Apple announced two new iPhones this year and for the first time in history there is a real decision to make about which iPhone 6 to buy.
Should I buy the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display and a smaller design? Or should I buy the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch screen and extra features?
We already shared an iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison that outlines many of the differences buyers need to know about to make an informed choice, but there are still important questions to ask after you know about what the iPhone 6 Plus can do that you can’t do on the iPhone 6.
We’ll walk you through the most important things to consider so that you can buy the right iPhone 6, with the right amount of storage, in the right color, on the right carrier and help you choose an iPhone 6 carrier and plan.
Which iPhone 6 Should I Buy?
If you want to skip reading the full list of reasons why you should buy a specific iPhone 6 here’s the very short version.
Buy the iPhone 6 with 64GB of Storage in Space Gray on Verizon or AT&T. This 4.7-inch screen is easier to hold with one hand and keep in a pocket, it delivers the best coverage for most users, enough storage for movies, photos & apps and space gray is a color option that works for pretty much anyone.
If you need a bigger screen and take scenic pictures at night, buy the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus on AT&T or Verizon in Silver. Larger phones look better in white, and you get a larger, higher-resolution display plus a camera with Optical Image Stabilization that will prevent blur from camera shake while taking photos of still scenes in low light.
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus
There are five main differences between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that you need to consider. Here’s a fast look at them, but you can check the comparison out in more detail if you still can’t decide.
- Screen Size – Do you want a 4.7-inch or a 5.5-inch display? Most users gravitate towards a the 4.7-inch display.
- Overall Size – The Plus is taller, wider, thicker and heavier. The height and width are the biggest factors.
- OIS and Battery Life – The Plus features slightly longer battery life and optical image stabilization that will help you take better looking photos in low light, if your subject is still.
- Price – There is a $100 price difference between the two devices, and even with iPhone 6 Plus deals it is more expensive than some people want to pay for a new iPhone.
- Availability – It is tougher to find the iPhone 6 Plus in stock for delivery now, and on the iPhone 6 release date don’t expect a lot of in store stock either.
Once you know which iPhone you want to buy, the rest gets a little bit easier.
What iPhone 6 Color Should I Buy?
There is no one right answer to which iPhone 6 color is best, but there are some things you can consider before you buy a new iPhone.
A black bezel is better for watching movies and TV, just like on your HDTV. If you plan to watch more movies on your new iPhone, the space gray iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are good choices.
The lighter color on a silver iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hides small scratches better than dark colors. You don’t need to worry much about fading and discoloration, even with a white bezel, but if you can’t keep your iPhone 6 clean you may notice dirt more on the gold iPhone 6.
You should also look and see how the color looks in a variety of iPhone 6 cases if you plan to accessorize.
How Much Storage do I Need on the iPhone 6?
A 16GB iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus is not big enough for most users. Even if you store most of your photos an videos on iCloud and don’t use a lot of apps, 16GB does not leave much room to grow over the next two years.
Most users should get a 64GB iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. If you can afford to go bigger and you plan to carry around movies and other media go for the 128GB option. There is no way to add more storage to the iPhone 6 down the road.
For more on picking the right amount of iPhone 6 storage check out our guide.
iPhone 6 Carriers & Plans
Read our iPhone 6 carrier comparison to find out which of these carriers is best. Keep in mind that the coverage varies block by block, so what’s best for one reader is not always best for the next.
After you pick a carrier you need to choose what type of plan and options you want. You may choose to pay $0 down for the iPhone 6 and make monthly payments on Edge, Jump and Next or you can sign a two year contract, lease an iPhone from Sprint or pay off contract prices.