Need a new phone.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DevNull0, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. DevNull0 macrumors 65816

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    My cell provider is hiking my grandfathered cell phone price by $20/month this month and I'm not on contact. Another carrier will let me switch for $25 less than the old carrier, but It's a 2 year commitment for that rate. So I can either take a subsidized phone now or be locked in with the old phone for 2 years (at the same monthly price).

    So now I'm stuck with the choice of an iPhone 6s+ at the same price it was 11 months ago or waste $50+tax to wait for the new iPhone to come out and actually be available in hand (which so far looks like it's going to be a huge disappoint if there's no surprises and a lack of headphone jack is basically a dealbreaker).

    On the other hand the Galaxy note 7 looks pretty amazing the hardware is so far beyond the iPhone it's stunney, and it's cheaper than the iPhone and on the preorder comes with a gear fit 2. It seems very tempting, but I hate android, I like OS, and I have a ton of iOS apps (and obviously no android apps). Also the google store is so bad.

    Anyone else wish Apple would release something like the note 7 but with iOS?
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    That's a tough decision. But you have to ask your self if you can live without the 3.5 Jack? It also has not been confirmed if the Jack will be deleted. I personally will upgrade to the iPhone 7 on day one.

    If you do decide to purchase an iPhone, I would wait the five weeks. The 6s Plus will likely drop in Value when the iPhone 7 launches.

    The Note 7 looks great and the hardware is nice. But I too am not an Android fan. Mainly with their OS.

    I personally would love a built in Pen to the 5.5 iPhone, but Apple will not implement that. Jobs was never a fan of a stylus.

    For me, I have many Apple Products and their Eco-System is the selling point for me.

    Good luck.
     
  3. tekchic macrumors 65816

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    The Note 7 has a headphone jack, is water resistant, gorgeous screen, huge battery... but it's Android. :(

    I have an Apple Watch, MacBook Pros for both work and home, and 2 iPad Pros... I'm stuck in the Apple ecosystem, and I do like Apple for the post part. I use AirDrop on a daily basis between everything. Gaming is better on iOS as well.

    But man that Note 7 is really beautiful. Wish Apple would make something similar in comparison. Water resistant at the very least would be a start.
     
  4. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Water resistant is expected this year
     
  5. DevNull0 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That sums it up perfectly. I have an iPad, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini. But it's a 2011 MBP and 2012 Mini. I love the apple ecosystem, even the way the notes app sync between every device, but for me the Macs are the core of the ecosystem, so it's really losing its shine for me.

    I used a galaxy s4 for a while, and I really do hate android (and touchwiz), but that hardware difference is just so hard to ignore.

    I don't think I can live without the 3.5 Jack. Refusing to use an adapter would be mostly stubbornness on my part, but dropping the jack really does bother me.

    You're right, but that's where Samsung is so smart. If I wait, I lose the free watch.

    For me, the iPhone is very easy and natural to use, it just works. Android seems to hide everything in stupid places and is so counter-intuitive it makes it feel clunky to me.
     
  6. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Apple is expected to have the iPhone 7 fully water proof this year. Let's hope so.
     
  7. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    Just curious, you can't just move to the new carrier with the phone you have now?
     
  8. DevNull0 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I can, but they insist on a 2-year contract to get the price whether I take the subsidized phone or not and the monthly fee is the same either way.
     
  9. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    Ah I see. That's a bummer :(
    This outside of the state's I guess? I don't know that the US has required contracts for lines without subsidy for years. And I thought we were behind all all mobile phone related things.
     
  10. DevNull0 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, it's in Canada. It's a corporate deal I can get because of where I work.

    The old carrier is Rogers who is raising the price from $65 to 85 for 6 gig of data and all the usual voice stuff (with no subsidized phone available). The new carrier is Bell who wants $60 for 5 gig of data and all the usual voice stuff (with $510 off a smartphone every 2 years).

    Edit: Based on the other options around here, the $60 price is fantastic so they can get away with the contract. The $65 price from Rogers is grandfathered which they're getting rid of. It actually used to come with a subsidized phone but they took that away a while ago. The closest new plan they have now is $95 with 5 gig.
     
  11. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    I forgot about Canada. They're about the only folks who get bent over worse than us Americans do :(

    I feel for you. I'd just go with the Galaxy. You still have your old phone to fall back on. And you'd still have a bit of time before you'd need to sell that.
     
  12. now i see it macrumors 65816

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    If anyone cared to read the details... The Note 7 has a battery that is not replaceable... by anyone! Once the battery wears out, the phone gets tossed in the trash. Just like those dam Sonicare toothbrushes.

    Note 7? Don't think so.
     
  13. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

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    People usually keep phones for 2 years anyways, same can be said about the iPhone battery.
     
  14. Closingracer macrumors 68020

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    As somebody who have used both OS's Google play store isn't bad... You basically will find any app on both iOS app store and Google play these days.
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    Same with iPhones since the inception....
     
  15. DevNull0 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That is an issue to me, do you have a link about it though? I googled and couldn't find anything. Nobody has it in hand yet anyway.
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    Play store, every App seems to basically insist on root access to the phone before i can run it. So when I had an Android phone, I had almost nothing installed. Afaik, Apple is pretty good about limiting apps to the access they need.
     
  16. Closingracer macrumors 68020

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    Meh .... IDC Never had any issues with the phones I had when I use Android.
     
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    erayser macrumors 65816

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    I recently changed carriers and had to buy a new phone. I went with the S7 Edge because I didn't want to get stuck with the current iPhone. New carrier paid ETF, and ended up unlocking my 6+. I could swap the sim between the 2 phones... but I love the S7 Edge.

    As for the question on battery, battery efficiency seems better than my 6+. I think I'm a heavy user... It's 3 days into my current cycle, and I'm already 8gb of data. I averaged +40gb with my last carrier. I'm at work at 7am in the morning, and it's off the charger until 11:30pm. Heavy day usage, it gets as low as 20%... light days it's above 50% before going back on the charger. Yah, it's not a removable batter... but it's the same on my iPhone's. I think phones look classy without a removable battery back panel.

    I love iOS when it's jailbroken... so Android OS doesn't bother me much since there are similar tweaks I use on my iPhone. Since video, movie and music streaming are the norm now... I'm not as locked down in the Apple ecosystem anymore. But I still use Apple Music on my S7. I don't use iCloud... there are 3rd party cloud service that syncs most of the stuff worth keeping from my iDevices and S7. I just like tech... so I don't want to restrict myself to certain brands. Love both... so I don't have a problem switching back and forth from iOS to Android.

    Right now the S7 is my daily driver. Still open for the next iPhone... but since I'm loving the S7 Edge currently... I'm more interested in the Note7 Edge at the moment. I'm not going to say to do what I did... it just works out for me. If you are comfortable with iOS... then stick with something you are happy with.
     
  18. Channan macrumors 68030

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    If you already have a Galaxy S7 Edge, why would you be interested in the Note 7? The only difference is the Pen, so you'd have to really want that to bother switching.

    I have a Verizon Galaxy S7 Edge and I've been so tempted to sell it and get the unlocked Galaxy S7 Edge with support for all four major US carriers. I'm not interested in the Note 7 at all.
     
  19. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

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    Try the Galaxy S7 or HTC 10. You might be pleasantly surprised. If not, return it after 14 days and move on.
     
  20. erayser macrumors 65816

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    You're right... happy with the S7 Edge. I love a lot of things about this phone, so now I'm more interested on what features the next model has... similar to how I looked forward to next iPhone every year. I understand your reason to sell for carrier support... just as long as you are happy in the end... that's all that matters.
     

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