Is the iPhone 5s better than the iPhone 6

iPhone 6s (Plus), iPhone 6, and iPhone 5s in comparison: which model to buy?

As of today, Apple offers five iPhone models, each in several versions. The decision is difficult - or is it not? If you don't have an overview yet, take a look at our short comparison with video.

Read now: You can find out the strengths and weaknesses of the new iPhone generation in our iPhone 6s test and iPhone 6s Plus test.

As of today, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are in stores - or in the Apple Store. Furthermore, the manufacturer sells the previous models iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the iPhone 5s. If you are new to the Apple world or have a very old smartphone from Cupertino, the question is: which iPhone should I take? An overview in the video:


iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s in comparison

Let us now compare the data of the current models:

iPhone 6siPhone 6iPhone 5s
Original year of publication201520142013
height and weight138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm; 143 grams 138.1 mm x 67 x 6.9 mm; 129 grams 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm; 112 grams
Housing material and colorsHarder aluminum in space gray, silver, gold, rose goldAluminum in space gray, silver, goldAluminum in space gray, silver, gold
Waterproof, dustproof (IP67)NoNoNo
processorA9 with 64-bit architecture plus integrated M9 for sensorsA8 with 64-bit architecture plus M8 for sensorsA7 with 64-bit architecture plus M7 for sensors
random access memory2 GB1 GB1 GB
operating systemiOS 9iOS 9iOS 9
Storage space (Gigabytes)16, 64 or 128 GB16 or 64 GB16 or 32 GB
Display size and number of pixels4.7 inches; 1334x750 pixels4.7 inches; 1334x750 pixels4 inches; 1136x640 pixels
Display resolution (Pixel density)326 ppi 326 ppi326 ppi
Camera resolution12 megapixels8 megapixels8 megapixels
Camera equipmentTrue Tone Flash, Image Stabilization, HDR; Slow motion 120 or 240 frames per second, Live PhotosTrue Tone Flash, Image Stabilization, Face Detection, HDR; Slow motion 120 or 240 frames per second.True Tone Flash, Image Stabilization, Face Detection, HDR; Slow motion 120 frames per second
Max. Video resolution3840 x 2160p (4K)1080p (full HD)1080p (full HD)
Front camera5 megapixels, with display flash1.2 megapixels1.2 megapixels
3D touchYesNoNo
Fingerprint sensoryes (2nd generation)YesYes
Heart rate monitorNoNoNo
WiFi 802.11a / b / g / n / aca / b / g / n / aca / b / g / n
NFCyes, only for Apple Payyes, only for Apple PayNo
Infrared transmitterNoNoNo
Dock connectorLightning connectorLightning connectorLightning connector
Battery power (Telephony / video playback / standby) according to the manufacturermax. 14/11/250 hoursmax. 14/11/250 hoursmax. 10/10/250 hours
iPhone price without contract (RRP)739/849/959 euros (depending on memory size)629/739 euros (depending on memory size)499/549 euros (depending on memory size)

Regarding the plus models, it should be said: They correspond in most respects to the iPhone 6 / 6s, are only larger and each 110 euros more expensive than the corresponding smaller version. The relevant data and additional functions of the iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus:

  • Size of the 6s Plus: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm; 192 grams
  • Display: 5.5 inch screen diagonal, 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi)
  • Optical image stabilization for photos
  • Only 6s: optical image stabilization for videos
  • Battery life for telephony / video playback / standby: max. 24/14/384 hours
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Conclusion: which iPhone should I buy?

We can already see from the table: The iPhone 5s can also keep up in terms of equipment! Sure, many components have been updated in the newer devices, but that doesn't harm the quality of the older model ...

The iPhone 6 (s) and 6 (s) Plus impress primarily with their larger display, but the other further developments are not to be despised either: Apple has been able to improve the image quality of the camera step by step, and the slow-motion function, which has also matured, is an impressive feature . The latest craze is 3D touch for more convenient operation. For more information, see our iPhone 6s test.

If you want to be on the cutting edge of technology, the optimum in performance and functions in the Apple area, choose the iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone 6s. But many are likely to be satisfied with the predecessors, which are now cheaper.

  • iPhones in the Apple Store
  • Pre-order the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus from Vodafone (depending on the contract, from 1 euro one-off payment)
  • Pre-order the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus from Telekom * (depending on the contract, from € 9.95 one-off payment)
  • Pre-order iPhone 6s and 6s Plus at o2 * (depending on the contract, from 29.95 euros one-time payment)
  • Pre-order iPhone 6s and 6s Plus at o2 * (financing)


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