Which iPhone should you get?

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You’re happy with what you’ve got

You don’t need us to tell you this, but ob­vi­ously never feel pres­sured into up­grad­ing if you don’t feel any par­tic­u­lar need to.

You’re still in con­tract with a de­cent phone

If you’re locked in a car­rier con­tract and you have an iPhone 5 or later, or even an iPhone 4 or 4s, you might be look­ing to buy out the re­main­der of your con­tract so you can up­grade. If it’s just a few opt for the 6. (That is, at least, un­til the Ap­ple Watch ar­rives…)

You both have and are happy to use an iPad as well

The iPhone 6 Plus could con­ceiv­ably re­place both an iPhone and an iPad for some peo­ple, but it’s a bit of a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ de­vice, with­out the porta­bil­ity of an iPhone or the gen­er­ous screen size of the iPad. If you al­ready have and use an iPad – and imag­ine you’ll be happy to do so in the fu­ture – then pair­ing it with a smaller iPhone makes sense.

You want to keep your iPhone al­ways with you in your pocket

The iPhone 6 Plus isn’t par­tic­u­larly pocket-friendly – you prob­a­bly want to keep it in a jacket pocket or bag rather than trousers – but the iPhone 6 is fine. A lit­tle large, to be sure, but the thin­ness helps make up for that. months and you have a con­crete rea­son to up­grade your hand­set, it might be worth it, and of course it’s worth find­ing out how flex­i­ble your car­rier will be, but if the phone is still do­ing its job well, it’s usu­ally sen­si­ble to wait un­til you’re prop­erly out of con­tract be­fore opt­ing for an up­grade.

You’re on a bud­get

The new iPhones cost a lot of money, there’s no get­ting around it. If cash is tight, the iPhone 5s, 5c, 5 and even 4s all run iOS 8 and are still all per­fectly rea­son­able at worst. Don’t dis­miss them just

You just want it!

You might just be ex­cited about the shiny, new, very dif­fer­ent iPhone – and that’s okay!

You have gi­ant hands

If you have par­tic­u­larly big hands and thick fin­gers, you might find peck­ing at the tiny tap tar­gets on the iPhone 5s frus­trat­ing. The iPhone 6 will give you a bit more breath­ing room, but the 6 Plus would give you more still; app but­tons might not be all that much big­ger, but if you type a lot, the big­ger key­board will help.

Your vi­sion is im­paired

Switch the iPhone 6 Plus to Zoomed mode, and ev­ery­thing is pre­sented at jumbo size. Sure, iOS has many other, ar­guably more so­phis­ti­cated ac­ces­si­bil­ity fea­tures built in, but some­times you can’t be­cause they’re not new – be sure to check out sec­ond-hand op­tions.

You don’t want a big­ger iPhone

Although we came to ap­pre­ci­ate and even love the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ big­ger screens, they’re not for ev­ery­one. We’re fas­ci­nated to see what hap­pens next year – whether Ap­ple will give us a com­plete 4, 4.7 and 5.5-inch ‘iPhone 7’ line-up or whether it will ‘pull a 5c’ with the 5s – but un­til then, if you want a phone that nes­tles into your hand, get a 4s, 5, 5c or 5s de­pend­ing on needs and bud­get. beat the very ob­vi­ous op­tion for im­prov­ing leg­i­bil­ity: just make ev­ery­thing a whole lot big­ger!

You want one, do-ev­ery­thing de­vice

Sure, we called the iPhone 6 Plus form fac­tor a bit of a jack of all trades, but it can be a good thing, too. It didn’t click for us like this, but we’ve seen lots of re­ports of peo­ple who just pack an iPhone 6 Plus now when they head out in the morn­ing, leav­ing an iPad and Mac­Book Air at home.

You strongly value bat­tery life

We’ve al­ready said that it’s still not trans­for­ma­tional, but there’s no doubt that the iPhone 6 Plus’ bat­tery can take away some of the anx­i­ety from ac­tu­ally us­ing an iPhone dur­ing the day. It will mostly last a full day with mod­er­ate-to­heavy use, or even a cou­ple if you’re not ham­mer­ing it as hard.

You want to ben­e­fit from bet­ter low-light photo per­for­mance

Only the iPhone 6 Plus has op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, which helps re­duce the cam­era shake that can cause blurry pho­tos in low light.

You watch a lot of videos on your phone

The huge screen makes videos a huge plea­sure to watch, and the iPhone 6 Plus is light enough not to make hold­ing it a chore.

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