Why it’s worth hanging onto your iPhone 6 Plus or buying one used as Apple’s 2014 phablet still has a lot to offer if you don’t need the latest in mobile tech.
Apple’s original phablet still has plenty to offer so why change?
The iPhone 6 Plus with its 5.5 inch screen was a significant release when it appeared back in September 2014. It marked Apple’s first foray into the ‘phablet’ phone at a time when many couldn’t imagine Apple going beyond the more compact smartphones they’d released up to that point.
Since then, four new versions have appeared in successive years with another on the way later in 2018, but your trusty 6 Plus is still worth hanging onto as is buying one used if a good value large screen phone appeals.
So why keep your 6 Plus?
Here are five reasons:
- Cost of replacement
Inevitably, buying a replacement phone will cost whether you opt to buy a new one outright or go down the contract route with a subsidised handset.
While some people will always want to have the latest model, the canny buyer waits until new releases genuinely offer new features and facilities worth splashing out for. Even then it’s possible to save money in that buying a model one or two releases behind the latest version will offer both big savings and new features if coming from a markedly older handset.
A good example (if you don’t already own one of course) is buying a refurbished iPhone 6 Plus if you’d like a larger screen and aren’t too concerned about other, newer features. Your wallet will thank you in that they’re currently available for under £180 so making a huge saving on a new version, or even a used example of a newer release such as an iPhone 7 or 8 Plus.
- Backward compatible with software releases
A key benefit of the Apple mobile environment is the way the company deals with updates and new versions of its iOS operating system.
When updates or new versions of iOS are available, users of compatible phones are notified via their handset immediately and can download the new software. The company make their updates backward compatible with many older iPhones: at present, the latest iOS release is compatible with handsets dating back as far as 2013 so including the models released a year before the 6 and 6 Plus.
- Cheap running costs
Sticking with an older phone or buying one means you can avoid expensive contracts involving subsidised phones and pay for just what you need from your tariff.
Some people pay for more data and minutes than they’ll ever use just to increase the subsidy on an expensive phone. If you already own a 6 Plus or buy a used one, then you can select a SIM only deal that suits your needs and so offer much better value for money.
- Accessories still compatible with your handset
One annoyance sometimes when upgrading a phone is having to buy cases, chargers and other items all over again to fit the new model you now own.
Sticking with a handset that’s giving you faithful service means you won’t be spending money on accessories apart from the odd replacement. Such is the mobile aftermarket you won’t need to worry about these items becoming unavailable as time passes; you’ll be able to buy a case for your 6 Plus for a while yet.
- Built to last so why change?
Apple’s build quality is legendary throughout its product range, and the iPhone is no exception, so a well looked after 6 Plus looks good and performs well.
It still offers modern technology, and such is the way Apple engineer their products – for example a screen that, while not a pace setter in terms of spec, works very well thanks to its high standard of construction – you don’t feel you’re using an obviously older phone.
The 6 Plus has a decent camera, a fingerprint sensor for quick and easy unlocking of the phone and some apps, good battery life thanks to a larger battery than in the standard size iPhone 6, and a bright and very detailed display.
New releases not always offering big changes
Also, while the 6 Plus has been replaced every year since its launch as mentioned earlier, not all versions have represented a huge leap over the 6. Phone makers often routinely change handsets annually and it’s not always the case that huge leaps forward are made with each release.
Your phone is up to date if it meets your needs
Even those immersed in new equipment such as tech reviewers would say the 6 Plus from 2014 has a lot to offer. While tech manufacturers will change their ranges frequently, you’re not going out of date if your handset or other tech equipment continues to meet your requirements.