iPhone buyers guide
There are a lot of decisions involved when it comes to buying or upgrading to a new phone, even a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. 4.7- or 5.5-inch model? Silver, gold, or space gray finish? 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB storage capacity? There's never been more to choose from! Then there's when to buy and where, and host of other small but important things to consider, including, what do you do with your old phone when your hot new one arrives?
Enter iMore's 2014 iPhone buyers guide. If you need help deciding what to buy, we've got your back. And if you've already decided, just bookmark, email, Facebook, or Tweet this so we can help your friends and family and you can get on with enjoying your new iPhone!
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus buyers guide podcast
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Should you upgrade to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?
When new iPhones are introduced one of the toughest decisions to make is whether or not to upgrade to the latest and the greatest. If money is no object, it won't matter. If you're due an upgrade on contract, it comes down to whether or not the new features in the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus are compelling enough to be worth $200 or $300 or more to you. If you're not due an upgrade, or if you don't buy on contract, then that decision escalates to $650, $750, or more. So what are the pros and cons of upgrading to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and when does the cost get overwhelmed by the value? Let's take a look...
Should you get an iPhone 6 or Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone?
Apple has released the brand new, top-of-the-line, flagship iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But is either of them the right phone for you? While everyone here at iMore certainly believes the iPhone is absolutely the best phone for most people, most of the time, we're lucky that every major platform now has one or more great phones for us to choose from as well. The iPhone may have the best overall user experience, the highest quality apps and games, the widest range of services, the biggest selection of accessories, and the best customer support, but there are also things the iPhone doesn't offer that other phones do, like physical keyboards, high power cameras, digitizers, or simply no Apple logo anywhere near them. So, how do you know the iPhone is for you?
What iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus storage size should you get: 16GB vs. 64GB vs. 128GB?
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come in three different storage options — 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. Choosing between them is one of the hardest decisions for most iPhone buyers. Camera and video capabilities keep improving, App Store apps are getting larger, and the functionality of our iPhones keeps getting better. All of this comes at the price of storage space. This is why choosing a storage size that matches your particular use case is so important. The last thing you want to do is get the dreaded out of space error after only a few months of owning your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Luckily that's where iMore comes in! From start to finish, we can help you choose the most cost effective storage option based on how you use your iPhone!
What color iPhone 6 should you get: Silver, gold, or space gray?
Color is one of the most visually distinctive — and personal — things about a new iPhone, which makes it one of the most important choices you'll have to make. Originally there was only one color, aluminum and black, but Apple eventually went to black and white, and now they're offering three choices for their high-end iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: silver and gold, silver and white, and space gray and black. If you're on the fence about which color you should get, here's what you should consider.
What iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus carrier should you choose?
Once you've decided you're getting a new iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6, and picked your model, capacity, and color, you still need to choose your carrier. Apple announced $299 on a two-year plan for the 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus, and $199 on contract for the 16 GB iPhone 6, and it's safe to assume North Americans carriers will stay in line with that. Other carriers...? Well, we'll see. So which carrier should you go with? We've chewed through the plans and coverage, and here's what we've found!
- U.S. carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint?
- Canadian carriers: Rogers, Bell, or TELUS?
- U.K. carriers: Three, O2, EE, or Vodafone: Which UK iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus carrier should you choose?
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus insurance: Should you buy AppleCare or something else?
Many new iPhone owners find themselves wondering whether AppleCare+ is worth it or not. More importantly, is AppleCare+ the best option when it comes to protecting your iPhone. When getting a new iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus that's a decision you'll need tomake. Like any other kind of insurance, iPhone insurance is far from one size fits all. So if you aren't exactly sure what type of warranty you need, we can help you decide what best suits your personal situation.
How to sell your old iPhone so you can buy the iPhone 6!
If you're itching to buy a brand new iPhone 6 the minute it hits store shelves, one of the best ways to pay for it is to sell your old iPhone. No matter what price point you're going to end up paying for your new iPhone, the proceeds from selling your old one definitely help lessen the impact. Whether you've got an iPhone 4 that desperately needs replacing or something even newer, we can guide you through all the steps you should take in order to get top dollar for your current iPhone.