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Topic # 231910 20-Mar-2018 07:29
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A friend is looking at purchasing a brand new iPhone 6 for around $500. Are these still reasonable handsets, or now too long in the tooth?


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  Reply # 1980249 20-Mar-2018 07:57
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I gave my 3yo 6Plus to my daughter, she is happy with it. A new phone = new battery, it has TouchID, yes I think its a good buy. I assume 64GB?

 

Edit, as in age.


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  Reply # 1980290 20-Mar-2018 08:43
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tdgeek:

 

I gave my 3yo 6Plus to my daughter, she is happy with it. A new phone = new battery, it has TouchID, yes I think its a good buy. I assume 64GB?

 

Edit, as in age.

 

 

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  Reply # 1980307 20-Mar-2018 09:02
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I had one as a work phone until recently.  I'm normally very anti-apple but I have to admit this was a very nice phone, did everything I needed a smart phone to do.  Great camera, and the touch ID thing was more useful than I expected


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  Reply # 1980343 20-Mar-2018 09:20
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Probably good for iOS12 and then that's it... getting on for 4 years old now... so if that matters to you take into account





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  Reply # 1980627 20-Mar-2018 18:06
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The iPhone 8 is a bit over than 2x the price but performs 3~4x better/faster for CPU/GPU.
The camera, display and pretty much everything else has been improved on too.

I'd say it's not worth it.

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  Reply # 1980638 20-Mar-2018 18:28
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Definitely not worth $500.  


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  Reply # 1980720 20-Mar-2018 21:16
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I would say the 6 is getting towards end of life as far as usability goes. Not sure i'd buy one new. 


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  Reply # 1980762 20-Mar-2018 23:44
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I would expect a 6s at that price, as the 6 is likely only to get one more iOS version, and that version could slow it down quite a bit. The final version of iOS on phones I have found tends to make them quite laggy. My 5s is pretty laggy since I upgraded to iOS 11 which is expected to be its last update. The iPhone 6 is only one year newer, and the processor isn’t much faster than the 5s.
The problem is that Apple are still selling the 6s at a premium possibly because it is the last one with a headphone jack. I would also consider the SE for under 500. But Apple maybe releasing new models of the SE very soon.

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  Reply # 1980764 20-Mar-2018 23:50
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danza: The iPhone 8 is a bit over than 2x the price but performs 3~4x better/faster for CPU/GPU.
The camera, display and pretty much everything else has been improved on too.

I'd say it's not worth it.


Not to mention it will get iOS updates for several more years. The only downside is how long the battery lasts for, as when it ages it will either slowdown or shutdown depending on the power options selected, until you get it repaired with a new battery.

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  Reply # 1980767 21-Mar-2018 00:15
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The only downside is how long the battery lasts for, as when it ages it will either slowdown or shutdown depending on the power options selected, until you get it repaired with a new battery.

Regarding the battery: that's up to the user on how they use their battery. For example it should last for a long time if you dont run down the battery too much everyday, don't let it heat up too much and charge with a lower current / 2.5W charger etc.

On the other hand, you can have something like a brand new X being accidentally left charging on the windowsill overnight with below-freezing temp, result in degradation to the battery reducing 10~20% of the overall capacity.

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  Reply # 1980768 21-Mar-2018 00:21
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danza: 
Regarding the battery: that's up to the user on how they use their battery. For example it should last for a long time if you dont run down the battery too much everyday, don't let it heat up too much and charge with a lower current / 2.5W charger etc.
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It really depends on how much you use it from my experience, although yes, not following best practice also isn't good. But some apps and using 4g  alot, will drain it significantly more, and thus increase the number of charging cycles it goes through. Once it reaches a certain number, then it will be considered 'worn' and apple will currently slow it down. but I understand they will  release an update that where the user can either choose for a more unreliable phone, or a slower phone. Current 5s users with worn batteries get a more unreliable phone, but users of iphones 6 and up get a slower phone until they repair the phone with a new battery.


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  Reply # 1980769 21-Mar-2018 00:31
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In which case buying a ‘mint’ second hand one and popping in a new $49 Apple guaranteed battery is the only way I’d ever consider buying a phone that old.

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  Reply # 1980770 21-Mar-2018 00:41
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They were still probably manufacturing new iphone 6 models until last year, so the batteries in new ones should be as good as brand new. What is disappointing though, is that apple haven't dropped the iphone 6s price yet to the $500 mark, like they did last year with the iphone 6, and the year prior with the iphone 5s. So this is keeping the iphone 6 price, even second hand, up.


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  Reply # 1980856 21-Mar-2018 09:15
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Yeah I would be aiming for a 6s if possible. should be able to get one for around that $ mark. The biggest difference I notice between the 6 and 6s is the extra ram 2gb instead of 1gb. when switching apps on the 6 apps often have to reload from scratch whereas the 6s will resume apps and pages a lot quicker without a reload.


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  Reply # 1980863 21-Mar-2018 09:23
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The Warehouse occasionally have factory certified refurbished iPhone6 64Gb for about $500 IIRC. They are effectively 'new' and come with new apple packaging, charger, new Apple warranty etc but not sure about the battery. Would have thought that was pretty good. Just checked and there are none there at the moment.

 

I got a Galaxy S6 factory refurb from TWH a while back - same sort of thing - indistinguishable from brand new in all regards.


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