Introduction


In a move that aims to make Apple competitive on the phablet market, the company has recently introduced a new iPhone with a very, very large screen – the iPhone 6 Plus. Just a year ago, no one would have believed that such a gargantuan phone may come out of Apple, but here it is in the flesh, sporting a massive 5.5” screen and the same beautiful metal body that's exhibited by its mainstream sibling – the iPhone 6. Speaking of the latter, we'd wager that most users who'll be getting Apple's new smartphone will be going for the 6. However, the 6 Plus being an entirely new thing for Apple, there's bound to be some serious interest in it as well.

In that case, how do people decide which one to get? Well, that's what this comparison is for – let's try to find the things that set these new iPhones apart and see how people should go about determining which one to buy.

Design

Equally beautiful, not so equally portable

It won't be a wrong statement to say that both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have the same exact design language. Both handsets look extremely cool in their metal bodies, with the only difference being the 6 Plus' dimensions being (a lot) bigger, at 6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches (158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm), vs the much more compact 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches (138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm) of the iPhone 6. So, that's the first major difference we'd like to point out here, and that's how big the 6 Plus is. Users who don't know much about the so called phablets should know that this thing is BIG – the 6 Plus may be remarkably thin, but it's a 100% phablet, so size is something you'll have to be ready to cope with, if that's the way you're willing to go. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 is significantly bigger than previous generations of the iPhone, but it's still relatively easy to handle and use.

Button layout is exactly the same on both handsets, with the power key being on the right hand side, and the home and volume keys keeping their usual positions below the screen and on the left hand side, respectively. Despite the iPhone 6 Plus being bigger, the size of its physical buttons is the same as that of the iPhone 6. Thankfully, they are very easy to press on both handsets and don't cause any trouble.

One thing that continues to be missing from any iPhone is water resistance. Indeed, it would have been cool if any of these new iPhones could be submerged into water, like some of the Android flagships out there, but this would have probably compromised the design, so that's one trade-off that has to be made with Apple's sexy aluminum exteriors.


Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

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



Display

Turns out, size requires compromise – the iPhone 6's display appears slightly better calibrated than that of the massive 6 Plus

So, the first and most important difference here is that the 6 Plus' screen is much larger, at 5.5” compared to the iPhone 6's 4.7”. We still consider the display size of the iPhone 6 to be big enough in order to make the user experience with the phone a joy, but of course, for those who just can't get enough screen on their mobile device, the 6 Plus can offer even more. And of course, the 5.5” panel will make stuff like various multimedia content even more enjoyable on the 6 Plus.

With regards to resolution, the 6 Plus also has the finer display. Its resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels makes for the superb pixel density of 401 ppi. Of course, the iPhone 6 and its 750 x 1334 pixels (326 ppi) still display things in a crisp and beautiful way, but yeah, the visuals of the 6 Plus will be a notch cleaner.

Both panels feature great brightness output, with the iPhone 6 having the upper hand with its 600 nits, versus the 6 Plus' 570 nits. Meanwhile, though, the 6 Plus can get a bit dimmer (4 nits vs 7 nits), allowing for a slightly more comfortable viewing in the dark.

When it comes to color balance, the iPhone 6 once again has an advantage – its color temperature is about 7150 K, while the visuals of the 6 Plus are a bit colder with their 7300 K (the ideal temperature is considered to be 6500 K, with higher numbers making for colder-looking (bluish) colors). Delta E values are also higher on the 6 Plus, suggesting an overall more color-inaccurate screen. Thankfully, its numbers are still low enough for it to be considered both natural and good-looking, but it comes to show that it's not that easy to produce a super-sized touchscreen with great color characteristics.

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23 Comments

1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

6+ for me. 6 sounds like 5s with bigger screen with small difference in design which I didn't like I prefer 5s design. With 6+ gets full hd display,& OIS.

16. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Plus the almost double battery size.

2. binerry

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I pre-ordered the 6+. Then I saw it in the stores on Friday and realize it was too big for my liking. I cancelled that preorder and ended up getting the 6 the following day. I really missed TouchID as I went to the 5c temporarily after switching carriers again. Best phone to date I think.

3. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Gotta love the Android fanboys though. I mean I have had nothing but Android up until the iPhone 6 (I had the 5 for two months and went back to the Droid DNA because the 5 was too small) and I know that these people blabbering on about specs are just completely stupid. I had the G3 and just got this and it's more fluid, there's no lag, the mail client doesn't suck, and the battery life is better. When will people stop looking at numbers and judge a phone based on its actual performance?

8. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Exactly!! When a device is released with, for example, 3GB ram, everyone starts beating down on Apple. Do you NEED 3GB? No. Do you want it? Absolutely. I had the GS5 which has 2GB ram, and with no apps open, it would take up 65-75% of the RAM. For that, most definitely 1GB wouldn't be enough. I've said it before and I'll say it again.. the larger specs on Android is to overcompensate. Put it on same specs as iPhone and it will lag and work like poo. My first phone was the Samsung Fascinate, after which I went 4S, 5, 5S, then went back to try WP and Android. Had about 7-9 devices with both OS's before I came running back to iPhone 6+. With the larger screen, OIS, larger pixel density (which really doesn't matter), better camera internals, larger battery, etc.. I'm more than happy with the new iPhone.

21. juzzi

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

Actually more RAM would have been better.

4. kassi

Posts: 109; Member since: May 25, 2013

6+ has 31.6 fps in the manhattan 1080p test thats INSANE!!!

5. Iodine

Posts: 1493; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

The app isn't updated, it renders the test at 1136x640, eg iPhone 5 grade resolution and there are some scaling issues in those unoptimized apps which negatively affect performance. At 1080p offscreen it's about 19 to 20 fps, still insane and the iPhone 6+ can last about twice as long during heavy gaming.

6. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

It seams that both of them are very good, just need better batteries, but is not that bad. I would probably get the 4,7 if I was going to change OSes, I have the Z2 and its big enough for me

7. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Just wish the devs would hurry up and optimise their apps for the plus - only 1 app i own that isn't developed by Apple has done so at the moment. Annoying..

9. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

It's a shame that the 6+ is just a bigger 6. More software should of been added to utilize the larger screen like the Note phones do. The 6+ does offer a better resolution, but it has to with a bigger screen. It's nice that they have HD screens now.

10. HamzAmin

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Who cares? Both are so useless people will buy them only for drop tests :D

11. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Lol you should delete your account.

12. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Can the last empty row of icons be used? There seems to be an empty row...another row of icons? Again?

18. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yes, it's just how the phone ships as stock. You can use the last row and folders filled with whatever you like too.

19. Çarşı19

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

changing all just price.

20. juzzi

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

"the superb pixel density of 401 ppi", there's always that special child.

22. CarsonTiffany

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

Compare to iphone 6 +,I like iphone 6 more, it seems easier to handle with one hand and the screen is big enough for me.But don't like the ugly antenna lines on the cover.A custom unique case is a good choice.I try casecoco,love their well-designed case, site: casecoco.com/personalized-cases-for-iphone/iphone-​6-cases-194 now only $17.95.15% discount is given by the seller if order excess $20, the coup/Promo Code:CCSTAFF2014

23. sonianetty

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

believe me dears, 6+ is awesome. the bigger screen is excellent. i just love it.

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