Upgrade 5 to...... what are the main differences?

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  1. samwise macrumors regular

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    So, as our iPhone 5 32Gb phones are getting a little long in the tooth now.. :D

    We're looking at upgrading, but want to keep to a similar price point as when we bought these in 2013, but with more storage. Full price was, I think, $679 back then,

    From what I can tell, this gives us the options of:

    SE 128GB $449
    6S 128GB $549
    6S Plus 128GB $649
    7 128GB $649
    8 64GB $699

    I guess that the SE is just a more advanced version of our current iPhone 5 models (same form factor, plus Touch ID and faster internals).

    Obviously, the 6S Plus gives the biggest screen for a similar price point.

    The 8 would be nice, but half the storage capacity of the other options. We like storage partly because having two boys 4 and under in the house does mean a lot of photos and videos being taken and stored on the phones for a while.

    What would push people to any particular option? All of them will be an improvement to one degree or another over our current phones.
     
  2. KrisLord macrumors 65832

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    The SE has the same processor as the 6S and 6S plus, so it’s 2 generations faster than your 5.

    Going from a 5 to a plus sized phone is a big jump, so unless that’s a deliberate choice having held one I’d rule it out.

    I’ve a 5 year old daughter, and you only need storage if they’re watching videos on your phone and you don’t have a lot of data. You can use iCloud to store photos pretty cheap.

    Given you’ve kept the 5 so long, I’d go for the 7 or 8. I think the storage on the 8 at 64GB is enough for most people so I’d go for that but the 7 is a great phone.
     
  3. DaveTheRave macrumors 6502a

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    I’m still using an iPhone 6. Over the last few years the only Apple feature that I wish I had was Live Photos. That started with the 6s. I really don’t care about the other stuff and don’t consider them worth the extra $30 or $40 per month for a new phone. If my phone were to die I might consider the SE since i can’t justify $800 for a new phone. I can afford it but just feels odd spending that much on a phone.
     
  4. jeyf macrumors 65816

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    i have a 5.0 and looking to upgrade to a 7/7+
    for thrifty peeps who just talk, text, infrequent GPS or surfing a $1000 phone makes no sense.


    -get the red phone 7/7+. The red assures the phone, while being a 7 is only 6mo old. If you have homophobic issue with the red color get a case.

    i did some research on the 7/7+ as a iphone 8 alternative:
    iPhone 7/7+ Red Special Edition
    introduced march 24th 2017
    electrically same as the previous 7/7+
    i am thinking benefit of fewer battery charge cycles and less mechanical wear
    the better iPhone7/7+ Qualcomm modem chips (iPhone model# A1660 & A1661) can be found in Verizon, Sprint, and SIM-unlocked iPhones. iPhones on other networks are using the Intel modems (iphone model# A1778 & A1784). Also testing shows the iPhone7/7+ 32GB iPhones, processing speeds are slower than the 128GB or 256GB models.

    good luck in your search.
     
  5. Totally macrumors 6502a

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    Similar situation to you. I am in the process of upgrading my 5S since it's battery is going. I chose to upgrade to an SE. I like it's size and a 32GB SE is like literally $200 brand new on eBay. Can't go wrong.
     
  6. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020

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    If you care about headphone jack, get the 6S, if not, get the 7.
     
  7. dogslobber macrumors 68040

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    I was on the 16gb 5 and just bought a refurb 6S 64GB last week. This'll do me for the next 5 years.
     
  8. geta macrumors 6502a

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    I upgraded few days ago from 16GB 5 to 128GB SE, it was easy decision coz i like the small screen, size, weight, and the 6s specs fit my needs.
     
  9. spoa94 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd go for the 7+ if you're looking for high storage, or 8 if you're looking for newer tech to last long time. If you want to keep phone for long time again I'd go for 7 or 8. Don't go with anything older (including SE) because you'll want this phone to last you another 5 years. Great job holding on to 5 for so long. If longevity is your goal get the 7 or 8.
     
  10. lyceumHQ macrumors 65816

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    Going from a 5 to any of those you'll see a big jump speed wise.

    I went from a 5 to a 6s and it was like night and day. I'd always say get the latest. Especially if you want longevity. The 8 will be viable the longest. Although more expensive.
     
  11. mwhals macrumors 6502

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    7 128 GB if you want more storage and larger. SE if you want to keep the same size phone.
     

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