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iPhone buying guide: Should I buy an iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, or wait for iPhone 7?

Karen Haslam | May 28, 2015
Should you buy the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, buy one of the older iPhones, wait for the iPhone 7 or keep the one you have? Here's our buying advice for prospective iPhone buyers.

You don't have to transfer every app to your new iPhone though. We went from a 64GB to a 16GB without too much stress because we culled our apps. You can always download an app again at a later date, Apple knows that you already bought it so you can download it again for free.

Then again maintaining 16GB of space requires a lot of housekeeping, so if you take a lot of photos, or download video from iTunes or iPlayer, expect to fill up the space available quickly.

In the past we'd have recommended opting for 32GB over 16GB — we used to think that 64GB was overkill — but for some even 64GB may still not be enough, and they are the people who will be pleased with the option of a 128GB iPhone.

We think that the 8GB for the iPhone 5c is too small — we'd recommend looking for a second hand iPhone 5c with at least 16GB or 32GB as we think that it would be very difficult to manage with just 8GB given that iOS would take up a significant part of that space. We think that 8GB isn't really enough storage for the average iPhone user so we'd advice against the iPhone 5c for that reason.

We are disappointed that Apple is not selling a 32GB version of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — we think the best line up would be 32, 64, 128GB. However, it's likely that Apple is aiming to make the 64GB version an attractive upgrade from the 16GB entry-level model. It only costs £80 more, why wouldn't you spend the extra for all that extra storage.

Which iPhone is lightest? Weight and dimensions of Apple's iPhones

The larger screen obviously means a larger size and a bit more weight, so if you are looking for a lighter phone the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus may not be the one for you. Similarly, if you have small hands you may find that the iPhone 6 Plus is too large to be held comfortably in your hand.

Even the iPhone 6, though thinner than the iPhone 5s, weighs more than that model. But that's hardly surprising given the fact that there is a greater surface area.

The weight and dimensions of the full range of iPhones currently on sale from Apple is as follows:

  • iPhone 6 Plus: 158.1 mm x 77.8 mm x 7.1 mm | 172 grams
  • iPhone 6: 138.1 mm x 67.0 mm x 6.9 mm | 129 grams
  • iPhone 5s: 123.8 mm x 58.6 mm x 7.6 mm | 112 grams
  • iPhone 5c: 124.4 mm x 59.2 mm x 8.97 mm | 132 grams

 

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