iPhone 8(+) SE to 8 Plus

slooksterPSV

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This is quite a change. The A11 is noticeably faster when doing regular things but it’s not like the SE is slow. I really really love this phone. So sleek and still has Touch ID woot!

Do you think I’m wrong for getting it?
 

vertical smile

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Do you think I’m wrong for getting it?
If you like it and the iPhone 8 Plus works for you, who cares what others think?

I went from a 6s Plus to the SE do mainly to the size of the SE, but also because I hate the design of the 6, 6s, 7, and 8.

A lot of people questioned why I "downgraded" my phone, even the friend that I sold the 6s Plus to. Ironically, now his biggest complaint about his phone is the size.

People like what they like, and sometimes people don't realize what they don't like until they try it
 

Spike77777

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If you like it and the iPhone 8 Plus works for you, who cares what others think?

I went from a 6s Plus to the SE do mainly to the size of the SE, but also because I hate the design of the 6, 6s, 7, and 8.

A lot of people questioned why I "downgraded" my phone, even the friend that I sold the 6s Plus to. Ironically, now his biggest complaint about his phone is the size.

People like what they like, and sometimes people don't realize what they don't like until they try it
I also went from a 6s plus to SE a couple months ago, so much easier to carry or pocket the phone now and I don't feel like I lost or downgraded at all. I would suggest keeping your SE just in case you find you don't like the plus size and have something to go back too. I thought the larger screen was great when I first got it but found it a trade off.

So far I'm happy I switched, fast enough and does everything I need.
 
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Relentless Power

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This is quite a change. The A11 is noticeably faster when doing regular things but it’s not like the SE is slow. I really really love this phone. So sleek and still has Touch ID woot!

Do you think I’m wrong for getting it?
Why would you care what someone else thinks on the internet for a phone that you chose?

What you’re really buying with the SE is the -*size*, that’s it. There really is nothing specifically special about the SE aside from the form factor and that it’s much more comfortable in the pocket/when holding.
 

Ffosse

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I couldn't go back from my 6" plus size of my phones.

But I can appreciate the SE - it's grippy and still powerful enough whilst being easy to pop into any pocket. That's really my only gripe about the XS Max; I have to be careful puting it in and taking it out of my jeans pocket. That's when it's most likely to fall so I'm pretty careful with it. An 8+ would be the same.
 

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I would suggest keeping your SE just in case you find you don't like the plus size and have something to go back too.
I am not going back to a Plus size iPhone anytime soon, I purchased another SE from the recent Clearance sale to have just in case I break my iPhone. Or, was this suggestion meant for the OP?

it's grippy
This is true. I know this doesn't happen to everyone with the Plus sized phones, but mine use to "pop" out of my hands sometimes due to the really smooth and slippery rounded edges. This would happen a lot during cold weather when my hands were dry.

The SE has the squared edges that kind of bites into the hand enabling more grip.
 

Ffosse

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Fear of dropping it is one reason I won't use my phone on a busy street outside; it remains in my pocket. I don't get a lot of calls, but if I do I make sure I stop in some shop doorway and am still before I'll answer the phone.

I don't understand those people who walk around with their phone in their hand, wired earbuds on their ears. That's a recipe for an easy fall.
 

DevinNj

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Do you think I’m wrong for getting it?
8+ is a great phone, it was my favorite phone until I got my Max. If they didn't release a Max sized phone I'd still be using the 8+. My wife doesn't like the X/Xs series, so she went 7+ to 8+ and couldn't be happier. In the end, it comes down to what's best for your needs/use case, do what works best for you.
 

subjonas

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If you like it and the iPhone 8 Plus works for you, who cares what others think?

I went from a 6s Plus to the SE do mainly to the size of the SE, but also because I hate the design of the 6, 6s, 7, and 8.

A lot of people questioned why I "downgraded" my phone, even the friend that I sold the 6s Plus to. Ironically, now his biggest complaint about his phone is the size.

People like what they like, and sometimes people don't realize what they don't like until they try it
I also went from a 6s plus to SE a couple months ago, so much easier to carry or pocket the phone now and I don't feel like I lost or downgraded at all. I would suggest keeping your SE just in case you find you don't like the plus size and have something to go back too. I thought the larger screen was great when I first got it but found it a trade off.

So far I'm happy I switched, fast enough and does everything I need.
I also went from a 6s plus to an SE haha.
And I also got flack from a couple friends for “downgrading”. I tried to explain to them that the SE has the same internals as the 6s, that it’s the same exact phone but smaller, but even still they can’t help but equate downsizing with downgrading. It seems the mantra “bigger is better” is too engrained in people’s brains, even though it’s not an absolute truth.
 

Spike77777

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I am not going back to a Plus size iPhone anytime soon, I purchased another SE from the recent Clearance sale to have just in case I break my iPhone. Or, was this suggestion meant for the OP?
OP, even though I replied to your comment. I figured you already realized all the benefits.

I considered buying another, in fact there are still 128gb gold, silver and rose available and all colors in 32gb. I'm usually careful with my phones, still use my 4s after changing the battery. Hoping this one will last a few years or until apple surprises us with something similar in size.
 

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If you like it and the iPhone 8 Plus works for you, who cares what others think?

I went from a 6s Plus to the SE do mainly to the size of the SE, but also because I hate the design of the 6, 6s, 7, and 8.

A lot of people questioned why I "downgraded" my phone, even the friend that I sold the 6s Plus to. Ironically, now his biggest complaint about his phone is the size.

People like what they like, and sometimes people don't realize what they don't like until they try it
You lost nothing but screen size. The internals are identical. If you are happier with that form factor, then you made a good decision.

I also went from a 6s plus to SE a couple months ago, so much easier to carry or pocket the phone now and I don't feel like I lost or downgraded at all. I would suggest keeping your SE just in case you find you don't like the plus size and have something to go back too. I thought the larger screen was great when I first got it but found it a trade off.

So far I'm happy I switched, fast enough and does everything I need.
See above.
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This is quite a change. The A11 is noticeably faster when doing regular things but it’s not like the SE is slow. I really really love this phone. So sleek and still has Touch ID woot!

Do you think I’m wrong for getting it?
That’s a good upgrade. If you like the new phone, then you made a good decision.

I miss my old one every now and then. I am considering picking up a Jet Black i7 from the refurbished store for old times sake - that was a beautiful phone.
 

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You lost nothing but screen size. The internals are identical.
. Well, most of the internals are identical, but there are some things missing in the SE. I mentioned this in a previous post.

Some of the non-display related things missing on the SE versus the 6s Plus are:
Touch ID 2 versus Touch ID 1 on the SE
Better front camera on the 6s Plus
No barometer on the SE
No Taptic Engine on the SE

I might be missing a few. One thing that the SE has going for it over the 6s and some tasks for the 6s Plus is battery life. It beats the 6s on everything, but I think the 6s Plus has the SE beat on stored audio and video playback, and standby life.


If you are happier with that form factor, then you made a good decision.
I agree.

There were some things I miss about having the 6s Plus, but overall, I am much happier with the smaller SE.
 

Jimmy James

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You’d have made a mistake if it were me. The Plus is too big. Period.

Then there are others who swear it’s just perfect. Anything smaller is too small.

It’s about fit. You may as well ask us if your underwear is comfortable.
 
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