Is iPhone 6s Relevant in 2021?

iPhone 6s is the oldest iPhone still supported by Apple and sold by carriers in 2021, but it is worth it or is there a better value proposition in the line up? Posted by erwinkarim on 10:41 AM, January 13, 2021 Last updated on 1:54 PM, January 13, 2021 Filed in: iphone, 6s, se,

I still using the iPhone 6s as my children’s gaming phone. Slap a new battery and I believe I can still use the phone for daily use. What’s amazing is that it still support the latest iOS update (iOS 14) despite it was released in 2016. I cannot think of any andriod phones that was released in 2016 what is still being supported by the manufacturer, let alone being relevant. That all being said, I believe that are better alternatives on the market if one is looking for a new budget iPhone.

I present you the iPhone SE 2:-


iphone SE 2

It was updated in 2020 with the A13 chip which powers that iPhone 11 Pro and price starts at $399. It’s actually water resistant so I don’t worry if the phone accidentally took a swim, it has upgrade Touch ID (the one with the fake buttons) and have wireless charging. It also can actually fast charge if you connect it to a iPad charger or a large charge. And finally when I travel (remember planes??), I can actually put in a eSim to use local lines.

With iPhone 6s and SE being offered for starter bundles in telco companies, the differences is so small in terms of cost that if does not make any sense getting the iPhone 6s at 2020 unless you are looking for a throwaway phone.

With phone line bundles, you can get the iPhone SE at free or at most around $5 / month for 30 months. This means for the default iPhone, the iPhone SE bring a lot of great value to the table which far exceed what the iPhone SE can throw at. With the quite powerful A13 bionic chip, you can guarantee that the phone will be supported for Apple for at least until 2024 or 2025, which is like forever in the phone world.

Comparison

Features iPhone 6s iPhone SE
General
CPU A9 A13
Neural Engine None 3rd Gen
RAM (GB) 2 3
Storage (GB) 32 or 128 64, 128 or 256
Screen
Size 4.7" Retina 4.7" Retina
Resolution (pixels) 1334 x 750
Max brightness (nits) 500 625
Rear Camera System
Wide f/2.2 f/1.8
Wide Resolution (MP) 12
Image stabilization? No Yes
Potrait Mode? No Yes
HDR Photos? Yes Smart
Video System
4k Video (fps) 25 or 30 24, 25, 30 or 60
HD Video (fps) 25, 30 or 60
HDR Recording (fps) No Up to 30
Slow-Mo at HD(fps) 120, 240 at 720p 120 or 240
Front Camera System
Resolution (MP) 5 7
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.2
Potrait Mode? No Yes
Stabilization? No Yes
Others
Body? Al Aerospace Al
Water resistant? No Up to 1m for 30 minutes
Qi charging? No Yes
eSim? No Yes
Glass back? No Yes
Fast charging? No Yes

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