies or social media, and hotspotting for my Mac.

Will the 6s be an alright upgrade?

Get an iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 Plus. I upgraded from an iPhone 6s to a iPhone 8 Plus and have had no problems. My 6s was total **** on iOS 11.
 

rui no onna

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If you say so, I don't know the price in US. I wasn't even thinking about it.
Just that I wouldn't buy a new phone or anything else Apple that haven't been upgraded for awhile.
SE doesn't cost much. But I was talking about the principle.
I think it's more like don't pay full MSRP.

In the US, MSRP is $350 for 32GB but there are prepaid promos that drop down the price of brand new model to $150 ($200 savings). Used price is around the same so it's definitely better to buy new here assuming a promo priced model plays nice with one's carrier.

That price for SE is probably less than annual depreciation for higher end iPhones so if it meets one's needs, I highly recommend it. The A9 is no slouch.
 

FeliApple

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The battery life of SE and 7 is very similar.

On iOS 11 with a fresh battery, expect 6-7 hrs usage as per the battery app (including background activity etc) from 100% to 0% if on WiFi. With only 4G and heavy usage probably no more than 4-5 hrs of usage.
So low? Even for the iPhone 7? I'm getting 8 hours on Wi-Fi easily on iOS 9 with my 6s, 6.5-7 on LTE.
As for the question itself, the SE works well according to some people I know. The 7 on iOS 11 works well too according to a friend.
The SE is really comfortable but if you update iOS the 7 will last longer. Battery life between those - according to what I've read - is similar.
 

aakshey

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So low? Even for the iPhone 7? I'm getting 8 hours on Wi-Fi easily on iOS 9 with my 6s, 6.5-7 on LTE.
As for the question itself, the SE works well according to some people I know. The 7 on iOS 11 works well too according to a friend.
The SE is really comfortable but if you update iOS the 7 will last longer. Battery life between those - according to what I've read - is similar.

My dad used to get 10-13 hrs on an SE on 9. 10 was like 8-10 hours. 11 is like sub 7 hours. And this is on a fresh battery replaced a few weeks ago.
 
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