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Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Posted: , by John V.


Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review

Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review

Phablets have risen in popularity over the last couple of years, thanks mainly to the many Android devices that were quick to establish this newfound segment in the smartphone space. For the longest of time, Apple refuted the idea of having a phablet-sized smartphone. However, that’s all changing this year with the introduction of not one, but two new iPhones.

Giving it more of that flagship smartphone status, the iPhone 6 chimes in with a modest sized 4.7-inch screen. Well, if that’s not enough for you, or if you simply prefer a more ginormous iPhone of sorts, you’ll quickly place your attention on its close sibling – the iPhone 6 Plus. Yes folks, the Plus intends to give the other notable phablets in the market some heated competition.

Flaunting a 5.5-inch display, the iPhone 6 Plus from the outside looks like its 4.7-inch sibling, but it’s packing its own exclusive set of arsenal to set it apart. Taking into consideration that phablets are meant to be bridge devices between the smartphone and tablet, we’re curious to know exactly how the iPhone 6 Plus can deliver in that regard – more so knowing what its rivals have accomplished already. The word “plus” after anything sounds mighty intriguing, so let’s hope there’s a lot of that in this!

The package contains:
  • Lightning cable
  • Wall charger
  • Apple sticker decals
  • Get Started Guide


It’s premium by nature from head-to-toe, but the biggest obstacle here is trying to handle this beastly sized thing with one hand.

Frankly, the design language of the iPhone 6 Plus is identical to the iPhone 6 – except that it’s obviously bigger in size. Going for a grander scale, the size is what’s probably going to dictate consumers what to get. Needless to say, its wide girth makes the iPhone 6 Plus a handful to operate, requiring more two-handed operation than anything else.

Sporting the foundational qualities of iPhones past, the iPhone 6 Plus is one of the more premium-made phablets in the market. That’s primarily attributed to its unibody aluminum chassis, which not only gives it that high-quality feel, but it’s relatively resilient to fingerprints and other nasty baddies. At the same time, the construction feels solid thanks to the premium choice of materials Apple has decided to go with. Unlike past iPhones, the Plus, much like its sibling in the iPhone 6, sports rounded edges to make it slightly more comfortable to hold – as opposed to the flat, chamfered beveled edges of last year’s iPhone 5s.

Attributed to its larger size, the power button has moved away from its traditional location on the upper right corner of the phone, and is now placed along the right edge – a fitting change, since it’s easier to access. As for the volume controls and silence switch, which are still in their same old spots on the left edge, they might not jut out as much as before, but they’re relatively still easy to distinguish and operate. Notably different is the size of the volume buttons, which are elongated now, in order to accommodate the iPhone 6’s skinnier frame. Meanwhile, other familiar items, like the Lightning docking power, 3.5mm headset jack, speaker, earpiece, and microphones are found in their usual locations.
Underneath the display, we have the phone’s iconic home button, which has the Touch ID biometric touch sensor incorporated into it. Still rocking the same responsiveness and easy unlocking operation as before, it’s still somewhat mind-boggling to know that it’s the best implementation around.

Apple’s iPhones have always been known to take spectacular photos, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone to find that the iPhone 6 Plus is packing some new gear. Even though its iSight camera doesn’t increase in count, a decent 8-megapixel sensor with a two-toned dual-LED flash, Apple introduces a new technology called “Focus Pixel,” which we’ll expand more on later in the camera section of the review. Likewise, they’ve opted to stick the iPhone 6 Plus with the same 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera as last year’s model.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches
158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches
153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
6.21 oz (176 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Huawei Ascend Mate7
6.18 x 3.19 x 0.31 inches
157 x 81 x 7.9 mm
6.53 oz (185 g)

Huawei Ascend Mate7

HTC One max
6.48 x 3.25 x 0.41 inches
164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm
7.65 oz (217 g)

HTC One max

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


What a change! The iPhone 6 Plus earns the mark for having the highest resolution screen on an iPhone.

Notable for its immense 5.5-inch Retina Display, which is based on IPS LCD technology, the more pressing matter here is that the iPhone 6 Plus’ screen earns the prestigious mark for being the highest-resolution panel to ever grace an iPhone. Although it’s been the norm for many high-end smartphones for some time, the iPhone 6 Plus one-ups its sibling in the iPhone 6 by having a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. In fact, its 401 ppi pixel density eclipses all iPhones before it! Therefore, it translates in giving fine details a substantial amount of crispness and clarity. It’s sharp, there’s no denying that, but it’s still a step behind quadHD displays on paper.

Beyond the resolution, the panel is also remarkable for its other impressive qualities. First, the IPS LCD display conjures up a maximum brightness output of 574 nits, enabling its screen to shine brightly under direct sunlight. In comparison to other notable phablets, the screen that’s present here is undoubtedly brighter. Colors are nicely reproduced too, which has been a characteristic of nearly all iPhones. However, color temperature is rather cool at 7300K, not as close to the 6500K reference as we would like.

Naturally, the size alone is something unprecedented for Apple. Directly comparing the display of the iPhone 6 plus to its sibling in the iPhone 6, we do notice that the latter has the stronger brightness output and superior color accuracy. Versus the rest of the competition, however, the 5.5-inch 1080p Retina Display is hardly ground shaking, but we can’t complain either because of its alluring properties of being high quality.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 574
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 360
Huawei Ascend Mate7 484
HTC One max 469
LG G3 455
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posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:57 28

1. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

It looks larger than the Note 4, yet has a smaller display and battery. Really gotta commend Samsung on the compactness of their phones. As for this phone, its good for those looking for a phablet running iOS, but nothing really special or attractive to those holding on to another phablet (L1520 or any of the Android phablets).

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:07 2

11. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1524; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

I agree.Gaming will be great on this one.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:08 1

15. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1524; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

Best for multimedia

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:34 31

27. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

See again my same issue as in the iPhone 6 review... Why don't they take points off for the overall size. My one year old Note 3 is way smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus with a larger screen... That should automatically drop it to 8.5. Then no 4K video, that should drop it to 8.0...

I just don't get why other flagships get knocked for size relative to screen but the iPhone 6 Plus gets a free pass. Also 1GB of RAM... C'mon, there are mid-range devices with more RAM.

I just don't get why iPhones are not subject to the same type of reviews as other flagships. Why is PhoneArena.com so lenient with the iPhone...

I am sorry 9.0 for a larger rehash is completely unacceptable.

This phone is a 8.0 TOPS!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:49 18

33. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

There is no way this phone is a better device than LAST YEARS Note 3, much less this years Note 4. The Sony Xperia Z3 is a better device than both the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus.

To say that specs don't matter because it's an iPhone is a bunch of bull. Why is PhoneArena.com so scared to give a correct score to an iPhone?

If a phone has bad battery life like BOTH the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus how in the world could it ever get a score of a 9.0. I am sorry that is EXTREMELY questionable. So I guess it got bonus points for being pretty while it charges???

So sad PhoneArena.com... SO sad!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:02 10

37. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)

My friend. This is the time of the year when John V. go gaga on iPhone again. Don't expect a fair review from him.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:07 14

40. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

I hate to say it but you are right. I remember a time when Johnnnn V. from PhoneArena was the best reviewer around. No bang for the buck in this review. Apple can charge you a kidney & it would not factor into the final score...

Very, very sad indeed!


posted on 22 Sep 2014, 10:30 2

70. ojdidit84 (Posts: 458; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

+1 for "Johnnnn V. from Phonearena.com"

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 10:43

134. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

well i think it impacts also the scoring about the expectation of the reviewer, you see, iphone yearly is a rehash, so they expect it that way but still delivers. look at z3, it is a disappointment that the upgrade was very minimal coz we expect them to go big, that's why it was scored very low, even though they are more powerful than iphone. on the other hand, note 3 to note 4 has a significant upgrades so it has a high score than iphone 6/6+, if note 4 was like z3, i bet they'll score lower than iphone 6s' scores coz it disappoint. disappointment is great with high expectations. I'm not disagreeing with you, but just my observation on how they score it. knowing iphone yearly has very minimal upgrades, but you see new features and it delivers well, the score won't be changed that much, but the trend in android is different, every flagship must have a significant upgrades, so if a flagship has very minimal upgrades, it will score very badly coz we expect them to bring monstrous specs or latest specs, unlike in iOS. iOS or iphone, has nothing to be compared but only their 1 year old gadget so it scores that high.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:40 1

51. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

On phone arena Apple always wins.

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 17:46 1

119. darkkjedii (Posts: 24899; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

In sales customer satisfaction customer service and on the stock market Apple always wins too. Let's not forget that. Not Tryna to toot their horn, but let's face it the company knows what they're doing man they make a good product

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 11:36 3

77. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)

it is a better device than note 3 and note 4 touchwiz becomes hell to use after 4 months and it looks so ugly gingerbread era interface .

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 11:56 4

79. ojdidit84 (Posts: 458; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

Oh, so you've seen and played with or had a Note 4 for about 6 months now? -_-

Also, in what ways would you say it's better than the Note 3? Just curious, really... Like, in what ways does this improve or differentiate the experience over the 6 as the Note 3 did over the S4 to you?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 13:00 2

84. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

What?!? He has used the Note 4? It's not even out yet?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 17:55 2

97. ojdidit84 (Posts: 458; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

My point exactly. He's making comments about TW on the Note 4 and it's still about a month away from release.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 06:53 1

106. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 223; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)

+1 Well said bro..
Another point i noticed is PA is comparing Note3 & other phones in Headphones DB test. Not comparing with HTC One M8 which has 1.38 as against 1.01 for iPhone just to show iPhone is superior to all others.
Don't be soo biased please...

Soo bad..

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 00:17

129. aqibone (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Sep 2014)

Hey Easy Easy. Every reviewer has opinions and/or preferences. But they are better than GSMARENA who have become SAMSUNGARENA for last couple of years. By the way, I think Z3 is better than others including new Note 4.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 11:49 1

78. f35hunter (Posts: 233; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)

I If you want to see the real biased reviews just wait the camera comparisons they will say that iCrab photos is even better than lumia 1020's and DSLR's photos, just waiting
Kudos to PA

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 17:18

93. beachedwhale (Posts: 22; Member since: 30 May 2014)

Its better because all the speed benchmarks that test how good it's processor will perform and the iPhone with its dual core 1.4 ghertz chip is WAY faster than the competition

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 21:19

99. ph00ny (Posts: 1507; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Multitasking doesn't work the same way as it does on android so 1GB maybe adequate enough for iphones. As for other features, not sure if they're doing blow by blow comparison for the point scale or comparison against the previous models which makes sense for the rating but not quite for competitor comparison scale

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 06:55 1

107. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 223; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)

Well Said..


posted on 24 Sep 2014, 17:44

118. darkkjedii (Posts: 24899; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

You sound like a whiny little b

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 07:50

138. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

You I apple polishing whxre. Insult goes both ways.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:05 1

38. enthasuium (Posts: 138; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)

You have ipad mini for that, 6 plus basically Mini version of ipad mini ...LOL

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 10:15

64. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Maxipad nano?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:19 6

18. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I was hoping Apple would bring something different to the phablet game, like making tablet-only apps compatible. As it stands, this is just one more oversized smartphone.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:41 2

29. hitmantb (Posts: 79; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)

It destroyed all Android devices in every performance benchmark and has better battery life than Note 3, on top of iOS exclusive metal which makes iOS games look 100 times better than Android (check out Asphalt 8 on both platforms), great job Apple!

We will see what happens when Note 4 comes out. Samsung already knows it can not compete and immediately offered a $200 discount if you trade in a $10 working smartphone.

9 is too low, A8 is a completely different league than Snapdragon.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:06 4

39. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3574; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

Nope it doesn't destroy in every benchmark. And ofcourse it has better battery life than a Note 3, it's newer. Yet it's battery life is considered average in tests. And 100 times better? If it's 10 times better, it will be on the high side. Especially with new graphic engines coming out for both platforms.
Ofcourse it's a completere different league, A8 is iOS, Snapdragon the rest.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:10 1

41. jeff327 (Posts: 84; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)

As opposed to Sprint and Verizon offering if for free with a trade in? When it in the world any carrier ever offer a new I phone for free under any circumstances? The answer is never. The fact is this phone will sell like crazy. There are enough hard core Apple fans that would but a $16 Casio watch if it had an Apple Logo. (check out Jimmy Kimmel) But a lot of the public has woken up and know that Apple makes a great phone but it is inferior to many Android phones. But you go ahead and believe your new I Phone is the best. I truly hope you enjoy it. I will keep using my LG G3 knowing I have in my opinion the best phone on the market.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:30 2

48. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Too bad you don't inform yourself before making half assed statements, the iPhone 6 Plus is rendering those benchmarks as if it had the same barely more than HD as the iPhone 6, the reason must be that Apple doesn't want their precious premium phablet to have less performance than the regular iPhone 6. And if you used your brain to make a decent comparison you wouldn't compare the on screen results of devices that are indeed rendering games and benches at 1080p to ones that are rendering at 750p (almost 2x the pixels in 1080p, which results in 2x frame rate drop). Compare them to the Z3 compact which sports a S801 (older chipset) and 720p resolution, it scores 25FPS in Manhattan versus the 30FPS of the iPhone 6 which for a rehash of S800 (mid 2013 SoC) isn't that far behind of the A8.

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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone ARMv8-A 2nd gen. processor
Size6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches
(158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm)
6.07 oz  (172 g)

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