Good morning people, this time I need your advice, because honestly I don't know what to do. My SE died and I'm struggling between a refurbished SE replacement for 290€ and a brand new iPhone 8 for 690€. Yes, iPhones are expensive here in Europe. But first let me tell you what kind of consumer I am: I am one of those who likes to purchase something and keep it for as long as I can. I think it is the best for our planet, our resources are limited, and why should I stop using a device if it still works? It's also a budget issue. For instance I have a MacBook Pro from 2010 and It still works, and shortly, in the next year or so, I'll purchase my new MacBook Pro with, hopefully, a 10nm processor with a powerful enough CPU and GPU that will allow me to keep it for another 8-9 years. This time powerful enough to allow me to learn video editing and music creation. And what does that have to do with this post? Well, the iPhone I buy this holidays is going to be my smartphone for many, many years. Even if Apple slows it down with iOS 12.1 and upcoming releases. I will stop updating once I see the performance goes down. I kept my awesome iPhone SE at iOS 10.2 and it was quick. Fast. Portable. It was awesome. But my SE died, and it's not repairable. I am within the 2 years of European consumer warranty, but water damage is not included so... Out of warranty they will offer me to pay 290€ for a refurbished iPhone SE. But before I keep going with my argumentation, something you must know: I like small smartphones, that's why I purchased an SE. Nowadays, phones are getting bigger and bigger... Even iPhones. I used my SE with one hand with no hesitation. Whatever the situation was, if I had a free hand I could use my smartphone. Easy to carry, easy to pick... Not dropping it because of its flat sides... Only problem was it's small screen, but I was used to it. A lightweight smartphone, I loved it. However, even stuck on iOS 10, it was starting to show it's age. And as I read, iOS 12 pushed it to the limit, with shortened battery life. Battery life is important to me, and while I managed to get 11 hours at the moment of the purchase of my SE, lately I was getting 7-8 hours. On iOS 12, that would have been 4-5 hours max. So, after the accident, I decided to give the most powerful 4,7" iPhone a chance. A black iPhone 8. The grey on the back of this device is awesome, and the glass makes it look gorgeous... But it is glass. And I see myself dropping this slippery phone. Its rounded shape, the smooth anodized aluminum, makes this phone easy to drop. On the other side, the screen is gorgeous, iOS feels snappy, the keyboard doesn't take 60% of the screen anymore... It is the right screen size, the minimum nowadays. But overall size is... A bit big. Then, there is the money question. This iPhone 8 costs 400€ more than the SE refurbished replacement, and it is a money I could invest in my next Mac, or buy a new iPad mini if they release it next year... I'm not sure. I'm testing this iPhone 8. It is awesome, but it is big, and if I put a case on it, it will be even bigger. Reachability feature is nice and cool (remember, I always use it with one hand even if my two hand are free), but it fails from time to time. TL;DR version: I like small phones, my iPhone SE broke and I need a new one. Gave the iPhone 8 a shot and I like its gorgeous display, and it is blazing fast, but I find it big and super slippery. I see myself dropping it so I'll have to put a case on it, but that will make it more bulky for my hand to hold it and type. On the other hand, a refurbished replacement iPhone SE will cost me 290€ and I'm not sure of spending that amount of money on a 3 year old device. Should I keep this iPhone 8 and try to get used to it to it's weight and size (as phones nowadays are getting much bigger) or should I pay for a replacement SE? One handed use of my SE was plain awesome but the screen... Man, the screen was beginning to feel small. I don't know what the hell to do. Obviously the 8 is a much better long term purchase, it's going to have more support down the road, but I don't think I will update it beyond iOS 12 if its performance or battery life gets damaged. So I want a long lasting iPhone and I think iPhone 8 is much better on that regard. December EDIT: I finally made my decision. The iPhone 8 is going to be my next iPhone. See details of this decision on the page 2. I wanted to thank everyone to help me, in one or another direction, I'm gonna miss my SE, but I'm definitely enjoying the bigger screen and the haptic feedback of the taptic engine. Thanks people.