Looking for a New iPhone

My 6s has broken and I'm looking for a new iPhone. I know the 6s is around $500 and 7 $700. and 8 $1000. But then again they would have less support compared to the latest iPhones. I'm also leaving the country on holiday relatively so can pick one at the airport for tax free. What phone should I get and should I get it outright or on contract? Thanks guys.

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    I would have to note that, for that price, there are a lot of modern phones around that will have far superior technology.

    However, my father in law is in the same boat, and he feels he has no choice but to replace his old 6(S?) as well. He has found there are a load of second hand units around (see TradeMe at least for a price comparison point), plus many that are sold 'as new / box unopened' by retailers, but you would want to have good assurance on the battery for something that is so old.

    If it is a reputable retailer, then you should be okay, but maybe just to be sure, have an email conversation where you express your concern about the battery, and see if you can get them to 'assure you' that if there is an issue within the first three years (say), the whole phone will be replaced. Don't let them fob you off with a 12 month guarantee! It is already your right under the CGA (I would say), but no harm in having it in an email too.

    Good luck!

    Alan.

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    If youre looking secondhand, but want some confidence, or at least some fallback if something goes wrong, then dont rule out 1-day.co.nz
    Owned by Torpedo7, and thus the warehouse group have genuine refurb units (which are typically ex Noel Leeming) and thus you will have the full CGA cover as a result. They have some good deals on at the moment - https://www.1-day.co.nz/s/iphone
    64Gb Iphone 8 - $699
    128Gb Iphone 6S plus - $499
    Occasionally Apple will have refurb ones as well https://www.apple.com/nz/shop/refurbished
    EbGames is another that do this (usually from tradeins)
    https://www.ebgames.co.nz/search?platform=phones&category=ca...

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    Dick Smith / Kogan also sometimes have refurbished iPhones.

    Depending on where tako47 is going on holiday, it may be cheaper to buy the iPhone in that country (although you may need to include the cost of a new power adapter). You can check the official Apple regional pricing at TheMacIndex, but there's not a huge difference. You may be able to get cheaper pricing at high street shops, especially in Asia, but be careful it is a real iPhone and not a fake.

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    All reconditioned Apple IPhones and iPads are all fake unless they are Apple certified (Use genuine Apple Parts).The main board is the only original part left in these refurbished phones.Usually the battery screen Camera Are inferior,But most people wouldn't notice.Apple is also known put out software updates affecting these third-party phones.

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    Hey OP. Stick to iPhone but purchase a few generations behind the current one (e.g XS was released this year so buy 7 or 8). Buy brand new (sealed) NZ product with a receipt or insurance claim paperwork (ideally) for CGA protection beyond Apple’s 1 year warranty. But buy on TradeMe or even Facebook Marketplace (just don’t get scammed!). You have to be vigilant and look out for a deal, can take weeks, or even months, but in the end a deal will show up for a few days or hours that you have to grab. For example, I got me an iPhone 7 32gb brand new for $600 about 2 weeks ago :) Protect your asset, minimise it’s depreciation (screen protector and case, keep original packaging) and resell within 1-2 years to recycle as much money as possible for the next deal!

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    Hey guys thanks for your comments. I do have experience buying a refurbished phone but they were horrible as the screen had issues 3 months after purchasing and completely died another 5 months later. Buying new is good for peace of mind so any new iPhone deals that you guys know would be much appreciated!

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      An officially "Apple Certified" refurbished device is the virtually the same as brand new and comes with a 12 month warranty. That includes those from official Apple Resellers.

      Apple quality, guaranteed.
      We back this quality commitment by including our standard one-year limited warranty with every Apple Certified Refurbished product. You also have the option of getting additional coverage by purchasing AppleCare products.

      A device that is not officially refurbished, or is an "ex-lease" or second-hand device is a completely different story.

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    Hi guys the new iPhones are out which means the prices for the older models have decreased. I am stuck choosing between an iPhone 7plus and a iPhone XR. Your guys advice would be helpful cheers

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      Apple has dropped the iPhone 7 Plus, but they do still have the iPhone XR … so from a purely longevity perspective, the iPhone XR is likely to receive software updates for longer than the 7. There will of course still be some iPhone 7 Plus devices around at resellers as "outgoing model" stock and the refurbished sources, but the oldest Apple officially now sells "brand new" is the iPhone 8.

      The iPhone XR is newer, so has a bigger, better display (in a smaller physical case size) and faster CPU, possibly slightly better cameras. The iPhone 7 Plus still has the Home button, whereas the iPhone XR doesn't. The iPhone XR has the 'notch' at the top, so isn't quite full screen. Neither model has a headphone jack, so you'll need the adaptor if you want to use one of those.

      Either way, as with all mobile phones, you're always best to try one in-store to see which physical size suits you best. You may find the iPhone 7 Plus is just too big to comfortably hold.

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      Largely comes down to price and your requirements. But the XR should be supported for longer than the 7 with ios updates, possibly 2 more years. Whereas the 7 may only get ios 13 and 14 and then that maybe it. It may not even get ios 14 if they decide to drop support for the 6s, se and 7 in one year, which they did this year with the 5s and 6. . I think the 8 would be better than the 7 IMO. I don't think the XR has all the features of the plus models either, such as being able to rotate the homescreen icons in landscape?

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        The fact is JB still sells a 128gb 7plus for 870 on their website ( and the 64gb XR is 1150. I was interested in the plus as it has a 1080p screen, 3gb ram and has landscape mode, but also I don't like big phones which cannot be one handed (huge tradeoff between features and practicality I guess). I do know the XR doesn't have landscape mode. I personally don't fancy the 8's particularly since it's a recycled design from way back to iPhone 6's and its back is glass. The question comes to would the extra money to buy the XR be worth it than getting a cheaper 7 plus?

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          The iPhone 7 didn't drop in price, it was just phased out by apple. So I suspect retailers can't drop the price yet. But the new models aren't yet being sold in stores either. Eventually it may drop, or they may just stop selling it. The new ones aren't in the stores yet. But I think NLs have reduced the price of their iphone 8's to the new lower price, as it is on special.
          I personally wouldn't buy the iphone 7 due to the reported loop disease which turned me off it. Not sure how widespread it is. If I was buying a new iphone I would go for either the XR or 11. There also isn't a big difference in price. But I have the SE which I like due to being able to use it one handed and tiny, plus it is still fast.

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    HI guys after full consideration, I finally bought an iPhone X but it needs a case. There's the guard case at Kmart and the iluv gelato case at pbtech. I'm not sure which was is better so recommendations are much appreciated

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