“iPhone 5s” and “iPhone 6” have been around for a few years. If you’re an Apple fan, comparing the devices is a must. You need to know which one is best for you, factoring in quality and pricing.
Thus, it’s best if you know which device you’ll need.
With the price cuts, you have a choice between upgrading from the old iPhone 5s to iPhone 6 (if iPhone 6 ends up being better), or downgrading. We recommend you keep reading to be able to make a finalized decision below.
iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: Pricing
The iPhone 5s was released on 2013, which is about 4 years now. As for the iPhone 6, it was released a year after that. The launch of iPhone 6 dropped the price of the old iPhone from £549 to £459 in the UK.
On release, the iPhone cost around £539 for the 16GB, £619 for 64GB model, and £699 for a 128GB model.
Overall, the iPhone 6 was more expensive than the iPhone 5s.
You would have saved £80-240 if you bought an iPhone 5 after the release of iPhone 6. This is assuming you were comparing the iPhone 5s against the 128GB iPhone 6.
Being expensive doesn’t mean that everyone will gravitate to iPhone 5s though. iPhone 6 has actually had much stronger demand than iPhone 5s upon release, some figures claiming up to 6 times. The iPhone 5S has equally well though in sales figures.
iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: Phone Design.
The iPhone 6 is heavier than the iPhone 5S, as a result of the screen size difference (4.7 vs 4.0 inches). Regardless, the iPhone 6 has more physical buttons, and a slimmer design. The design is also much more rounded, and it’s bigger.
Bigger, slimmer, rounder, but heavier. It’s perfect for the iPhone 6.
Looking at the weight though, we can see that the difference isn’t great. The iPhone 6 is heavier by around 20 grams heavier, barely anything to consider. Also, the iPhone 6 has a full aluminum chassis, which adds to lightness. You’ll have to be careful using it though, as aluminum can be damaged fast.
iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: Display
The density of the iPhone 6’s screen does not change the pixel density from that of iPhone 5s. It’s still at 326ppi pixel. Thus, Apple has actually added additional pixels to iPhone 6, instead of stretching existing pixels.
The contrast ratio of iPhone 6 is higher. Also, you get better view angles as a result of the dual domain pixels.
It could be said that the main difference in both phones lies in display. While the iPhone 5s is thinner, iPhone 6 has a larger display screen. This is actually more popular among consumers, where a bigger screen makes smartphone use much more comfortable. You’ll see this in rival brands, such as LG and Samsung, which use 5 inch+ screens.
With a larger screen, watching media and playing games is also better. It’s an overall better experience using a wider screen.
iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: Performance.
The iPhone 6 has a better processer than that of iPhone 5S. With iPhone 5S you get an A7 chip (64-bit). With iPhone 6, you get an A8 chip. A8 is 50% more efficient in power than A7, and 13% smaller in size. Both have similar 1GB memories, and a speed of 1.2GHz. Regardless, this doesn’t mean that you’ll notice the performance increase. IPhone 5S is already a powerful phone on its own, and iPhone 6 is just more powerful.
The co-processes in iPhone 6 is also better than iPhone 5S. The newer version has an M8 co-processer, the older using an M7. The newer processes can calculate movement speed (runs, walks, cycling), while also calculating elevation and distance.
As for connectivity, both phones allow support for 4G LTE. Regardless, iPhone 6 allows support for 20 LTE bands, an upgrade of the 13 supported by iPhone 5S. IPhone 6 also uses a new feature called voice over LTE, improving call quality. Unfortunately, this is only a UK feature.
IPhone 6 is also given NFC and 802.11ac Wi-Fi (both features aren’t available in 5S). The features work with the fingerprint sensor of Apple, which will be key to using Apple’s mobile payment system.
iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: Storage.
Storage differs from iPhone 5S to iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 has storage of 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. With iPhone 5S, you get 16, 32, or 64GB.
Thus, the 32GB models were taken out of the iPhone 6.
iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: Battery life.
IPhone 6’s battery allows for a longer talk time than iPhone 5S. It has increased from 10 to 14 hours (a 40% increase). Also, internet use can now be prolonged, going from 8 hours to 10 hours. You also get a video playback increase of 1 hour. Audio playback has increase by 10 hours.
You can now listen to music longer with this phone.
iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: Camera.
Both phones use a rear-face camera (iSight). The aperture is f/2.2, using 1.5 micron pixels. Regardless as we mentioned before, there is an increase in pixel size of the iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 now contains focus pixels, allow for improved autofocus. Also, you can now record in slow motion, with stabilization of digital images to avoid blurs.
As with the front camera, it also has improved aperture of f.2.2, while also having better sensors. The front camera can take pictures better with less light. Additionally, the camera contains better facial detection to help with selfies.
iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: Software.
The iPhone 5S uses iOS 8, similar to the iPhone 6. Also with the iPhone 6, you can access anything on the screen with a single hand through a double tap on the fingerprint ID sensor. Anything in display can be brought to your reach through that feature.
What we think.
Both phones are similar, although they have minor differences in capability. Display also differs from iPhone 6 to iPhone 5S, where iPhone 6 is better. Regardless, if you find yourself not caring about a few extra inches, then you can get the 5S and save £80-240.
Personally, we recommend the iPhone 6, due to the connectivity features and the longer battery life. That is what most people look at after all, don’t they?