Top positive review
Like a brand new phone
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2018
Phone is indistinguishable from a new one in terms of condition and function. Boots up like a new phone, inserted my sim, and all of my settings and apps loaded up perfectly (I use iCloud backup) within 15 minutes.
This was almost a downgrade as I went from a 7+128gb to this, which is smaller and lacks the dual camera, extra ram, and he. But, I am liking the smaller form factor so far and everything (music, camera, sounds, display, etc) appears to work as a new one would. My 7+ had several screen repairs and the touchscreen started to go out which led to a panic buy of this one.
The other review knocking it for not including Bluetooth headphones is silly as the 8 never came with these. However, note: headphones (of any kind) are not included. While this is slightly disappointing, I probably would not want “refurbished” earphones or to pay more for new generic apple headphones given I already have a pair. So, no biggie. The box does include a new charging cable and power block however.
What’s holding me back here is a little concern that there might be some issue that presents itself that I just haven’t seen yet and the potential uncertainties of a refurbished device (yours may not be as nice as mine and there’s no way to judge this upon purchase). However, if there are issues I think they’ll be obvious within the pretty generous 90 day no questions return policy on these. My only complaint so far is that the box, other than having the necessary ime device and a/n info doesn’t give the buyer any set up guide or other info - very indistinct packaging. While it’s easy to set up on one’s own (the phone walks you through that, just like a new one), I feel that the packaging should give you a little more info on your purchase, or at least a copy of the warranty info and a bit of darn color wouldn’t hurt anyone.
I still think these are priced too high - $499 for this which was the best I could find from a reliable seller with warranty. But all said and done this is basically a brand new phone. Your mileage may of course vary.