There’s a lot of similarities between Apple’s two latest and greatest iPhones: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Both come in silver, gold, and space grey; both feature Touch ID; both have the A8 and M8 processors; both come in 16, 64, or 128 GB sizes; and both come with NFC, which supports Apple’s new Apple Pay mobile payments system. Yet both phones have a ton of differences. We’ve gone through the major ones to help you decide which model is right for you.
Both handsets have been out on market for quite some time now and have surpassed their predecessor, the iPhone 5s, in every regard -- specs, hardware, imaging, power efficiency and overall sales. All were smashed by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. And with the advent of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus almost upon us, we thought it high time to compare last year’s models in a head-to-head comparison article, as both will receive meaty price cuts in the coming weeks and months, once the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is readily available in the UK and US.
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Specs
Here’s the specs for the iPhone 6:
Display: 4.7-inch display with a 1334x750-pixel resolution at 326ppi
Dimensions: 138.1mm x 67mm x 6.9mm
Weight: 129 grams
Storage: 16, 64, or 128GB
Processors: A8 chip with 64-bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor
Front camera: FaceTime HD camera. 1.2 MP photos and 720p HD video.
The biggest difference between the two new iPhones are in the display department. The iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch display with a 1334x750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi and the iPhone 6 Plus features a 5.5-inch display with a 1920x1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi. Without a doubt the iPhone 6 Plus screen is the technically better one in most departments. It’s got a much higher resolution screen with more pixels crammed into each square inch. But interestingly, the smaller iPhone 6 has a slightly better contrast ratio of 1400:1 compared to the iPhone 6 Plus’ 1300:1.
As for the design, both feature aluminum bodies with rounded corners and while their physical length and height dimensions are of course different (due to screen size) the smaller iPhone 6 wins on thinness being just 6.9mm thick versus the iPhone 6 Plus’s 7.1mm thickness.
The iPhone 6 is also noticeable lighter than the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 weighs just 129 grams versus the iPhone 6 Plus’ 172 grams.
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Battery
The other major difference between the two new iPhones is in battery life. s can be expected, the iPhone 6 Plus packs a much larger battery because it needs it to power its larger screen. Yet Apple has also managed to eek out some of that bigger battery’s power to give the iPhone 6 Plus slightly longer battery life in some tasks. Here’s their metrics in specific areas:
Talk time: iPhone 6 – 14 hours on 3G. iPhone 6 Plus – 24 hours on 3G.
Standby time: iPhone 6 – Up to 10 days (250 hours). iPhone 6 Plus – Up to 16 days (384 hours).
Internet use: iPhone 6 – Up to 10 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on 4G LTE, and up to 11 hours on Wi‑Fi. iPhone 6 Plus – Up to 12 hours on 3G, up to 12 hours on 4G LTE, and up to 12 hours on Wi‑Fi.
Video playback: iPhone 6 – Up to 11 hours. iPhone 6 Plus – Up to 14 hours.
Audio playback: iPhone 6 – Up to 50 hours. iPhone 6 Plus – Up to 80 hours.
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Camera
The new iPhones both have the exact same cameras (a disappointing 8MP sensor is still the camera of choice for some reason). But the iPhone 6 Plus wins in the camera department because it also has optical image stabilization, which the iPhone 6 does not. Optical image stabilization can make your pics look a lot better–so if your iPhone is your only camera, getting the 6 Plus could be worth it.
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Cost & Verdict
And then there is the cost. As I mentioned earlier, both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come in silver, gold, and space grey and in 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB storage capacities. Unlocked the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will cost £539 (16GB), £619 (64GB) and £699 (128GB). The iPhone 6 Plus will cost £619 (16GB), £699 (64GB) and £789 (128GB).
But the thing about it is you can’t base your purchase decision on cost–or the optical image stabilization in the iPhone 6 Plus’ camera, or even the battery life differences. Your choice will have entirely to do with the screen. In that case, the only question is how big do you want to go?