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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.

The iPhone 6 Plus model has a larger battery than any other iPhone which means Apple can claim a talk time of up to 24 hours on 3G and a standby time of 16 days compared to the iPhone 6's 14 hours and 10-day standby.

Video and audio playback as well as internet use is listed as 14, 80 and 12 hours on the Plus; 11, 50, and 10 hours on the 6. if you spend a lot of time using your phone to read, surf or check email and Facebook, the larger screen and longer battery life are a better option.

iPhone 6 Plus battery life

  • Up to 24 hours talk time on 3G
  • Up to 16 days/384 hours standby time
  • Up to 12 hours internet on 3G, up to 12 hours on LTE, and up to 11 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Up to 14 hours video playback
  • Up to 80 hours audio playback

iPhone 6 battery life

  • Up to 14 hours talk time on 3G
  • Up to 10 hours internet on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, and up to 11 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Up to 11 hours video playback
  • Up to 50 hours audio playback

iPhone 5s battery life

  • Up to 10 hours talk time on 3G
  • Up to 8 hours internet on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, and up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Up to 10 hours video playback
  • Up to 40 hours audio playback

iPhone 5c battery life

  • Up to 10 hours talk time on 3G
  • Up to 8 hours internet on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, and up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Up to 10 hours video playback
  • Up to 40 hours audio playback

iPhone buying guide: Which iPhone is best for watching movies on the go?

For film fans, we recommend the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, 5c or 5s because the widescreen display — with its 16:9 aspect ratio — is ideal for a mini-cinematic experience. The older iPhones with their smaller 3.5in displays (aspect ratio of 3:2) don't suit widescreen viewing very well. The best choice, though, would be the iPhone 6 Plus with its larger 5.5in display.

Bear in mind that movies will quickly fill up storage, so the 64GB and 128GB models are probably worth the extra investment, although you can purchase a separate Wi-Fi storage device that you can use with your iPhone.

iPhone buying guide: Which iPhone is best for games?

This one depends on what kind of games you like. If processor-intensive graphical feasts like Infinity Blade are your thing — and if you intend to keep playing the latest games in the future — then the faster A8 processor with 64-bit support in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be worth the price of admission.

 

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