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Old 04-26-19, 11:28 PM
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iPhone 6S in 2019?

Back in March, I purchased an iPad after having discussions here in the Foo section. Now, I'm needing a replacement phone as my Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 2 is nearing the end of its life.

I really enjoyed iOS and have preferred it to Android in some regards - despite being an Android user since getting my first phone. So, for the first time - I've actually thought about making the switch to an iPhone when I replace my phone. However, I'm on a somewhat tight budget.

My carrier (AT&T Prepaid) has a 32GB iPhone 6S for about $195 new. I was wondering a couple things about the hardware - is it worth buying an iPhone 6S in 2019, and is it worth buying a 32GB phone in 2019?

My current phone (Galaxy Express Prime 2) has 16GB internal storage with a 30GB MicroSD card I installed later. The biggest problem I've found is the lack of storage. It seems like the 16GB fills up extremely quickly with apps. I've hit a point where I can no longer delete any apps or files (as I need them for work) and there was so little space free that it won't update. I've freed up some space by deleting older pictures (everything is stored in the cloud via Google Photos) and removing unnecessary files, but I know it's just a matter of time before the issues arise again.

My current phone has some other problems. Mainly it is got so slow. Switching between apps takes forever, and it takes it 30 seconds to a minute (not exaggerating) to open the camera.

So, I was wondering - is an iPhone 6S worth it and will it meet my needs? I'm looking for a phone that lasts a little bit longer, as most of the Android phones I've had last about a year before they need to be replaced.

I take a lot of pictures and have been impressed with the camera on my iPad (minus the HEIC dilemma that was quickly solved.) I also use my phone for answering emails from time to time, some texting and internet browsing. Mostly social media and phone calls.

My other worry was with the storage. Most Android phones have a microSD card slot that allows you to install extra storage. All photos get stored on my Google Photos cloud, and I try to move a lot of files to my Google Drive. But I also use several apps, such as social media (Facebook, Messenger and Twitter mainly), GroupMe, banking apps, and almost all Google Apps (Drive, Docs, Maps, Calendar, Gmail, etc.) Should 32GB suffice?

Should I stick with buying another Android or upgrade to an iPhone. My budget is about $200, I really can't afford to spend more for a phone right now.
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Old 04-27-19, 12:01 AM
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16 GB is, as you've found, too little. When I upgraded to a 32 GB phone it felt enormous at first, but quickly came to feel uncomfortably tight. 64 GB is the sweet spot right now. Apps keep getting later.

Consider a used phone. I bought a Note 8 recently for 1/3 what it cost new. If you need to replace yours soon but not immediately, I'd expect prices of used Samsung phones to come down as people buy shiny new S10s.
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Old 05-20-19, 01:26 AM
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I guess I should update this. Friday I upgraded to a new phone and went for the iPhone 6S.

My carrier (AT&T Prepaid) has a fairly limited selection of phones that make a "inverted bell curve" price-wise. They have a lot of inexpensive Android phones and then they have the newest Galaxy and iPhone models that soar into the hundreds of dollars price range. I wasn't looking for something super cheap (want something good that will last) but don't have the budget for a new Galaxy or iPhone model.

AT&T Prepaid has a BYOP model where you can get a SIM, but I decided just to buy a phone directly from AT&T so I know the phone will work without any issues. One phone that I really liked, the Nokia 6.1, was unlocked but many people had issues with the phone dropping calls and even just flat out refusing to connect to the network on AT&T Prepaid.

I've only had the iPhone 6S for a couple days now but I'm impressed. It has a very decent camera, good sound quality and is a solid phone in terms of build quality. The touchscreen is pretty nice. As with my iPad, I really like the operating system and find it super easy to use. Although I've used Android for years now, so it'll take some time getting used to the differences (i.e. different keyboard layout, no "back" button at bottom, etc.)

In the end, my decision wasn't really a matter of "iOS vs Android" but more of what was the best value. The iPhone 6S just seemed like the best value within my budget.
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Rest assured 4yrs on the iP6S remains perfectly functional today, they run great on iOS 12.

Don't know where they've found remaining stock of 32GB units, is it refurbished? Personally I'd prefer bigger memory but iOS runs fine, just be mindful not to overload with apps or film long videos.

Currently have a 6S 64GB that does second line duty in pocket. Still running its original factory battery, which the system declares as still viable but probably due for renewal soon - it only lasts about 2hrs on active usage.

At start of year it lived alongside an iP6 128GB which has been my main line past 5yrs (bought that Day1). The 6S is noticeably snappier than the 6 when running some power hungry games. Recently moved to an iP8 256GB for extra storage... the tech specs suggest iP8 should be 4-8X snappier than iP6S but in use, the power improvement is negligible & barely noticeable doing most things.

Love the home button, can't stand the iPXes. Plus they're all too big, too thick, too heavy & too expensive. The 6/7/8 size & slim silhouette is perfect for me.

Ans the 6S is the final model with THE HEADPHONE JACK lord I miss that...!
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If it helps, I am still using a 5S phone and have no desire yet for a new one. It just works, so why not keep it?
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Rest assured 4yrs on the iP6S remains perfectly functional today, they run great on iOS 12.
There are strong rumors that iOS 13 (this Fall) is dropping support of the 6. Good thing if you have the 6S (https://consideringapple.com/ios-13-...d-devices/442/)


I have a 6, and it's fine, though on its second battery (self-installed) and I think this battery is starting to go. Trying to hold out until September for a XRs or whatever they'll call it. If I use it side-by-side with my niece's X (or my wife's 8), the speed difference (starting up, using apps) is staggering. So I don't do that much.

I really really like the home button, so I'm not totally sold on the X(R/S/Max). May just get an 8 Plus and go another 4 years before thinking about it....
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I am mostly worried about the 32GB internal storage. As mentioned in my original post, I found 16GB very limiting. But AT&T Prepaid had no phones in my price range that had any more storage, the only difference is the Android phones usually have a MicroSD card slot. While I know with Android you can format the MicroSD card as an "internal storage expansion" but it has never worked well for me.

If it lasts two years, it'll pay for itself. I typically spend about $100-$150 on Android phones that only last me a year before needing to be replaced. I paid $200 for the 6S, another $50 for the case.

I also like AirDrop and some of the other features. I'm planning on switching back to the Mac ecosystem eventually so it's good to know everything will work well together.
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Using a Galaxy S5. 16G internal, 64G in SD...some apps run from the micro SD... you are allowed to move them there, at least in the android world.

The SD card can be up to 128G.
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Still using a 6s. Just updated the iOS to version 12.3 this past weekend. Phone shows no sign of slowing down. I see no reason to upgrade. Phone does everything I need.
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