I’ve been on iOS forever. Love the new Samsung hardware but I love iOS more. It’s what I’m used to, what I know and it works with pretty much most applications because a ton of other people use iPhones.
That said, I felt kind of underwhelmed by the flagship this year. While the X has some neat new features, I don’t want to be the guinea pig for the phone of the future. For the money, it’s just not worth it to me, but this is just my opinion. I figured I’d let Apple take another year or so to work on OLED, interface-finessing and so forth.
So I went with a tried and true design. This design has been around for a few years in most regards. However, I tend to like things that are solid performers and dialed in. The last thing I want to do is be frustrated by new tech. That notch is fine to me, but I bet it poses a lot of UI challenges and the need for specialized support for mobile web (especially on fixed sticky-navs).
True, the exterior design on the 8 series is a bit long in the tooth, but the screen is plenty big for media content, faster typing, etc. and the speakers sound good for a phone. The processor (same as the one in the flagship) is snappy. And, Touch ID works quite well and I like using it. This is another HUGE reason I stayed with the legacy-design. While Face ID may be great and all (and do t get me wrong, the X’s cameras and AR capabilities with face mapping are really amazing) I just don’t want to always have to gaze awkwardly at my phone to do things. It will get better I’m sure, but Touch ID is fine and I will continue hoping they retain it in the future–even if under the screen, which would be ideal.
The glass back is fine. While it looks nice out of the case, mine goes right into a case so it’s whatever. I would prefer aluminum but glass is fine if I ever use wireless charging…which for me is still a few years off b/c I don’t want to spend the scratch for a slower charging process. Again, perhaps that will get better.
I don’t really care about the lack of a headphone jack. I use AirPods or Beats Solo3s anyways, so I ditched wires a while back for listening to music. The sound quality is good enough for me.
Lastly, battery life is good, there are a ton of first and third party accessories available and I have zero regrets on updating to the larger screen format from my 6S which was a great phone and was still performing well for me. I just wanted a bit better camera and my dad needed a new phone, so there you go.
My wife upgraded her older 6+ for an 8+ and she’s enjoying hers as well.
Final thought: I use my phone more than most other things and it does a large number of tasks and provides a lot of entertainment for me. I want something snappy, reliable, well supported and secure. It’s a big investment, but if this phone can last me 3 years, I’ll be quite pleased and based on the performance of my 6s (my batteries were replaced by Apple about just over a year in, so I never experienced this slow down that was sensationalized in the media) I feel it will continue to work well for my needs.