Before I begin, let me tell a little story. I work for a cellular company (which, for privacy reasons, shall remain unnamed) as a sales associate. When the iPhone 6 came out, we had the usual rush of people who needed the latest and greatest Apple had to offer. But, we also had a lot of customers who were half interested in the 6 & the now old 5s. “Sure,” they would think, “an iPhone 6 would be great, but couldn’t I do just as well with a 5s?” I hear that question so much, in fact, that I have decided to follow up my iPhone 6 review from last week with an article fully dedicated to explaining the differences between the two devices in an easy to understand way. Note: This article is only comparing the 6 and the 5s, and is not necessarily a comparison of the 6 Plus to the 5s.
Let’s go ahead and state the obvious. The iPhone 6 looks a lot different than the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 6 boasts a 4.7″ display while the iPhone 5s has a meager 4″ display. This certainly makes the iPhone 6 more appealing since larger screens are what the market demands. The iPhone 6 is also noticeably thinner than the iPhone 5s. These two factors certainly make the iPhone 6 more appealing than the 5s, but looks aren’t everything when it comes to phones.
THE NOT SO OBVIOUS
Despite the blatantly obvious design differences, there actually isn’t too much separating the iPhone 6 from the iPhone 5s. In fact, the cameras are virtually the same. They have the same resolution (8 MP) and offer many of the same modes and features. The only real difference is an improved response time when taking pictures, improved auto-focus, and improved face detection. There also isn’t a huge difference in battery life, which is something Apple boasted about just before the iPhone 6 release. Users will get a few more hours of talk time, and that is about it.
There are differences between the two, though, and they are good ones. For one, the screen resolution has been improved on the iPhone 6. It isn’t something one will immediately notice, but comparing the two one can definitely see the higher quality on the iPhone 6. The 6 also offers a wider range of viewing angles where the iPhone 5s would typically glare. The iPhone 6 also has higher storage capacity with 128 GB models, whereas the iPhone 5s topped out at 64 GB. However, the iPhone 6 did cut out the 32 GB model, which could turn off a lot of users who do not want to pay for memory they won’t use. The iPhone 6 is also notably faster than the 5s, particularly over Wi-Fi. For users who want the fastest web connections, that could be the ultimate decider. Lastly, only the iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus, obviously) will support Apple Pay, while the 5s does not have the technology to support it.
SO WHICH ONE?
As with any phone, whichever you choose is ultimately based on your preferences and what you demand from your phone. If you need large screen sizes, the absolute fastest speeds, and the ability to use your phone as your debit card then the iPhone 6 is the obvious decision. However, if you are just looking to get a solid phone that will last a long while and still look great, the iPhone 5s is an excellent option, especially if you want to save a hundred bucks.