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You don’t need the latest iPhone. Here’s why.

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If you’re looking at that iPhone X price tag while turning your pockets inside out in protest, we get it. As far as phones go, the $1000 plus range feels gratuitous at best.

But if you’re using a battered iPhone 5C and thinking, I’m in need of an upgrade now, don’t worry. There are more budget-friendly iPhone options that will get you all the flash of the latest iPhone, for less.

Truth time. I’m one of those obnoxious iPhone users that doesn’t want to switch to Team Android. I can cite all the usual reasons (iMessage, compatibility with my other devices, plain stubbornness) or you can read more about iPhone loyalty here. I won’t bore you with the details.

So if you’re like me, you love iPhone, want to stick iPhone and want to get the latest and greatest iPhone, here’s what I have to say to you.  

iPhone 7

Go with iPhone 7.

Yes, iPhone 8 looks awesome. iPhone X looks even more awesome. These are cool new toys for early adopters. But if you’re here, reading this post, it’s because you’re looking for a bit of a bargain.

Here’s an interesting thing to consider. Last year, I got to spend some time with iPhone 8 and iPhone X, in hopes that I’d write some kind of fun, topical review on these phones. Did any such review appear here on the pages of the Ting Blog? That’s a nope.

I’m an average smartphone user. I talk, I use iMessage, I check my email and surf Instagram. I Snapchat occasionally. While the facial recognition stuff of iPhone X is neat, it’s not a game changer for my average, day-to-day mobile habits. As for iPhone 8, a moderately brighter screen, robust battery life out of the package and faster processing sounds great, but it isn’t enough for me to spend up several hundred dollars.

Every time a new phone gets released, the old ones are instantly cheaper. This is by no means a new phenomenon. It happened to iPhone 6 and iPhone 5 before it. Sure iPhone 8 and X are great phones, but iPhone 7? The phone everyone was raving about when it came out? Yeah, it’s still that good.