8 reasons why you should get the iPhone 7 instead of the new iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max (AAPL)

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  • Now that the cost of the latest smartphones can exceed $1,000, it’s as good a time as ever to look at older models that cost significantly less.
  • Older smartphone models are especially relevant since they’re still so good.
  • The iPhone 7 is two generations old at this stage, but Apple still sells it, which is a testament to how good the iPhone 7 still is.

It looks like the four-figure price tag is here to stay when it comes to new iPhones from Apple. 

Indeed, the $1,000 iPhone XS and $1,100 iPhone XS Max may very well be out of reach for some who want the iPhone experience, and even for those who don’t want to spend that much on principle.

The $750 iPhone XR may seem like the iPhone to get if you don’t want to be a part of the $1,000 club, but there are actually a few things about the iPhone 7 that some might prefer over the XR.

Thankfully, Apple is keeping around its older iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, just in case you want the Apple smartphone experience for under $600. Surprisingly, you’re not sacrificing that much by going with Apple’s iPhone 7, which is now two generations old. The iPhone 7 is still a fantastic smartphone that stands strong in the face of its younger, shinier siblings, and it’s still a great option for anyone who’s clung onto an iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and even iPhone 6.

Check out eight great reasons why you should check out the iPhone 7 instead of Apple’s latest iPhones:

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1. It’s not as expensive as the new iPhones.

First and foremost, the iPhone 7 now costs as low as $450, and it’s $570 for the iPhone 7 Plus.

For the iPhone 7, that’s $300 less to start than the iPhone XR, $550 less than the iPhone XS, and $650 less than the iPhone XS Max.

For the iPhone 7 Plus, that’s $180 less than the iPhone XR, $430 less than the iPhone XS, and $530 less than the iPhone XS Max.

You could get the iPhone 7 refurbished from Apple’s Refurbished Mac Store for even less. The word “refurbished” might not sound good, but my experience with a refurbished 2016 MacBook Pro directly from Apple has been nothing but positive. And you get a one-year warranty with refurbished devices, too. 

(To note, I did experience an issue with my MacBook’s keyboard, but it’s a common issue among 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros that could easily happen on brand new MacBooks, too. Apple has acknowledged the keyboard issue on those MacBook Pros and is offering to repair for free.) 

2. You still get the same great iOS experience.

Despite paying significantly less for the iPhone 7, you still get to run the latest version of iOS, iOS 12. It includes better performance for older iPhones, as well as updates to the notifications system and other great tweaks that makes the iPhone operating system better and easier to use. 

3. The iPhone 7 is lighter and thinner than the new iPhones.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are lighter than all the new iPhones, although the iPhone 7 Plus is heavier than the $1,000 iPhone XS.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are also slightly thinner than all the new iPhones. 

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