Upgrade to an iPhone 5s: Why the iPhone 6 Might Not Be Worth It

The long-anticipated iPhone 6 was released this morning, and many users have been waiting anxiously for the upgrade. But if you’re an iPhone 4 user and are already reaching for your wallet, you might want to wait a second and take another look at the iPhone 5s. Although the iPhone 6 is the new kid on the block, its bark might not be worth the bite at this point, and saving yourself some money with an upgrade to an iPhone 5s instead of the iPhone 6 might be the right move.

Internal Storage

The iPhone 5s comes with two internal storage capacity options: 16 GB and 32 GB. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, comes with the 16 GB option, a 64 GB option, and a massive 128 GB option. Though many believe that bigger is usually better, when it comes to internal storage it gets a little more complicated. The more internal storage, the more the device costs, and the larger iPhone 6 is considerably more expensive.

Without a two-year contract, the 16 GB model of the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 costs $649, the 64 GB costs $749, and the 128 GB costs $849. The iPhone 5s, on the other hand, costs $549 for the 16 GB model and $599 for the 32 GB model. While the larger, 128 GB iPhone 6 model may seem tempting, Laptop Mag recommends a 32 GB for a comfortable amount of internal storage. With iCloud, you won’t ever have to worry about running out of space as long as you have an Internet connection.

Camera and Battery Life

“The iPhone 6 is quite a departure in some core ways, but it’s also pretty conservative in others,” Trusted Reviews reports. Nowhere is this more obvious than with the camera and the phone battery. The battery life of the phone has only been extended by about one hour, from 10 hours to 11 hours. Likewise, the rear-facing camera has stayed almost the same, at 8 megapixels with an f/2.2 lens, making the only really noticeable difference between the two the phase detection autofocus feature in the software. This allows the iPhone 6 to focus faster when lining up a shot. The iPhone 6 has also had a slight overhaul of the front-facing camera, which makes it more selfie-friendly by letting in more light to increase focus. Whether this is worth the extra few hundred dollars is up to you to decide.

The Display

The biggest rumors leading up to the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus releases focused on screen size. Apple has finally decided to go big. The iPhone 6’s 4.7-inch display is indeed bigger than the 4.0-inch display on the iPhone 5s, but Apple made no improvements in terms of sharpness. While the screen resolution has been increased from 1136 by 640 on the 5s to 1334 by 750 on the iPhone 6 in order to fill up that extra screen space, pixel density remains at 326 ppi which means that you will be able to see more, but you won’t be able to see better. A bigger screen is almost always nicer, but the iPhone 5s screen definitely can’t be considered small, so it might save you some cash to just upgrade to an iPhone 5s for the time being. After all, iOS 8 will look the same on the 5s as it will on the 6, right?

Essentially what it comes down to is price. While the iPhone 6 can cost up to $849, the most expensive option you’ll find for the iPhone 5s is $599. As Yahoo puts it, the iPhone 5s is great if you aren’t looking for a big screen but want a quality camera and a decent battery life, while the iPhone 6 is for those who want to pay some more for a few improvements to those features. True, there are changes that the iPhone 6 has brought to the table that make it a better phone, but those all come at a cost and it might be better to just upgrade to an iPhone 5s until that price deflates a little bit, or until used versions come onto the market.

Do you think the cost of the iPhone 6 is worth the extra features?

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