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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.

iPhone buying guide: Which iPhone is right for you?

Since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launched in September 2014, you may have been wondering which iPhone to buy. Should you buy the 4.7-inch iPhone 6? Or might the even bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus be more suited to your needs? Alternatively you might have an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c and be wondering whether it's worth updating to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

If your financial resources are somewhat limited, your decision may be based on just how much of a battering your wallet can take. The iPhone 6 Plus costs even more than the iPhone 6, which in turn costs more than the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. If you're really strapped for cash that doesn't mean that you can't own an iPhone; there are various places you can get a second-hand handset, especially now that people are upgrading to the new models. You may be able to get a good deal on one of the older handsets if someone is looking to sell their current iPhone.

We'll evaluate all the iPhone handsets here in this article so you know what you are getting for your cash, including whether they will run the latest iPhone software. The more recent Apple iPhones will have access to most of the new features coming in iOS 9, and there will also be limited compatibility with some of Apple's older handsets.

Whatever the practical benefits of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, you will have to weigh up whether those new features, and the pleasure of owning one of the very latest iPhones, are worth the extra expense.

You may have never owned an iPhone and be wondering whether to buy an iPhone or an Android or Windows smartphone. We will look at how the Apple iPhones compare to competitor phones from the likes of Samsung and Nokia. We will also look at how owning other Apple products, such as a Mac or an iPad, might enhance your iPhone experience if you purchase one.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about buying an iPhone.

iPhone buying guide: How to decide which iPhone to buy

Choosing the best iPhone for your needs depends on how you'll use the phone, which functions you'll want to use most often, and how much you are prepared to pay — although the price is relative as you may find a good deal on a network contract that allows you to spread payments in such a way as to allow you to afford the phone of your dreams.

To help you decide which iPhone to buy, we've summarised the main differences between the various iPhones in the section below, but it's not quite as simple as weighing up the specs. Every Apple fan is different, and every Apple fan has different priorities. Perhaps you need as many gigabytes as you can get, maybe you are a keen iPhone photographer looking for the best iPhone camera, or perhaps you like to play games on your iPhone and need to make sure that the model you choose is up to the task. We aim to help you buy the best iPhone for you.


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