New 6 vs new 6S. Worth the price difference?

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So coming from a 5S, its time to buy a new phone (sim free). Here in the UK from Apple brand new, the 6 16GB (its all I need storage wise) is £459. The 6S 16GB brand new is £539. That's £80 more for all you wizards.

Obviously the brand new 6 has the standard 1 year Apple warranty and is new so wont have tons of battery cycles that a used one would. The general consensus is that battery life between the 6 and 6S is similar and not noticeably different (some cases worse). I don't take tons of photos, and the camera on the 6 is still a decent camera. The only differences are the faster TouchID (does anyone really are for an extra 0.2m/s speed for TouchID?), Live Photos (which doesn't seem to have been a huge hit) and 3DTouch which, whilst useful for somethings, isn't a deal breaker for me and some have said it can be awkward and takes getting used to. Speed wise, I've used a 6 and 6+ before and they were quick enough.

iPhone 6 Advantages:
-Cheaper (£459)
-Very similar battery life to 6S

iPhone 6 Disadvantages:
-Not the "newest" model
-Doesn't have new features like a better camera, faster TouchID, 3DTouch and live photos
-Resale will be less than the 6S in a years time


So - is it really worth it? I'm really swinging towards the 6 as it is still a great phone, is £80 cheaper for the handset, looks almost identical to the 6S and the battery life is pretty much the same.

Anyone stuck with their 6 and waiting for the 7?
 

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I've got the iPhone 6s and had the regular 6 before. Honestly I feel like the difference (€60) is worth it, but at the other hand it isn't.

I mean, literally everything has been changed. The design, display, processor, RAM, camera, Touch ID, Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth. The iPhone 6 was a very small upgrade in terms of hardware (although it was bigger for me, because I came from an iPhone 4s). The 6s is definitely a bigger upgrade to the 6, than the 6 was to the 5s in terms of hardware.

There's something you should consider about the price point. Compared to before the iPhone 6s announcement, the 6 is just a bit cheaper. Previously iPhones that were a year old, went down with €100/$100. And you would say this has not changed, since the iPhone 6 is indeed $100 cheaper than the 6s. But, the 6s is more expensive, so in reality you're just paying just $50 less. My point: get the 6s. The difference may be minimal for you, but it will last way longer. It's faster, it has more RAM, the phone itself is more durable thanks to the stronger aluminum and glass etc.

By the way, I think that 3D Touch actually is very handy. Many people see it as a gimmick, I don't. 3D Touch has a lot of potential and I already use it quite a lot. Not just with Quick Actions or Peek and Pop, also the system features like the ability to turn keyboard into a trackpad. If only more developers would take advantage of it... But that will happen soon as well. Especially looking forward to Facebook and WhatsApp gaining support for 3D Touch.
 
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I have a 6s Plus, moving up from a 6 Plus. I think the difference is night and day with regards to speed and responsiveness. The added RAM plus faster processor makes a huge difference. Plus the camera is improved, and the front facing camera with flash is amazing. I really think if it is in your budget, it is worth the extra money and you will notice the performance differences immediately.
 
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I would lean more towards the 6. I have the 6s+, but gave up my 6+ for it and honestly all the new flashy stuff I don't think is worth the upgrade. I got the 6s+ though because we were switching carriers and going with the newest just made sense to me at the time (we had to trade our old phones in anyway).

But I miss my 6+. It was a nice phone.

I think that the only value really is the 2GB of ram. If your use dictates a lot of open apps and constant switching between apps then that might be the advantage. Sure, the 6s will have a faster processor, but so far I'm not doing the kinds of things that this would benefit me on.

All in all, I do like my old 6+ better.
 
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I have a 6s Plus, moving up from a 6 Plus. I think the difference is night and day with regards to speed and responsiveness. The added RAM plus faster processor makes a huge difference. Plus the camera is improved, and the front facing camera with flash is amazing. I really think if it is in your budget, it is worth the extra money and you will notice the performance differences immediately.
Let's not read into the front facing flash too much. It's the iPhone flashing a white screen before taking the pic. Something that's been available via jailbreak for years now.

Other than that I don't necessarily disagree with your assessment.
 
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Let's not read into the front facing flash too much. It's the iPhone flashing a white screen before taking the pic. Something that's been available via jailbreak for years now.

Other than that I don't necessarily disagree with your assessment.
No, it isn't. It works the same way the True Tone flash at the back works: based on the colors of the setting it will choose the right colors to get that nice picture.

And it does work for me. Difference is amazing (no marketing BS, I mean it). Of course it's still a flash like the one at the back. And using a flash if you want to get a really beautiful photo is not really a good idea. But it definitely works waaaaay better compared to NOT having a flash at the front. And again, it's not just that it lights up the display with a white color. Heck, Apple even mentioned this during the announcement. It's a Retina Flash, using True Tone. ;)
 

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No, it isn't. It works the same way the True Tone flash at the back works: based on the colors of the setting it will choose the right colors to get that nice picture.

And it does work for me. Difference is amazing (no marketing BS, I mean it). Of course it's still a flash like the one at the back. And using a flash if you want to get a really beautiful photo is not really a good idea. But it definitely works waaaaay better compared to NOT having a flash at the front. And again, it's not just that it lights up the display with a white color. Heck, Apple even mentioned this during the announcement. It's a Retina Flash, using True Tone. ;)
Uhhhhhh. Okay.
 

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No, it isn't. It works the same way the True Tone flash at the back works: based on the colors of the setting it will choose the right colors to get that nice picture.

And it does work for me. Difference is amazing (no marketing BS, I mean it). Of course it's still a flash like the one at the back. And using a flash if you want to get a really beautiful photo is not really a good idea. But it definitely works waaaaay better compared to NOT having a flash at the front. And again, it's not just that it lights up the display with a white color. Heck, Apple even mentioned this during the announcement. It's a Retina Flash, using True Tone. ;)
Very true, but its also slightly more. The screen flashes 3 times brighter than its maximum settable brightness. It works pretty well :)

This phone is worth the price increase just for the speed and the extra gig of RAM. If you took out the better camera and 3d touch it would still be well worth the money.
 
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In terms of speed I find Difference from 6-6s might not be that noticeable
But difference from 6 plus to 6s plus is night and day
 
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3D Touch is reason to upgrade, for me. I think it'll become more important as developers update their apps to utilize it.
 

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I would lean more towards the 6. I have the 6s+, but gave up my 6+ for it and honestly all the new flashy stuff I don't think is worth the upgrade. I got the 6s+ though because we were switching carriers and going with the newest just made sense to me at the time (we had to trade our old phones in anyway).

But I miss my 6+. It was a nice phone.

I think that the only value really is the 2GB of ram. If your use dictates a lot of open apps and constant switching between apps then that might be the advantage. Sure, the 6s will have a faster processor, but so far I'm not doing the kinds of things that this would benefit me on.

All in all, I do like my old 6+ better.
Why do you like the 6 Plus better?
 

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Why do you like the 6 Plus better?
IDK. It just had a better feel for some reason. Can't really explain it. Perhaps it's the difference in the aluminum Apple is using with the 6s+ but my 6+ felt smoother, more slick in the hand. That, I know, equates to the slipperiness lots of people don't like about the phone but I liked it.

I know that the 6s+ is slightly thicker to accommodate 3D Touch, but I'm not really using 3D Touch at the moment even though I have it on.

I might feel somewhat different when the iOS 9 jailbreak comes out - we'll see. It could be that right now everything on my phone is disorganized as I'm waiting for the JB before I start sorting things. I have JB data in my backup (that I restored to) that is waiting to be accessed again as far as organizing my stuff.
 

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I would lean more towards the 6. I have the 6s+, but gave up my 6+ for it and honestly all the new flashy stuff I don't think is worth the upgrade. I got the 6s+ though because we were switching carriers and going with the newest just made sense to me at the time (we had to trade our old phones in anyway).

But I miss my 6+. It was a nice phone.

I think that the only value really is the 2GB of ram. If your use dictates a lot of open apps and constant switching between apps then that might be the advantage. Sure, the 6s will have a faster processor, but so far I'm not doing the kinds of things that this would benefit me on.

All in all, I do like my old 6+ better.
Apart from the superior loudspeaker and slightly less weight, what could possibly be better about the 6+? It even looks the same.
 

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So coming from a 5S, its time to buy a new phone (sim free). Here in the UK from Apple brand new, the 6 16GB (its all I need storage wise) is £459. The 6S 16GB brand new is £539. That's £80 more for all you wizards.

Obviously the brand new 6 has the standard 1 year Apple warranty and is new so wont have tons of battery cycles that a used one would. The general consensus is that battery life between the 6 and 6S is similar and not noticeably different (some cases worse). I don't take tons of photos, and the camera on the 6 is still a decent camera. The only differences are the faster TouchID (does anyone really are for an extra 0.2m/s speed for TouchID?), Live Photos (which doesn't seem to have been a huge hit) and 3DTouch which, whilst useful for somethings, isn't a deal breaker for me and some have said it can be awkward and takes getting used to. Speed wise, I've used a 6 and 6+ before and they were quick enough.

iPhone 6 Advantages:
-Cheaper (£459)
-Very similar battery life to 6S

iPhone 6 Disadvantages:
-Not the "newest" model
-Doesn't have new features like a better camera, faster TouchID, 3DTouch and live photos
-Resale will be less than the 6S in a years time


So - is it really worth it? I'm really swinging towards the 6 as it is still a great phone, is £80 cheaper for the handset, looks almost identical to the 6S and the battery life is pretty much the same.

Anyone stuck with their 6 and waiting for the 7?
iPhone 6 advantages:

Lower price.

iPhone 6 disadvantages:

Insufficient RAM. Apps and browser tabs refresh every time you go back to them.
Slower than the 6S.

iPhone 6S advantages:

Double the RAM
70% faster CPU
3D Touch
Better front & rear cameras
4K video
Front-facing camera flash

iPhone 6S disadvantages:

Price
 

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I think that is you don't plan to buy a new phone every year, that alone is reason the get the 6S. The faster cpu and double memory will ensure that the S will last a bit longer than the 6 will. It's better in nearly every way and it's more rugged as well. I think if it's in your price range then it's a no brainer decision.
 
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Maybe you should compare a selfie taken with a jail broken 6 and a True Tone 6s flash selfie, in a room with incandescent lighting, uhhhh, okay?
Jailbreak isn't going to give me a 5mp sensor like on the S. I went from a 6+ to a 6s+. The difference in quality from the front camera is pretty dramatic. And I've never seen the screen light up white on it yet. It's always some soft yellow or orangish tone and it works really well.
 

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So - is it really worth it? I'm really swinging towards the 6 as it is still a great phone, is £80 cheaper for the handset, looks almost identical to the 6S and the battery life is pretty much the same.
No. Get the 6.
 

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The difference is night and day. Unless you can find a used 6 go for the 6s. It truly is remarkable and the greatest "s" release yet.

2gb of RAM alone future proofs this phone much better then the 6.

Also the A8 was an over-clocked A7 nothing more... The A9 whether it be Samsung or TSMC blows the A8 out of the water. The selling point of the 6 was the screens and Apple knew this... Other then that it was basically a 5s in a bigger body. The iPhone 6s has truly changed everything...it's a totally different beast...

Btw I have the 6s+... Wifey has the rose gold 6s
 

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I've got the iPhone 6s and had the regular 6 before. Honestly I feel like the difference (€60) is worth it, but at the other hand it isn't.

I mean, literally everything has been changed. The design, display, processor, RAM, camera, Touch ID, Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth. The iPhone 6 was a very small upgrade in terms of hardware (although it was bigger for me, because I came from an iPhone 4s). The 6s is definitely a bigger upgrade to the 6, than the 6 was to the 5s in terms of hardware.



the design ???
Mate, the 6 and the 6S are identical ....

BTW, for £80 I would buy the 6S.
 

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the design ???
Mate, the 6 and the 6S are identical ....

BTW, for £80 I would buy the 6S.
It cost me £260 to upgrade from my 6+ To the 6S+ and I consider it worth every penny. £80 for a way better phone? It's a no-brainer.
 

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the design ???
Mate, the 6 and the 6S are identical ....

BTW, for £80 I would buy the 6S.
I already thought it would have been better to mention that the design has changed, but not visually. Thanks to the 7000 Series Aluminum the body is way stronger than the iPhone 6. And the dual ion-exchange glass (forget about that name) is much stronger as well compared to the glass on the iPhone 6. And there's the new Rose Gold color option as well.

That's what I meant with changes in terms of design. ;)



By the way, the iPhone 6s also weighs a little more. Not really that important, but I do think it feels way better compared to how the 6 felt. And a lot people seem to think the same of this.
 

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I already thought it would have been better to mention that the design has changed, but not visually. Thanks to the 7000 Series Aluminum the body is way stronger than the iPhone 6. And the dual ion-exchange glass (forget about that name) is much stronger as well compared to the glass on the iPhone 6. And there's the new Rose Gold color option as well.

That's what I meant with changes in terms of design. ;)



By the way, the iPhone 6s also weighs a little more. Not really that important, but I do think it feels way better compared to how the 6 felt. And a lot people seem to think the same of this.
well, that's subjective. I prefer a lighter phone.
BTW, by touching it I can't see the difference between 6000 and 7000 aluminum. It surely is stronger, but to me the feeling is identical.
 

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well, that's subjective. I prefer a lighter phone.
BTW, by touching it I can't see the difference between 6000 and 7000 aluminum. It surely is stronger, but to me the feeling is identical.
You mean when talking about weight?

If so, that's strange. iPhone 6 weighs 129 grams, while the 6s weighs 143 grams. The moment I picked up my 6s I immediately felt the difference.

If you meant the feeling of the actual material: well 7000 Series Aluminium feels exactly the same indeed. There's no difference in feeling of the material itself. But to me, it does weigh more and it feels better. A lighter phone can be great, but the iPhone 6 sometimes felt a bit too light when I got it the first time. That's one of the reasons I bought a case back then. That alone made it feel a lot better in the hands. The 6s already feels better without a case (though I did put one on it, but a very light one).
 
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