would it be crazy to go from iphone 6 to iphone 7 plus now?

nicho

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i've been looking enviously at my wife's iphone 7 for months; i like the better camera (live photos especially) and 3d touch. my iphone 6 was ideally to last me until this september... but the battery is a goner. we're talking maybe 3 hours of normal use... propped up by the smart battery case i bought 15 months ago it can make roughly 8. under the battery screen in settings, i'm being told my battery may need to be serviced.

so, here's the thing. is it worth paying to replace a battery on a 2 ½ year old phone, when I'll be looking to upgrade it in, what, 4 months? I'm starting to think I should just put the battery replacement cost towards buying a 7 plus now.

other options are obviously having the battery serviced, and waiting for the 7S or 8 - will it be so revolutionary as to be worth it? or... not having the battery serviced at all and relying on external batteries to keep me going for the next few months.

which would you do?
 

Relentless Power

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I would ultimately ask yourself are you more interested in the iPhone 7 or waiting until September to see what the iPhone 8 debuts? Aside from the battery replacement, if you wait for the iPhone 8, do you think your iPhone 6 will make it until then.

Only reason I suggest you might wait, is you might regret purchasing iPhone 7 if the iPhone 8 becomes something that you might be interested in, being your only 3 1/2 months away from the launch.

I personally would wait until the iPhone 8 if it works in your situation. The other downside to waiting with the iPhone 8, is if for you're able get one when it launches.

There are quite a few sale prices on iPhone 7 depending where you look as well.
 
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fartnugget213

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It really depends on your purchasing habits and your budget. Only you can decide what is worth it.

I went from a 6S to a 7+, it was worth every penny for me personally. You will have some people telling you to wait for the 8, but from my personal experience, having more storage, a bigger screen, better battery life, portrait mode as well as some minor things (like processor speed) was worth the upgrade.

For the record, I do not have an issue upgrading to the 8 if I am impressed enough by it, so there is my take on it.
 

Skika

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You obviously dont have the "need" for the latest and greatest if you stuck with an iphone 6 until now, get the 7 Plus its a great phone.
 
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stevemiller

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Had this exact problem. Wasn't thrilled with either option. Got the 7 in the end. Didn't want to sink money into the 6 and it's trade in value was still decent to slightly offset the new phone cost. I don't care about latest and greatest I just want reliable and functional. if they iron out rev 1 issues of the new form factor in 2018 all the better.
 

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Do you really need advice on what to do?

Simple...save your money, wait for the keynote. If the new phone doesn't grab your interest, get the 7/+ at $100 off.

Get a battery case to tide you over for the next 3-4 months if you have to. They're cheap.
 

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Wait for the iPhone 8 if it doesn't impress you at the time then get the 7s plus then so you can get the better chip and wireless charging. And maybe another new color.
 
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CatherineVeraGat

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Get the battery replacement for your current iPhone or just get an cheap iPhone 5S at Best buy for under $199 plus there might be some sales, where I live it's currently going for $159. Or get an reused iPhone from Best buy or from an app like LetGo and get an iPhone from there.

Save your money for the iPhone 8. I know that your current iPhone is bad, but in the end when you get the iPhone 8 or whatever it's called, it is worth it. Imagine getting an 5.8 inch screen into a current iPhone 7 body that has a 4.7 in display. The iPhone 8 will have a Bezel-Less display that will have a complete futuristic design and feel. But it rumored to come in only 128GB, 256GB of storage. But for $999 for the 128GB version, and $1,099 for the 256GB version.

Check out any iPhone 8, iPhone 7S and 7S Plus rumors on the web.
And then go from there.
 

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I sold my 6+ last week and bought a second hand, but essentially mint, 7+. Cost me about £250 in total, which whilst not insignificant was quite affordable and definitely worth it.

I figured I could sell the 7+ and not lose a great deal in September if the 8 is worth it, or just keep it if it's not.
 

ACG12

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It's a great time to buy an iPhone 7 plus IF you get it at discounted rate. You can get up to $300 off on one at Best Buy depending on storage and carrier.
 

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i've been looking enviously at my wife's iphone 7 for months; i like the better camera (live photos especially) and 3d touch. my iphone 6 was ideally to last me until this september... but the battery is a goner. we're talking maybe 3 hours of normal use... propped up by the smart battery case i bought 15 months ago it can make roughly 8. under the battery screen in settings, i'm being told my battery may need to be serviced.

so, here's the thing. is it worth paying to replace a battery on a 2 ½ year old phone, when I'll be looking to upgrade it in, what, 4 months? I'm starting to think I should just put the battery replacement cost towards buying a 7 plus now.

other options are obviously having the battery serviced, and waiting for the 7S or 8 - will it be so revolutionary as to be worth it? or... not having the battery serviced at all and relying on external batteries to keep me going for the next few months.

which would you do?
Yes it would be crazy, the iphone 7 series is 8.5 months old. Wait for the iphone 8. If for some reason you're not happy, get the 7S then.
 

mtneer

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You would be paying today's top dollar for yesterday's hardware. Ask yourself if that is wise...

Now if Apple were to discount their iPhone 7 models, then the value proposition definitely changes in the buyers favor.
 
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gnasher729

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I would replace the battery in the 6, then buy the 8 when it comes out.
Since it is more or less an opinion poll, that's what I would do as well. I'd also check what you are doing that is eating your battery life.

And definitely check that you are Ok with the size of the 7+ before you buy one. It's biiiiiig. The iPhone 8 isn't (tiny bit larger than the 6).
 
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Eggtastic

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WAIT.

I was in the same boat only a few months ago. I have a 6+ now and it works like a charm. I am tempted by the better camera, force touch, etc but will be holding off until we get the redesign. The only reason I didn't get the 7+ at launch was because I was back and forth on whether the lame update we got last fall was worth the price and by the time I was flip flopping the phone was backordered until Christmas.

Anyway, I was also considering a Samsung Galaxy s8+ but have decided that I should just be smart and wait for the iP8
 

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You would be paying today's top dollar for yesterday's hardware. Ask yourself if that is wise...

Now if Apple were to discount their iPhone 7 models, then the value proposition definitely changes in the buyers favor.
But isn't that how all technology is? You purchase something after the item releases, it's already considered dated, because the next product is already being developed and likely released within less than a year. The iPhone 7, even being almost a year old, really isn't all that dated, it's just going to be replaced by a new a piece of hardware. It's just up to somebody to decide if they believe it's dated or meets their needs/wants.
 
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ACG12

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You would be paying today's top dollar for yesterday's hardware. Ask yourself if that is wise...

Now if Apple were to discount their iPhone 7 models, then the value proposition definitely changes in the buyers favor.
Apple rarely does, but retailers are always discounting the phone. If you can get $100-$300 off the phone, of course it's wise. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are great phones that will last you a long time. Paying MSRP for a phone just to have the latest and greatest is not very smart.
 

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Normally I read all replies before posting mine. But this time there are too many, however I still assume that someone hasn't mentioned what I am going to. Sorry if it's been covered already.

The iPhone 8 will not be a Plus model replacement. While the screen will be "bigger", the screen is most likely simply going to be taller, which will not give it the Plus phone feel. Lots of people are thinking oh I just want a bigger display, the iPhone 8 will be perfect, but they are going to be disappointed.

With that point aside, I would say maybe 2-3 months ago to have considered replacing the battery, but just to hold out, then get s 7S+. Or if you like the 8, then that phone.
 

nicho

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Normally I read all replies before posting mine. But this time there are too many, however I still assume that someone hasn't mentioned what I am going to. Sorry if it's been covered already.

The iPhone 8 will not be a Plus model replacement. While the screen will be "bigger", the screen is most likely simply going to be taller, which will not give it the Plus phone feel. Lots of people are thinking oh I just want a bigger display, the iPhone 8 will be perfect, but they are going to be disappointed.

With that point aside, I would say maybe 2-3 months ago to have considered replacing the battery, but just to hold out, then get s 7S+. Or if you like the 8, then that phone.
i want the plus for the camera, not for the display size - so the iphone 8 would be ideal if it had the top of the line camera features without the necessary extra size.
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Apple rarely does, but retailers are always discounting the phone. If you can get $100-$300 off the phone, of course it's wise. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are great phones that will last you a long time. Paying MSRP for a phone just to have the latest and greatest is not very smart.
without too much looking around i can get about $75 off it (500RMB) in a local store, which takes it to Hong Kong retail prices. so still not massively discounted. i think i'm set now on doing nothing and waiting it out...
 

Vanilla35

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i want the plus for the camera, not for the display size - so the iphone 8 would be ideal if it had the top of the line camera features without the necessary extra size.
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Yeah what they will do to differentiate both the 7S+ and the OLED iPhone 8 when it comes to camera is something I've been really curious to figure out. It's basically been the only unanswered question for some time now. Considering there haven't been any rumors to point towards one thing or another, the only conclusion I can make is that they will put all the upgrades they have this year into the OLED iPhone 8, and very minimal updates to the 7S+ (increase in aperture for the telephoto lens, which they gimped on the 7+). That way the 7S+ still remains a leg up on the 7S, but the 8 also remains a leg up on the 7S+.

It's safe to assume that the 7S and 7S+ are devices waiting to be phased out. Sort of like the iPad Mini has been the last couple generations. Getting hardware updates to keep them updated, but they will be phased out. Not that it really matters, but it's still something to think about.
 
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