I’ve been meaning to write about this for quite a while. When Apple shipped the amazing iPhone X Apple enthusiasts couldn’t wait to have them. Those enthusiasts are the kinds of folks some would refer to as fanboys. I think they just love to have the latest greatest device they can get their hands on. Maybe that does make you a fanboy? I don’t know. It does mean these folks either have a lot of disposable income or, like a meth addict, are willing to do anything to get the latest device.
I love Apple products but don’t feel the need to purchase the latest greatest device on the market. As Apple enthusiasts go I’m a failure in that regard. I own a 2015 MacBook Pro, an iPhone 7, an iPad Mini (first generation), and an Apple Watch (first generation.) On the Ticci Scale I’d rate an Inferior, or worse. That brings me to the purpose of this post.
If you’ve always wanted an iPhone but the prices seem ridiculously high to you consider getting an older model. Yes, an older model. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are wonderful devices. I’m still using my iPhone 7 everyday and I don’t see upgrading for quite a while. Apple focused on performance and stability with the release of iOS 12 and it shows. The OS is really fast and fluid, even on older devices. I purchased an iPhone 5s for testing purposes and it performs really well on iOS 12. The OS is the important part of the equation and iOS 12 is an exceptional OS.
If I were to purchase a new iPhone today I’d pickup an iPhone Xr. The starting price is not as offensive as the price of the Xs, I prefer the aluminum body over glass, and I like being able to choose a color. Yellow sounds nice.
Bottom LineIf you want a new iPhone but don’t want to spend a lot of money consider purchasing an iPhone 7 or iPhone 8. The pricing is pretty good and you’ll have a great phone for the next two to four years.
NoteAs I’m writing this Apple is offering a great deal on the iPhone Xr if you trade in your existing phone. Of course that comes with an *. If you get the full trade in value on your existing phone you can get the iPhone Xr for $449. That’s a wonderful deal.
As for me the best value I could get for my iPhone 7 is $250. That drops the price of an Xr to $500 for me. Not bad at all.