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    New iPhone? Can't decide...

    I have an iPhone 6s. My phone is four years old. I get about one day (usually a little less) out of the battery. And when I go to launch an app there is usually a lag of a few second between when I launch the app to when the app kicks in.

    Now I am debating about buying a new phone. An iPhone XR to be exact.

    But man. The price. Yikes. And my 6s does everything I need it to.

    So you can see the dilemma here. Upgrade or stick with what works? How are you guys determining whether or not to upgrade your phones? Cheers.

    Funny enough, I asked the exact same question here several years ago...https://threads.dappered.com/showthr...iPhone-4s-to-6

    #2
    I was in a similar boat earlier this year. Had a 4-year-old iPhone 6 that was starting to act up (i.e.: act possessed) and get finicky about whether it would charge or not.

    After some research I ended up going with the iPhone XR based on price (compared to the other current iPhone models) and battery life. Basically, because the XR is bigger and slightly dumbed down compared to the more premium iPhone models, it's got a better battery life. The way my wireless provider does it is to build the price of the phone into your monthly bill over a period of 2 years so it doesn't feel dramatically different from the old days when you would get a discounted phone in exchange for a 2-year contract. I think I can opt out of the payment plan and just pay the phone off without any penalty after six months. Yeah, it was expensive but at the same time I have splurged a lot more on stuff like watches and I rely on my phone a lot more.

    I am pretty happy with my XR. It is a LOT bigger and heavier than my 6 and that took some getting used to, but that didn't take too long. I do feel like my case options are a bit more limited because I need the case to be as slim as possible to try to reduce the bulk of the phone. I may upgrade from this phone a bit earlier than I might otherwise because I would like to get back to something a little slimmer.

    FWIW the iPhone 11 is coming out soon and it supposedly starts at $650 for the base model, and I think the prices of current gen models are going to drop as well, so it may be worth holding out a bit longer to either get the new tech or a better price on the current tech.
    Ben

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      #3
      I only buy Samsung Notes and am currently on the 8. I figure I might buy the 9 when the 11 comes out and pushes the price of a 9 below $300 on Swappa. But, maybe not since my phone works just fine.

      I never use a case. I feel like cases add too much bulk and weight.

      I really like the idea of a modular phone but have yet to see one that is fast enough. I feel stupid every time I replace a phone since all it really needed was new parts. It's like I don't replace my shoes when the soles wear out, why am I replacing an entire phone when the battery wears out?

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        #4
        I get the new iPhone every other year and have since the initial iPhone launch (yup I was one of those that waited in line ). I think the only year I skipped was the iPhone 4.

        I got the XS Max last year and am very happy with it. My justification is that it's probably the device I use the most throughout a day and I usually sell the old one for 4-500 which helps breakdown the cost. I haven't purchase a new computer (Mac also) in several year and I'd rather use my phone than an iPad etc. It's my primary device all day and every day for personal and work. I also don't want to ever get complacent with technology. Yes my old phones worked but I love the new facial recognition and other features. I don't want to be on the cutting edge of technology but don't want it to pass me by.

        The 11 and 11Pro are nice. Given as old as your phone is you'll notice a big increase in speed and functionality. It may take you a second to get use to the lack of a home button but it was much quicker than I thought.

        If I needed a new iPhone now, I would strongly consider the 11. It seems the sweet spot for price to performance. If you want to get the most amount of life out of a Phone the 11Pro will definitely last you as long as your 6 did. The only thing to consider is next year the iPhones will likely have 5G and while the network is not there yet, it would be a major feature a lot would consider.

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          #5
          I wait till the newest Galaxy comes out, then get the previous one in unlocked guise, throw my sim in, and go.

          GS9+ right now, after a ridiculous debacle getting it. Decorum prevents me ranting about it here though, as I'm likely to break into all manner of ungentlemanly (and even unhorsemanlike--get it kinda like unsportsmanlike?) language.

          But I got it and minus the whole "bixby" personal assistant thing (which thankfully can be turned off--not deleted, but at least minimized) it's groovin.
          https://www.professorhorseyhead.com

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            #6
            My wife takes a ton of pictures of our kids and currently has a 7 Plus. You can tell a difference between her pictures and her sisters pictures who has one of the X versions from last year. Likely the XS. Debating on upgrading hers this year.

            I feel like you would have a great speed bump from your old phone so it is worth looking into.

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              #7
              Originally posted by armedferret View Post
              But I got it and minus the whole "bixby" personal assistant thing (which thankfully can be turned off--not deleted, but at least minimized) it's groovin.
              I leave Bixby on almost purely for "turn on flashlight" voice command.

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                #8
                Originally posted by ianr View Post
                I leave Bixby on almost purely for "turn on flashlight" voice command.
                Everything you say is being recorded, and your voice pattern is being digitized and stolen. Which means anyone can eventually become you or create recordings of you saying things you never have to defame you or worse.
                https://www.professorhorseyhead.com

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by armedferret View Post
                  Everything you say is being recorded, and your voice pattern is being digitized and stolen. Which means anyone can eventually become you or create recordings of you saying things you never have to defame you or worse.
                  That's not at all paranoid.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by ianr View Post
                    That's not at all paranoid.
                    Yeah, I've only been at Fort Meade for 11 years, must be bullshit.
                    https://www.professorhorseyhead.com

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by ianr View Post
                      That's not at all paranoid.
                      So some things to think about.

                      1. The fingerprint scanner on your phone is done by translating your finger print in to a complex mathematical algorithm. That algorithm is then checked against what is stored in a database. If they match, you are let in to your phone. But what happens if/when that database is hacked and all those numbers are out in the wild? You cannot change your fingerprint, and yet whenever that algorithm is run, it is your fingerprint that gets registered, even if you're not there to run it. So while bio-metrics is all the shizzle right now, it can go to hell pretty quick.

                      2. Law enforcement regularly subpoenas Amazon, Google, etc. for access to what might have been captured / overhead of in the privacy of your own home. Thinking of asking Amazon for the price of a new shovel and then your boss goes missing the next week? Yeah. Those records will be sent to the police. Even if you just wanted the shovel to plant a tree.

                      3. Amazon's ring sevice (where there is a camera in the doorbell) forms a mesh network with other devices capturing photos of who comes to your door. If there is a break in five blocks over, the police are given access to all the photos of people who were at your door over X number of days.

                      4. Highways and roads are using the Bluetooth in your phone and car to track you for purposes of 'traffic flow monitoring'. Ever think what will happen to that information if a) your boss goes missing or b) your wife thinks you're having an affair and decides to request the information about you and your car...

                      The question is, are we paranoid ENOUGH?

                      Anyway. Back to me getting a new surveillance device that I can carry with me at all times.

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                        #12
                        Here’s a buying guide comparing the 11 to the 11Pro.

                        https://www.macrumors.com/guide/ipho...iphone-11-pro/

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                          So some things to think about.

                          1. The fingerprint scanner on your phone is done by translating your finger print in to a complex mathematical algorithm. That algorithm is then checked against what is stored in a database. If they match, you are let in to your phone. But what happens if/when that database is hacked and all those numbers are out in the wild? You cannot change your fingerprint, and yet whenever that algorithm is run, it is your fingerprint that gets registered, even if you're not there to run it. So while bio-metrics is all the shizzle right now, it can go to hell pretty quick.

                          2. Law enforcement regularly subpoenas Amazon, Google, etc. for access to what might have been captured / overhead of in the privacy of your own home. Thinking of asking Amazon for the price of a new shovel and then your boss goes missing the next week? Yeah. Those records will be sent to the police. Even if you just wanted the shovel to plant a tree.

                          3. Amazon's ring sevice (where there is a camera in the doorbell) forms a mesh network with other devices capturing photos of who comes to your door. If there is a break in five blocks over, the police are given access to all the photos of people who were at your door over X number of days.

                          4. Highways and roads are using the Bluetooth in your phone and car to track you for purposes of 'traffic flow monitoring'. Ever think what will happen to that information if a) your boss goes missing or b) your wife thinks you're having an affair and decides to request the information about you and your car...

                          The question is, are we paranoid ENOUGH?

                          Anyway. Back to me getting a new surveillance device that I can carry with me at all times.
                          Don't buy one then?

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                            #14
                            To me we’ve gotten to the point where there isn’t much of a difference in phone models year over year. Except for maybe the camera but I don’t take many pictures so that feature doesn’t really appeal to me. I upgraded earlier this year but only because my iPhone 6 wouldn’t make it through the day without having to be charged 2-3 times. That being said I upgraded to the iPhone XR and have liked it.

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                              #15
                              the XR is a generation back at this point. I think it's worth it to get a new 11 for the minor price bump.

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