Buying an iPhone was much simpler when only one variant of the phone was available. But today, with new models hitting the market year after year, the choices are becoming increasingly complex. Currently, there are as many as eight iPhone options to choose from. The company has confirmed that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the latest models to be launched, will reach India by 7 October. Meanwhile, the iPhone SE, which was launched earlier this year, and the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which were launched late last year, will continue to be in the market. To complicate matters, popular retailers, both online and offline, are still selling the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at attractive prices.
If you are confused by the plethora of options at your disposal, here’s a ready reckoner to help you identify which iPhone would work best for you.
iPhone 6s Plus (Rs60,000 (32 GB); Rs70,000 (128 GB)
Apple has done away with the 16 GB variant, which is good news for music fans and avid photographers, because 32 GB can store much more data over time. The phone runs the capable A9 chip, iOS 10, is well-built, and the camera includes the optical image stabilization feature.
If you are comfortable with the 5.5-inch screen size, the 6s Plus is a good option. Another factor in its favour is the good battery life.
The iPhone 6s, when launched last year, started with a price tag of Rs62,000 (for the 16 GB version). That specification has been done away with, and the reconfigured price is now Rs50,000 (for the 32 GB version). The 3D Touch feature allows you to access certain features in the apps by pressing down on the app icon itself, albeit a little more forcefully. This is an excellent value-for-money proposition at this price—you will get powerful specifications and a fantastic design. We like the beautiful rose-gold colour variant.
This phone was launched earlier this year, after user feedback suggested that there was still a market for compact phones with 4-inch displays. The phone won’t disappoint you in terms of performance. It has specifications similar to the slightly bigger iPhone 6s, which was the latest-generation hardware at the time. The phone is ideal for those who yearn for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s because of their easy-to-use size. Spend on the 64 GB version if you are considering the iPhone SE—more storage space is never a bad idea if you intend to use this phone for a long time.
The fact that people were still buying the iPhone 5s three years after it was launched, primarily because of its compact size, was what prompted Apple to launch the iPhone SE. You can buy the iPhone 5s on Amazon.in even now. At the current retail price, it’s not surprising that the 5s is the “first iPhone” for a lot of buyers. However, buying this phone now makes sense only for someone who requires an iPhone for moderate usage as far as apps are concerned, and who can do without a top-notch camera or blazing-fast performance.
*Prices may vary.
iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are still easily available on platforms such as Amazon.in. Prices are expected to fall further over the next few weeks, or there may be some bundled deals as we head into the festive season. While we would strongly recommend spending that little extra on the 6s or 6s Plus, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are still worth considering—they are well designed, offer smooth performance, can be upgraded to iOS 10, and the entire iPhone user experience is ever-present. They do miss out on the 3D Touch feature that the 6s series has, but that should not be a deal-breaker.
The iPhone 7 will be the default choice for most buyers. This runs the latest-generation A10 Fusion chip, a 12-megapixel camera, iOS 10, and the new force-sensitive, home-button mechanism. All iPhone 7 variants are water-
resistant. The 4.7-inch display has been tweaked to make it 25% brighter than the iPhone 6s.
The iPhone 7 would work best for those who prefer a compact design and screen size, but do not want to compromise on either the specifications or the user experience.
iPhone 7 Plus (Rs72,000 (32 GB); Rs82,000 (128 GB); Rs92,000 (256 GB)
The 5.5-inch display is now brighter and has the ability to reproduce more colours; the phone runs the A10 Fusion chip. This is the first iPhone with dual cameras (wide-angle and telephoto cameras). It offers two new colour options too—jet black and black.
The iPhone 7 Plus is ideal for productivity tasks, for photography enthusiasts and for gamers. We would recommend the 128 GB variant, at the least, if you intend to get the maximum mileage out of the camera.