Upgrade to iPhone 7+ or 8+?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MacAttackKev, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. MacAttackKev macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2014
    Hey Guys,
    So I'm a bit conflicted at the moment, I'm trying to decide which phone to upgrade to from my iphone 6.
    I know I want to get a plus phone, just not sure if the 8+ is worth the extra $.

    If I go the 7+ route I can get a 128GB model for about $769 (before extra added expenses)
    vs. a base 8+ at 64GB for $799. If I transfer all my data from my current phone, I'd have ~24GB free space, on that 8+ phone and with high end photos and videos nowadays I could see that quickly draining.

    The specs on paper for both phone look about the same, but to dish out an extra $150 for extra storage is a bit ridiculous to me.
    Should I just go with the 7+?
    Also on a side note I do like that the red color scheme is still an option on the 7+ (but that shouldn't affect my choice...I think)
  2. OscarSalazar__ macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2017
    Save the money and get yourself the 7+ I have the jet black and don't plan on upgrading at first I did but to the x and now after the hype has died a bit for me I realize I'm just fine with my 7 plus you won't regret saving the extra money and the 7 plus is more than capable!
  3. MacAttackKev thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2014
    Thanks for your opinion man!
    I'm definitely considering even more now or even jumping to the S8+ bandwagon.
    I was pretty set on the 8+ until the storage issue.
  4. Caesars macrumors regular

    May 16, 2013
    7+ 256gb is going for $770 through some of the US carriers currently.
  5. davelees76 macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2014
    With the ability to offload photos and video to icloud and/or google photos, do you really not think you can live with 64gb?

    I said this in another thread, but the 7+ 128 vs. 8+ 64 is

    64 gb more storage


    better camera, true tone, wireless charging, fast charging, better speakers, glass black(may or not be a + for you), faster processor, studio lighting, better VR support

    The price difference is $30 dollars more for the 8+

    Unless you absolutely cannot live with 64gb, it seems like an easy choice to me?
  6. stabile007 macrumors regular


    Feb 21, 2009
    Philadelphia, PA
    Since you seem to hold on to your phones for several generations I tend to lean in the direction of get the latest tech. Comparably the move from 7+ to 8+ is a bit more minor...but from the 6 to the 8+ is a lot more significant. You will likely be using that for an additional 3 generations.

    As someone else stated if you aren't filling 64gb now you may be better off with the cheaper 64gb version and Apple has systems in place to help manage the size automatically which is nice.
  7. oMc macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2010
    Finland & France
    Had the same dilemma, I have a 6 with 64 GB of storage. I got the 8+ with 64 GB too. It really depends if you take a lot of videos or not. But if you're fine with 64 GB right now, why not on the 8+ too...?

    Don't forget that the 8 have a few extra features compared to the 7. Slightly better camera, wireless charging, better processor so at least one more year of updates...

    Anyway enjoy your new phone, should be a great update from a 6 ;)
  8. MacAttackKev thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2014
    Which ones? I'm on verizon and I wish that was the case!
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    I'm still on the base 4GB for icloud not sure if that would make the difference? I'll look in google photos.

    As for the upgrades
    The camera specs look the same 12MP I'm not too sure how much "better" it can be. I mean it is nice to have a faster chip, but that seems to be the only real feature that looks promising.
    I don't really care for wireless charging and hate the glass back design.
  9. davelees76 macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2014
    You can grab 200 gigs of icloud storage for like 4 bucks a month, its a no brainer.

    The camers always gets better, wether its very noticeable is yet to be seen.

    Fast charging is really nice, especially with the plus phone.

    If you hate the glass back design tho, that may be the deal breaker right there.
  10. MacAttackKev thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2014
    Oh that ~GB, was after deleting videos/Photos and some apps. Prior to that I had about 5GB of storage left.
    I keep a lot of Photos/Videos/ and PDF (lectures) as voice lecture recordings for some of my courses. Though the storage options people brought up do look a lot more appealing and are quite encouraging to stick with the 64GB! :)
  11. oMc macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2010
    Finland & France
    I have 50 GB of storage too on iCloud, helps a lot with the photos ;)
  12. Jawnathin macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    I think it would be crazy to not spend the $30 and get the 8+ over the 7+. The 8+ is better than the 7+ in every way. You aren’t maxing out 64GB now, I wouldn’t worry about needing 128GB. I’ve always gone for storage upgrades in the past but 64GB for the base is finally good enough for me to not need to spend more.

    If space does end up becoming a concern, you can always find more storage by managing photos, videos, apps, or using iCloud storage. We all have a ton of apps we don’t use and photos we need to delete. I know I do and I have 30ish GB left on my 64GB 6S.

    If we were talking a bigger discount I’d understand the dilemma, but for $30 the 8+ makes way more sense.

    EDIT: The iOS 11 adds supports for new video and picture compression that use much less space. That will help maximize storage too. https://9to5mac.com/2017/06/08/ios-11s-new-heifhevc-camera-formats-will-save-you-50-on-storage/
  13. edfoo macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2013
    Same situation as OP. Currently has 64GB 6, only used half of its storage space and still has about 30GB free. Like to try the Plus size for it's bigger screen and select Zoom display mode to enlarge all icons and text, easier for my aging eyes to read. So looks like the new 64GB 8 Plus is the way to go.
  14. Complex757 macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2016
    IMO you should think about buying a second hand 7+ if you're thinking about buying a 7+. A lot will be on the market, probably in the 450-500 range.

    I'd buy a 8+ before a 7+, because it's not that much more, and it does come with some pretty good updates. It's not that much more and it's more future proof. You'll get a better battery, better processor, screen and wireless charging.
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I would agree. If I did not own the 7+ already, I would have m easily purchased the iPhone 8. But being the iPhone 7 Plus is fairly similar to the iPhone 8, I don't feel in my situation it would be my best interest to purchase a phone that has a lot of similarities. Which is why I am opting for the iPhone X.
  16. MacAttackKev thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2014
    True, but the additional storage is more of a concern for me, majority of the "upgrades" are pretty meh to me.
    The camera option sounds pretty iffy in terms of upgrade from the keynote other than that is just apples "new and faster" chip. If the storage options were the same and the difference was $30, I would soooo be down for the 8+

    That article you did post is quite interesting though! I forgot about that during the keynote!
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    I've never bought a phone 2nd hand before, especially since some maybe locked. Know any good places?
    Also I kinda prefer buying from a carrier just to avoid any possible "used problems" but that price tag does sound even nicer...

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