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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.

New features offered by the iPhone 6 that aren't in the iPhone 5c

  • Retina HD display
  • 4.7-inch display (compared to 4-inch)
  • 1334-by-750 pixel resolution at 326ppi (compared to 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi)
  • 1400:1 contrast ratio (compared to 800:1 contrast ratio)
  • Dual-domain pixels for wider viewing angles
  • Display Zoom
  • Reachability
  • A8 & M8 chips (compared to A6)
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Improved face detection
  • Panorama, up to 43 megapixels
  • 1080p HD video recording, 30 fps or 60 fps (was 30 fps)
  • True Tone Flash (LED flash)
  • Slo-mo video at 120 fps or 240 fps (5c didn't have slow-mo video)
  • Cinematic video stabilization
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Improved face detection on both cameras
  • ’/2.2 aperture for FaceTime camera (compared to ’/2.4 aperture)
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Auto HDR for photos on both cameras (was just HDR)
  • Auto HDR for video on FaceTime camera
  • Burst mode
  • Burst mode on FaceTime camera
  • Pay with your iPhone using Touch ID in stores and in apps
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • FaceTime over cellular uses H.264/H.265
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)3
  • Up to 14 hours talk time on 3G (was 10)
  • Up to 10 hours internet on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, and up to 11 hours on Wi-Fi (was 8 , 10 and 10)
  • Up to 11 hours video playback (was 10)
  • Up to 50 hours audio playback (was 40)
  • Barometer

Features offered by the iPhone 5s that aren't in the iPhone 5c

  • A7 & M7 chips (compared to A6)
  • True Tone Flash (LED flash)
  • Slo-mo video at 120 fps
  • Auto HDR for photos on FaceTime camera
  • Burst mode

iPhone 5 (currently not on sale)

The iPhone 5 was launched in September 2012 and was the first Apple iPhone with a 4in screen. It was available in 'Slate' or 'Silver'. The iPhone 5s looks similar to the iPhone 5, but the clearest difference between the two iPhones is the home button which has a white square logo in the centre on the older iPhone. It uses a Nano-SIM. Read our iPhone 5 vs iPhone 5S comparison review our iPhone 5 review, and our iPhone 5c v iPhone 5 comparison review.

If you've got an iPhone 5... With a device that's now just over two years old, you're probably thinking about upgrading. But if you decide to trade in your iPhone 5 for another iOS device, should you upgrade to the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c?

For a start, if you're still using an iPhone 5 you may be missing out on 4G, as that model only supports 4G on a few of the UK networks (basically EE). If you are with one of the networks that isn't supported for 4G, O2, Vodafone, for example, faster mobile broadband on the go is a great reason to upgrade. Find out if your network is supported here.

Since you may have had this phone for two years now it is likely you are coming to the end ouf your contract, which means it's an excellent time to upgrade. Plus you can sell your iPhone 5 and potentially get some money to put towards a new iPhone.


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