Is buying a 6 plus still worth it.

vikingjunior

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I really want the bigger screen but don't want to spend 6s plus and 7 plus type money. So is the 6 Plus still a worthy device or is it over the hill and not worth the investment.
 

BrettApple

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Yes and no. It's still a good phone and it's got the big screen. Even the A8 CPU isn't that bad, but the 1GB of RAM kind of is a bit problematic. It was pretty smooth on iOS 8 but mine slowed down drastically on 9.x till I sold it. Perhaps 10 is better as it runs well on a 5 and 5C I have. But apps may refresh more often if you're multitasking and I noticed a good amount of frame drops in the UI but other than that it should still be fine and supported for a while longer.

What is your current device? That may make a difference whether or not it feels faster or about the same but larger.
 

vikingjunior

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Yes and no. It's still a good phone and it's got the big screen. Even the A8 CPU isn't that bad, but the 1GB of RAM kind of is a bit problematic. It was pretty smooth on iOS 8 but mine slowed down drastically on 9.x till I sold it. Perhaps 10 is better as it runs well on a 5 and 5C I have. But apps may refresh more often if you're multitasking and I noticed a good amount of frame drops in the UI but other than that it should still be fine and supported for a while longer.

What is your current device? That may make a difference whether or not it feels faster or about the same but larger.
I have the 5s but it's to slow.
 

LoliS

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I really want the bigger screen but don't want to spend 6s plus and 7 plus type money. So is the 6 Plus still a worthy device or is it over the hill and not worth the investment.
You can also get an unlocked A1522 or A1524, but if you do, the IMEI will likely have to be whitelisted by Verizon. So I would stick with the Verizon model.
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One other thing - the iPhone 6/6+ that my family members had dented easily, more so than the iPhone 6s/6s+ since the aluminum alloy used in the iP6/6+ was a weaker alloy. Make sure you inspect any device you get for dents/bends when you receive it and keep the device in a protective case.
 
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BrettApple

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I have the 5s but it's to slow.
Hmm, from what I remember the 6 and 6 Plus were only marginally faster than the 5S, where the 6S is significantly faster. If the price difference isn't huge I'd go for the 6S.

In terms of performance it's pretty much like a 5S with a bigger screen and better camera with OIS.

I will say that the A8 does have a better GPU, but with the larger screen and more pixels to drive it probably evens out. This is why the iPhone SE is faster than a 6S or 6S Plus in some gaming benchmarks, as it's lower resolution for example.
 
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vikingjunior

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Hmm, from what I remember the 6 and 6 Plus were only marginally faster than the 5S, where the 6S is significantly faster. If the price difference isn't huge I'd go for the 6S.

In terms of performance it's pretty much like a 5S with a bigger screen and better camera with OIS.

I will say that the A8 does have a better GPU, but with the larger screen and more pixels to drive it probably evens out. This is why the iPhone SE is faster than a 6S or 6S Plus in some gaming benchmarks, as it's lower resolution for example.
If it's only marginally better I guess I'll spring for the 6s, Thanks for your honest input.
 

Relentless Power

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I really want the bigger screen but don't want to spend 6s plus and 7 plus type money. So is the 6 Plus still a worthy device or is it over the hill and not worth the investment.
To me, the 6 Plus was plagued being slow. It struggled with 1 GB of Ram. I wouldn't consider it completely outdated, but with more recent iOS updates, it struggles in certain area's. I personally would invest into the 6s Plus, which was significantly better in almost every facet.
 
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I just put a offer on a 6s plus as the consensus is the 6s is a much improved upgrade.
Yeah, get a 6s plus if you can.
Like many have mentioned, the 6 plus seems to be the "ipad 3" of iPhones. Not only it only has 1GB of RAM, but it doesn't have enough GPU power to do double the work (not only it has to render its UI in higher resolution than the 6, it has to downsample it to 1080p). That's why Apple put so much GPU improvements on the A9 for the 6S plus.
 
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Freakonomics101

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In my opinion, at this point, owning the 7+, a 6+ would likely be a backup or as a secondary device that would mostly sit at home. I would not pay any more than $300 for one, even with 128 GB of storage. Like others have mentioned, it has slowed down. If on T-Mobile, I wouldn't get one at all. I'd just go with the 6s if that's what carrier I'm with.
 

BasicGreatGuy

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If you need a new phone, then you shouldn't feel bad making an offer / purchase. However, if you don't need a new phone at the moment and it is more a matter of 'would like....' it might behoove you to wait until the new phones are released. When that happens, you should be able to find good deals from people looking to quickly unload their current phone, in order to get the latest and greatest iPhone.
 

johnmed

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I concur. I had the 6 plus from release day for two years before the 7. Don't waste your time with one, mine felt slower than the wife's 5S at the time. 6S and 6S+ is still a great buy.

I buy/keep my phones 2 years and buy the newly released iPhone, but really the 6S/+ is a wiser buy than the 7/+ I reckon.
 

ACG12

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Avoid the 6 plus like the plague. Apple screwed their paying customers with that piece of junk. I wouldn't wish the headache/stress I delt with Apple regarding that phone on anyone.
 
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