Which iPhone to Buy — iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6s?

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The mobile phone market has become one of the most competitive areas of the technology sector, with a range of manufacturers producing top-quality mobile devices that run a variety of apps, and include such features as high-definition cameras and superfast mobile internet.

Perhaps the two most popular phones, however, are the most recent releases in the iPhone series, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6S, which have been widely praised in phone reviews. If you’re looking to upgrade your phone and are deciding between the 6 and 6S, here are a few pieces of information for making the decisions that best suit your needs.

Same look and display, but sturdier casing

From the outside the iPhone 6 and 6S look to be about the same phone — they both have a 4.7inch, 720p display, and both feature the same slightly curved build that is meant to give them a sleek look. So from a purely aesthetic position, you won’t find much difference between these two models of the iPhone. But when you look at the specs of the design, things change slightly, with the iPhone 6S being .2mm thicker, and 14g heavier. The increase in weight is partially due to the iPhone 6S using a stronger casing material in order to prevent the phone from bending.

Back of Apple iPhone 6s in Hand

The iPhone 6S introduces 3D Touch

Just like the general appearance of the phone, the physical screen has not changed much between the iPhone 6 and 6S. The one change they have made is a significant one, though —the introduction of 3D Touch. Similar to right clicking on an icon on your computer, 3D Touch allows users to “hard press” an app icon. This bring up a range of short cut options and makes interactions with the phone more sophisticated and user-friendly.

How much do you value your mobile camera?

For the many people who use their mobile camera as their main tool for photography, the upgrade from the iPhone 6 camera to the 6S could be a deciding factor. The new and improved iSight camera features 12-megapixel display (as opposed to 8-mp on the iPhone 6), 4K Video (1080p video), and a 5-megapixel front camera (1.2-megapixel). All this is to say, whether you’re making recordings or snapping a selfie, the camera features on the iPhone 6S are a serious step up on the iPhone 6.

Battery life

Here is one place where the iPhone 6 remains ahead of the 6S. Due to the upgrade to 3D Touch, which includes a new Taptic Engine in the 6S, the battery life has been reduced by about five percent. However, the improvements in the iOS 9 power efficiencies and the ability to operate in a new Low Power Mode mean that this downgrade in battery life can be mostly offset.

Faster, more efficient processing

The most lauded change from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6S might very well be the vast increase in RAM, as the iPhone 6S has become the first of the series to push above the 1GB mark, operating with a standard 2GB RAM. Include on top of this an increase in processor speed from 1.4GHz to 1.8GHz, and you’ll find the phone not only operates much more quickly, but incorporates extra convenience features, such as the ability to return to recently visited web pages without them needing to reload.

If the higher cost is not a sticking factor, then it seems clear that the iPhone 6S is a worthy upgrade on the iPhone 6, but if you’re looking for a deal then the iPhone 6 will not disappoint.

Images by janitors and edowoo, used under Creative Commons license.

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