iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Buyer’s Guide

BY Jason

Published 11 Sep 2014

iPhone 6

Preorders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus start at 12:01AM PT tonight, and if you intend on purchasing the new iPhone, here’s a buyers guide telling you everything you need to know.

Should you upgrade to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

The first factor is of course if you should upgrade or not. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have a whole bunch of new features, including a larger display, a better camera, a faster processor, a longer battery life and more. If you’ve completed your contract, the iPhone 6 starts at $199 and the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299, both for the 16GB model with 64GB, and 128GB configurations available as well.

Should you upgrade to iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus from your current iPhone

iPhone 6 Plus vs. iPhone 6 vs . iPhone 5

iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

Once you’ve decided you want to upgrade, the next question is “Which iPhone 6 variant do you choose?” The iPhone lineup had just one top-of-the-line model earlier, but this time there are two flagship models, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

  • The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch 1334 x 750 pixels display at a pixel density of 326 ppi while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixels display at a pixel density of 401 ppi.
  • You’ll be able to see more content on both phones, but the iPhone 6 Plus has an ever sharper display, which means text would be crisper, and the 1080p resolution will be great for watching HD videos.
  • By virtue of being larger, the iPhone 6 Plus also has a longer battery life.
  • The iPhone 6 Plus rear-camera has optical image stabilisation, where the lens moves to compensate for the shake motion while shooting. The iPhone 6 only has digital image stabilisation.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Does size really matter?

image iPhone 6 screen sizes

Which Carrier to choose?

If you are considering switching carriers and finding the best plan for you based on cost and what each package includes in terms of talk, text and data, we’ve done the homework for you and prepared a guide:

AT&T vs. Verizon vs. Sprint vs. T-Mobile: Which iPhone 6 carrier to choose based on cost

16GB, 64GB or 128GB

The next step is deciding which storage capacity to buy. Apple changed the storage configurations with the iPhone 6. While the lineup starts at 16GB, the next model isn’t 32GB, it’s 64GB, and the top storage capacity is 128GB. The choice here is heavily dependant on your usage patterns. If you use a lot of cloud storage and streaming services, then you’ll likely be ok with the 16GB model. If you shoot a lot of photos and videos or like playing heavy games, then you might want to go with the 64GB or 128GB option.

16GB, 64GB or 128GB — Which iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus storage capacity should you buy

Which color iPhone 6 to buy?

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come in three colors: Space Gray, Gold and Silver. While the preference for a color is subjective, we have a post talking you through the three different choices.

Space Gray, Gold or Silver — Which color iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus should you buy

iPhone 6

Which iPhone 6 Insurance to choose

It is a wise idea to consider the various insurance options available to protect your expensive purchase. There are several protection plans and insurance plans available for the iPhone, that cover your costs if the iPhone suffers accidental damage. These include AppleCare+, SquareTrade, Credit Card warranties and more, and we walk you through each of the options in the post linked below.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Insurance: AppleCare vs. Other Warranties

iPhone 6 AppleCare+

Where to sell your current iPhone

You can sell your current iPhone through a number of ways and use the extra cash towards your iPhone 6 purchase. There are a number of websites like NextWorth, Gazelle that specialise in dealing with used gadgets, but you can also sell it via eBay or Craigslist. Many carriers and retailers, including Apple, have their own trade-in program, where you can get store credit or discounts when you bring in your old iPhone.

Best Places to sell your used iPhone to buy the iPhone 6

Will you be preordering the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? Let us know in the comments below.