It’s iPhone buying season again and this year we’re faced with a very tough decision. Apple recently unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at its press event on Sept. 9, 2014 and as many rumors indicated, we now have a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model. Normally our choice would be narrowed down between color and capacity, but this year it’s much more than that…
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may seem very similar on the outside, but that’s not exactly the case. While the screen sizes may differ between these two models, there are also a few different features between them as well. The question is, do you care about the additions that come along with Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus? Let’s find out.
Check out our iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus rundown below:
Starting out with specifications, the iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1,334 x 750 (326 ppi), while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 (401 ppi). The iPhone 6 is a mere 6.9mm thick, with the 6 Plus coming in just a tad thicker at 7.1mm.
Both devices feature an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p (30 & 60 fps) and 720p (up to 120 & 240 fps Slo-Mo) video recording capabilities, but the iPhone 6 Plus also features optical image stabilization. If you’re unfamiliar with it, the optical image stabilization in the iPhone 6 Plus utilizes the gyroscope, A8 processor, and M8 coprocessor to track you hand movement and literally move the camera lens around in order to stabilization and jerky motion. It will definitely be a big deal for those who take a lot of photos or recording video on an iPhone.
Next up, we’re talking about battery life. Apple has made some decent improvements in battery life on both models, but the iPhone 6 Plus still gets the win. Apple’s lists the iPhone 6 as getting up to 50 hours of audio playback, 14 hours of 3G talk time, and 10 hours of LTE browsing. That sounds great, but the iPhone 6 Plus actually gets up to 80 hours of audio playback, 24 hours of 3G talk time, and 12 hours of LTE browsing. As you can tell, the iPhone 6 definitely wins this battle, but it’s also a much larger device with a larger battery inside.
The biggest difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is obviously going to be the dimensions. As you might expect with a larger screen, you’re going to have a much larger device. If you’re coming from an iPhone 5/5s, the difference in size is going to be a big jump. Happen to be switching over from Android? If you’re familiar with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, the iPhone 6 Plus is actually a bit taller than it. To put it into perspective, the Note 3 has a 5.7-inch display. Yep, the iPhone 6 Plus is that big.
The massive size alone may be enough to turn people away from buying the iPhone 6 Plus, but it’s also very obvious that many iOS users have been waiting for a device of this size. If you value pocket space and easier one-handed usability, it’s probably best to go with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.
Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus come in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB configurations with a color choice of Silver, Space Gray, or Gold. The iPhone 6 starts at $199 on-contract (16GB model) or $649 off-contract, while the iPhone 6 Plus comes in at $299 on contract (16GB model) or $749 off-contract. If you’re currently locked into a contract, you always have the option to sell your current device to make up some of the difference for the new model.
Currently, eBay is running a promotion that will help you get up to $400 when selling your device. If your phone doesn’t sell, eBay will give you a $100 coupon just for trying. Check out eBay’s “Flip Your Phone” page for more information.
So which iPhone will you be picking up? Let us know down below.