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Review and Buyer’s Guide: iPhone 6 and Plus

Apple made two iPhones nearly identical to their older versions. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus might look like a big upgrade on the surface, but when it comes down to whether you should spend your money on one, we’re going to help you decide.

When you see the iPhone 6, it’s a looker all right. The new model is bigger, more curved and even thinner than past iPhones, but in typical Apple fashion, the new phone keeps the basic iPhone "design." At Komando.com, we all agree that it was more "evolution" than "metamorphosis."

One of the biggest debates among iPhone users, particularly with the rise in popularity of larger-screened Samsung phones, has been the screen size. Apple departed from the traditional compact design and went with a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

That makes the iPhone 6 screen almost an inch larger, well seven tenths of an inch larger to be exact, than the iPhone 5s. If you’re new to the bigger screens, it takes a little getting used to, especially if you go with the iPhone 6 Plus and its 5.5-inch display. But the screens aren’t just bigger...they’re clearer! The iPhone 6 features a 720p HD resolution, and the iPhone 6 Plus upped the ante to 1080p full HD. That means the picture on your screen is as sharp as your TV.

Speaking of resolution: let’s talk for a moment about the camera. Yes it’s still eight megapixels, and a lot of people are disappointed that it’s this small. Remember, megapixels just have to do with how big of a print you’re going to want of a photo and this is good enough to print at least 11 by 14 inches or a little higher. Apple added a few cool features you might like. You can create gorgeous nature time-lapses and capture slow-mo footage of the kids playing in the backyard or the dogs shaking themselves dry. Panoramic pictures are crystal clear. Autofocus is two times as fast as it was before. And the iPhone 6 Plus includes real optical image stabilization for steadier photos and videos.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have a new chip that make them 50-times faster than the original iPhone. The chip also improves the Wi-Fi and LTE capabilities. The battery has been improved as well: 14 hours of continuous talk time between charges. Health nuts are going to love the included health app that tracks just about everything you need to know in order to maintain excellent overall wellness. You don’t need a separate app or gadget to track stats like steps, flights climbed or heart rate.

Now let's talk about memory. iPhones don’t have expandable memory. That means if you take a lot of pictures or videos, you’re going to have to spend big to get enough storage space. We recommend the 64-gig option, which should be enough for countless pictures, videos and songs. If you think that’s still too small, the most storage you can get is 128 gigabytes. Costs will vary based on contract and carrier, and if you want the larger display of the iPhone 6 Plus, expect to pay even more.

If you’re using any iPhone older than the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 series is a necessary upgrade. You’ll see a huge jump in speed, battery life and overall performance. The display is considerably clearer, and the built-in step tracker is a great add-on. Need a reason to save your money? The camera didn’t get any hardware updates, so you won’t see a difference in any pictures or videos. If a bigger screen isn’t a “must-have,” there’s always the brand new iPhone SE, which is the exact same phone as the iPhone 6, just with the smaller, more pocket-friendly four-inch screen.

If this iPhone doesn’t have enough improvements for you, make sure you check out our review of the iPhone 6s right here.

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