Other Need advice on an iPhone purchase

mclld

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One of my kids is wanting an iPhone and I am not paying full price or buying new. He was wanting the X, I'm not looking to spend more than 600. Should I get the X or the XR if I can find them for similar price? Is it still a thing where if someone doesn't pay their bill the phone can be blacklisted?
 
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Winterfibre

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One of my kids is wanting an iPhone and I am not paying full price or buying new. He was wanting the X, I'm not looking to spend more than 600. Should I get the X or the XR if I can find them for similar price? Is it still a thing where if someone doesn't pay their bill the phone can be blacklisted?
If you buy it outright then no they cannot blacklist.
 

KitnB

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At 17 he’s “big” enough to buy his own iPhone X/XR with his own money— watch how quickly he’d be rocking a half-broken, used Android. AHAHAHA! IJS.

(Kids old enough to work (part time) and buy their own sh^t shouldn’t be asking for pricey-ass phones. Again, IJS...)

Anyway, if you’re still thinking of buying him a super pricey iPhone, at least check out Swappa! You can even find BRAND NEW, UNOPENED iPhones (including the iPhone X and XR) being sold there for a hefty discount compared to buying from Apple, Best Buy, carriers, etc.

And DEFINITELY check out used iPhones on Swappa too!

Good luck.
 

Relentless Power

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One of my kids is wanting an iPhone and I am not paying full price or buying new. He was wanting the X, I'm not looking to spend more than 600. Should I get the X or the XR if I can find them for similar price? Is it still a thing where if someone doesn't pay their bill the phone can be blacklisted?
I would personally opt for the XR, there’s also some really good prices right now for a new device with trade in’s as well. Also, if you purchase online, review the sellers history, look at all the photos, ask questions if you have them, ect. Basically, ‘Do your due diligence’ when purchasing any used devices online.
 

JPack

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XR - service costs are much lower, not to mention it's a larger and newer device
 

agente46

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The Xr is a better overall phone than the X. Yeah you get a OLED but you sacrifice the A12 chip, better camera, and better battery

Those things are more important imo
 

Relentless Power

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The Xr is a better overall phone than the X. Yeah you get a OLED but you sacrifice the A12 chip, better camera, and better battery

Those things are more important imo
I mentioned it before, but I really don’t think the average consumer would be able to differentiate the speed differences between the A11 to the A12 from the iPhone X to the XR. I mean, if you were comparing the A9 processor from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone X, that might be something worth noting, but _not _two phones that launched so closely together within a year.
 

cableguy84

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I mentioned it before, but I really don’t think the average consumer would be able to differentiate the speed differences between the A11 to the A12 from the iPhone X to the XR. I mean, if you were comparing the A9 processor from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone X, that might be something worth noting, but _not _two phones that launched so closely together within a year.
This is true, 3-4 years ago the difference was noticeable. Not so much now.
 

puma1552

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Get him a new 7. Still a great phone.
Pretty old phone at this point. Save more today, lose just as much on the backend in resale because it's old or be forced to upgrade that much sooner when support is dropped sooner so the real world savings is diminished.
 

sunapple

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I went for the XR, I could get an X for the same price but second hand you’re dealing with a year old battery (and the XR has better battery even when new) and the XR offers newer features like the upgraded camera. Oh and I love a bigger screen. Don’t be mislead by screen resolution or the LCD vs OLED debate; they’re both fine.
 

kevink2

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I was about to comment that an important feature for "longevity" is the storage amount. But I also carry my music collection yet. Still not ready for Streaming. So 128GB is a good size for me.

Nobody really knows how long Apple will still support the OS on their older phones. The 5/5c being dropped was almost a no brainer after the years they were supported due to 32 bit CPU. But what is next?

You might argue 5s/SE due to 4" screen. Drop those, and make life easier for app developers. But the SE is still being sold on clearance, and performance comparable to the 6s.

My argument would likely be the 1GB RAM models are next. The 5s/6/6+. But this year or next?

After this, the next logical break would be limiting it to FaceID compatible phones, but only several years after they stop selling TouchID phones.
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I went for the XR, I could get an X for the same price but second hand you’re dealing with a year old battery (and the XR has better battery even when new) and the XR offers newer features like the upgraded camera. Oh and I love a bigger screen. Don’t be mislead by screen resolution or the LCD vs OLED debate; they’re both fine.
If I was buying new now, I would seriously consider the Xr. The price difference between it and the Xs is too big right now. But not good enough for me to trade in my X for.