Today, we will be talking about the Iphone 6s Price. Apple’s iPhone 6S pitch was ‘the only thing that’s changed is everything’, highlighting that it knows this is phone looks an awful lot like the previous model.
It makes sense that Apple would try its hardest to show that, despite the handset looking identical to the iPhone 6, there have been loads of changes under the hood that make this an attractive phone in its own right.
The chassis is stronger, the camera sharper – with a new Harry Potter-esque way of capturing your snaps – and there’s even a completely new way of interacting with the screen. On paper, it’s an impressive upgrade.
Iphone 6s Price
Of course, it’s also getting on a bit now. So much so that Apple itself no longer sells the iPhone 6S. By iPhone standards it can be considered a budget option – and that may suit you, especially as it’s still a solid handset, as this review shows – but if you’re more after the latest and greatest iPhone you might want to consider the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max.
Or split the difference and pick up the iPhone XR – a new handset but one which is lower end than the XS range (though still packing newer tech and features than the iPhone 6S.
If you do go for the iPhone 6S then you’re looking at prices of around $370 / £300 / AU$630 for a 32GB model, which at the time of writing seems to be the most widely available model if you’re hoping to buy new rather than refurbished. There are also 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions though.
Those prices mean the iPhone 6S sits in the lower mid-range now, but it’s still quite pricey for a handset that came out in 2015, so if you’re not set on Apple you might also want to consider some Android alternatives, such as the Honor 10, which offers a lot more power for not vastly more money.
Of course, you miss out on iOS and Apple’s App Store, among other things. You’ll find our original review below, covering all the key features.IPHONE 6S SPECS
Iphone 6s review
Dimension: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm
OS: iOS 9 (upgrades to iOS 12)
Screen size: 4.7-inch
Resolution: 750 x 1334
CPU: Apple A9
Rear camera: 12MP
Front camera: 5MP
The iPhone 6S is almost identical to the 6 in every way when it comes to the chassis. There are some very subtle differences, such as a slightly thicker frame and a little more heft, but it’s so slight that I kept getting the two mixed up when doing side by side comparisons.
All cases fit both phones just fine too so, apart from a small S logo on the back of the phone, nobody is going to notice you’ve got the latest iPhone.
But there will be lots of you upgrading from the iPhone 5S, and in that case you’ll need to be ready for a really big design change. The metallic chassis feels really nice in the hand, with a ceramic-like feeling on the outside (although if it’s anything like the 6 then this can scuff over time if you keep it in a pocket with keys, so you’ll need to think about the kind of case you’ll want to keep it safe).
If you’re not ready to take the leap to the new, bigger form factor, Apple has the new iPhone SE to satisfy your 4-inch cravings.
One of the things that Apple is touting is the fact the iPhone 6S is made of 7000 series aluminum, which is the strongest thing it’s ever used in iPhone construction. The obvious connection people will make is with ‘Bendgate’, when some users claimed their new phone had developed a slight curve in their pocket without much pressure.
The common belief was that these phones began to twist when placed in a rear pocket and sat upon. While it was proven that other metal phones actually were worse when it came to bending Apple didn’t come out of the controversy well.
So it’s no surprise that, while the company won’t admit the real reason, the new iPhone is strong and never going to bend with such pressure. However, I feel like that we shouldn’t feel happy our phones no longer bend – this seems like one of the minimum expectations I’d have of a smartphone, not a compelling reason to buy it.
The front of the phone is now covered in a new level of strength, with a glass that’s far less prone to shattering when dropped on the floor – now that’s something I can get behind. We’ve not drop tested it – we’ll leave that to some other, braver reviewer – if the screen is stronger the responsiveness hasn’t dropped.
In the hand, the iPhone 6S still feels like a dream. Even with the extra 14g over the iPhone it feels lightweight, easy to manipulate and really warrants the price. Samsung’s similarly old Galaxy S7 Edge invokes the same kind of feeling, and with it you don’t mind spending the extra money over a more budget phone.
In terms of design, if you’ve seen the iPhone 6 then you’ve seen the 6S. The volume buttons, the power key, the silencer switch and the speaker are all in the same place as its predecessor, with the grille at the bottom very easy to cover when you’re watching videos or playing games in landscape.
If you’re using the 5S, this is leagues ahead. The construction is good, the materials solid and there’s no wiggle in the buttons at all. While you probably never bent your 5S, the idea that the iPhone 6S is stronger will probably please you, however unnecessary the claim is.
Apple’s not done anything great with the design of the iPhone 6S, but the iPhone 6 was such a well-created phone that using the same chassis isn’t going to harm its chances of success.
However, combined with the higher price and the continued presence of the iPhone 6, I wish we were at least seeing some retooling of the phone to make it seem more attractive.
The screen on the iPhone 6S seems to be identical to the iPhone 6’s: we’re talking a 4.7-inch affair with 750p resolution, which keeps it firmly in the ‘Retina’ range that the firm debuted all the way back with the iPhone 4.
It’s hard to rate the display, as while it fails on resolution (quite spectacularly actually – phones a seventh the cost of the iPhone 6S offer 1080p screens, Samsung’s cheaper phone has four times the resolution of the 6S and Sony has, inexplicably, launched a 4K phone) it doesn’t drop too badly on performance.
The iPhone 6S display is clear, bright, laminated to the glass and insanely colorful. The first time I saw it on the iPhone 6 I thought it was a fake picture stuck on top of a dummy unit, such was the clarity on offer.
So to use the same thing on the iPhone 6S makes sense – after all, the lower pixel count means it can be thinner and the battery can last longer, thanks to having fewer pixels to drive.
But there are some things missing: for instance, the contrast ratio (the difference between the brightest and darkest parts of the screen) is still poor, with the black areas looking a little grey. Samsung’s Galaxy range predominantly uses OLED technology, which offers ‘true’ blacks and high brightness and packs a much better visual punch, and would have suited the iPhone down to the ground.
The sharpness in side by side tests is clearly lower too – the 326 pixels per inch is very low even compared the 401ppi of the iPhone 6S Plus – and most other models are over 500ppi to bring really, really clear displays.
Given OLED technology is used in the Apple Watch – and admittedly it looks brilliant – it’s a shame the same thing couldn’t have been done with the iPhone 6S.
It’s important not to get too hung up on screen resolution in a phone – after all, if it’s not serving a purpose (hey, Sony?) then it’s just wasting battery. But the industry has moved on, and the higher pixel densities on offer are starting to really bring something to the table, with apps and general use looking pin sharp.
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Ways to Save Money on an iPhone
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IPhones don’t come cheap. The new iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple’s most expensive phone in the lineup, starts at $1,099.
1. Choose a smaller phone
Larger iPhones and those with more storage capacity are more expensive. You can save considerably by opting for the basic model over a beefed-up version.
A new iPhone 12 with 64GB of storage retails for $799 to start, while the 256GB is $150 more, at $949. You’ll save $100 by picking the 128GB iPhone 12 Pro over the larger iPhone 12 Pro Max with a longer battery life and the same storage capacity, which is priced at $1,099.
2. Buy an older model
One of the best times to buy an iPhone is in September (or October, as is the case this year), when new models are typically announced and older ones are discounted. After the iPhone 12 series announcement in October 2020, Apple dropped the price of the previous generation iPhone 11 from $699 to $599.
Used technology marketplaces tend to get an influx of old iPhones around new releases, which drives prices down.
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3. Wait for a promotion
Cell phone carriers and electronics retailers offer some of their best iPhone deals during the holiday shopping season, particularly around Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. For example, Best Buy’s 2019 Black Friday sale included the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro for up to $500 off with qualified activation and trade-in on select networks.
Cell phone carriers and electronics retailers offer some of their best iPhone deals around Black Friday.”
Fall is a prime time to find savings, but keep your eye out for promotions year-round.
4. Pick a payment plan
Purchasing a phone, rather than leasing, gives you the ability to eventually sell or trade it and put the value toward a new phone. But if you can’t afford the full cost, or don’t want to cough up the entire amount upfront, consider paying for your iPhone in monthly installments.
Apple and every major carrier have their own monthly payment plans. Some agreements allow you to upgrade to a new phone after a certain amount of time or once you’ve paid off a specific percentage of the phone’s sale price.
Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program spreads out the cost of the device and AppleCare+ coverage — which includes repairs and software support — over 24 months with 0% interest and lets you turn in your existing phone and upgrade to a new one after 12 payments. Monthly payments for the iPhone 12 Pro start at $49.91, so after 12 payments, you’ll have paid $598.92 — that’s about $400 less than the phone’s retail price.
Verizon’s device payment program doesn’t include insurance, but it offers a lower monthly charge of $41.62 for the 128GB iPhone 12 Pro, and you’re eligible to upgrade after paying 50% of the cost. With both plans, your device must be in good physical and working condition to meet upgrade requirements.
An upgrade plan may be best if you get a new iPhone every year without fail.”
An upgrade plan may be best if you get a new iPhone every year without fail. Shop around and pick the carrier or payment plan that best suits your needs.
5. Buy a pre-owned iPhone
Used or refurbished phones often have a stigma attached, but when purchased from a trustworthy seller, they’re actually reliable — and affordable — options.
“Used doesn’t necessarily mean lesser quality of function. A well-cared-for phone that has a previous owner will have a lot of life left,” says Ben Edwards, CEO of Swappa, a marketplace for used technology.
A well-cared-for phone that has a previous owner will have a lot of life left.”Ben Edwards, CEO of Swappa
At the time of this writing, we spotted an unlocked 256GB iPhone 11 in excellent condition for $640.90 on Gazelle. The same model sells for $749 new at Apple. If you can handle one with a few minor imperfections, like scratches or dents, you’ll save more.
Before you buy a device from a third-party reseller, make sure it’s compatible with your carrier and isn’t broken, stolen or still under contract. Look for websites like Swappa that perform a serial number, or ESN, check on phones or require sellers to upload verification photos. You can also run a check yourself, using tools like CTIA’s Stolen Phone Checker.
6. Sell or trade in your old phone
If you don’t need your previous device as a backup, sell it or trade it in. You might end up with a few hundred dollars in cash, gift cards or credit that you can apply toward a new iPhone. You’ll typically get more money for selling a phone rather than trading it in, Edwards says, but it may be more of a hassle.
Estimate the resale or trade-in value of your device through Apple, your carrier or trusted sites like Swappa and Gazelle.
Buying an iPhone New
There is no better feeling than buying something brand new for yourself. That’s the reason “unboxing” videos are so popular online—even if we can’t afford a shiny new gadget, we can live vicariously through the internet.
The iPhone is no exception and Apple knows this—their packaging is some of the most satisfying to open. And nothing beats that final tug on the final plastic tab as you watch your brand new iPhone rise from its box and into your hands. A brand new iPhone comes at a price and not all buying experiences are equal. It’s important if you’ve decided to buy a brand new iPhone, that you do it the right way.
Leasing vs. Buying
Today, it’s typical to have two options available in your quest for a brand new iPhone. You can either own the iPhone outright, paying full retail price for the privilege of total ownership of your device, or you can “lease” your iPhone via monthly instalments.
What is Leasing an iPhone?
Be it through your carrier or Apple, when you choose to lease an iPhone you’re not so much paying to own your iPhone as you are paying to use it. While the iPhone isn’t technically yours, it gives you much more flexibility when you’re ready to upgrade.
Most iPhone leasing situations come with an “early upgrade” program of some kind. Typically, after making 50% of the payments on that device you’re given the option to trade in your iPhone for a new one, thus continuing the cycle of monthly payments. Leasing is a great strategy for those consumers who would rather have a new iPhone every year.
Why Should I Buy an iPhone Outright?
Buying an iPhone outright is the more expensive option upfront but is a cheaper solution overall. While you’re paying full retail price on an iPhone, you own that iPhone once you’ve finished the transaction. What you do with that iPhone afterwards is up to you. And if you keep it in great condition, it should hold much of its value down-the-road when you want to sell it or trade it in. To put it simply—buying an iPhone is a financial commitment toward ownership. Leasing an iPhone is a financial commitment toward the use of a new iPhone.
Buying through a Carrier
If you’ve settled on buying an iPhone, the first place you can start shopping around is your carrier. Your town should have a brick-and-mortar location to walk into, typically with phones on display for demonstration purposes. You can also buy your iPhone through your carrier’s online portal and have it shipped to you.
Pros of Buying Through Carrier
- They have stock that other outlets may not have.
- Sometimes they have great promotions to push out stock.
- Most carriers have physical locations nearby.
Cons of Buying Through Carrier
- Customer service can be hit-or-miss.
- Some stores do not have live demos.
- Online eCommerce portals for carriers can be clunky.
Buying an iPhone Through Apple
Buying your iPhone is going straight to the source. You can purchase your iPhone through the online Apple Store or at a physical Apple Store if you have one near you. While Apple typically does not offer discounts on its products, they do have “back to school” deals for students, which can score you discounts or get you nice accessories like earbuds.
Pros of Buying Through the Apple Store
- The Apple retail experience is unrivalled in its customer service.
- Apple retail employees are product experts and will have answers to all of your questions.
- If you’re a student, Apple sometimes offers back-to-school promotions.
Cons of Buying Through the Apple Store
- Apple does not offer promotions beyond their student promotions.
- Apple retail stores are not always convenient and are not in every town.
- If you’re unaware of your carrier credentials you could get stuck activating your new iPhone—Apple employees have limited access to carrier resources.
Buying iPhones at Retail Stores
Big box retailers are the go-to outlets for almost every product we buy in our lives, from toilet paper to 80-inch 4K televisions. They should have the iPhone you’re looking for in their electronics department. Retailers will have limited iPhone stock, but they are worth looking at in the middle of an iPhone buying craze—you never know when they’ll get a new shipment.
Pros of Buying Through a Retail Store
- Could score a marginal discount if you have a credit card through your retailer (i.e. a Target Red Card)
- Buying from a big box store is convenient—you can grab the newest iPhone on an evening diaper buying run if you want to.
- Retailers have a large selection of phone accessories—sometimes larger than Apple and your carrier stores.
Cons of Buying Through a Retail Store
- Electronics department employees aren’t well-versed in every product they sell.
- Customer service will be minimal—about as good as at a carrier store.
- Limited access to your carrier credentials means you should know your passwords and pins beforehand.
Buying Used iPhones
If you’re not the type of consumer that is easily mesmerized by the latest and greatest, then you might as well look into buying a used iPhone. After all, a last-gen iPhone is still a great phone, assuming it’s in good cosmetic condition and was taken care of by its previous owner. There are many ways to buy a used iPhone, all have their place in the marketplace. In general, used iPhone can be broken down into three categories, all with their own price points:Get Cash For Your Used iPhoneWe buy used and broken iPhones for top dollar! Get free shipping, a 14-day price lock, and our highest price guarantee.GET A FREE QUOTE
Used—this is a blanket term, typically for any iPhone sold by an individual.
Refurbished—if you see this term, it means the iPhone you’re buying was checked at a factory, where it was repaired, re-tooled, and is now back on the market. Refurbished iPhones are usually more money but are in better shape—they should function almost as if they’re new.
Unlocked—while this term doesn’t say anything about the condition or the origins of the iPhone, it means that it’s not “locked” to a specific carrier and can be used by anyone, even international folks. Unlocked iPhones fetch much higher prices because they’re so much more versatile than your average carrier-locked iPhone.
Buying a Used iPhone Through eBay
eBay is still the world’s digital yard sale and it’s easier than ever to use the site to find deals on secondhand items—iPhones are no exception. Buying an iPhone through eBay is as easy as searching for the model number and storage capacity of the iPhone you want. But there are some things to consider:
- Bid on items that have real photos of the product, not stock photos.
- Verify the phone carrier and ensure it’s the same one you use.
- Only buy an “unlocked” iPhone if you know what you’re getting, otherwise, you’ll be spending unnecessary money.
Buying a Used iPhone Through Craigslist
Craigslist is, in essence, a big community board for all kinds of interactions including buying and selling. Your mileage may vary using Craigslist but great deals can be found here. While eBay is driven by a bidding system, which keeps iPhone prices on their marketplace steady. On the other hand, Craigslist runs entirely on direct transactions, so you could score yourself a deeply discounted iPhone if you look hard enough. With Craigslist, take your time and remain sceptical. And remember to consider the following:
- Craigslist can be full of scammers, so understand the premise of the most popular online scams so you don’t fall victim to one.
- Meet in a public setting—many police stations have a “craigslist transaction zone” in their parking lot for this very purpose.
- If something is too good to be true, it is.
Buying a Used iPhone Through Swappa & Other Marketplaces
A business model is emerging amid used electronics buying and selling; companies like Swappa facilitate the buying and selling of this technology, giving users a straightforward approach to transacting sales by providing pricing guidelines paired with an intuitive interface that allows consumers to buy used electronics with just a few button clicks. Buying through these types of marketplaces is clear, user-friendly, and will net you a solid discount on a gently used iPhone. Although, marketplaces like Swappa have a couple of caveats:
- Pricing is so standardized that you won’t find the best prices, but these companies hope the convenience factor outweighs the cost-savings you’re missing.
- Swappa and websites like it are best for “gently used” and more recent technology. Anything outside of that category is best found elsewhere.
- Swappa’s refund policy will only cover “not as described” scenarios—buyer’s remorse is not considered a valid reason for a refund, like at a retail outlet.
Consider Your Options
Whether you’re buying your iPhone used or new, you’re investing in the ownership of that technology, which will benefit you greatly when it’s time to upgrade. There’s no better feeling than getting cash for an iPhone trade-in, especially if you’ve done your due diligence to keep your phone in perfect shape.
And while other consumers may lease their iPhone and always have the latest model in their hands, you can sit back and find satisfaction in the fact that you’re forgoing monthly payments on your iPhone and when the time comes, you can trade the device in and put that cash toward your next purchase.