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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 3G (currently not on sale)

The iPhone 3G had a 2MP camera and no front-facing camera. This model came in black or white. It launched in July 2008. Read our iPhone 3G review.

iPhone (currently not on sale)

Launched in June 2007, the original iPhone had a 2Mp camera. The first iPhone was only available in a black plastic finish. Read our iPhone (first-generation) review.

We have a complete rundown on every iPhone ever made by Apple here: Which iPhone: Every iPhone compared

Watch our video comparing the iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, 4 and every iPhone ever made. We'll be creating a similar video including the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

iPhone buying guide: How much should you spend on an iPhone?

We tend to recommend that consumers spend as much money as they can upfront when buying an iPhone. There are a few reasons why. Firstly if you don't get enough GB at the start then you may feel crippled later — there is no way to add more memory at a later date and no SD card slot like you will find on some Android phones. We address the question of how many GB of storage you need further down in this article.

Remember when you look at the price of the iPhone as offered by Apple that this is the price if you buy the iPhone outright. You don't have to fork out a lot upfront if you sign up for a contract with one of the UK networks. Of course this means that you will have a higher monthly bill than you would if you were only paying for the minutes and data, but for most people who don't have thousands in their rainy day account, this may be the best choice.

We think the best idea is to find a happy medium. Look for a good network contract that means you won't be paying a hell of a lot over time. Always times the monthly bill by 24 if it's a two year contract or 12 if it's a one-year contract and add the up front cost to see what kind of a deal you are signing up for. It may look like a good deal, but it is all relative.

The phones that Apple sells currently are priced as follows on Apple's website, although as we keep saying, these are unlocked, non-contract prices, so you can spread payments over two years if you want to sign up with a network.

  • iPhone 5c: 8GB, £319
  • iPhone 5s: 16GB, £459 | 32GB, £499
  • iPhone 6: 16GB, £539 | 64GB, £619 | 128GB, £699
  • iPhone 6 Plus: 16GB, £619 | 64GB, £699 | 128GB, £789

 

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