Are you on the market for a new smartphone? Are you still using the iPhone 4c or 4s? If so, now may be the time to consider purchasing the newly released iPhone 6 (or 6 plus). These phones have a few key features which may be worth the upgrade.

From a visual perspective, do you have issues seeing smaller screens? Well the good news is the iPhone 6 plus has a massive 5.5 screen size. Dubbed as the phablet (phone-tablet combination), the iphone 6 plus you get more pixels per inch, better battery life (twice as long for music, 20-40% for video and web browsing) and an improved camera. Here’s a quick size comparison:

iPhone 6 Comparison

While the bigger screens on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus might be the most notable change to Apple’s new gadgets, there are some other cool features these phones have that their predecessors don’t:

  • A8 chip with 64-bit architecture – uses two billion transistors and is 25% faster, 50% more efficient and 13% smaller than its A7 predecessor.
  • The M8 motion coprocessor is designed for fitness apps. It’s more than a step tracker, the new M8 can distinguish between sports such as cycling and running. It also can calculate distance and elevation using an onboard barometer to measure air pressure changes.
  • A new wide angle iSight lens, true tone flash, f/2.2 aperture, greater noise reduction and a 2 x faster autofocus provide even better images.
  • There’s also a new Apple-designed image signal processor built into the A8 chip to improve the way the iPhone 6 handles images.
  • The iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) sports CAT 4 LTE, offering data speeds of up to 150Mbps and it supports LTE coverage for 20 bands, covering over 200 networks worldwide. The most bands covered by any iPhone.
  • Pay with your iPhone using Touch ID in stores and in apps

How do you know if you’re eligible to get an iPhone 6 for as little as $199 (with a new 2-year contract)? For a quick check from your current mobile provider, use the following numbers:

  • AT&T: *639# (call)
  • Sprint: 1311 (text “UPGRADE” to that number)
  • Verizon: #874 (call)

Feel free to add your comments regarding the iPhone 6 – especially once you have it in hand.