If you happen to be a newcomer to Apple, or still hanging onto the iPhone 4 that is giving its final breaths, you’ll be interested in what each of the latest iPhone models have to offer, and whether the price to pay matches the capabilities each phone has to offer. We summarise each key feature of the iPhone and explain what you can get with each model.
With size comes different weights and designs. The iPhone 6 Plus is quite clearly Apple’s move into the “phablet” market, offering a large HD Retina screen that’s great for videos and photos. It is the heaviest model at 172 grams, versus the lightest model (iPhone 5S) at just 112 grams. The top three models (The 6 Plus, 6 and 5S) look very similar, with an all metal chasis that oozes strength and sleekeness. This is in stark contrast to the 5C, which offers a polycarbonate shell, allowing the manufacturer to offer its largest range of colours. But it isn’t fun and games, as the 5C offers similar strength in terms of design that won’t shatter when inevitably dropped.
If you’re a keen photographer, loyal movie fan or constant listener to MP3s, you’d be more interested in Apple’s more expensive models that offer higher internal memory capacities. Both iPhone 6 models offer versions up to 128GB, allowing you to throw as much as you like onto the device without running out of storage. The cheapest model, the 5C, can only offer a maximum of 32GB of internal storage. So choose wisely depending upon your needs.
The traditional smartphone models, the 6, 5S and 5C all offer very similar displays, boasting LED-backlit IPS touchscreens at 326ppi and similar resolutions. If you’re looking for a larger, higher resolution display, then only the iPhone 6 Plus can meet your requirements with its 1920×1080 pixel resolution at a higher 401ppi.
There is a significant difference between the two pairs in terms of internal chips. The 5S and 5C hold Apple’s dated chips (The A6 and A7) with M7 motion coprocessors. With the more expensive models, you receive Apple’s latest A8 chips and M8 motion coprocessor. This means faster responsiveness and easier handling under multiple applications run.
In all honesty, you’re not getting a bang for your buck with camera upgrades or changes. The cameras on all four devices have hardly changed: 8-megapixel rear cameras and 1.2-megapixel front cameras on all models. You could say that video recording has improved slightly, but nothing to shout about.
With the manufacturer under recent scrutiny for its poor battery performances with older models, you are getting your money’s worth if choosing the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. These models offer up to 20% improvement than the 5S and 5C, so if you’re not looking to sit by a wall for most of the device’s life, then opt for the latest models to take advantage of improved battery life.
The Real Differences?
When it comes down to actual results, the differences between the pair of 6’s and the previous 5S and 5C are marginal. For more money, you’re paying for improved battery life, larger screens, faster processors and improved storage capacities. If you’re not too bothered about the latest technology, you could end up saving a significant amount of cash opting for the previous pair.
by Will French