For which iPhone should you crack? Are the new Apple iPhone worth the trouble of bartering the one you have against one of them? Comparing the iPhone 8 to the iPhone 6S, it soon appears that the choice between the two is not an obvious.
The design: different, but identical
For its four successive generations Apple has brought little external changes to its 4.7-inch iPhone. It also seems that the differences presented by the iPhone 8 are not popular with holders of an iPhone 6S.
iPhone 8 – 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches) and 148g
iPhone 6S – 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches) and 143g
Yes, the iPhone 8 is slightly larger, wider, thicker and heavier than the iPhone 6S, but the important is the reason for this difference: the iPhone 8 dismantles the aluminum back of the iPhone 6S to be equipped with glass. Tests of dropping the device have already shown that the glass back of the iPhone 8 breaks up, just like the screen, and its replacement is more expensive – the question then arises as to why this change.
The answer is this: the iPhone 8 finally sees the arrival of the wireless charging, and to allow this Apple needed a driver back, which explains the barter of aluminum against the glass. Your interest in wireless charging will decide how you feel about this change: if it matters little to you, then the iPhone 8 might be what you need.
The second regression of size is due to the fact that the iPhone 8, like the iPhone 7 before him, lost the headphone jack that is found on the 6S. The arguments for and against this loss have been formulated a thousand times, but for some this will be a real hiccup.
These two changes put aside, the iPhone 8 comes with strong improvements. While the 6S is only water and dust resistant, the iPhone 8 is IP67 certified and can survive a complete submersion in water to a depth of one meter a maximum of thirty minutes. The 8 also has very audible stereo speakers, while the 6S’s unique speaker is mediocre.
That said, the iPhone 8 does not offer anything interesting enough to choose it and get rid of the 6S if only for design.
On the screens side
On paper, the 8 and the 6S seem identical.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 – 4.7 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi), 65.6% screen-to-edge ratio
The fact that Apple prefers the LCD to the OLED (which appears only with the iPhone X at the price so high that it would make a syncope) will disappoint the owners of iPhone 6S. However, important updates hide under the surface.
If the contrast ratio of the iPhone 8 remains unchanged from the 6S (1400: 1), the brightness has increased from 500 nits to 625 nits (like the 7), which helps for outdoor reading. The iPhone 8 also incorporates Apple’s “True Tone” technology, which comes from the iPad Pro range, which measures the surrounding light and reacts accordingly so that colors are just right at all times.
Storage and price – both climb
You will have found that the differences between the iPhone 8 and the 6S are a mix of good and bad points on both sides; the same applies to price and storage:
iPhone 8 – 64GB ($ 699), 256GB ($ 849)
iPhone 6S – 32GB ($ 449), 128GB ($ 549)
Thus, Apple has increased the price of the iPhone 8, and removed the popular option of 128 GB, but now offers double the input storage of the iPhone 6S. For its part, the iPhone 6S remains on sale and sees its price decrease (it was a first time after the launch of the iPhone 7), which makes it much cheaper than the 8, for less storage .
The question then remains whether you are ready to realize a significant financial saving by opting for the iPhone 6S and its 128GB, instead of an iPhone 8 64GB that will cost you more expensive but sacrifice the novelty and therefore sustainability; it is up to you to weigh the pros and cons, comparing well the two smartphones.