I bought the iPhone 6S Plus when it came out in September 2015 for $800+ (with taxes), and I couldn’t be happier that I saved $800+ in 2016 and 2017 by not upgrading to the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, or the iPhone X.
Don’t get me wrong — Apple’s newer iPhones are great and objectively better than the iPhone 6S Plus. They have faster processors and better cameras with dual lenses, which makes for beautiful photos. Those two features are arguably the main reasons someone should upgrade to a new smartphone.
That said, the upgrades to the camera and processor simply weren’t enough to warrant the dent in my bank account that a new iPhone would have caused.
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The iPhone 6S still looks like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.
The iPhone 6S looks nearly identical to the iPhone 7, save for the redesigned and less visible antenna stripes. The plastic stripes might bother some, but I dress my iPhone in a case, so I can’t see the stripes anyway.
As for the iPhone 8, it’s also largely the same as the iPhone 6S’ design save for the glass back. The glass back on the iPhone 8 feels a little more premium than the metal back on the iPhone 6S and 7, but it’s not a good reason to upgrade, in my opinion.
The newer iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 colors are nice, but I still prefer the silver model.
While the iPhone’s 7’s jet black and matte black options are nice, they have no effect on my desire for the iPhone 7. If I were to buy a new iPhone 7, it would be the white/silver model, anyway.
The iPhone 8’s new “gold” color option – which looks more like rose gold – is also pretty nice, but I’d still get the silver model.
The only color that would tempt me to upgrade is an ’80s-electronics beige.
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