If you can’t wait for the iPhone 11 and you aren’t interested in paying top dollar for the iPhone X or iPhone 8, you’ve likely got your eyes on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s. These are two very capable phones, but some of you will be better off going with the newer model.
If you know you want to upgrade to a newer iPhone you’ve got plenty of choices. Apple currently sells five iPhone models including the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and the 4-inch iPhone SE. The iPhone X serves as the flagship while the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE serve as the company’s budget options.
While devices like the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 aren’t worth buying in 2018, Apple’s iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE absolutely are. iOS 11 is treating the trio well and all three are poised to improve with the arrivals of iOS 11.3 this spring and iOS 12 in the summer.
If you aren’t into buying a small-screen iPhone, that leaves you with two main options: The iPhone 7 from 2016, and the iPhone 6s from 2015.
Make no mistake, both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s are solid choices and you’ll want to go hands-on with both phones (running the most up-to-date iOS software if you can manage) before deciding on one or the other.
There are, however, some things you can’t test (or see) while in the store and today we want to highlight a few of those differences between the two devices.
If you’re having trouble deciding between the two, this guide will quickly take you through some reasons to consider buying the iPhone 7 over Apple’s iPhone 6s.
If you like to listen to music or watch movies on your phone without wearing headphones, the iPhone 7 is the much better choice.
Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both come with stereo speakers and that has some real world benefits you should be aware of before you choose one or the other.
The stereo speakers means sound coming from the iPhone 7 speaker is crisper and louder than sound coming out of the iPhone 6s. Don't believe us? Listen for yourself.
We've been using the iPhone 7 for a year plus and the iPhone 6s for two years and counting and this continues to hold up. Watching a movie, playing a game, or listening to a song is more enjoyable than it is on the iPhone 6s.
It's good enough to use as a speaker while you're in the shower, but you'll still want a Bluetooth speaker for a party in the backyard.