iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: What’s the difference?

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: What’s the difference?

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now a reality, and all set to go on sale this coming Friday. Question: Which one should you buy?

In layman’s terms there’s a big one (the iPhone 6) and an even bigger one (the iPhone 6 Plus), but there’s a little more to the story than that. Fortunately, some dude has drilled deeper below. Check it out.

Here, in no particular order, I’m detailing five key differences between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. If I’ve missed anything crucial, or indeed anything minor, hit us up with a comment below.

1. iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: size

Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus mark a dramatic departure from the pocket-friendly iPhones of the past. The iPhone 5s measured 123.8mm vertically, while the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus stretch to 138.1mm and 158.1mm respectively.

Obviously it’s quite difficult to convey size in words, but the iPhone 6 is a little taller than the Samsung Galaxy S4, in a narrower and slimmer body. It’s a similar case with the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the former being taller, narrower and slimmer.

2. iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: displays

Needless to say, the iPhone 6 Plus is an overall larger device than the iPhone 6 because it houses – you guessed it – a larger display.

The iPhone 6 has a resolution of 750 x 1334, yielding the same pixel density (326PPI) as the iPhone 5s before it. The iPhone 6 Plus, meanwhile, sets a new record for iDevice pixel density, with a 1080 x 1920 Full HD resolution, and 401PPI.

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: What’s the difference?3. iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: camera

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both have 8MP rear cameras, with Apple’s all-new “Focus Pixels” technology aka on-chip phase detection autofocus. Essentially, the phones can focus twice as fast as previous iPhones – or so Apple says.

The obvious difference here is that optical image stabilisation (OIS) is exclusive to the larger iPhone 6 Plus, essentially negating – or attempting to negate – shaky hands.

4. iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: battery

The exact sizes of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus batteries appear to be a mystery for now, and indeed Apple prefers to focus on talk time, standby time, and video playback time.

The iPhone 6 looks like this: 14 hours 3G talk time, 10 days standby, 11 hours of video; the iPhone 6 Plus looks like this: 24 hours 3G talk time, 16 days standby, 14 hours of video.

5. iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: price

Last but not least, we turn to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus price, remembering that the larger model delivers a larger display with higher pixel density, optical image stabilisation, and longer battery life. Is it worth it? You decide.

Full iPhone 6 prices:

  • 16GB - £539
  • 64GB - £619
  • 128GB - £699

Full iPhone 6 Plus prices:

  • 16GB - £619
  • 64GB - £699
  • 128GB - £789

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 16, 2014 at 13:57

Just noticed Irish networks still sell the 5c/5S at their full price while Apple's Irish store has already discounted the things.
So: Vodafone Ireland e.g. take almost €70 more for a 16GB LOCKED 5S than Apple Ireland.
NO shame.

satchef1  Sep. 16, 2014 at 15:30

O2 UK are doing the same. On their 'Refresh' tariffs, you buy the phone and the airtime plan separately. The phone is sold to you on a 0% interest deal. Here's the prices listed under the 'Device Cash Price' heading:

iPhone 6
16GB - £619.99
64GB - £739.99
128GB - £789.99

iPhone 6 Plus:
16GB - £729.99
64GB - £789.99
128GB - £879.99

O2 are charging £120(!) more than Apple for the iPhone 6 64GB. Disgraceful.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 16, 2014 at 15:31

O2 UK are doing the same. On their 'Refresh' tariffs, you buy the phone and the airtime plan separately. The phone is sold to you on a 0% interest deal. Here's the prices listed under the 'Device Cash Price' heading:

iPhone 6
16GB - £619.99
64GB - £739.99
128GB - £789.99

iPhone 6 Plus:
16GB - £729.99
64GB - £789.99
128GB - £879.99

O2 are charging £120(!) more than Apple for the iPhone 6 64GB. Disgraceful.


Whoa!!!!

satchef1  Sep. 16, 2014 at 15:40

Indeed. I'm surprised it hasn't had any media attention to be honest. The way O2 advertise Refresh, they are being a bit naughty.

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