Can’t decide between an iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus?

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The iPhone 6 is available in two sizes, both of which are larger than last year’s model. But deciding which one to buy can be a very difficult decision. The features and hardware of both are almost identical, but there are a few important differences which might sway you one way or the other…

Is that a phone in your pocket?

Huge Phone in Pocket

The most striking thing about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is of course the size. The smaller one comes in at 4.5 inches and that’s considered pretty normal by today’s standards. The 6 Plus is the real beast here, not only in terms of the processing power that it packs, but because of that gorgeous 5.5 inch screen.

This fact alone makes the 6 Plus terribly awkward to keep in a jeans pocket, for example, and practically impossible to wear comfortably when riding around on a scooter. So what’s the solution for those people who absolutely need the bigger model?

For the male readers, dare we suggest a fashionable “man bag”? Or perhaps the solution is to buy yourself the iPhone 6 and treat your other half to the Plus, as it’s eminently more suitable to pop into a handbag or purse…

What is the difference between the two iPhones?

iPhone 6 Gold

Fancy a gold one…? Zeynep Demir / Shutterstock.com

The two iPhones that Apple just released look very similar, and on the whole the features and are almost identical. Both contain Apple’s latest A8 chip, an 8 megapixel rear camera and all the usual Wi-Fi and network capabilities.

However, there are a few important differences, notably:

  • Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) on the 6 Plus
  • Screen resolution: 1,334 x 750 pixels for the iPhone 6 and 1,920 x 1,080 for the 6 Plus
  • Pixel density: 326 pixels per inch (iPhone 6) and 401 pixels per inch (6 Plus)
  • Better use of landscape mode in apps on the Plus
  • Higher capacity battery on the 6 Plus

What does all this mean to the average person?

The 6 Plus has a better camera that, despite being the same 8 MP resolution, includes optical image stabilisation to help take clearer and more steady shots. It’s a welcome addition that will especially appeal to anyone who takes a lot of pictures. That’s not to say the iPhone 6 camera isn’t good – it also delivers clear and crisp photos even in low light conditions, besides something Apple calls focus pixels to rapidly focus on the subject.

The higher screen resolution of the 6 Plus means there is lots more real estate to display all your photos, movies and apps. It’s not quite as high as some of the latest Android phones which have stupendously high resolutions, but it’s good enough for just about everything you might want to do on your iPhone. And thanks to its larger physical dimensions, it’s ideal for watching video clips.

Similar to the resolution, the pixel density refers to how many pixels are crammed into every inch. A higher value means a sharper, clearer screen with amazing detail. The iPhone 6 Plus wins in this regard as the difference is noticeable (by a pinch).

Landscape mode on the iPhone 6 Plus means that some apps (for example Mail and Messages) can use the screen space more effectively or adopt multi-column layouts. When in landscape mode, the Mail app lists your emails in the left column and the actual message content on the right, very much like an iPad.

Lastly, the 6 Plus has by far the larger battery, which Apple claims provides 24 hours of 3G talk time compared with just 14 on the smaller model. So if you’re constantly on the go and need a battery that lasts more than a day on a single charge, the iPhone 6 Plus probably beats the 6 hands down.

Which iPhone 6 should I buy?

The tech team at Thaivisa use dozens of smartphones and gadgets every day. We prefer the latest devices that can run all the popular apps, as well as allow us to get online even when we’re out of the office. Bigger usually means better in that context.

Therefore, despite being extremely difficult to fit into a regular-sized pocket, the iPhone 6 Plus may well be the better phone simply due to its bigger, more versatile and useful screen which is a joy to use for watching videos and surfing the Internet, as well as its extended battery life which so far gets us through a full day easily.

Unfortunately, the 6 Plus is expensive. We have already covered local Thai prices in our earlier iPhone 6 article, but typically you can expect to pay at least 4 thousand baht for the same capacity as the smaller model.

Whichever iPhone you buy, we hope you enjoy using it as much as we do…

iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Let us know which one you prefer!

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3 Comments

  1. My wife and I have the iPhone 6 Plus and my daughter has the iPhone 6. I wear casual khaki style pants and the iPhone Plus fits comfortably in my front pocket. My wife keeps hers in her purse. The screen on the iPhone 6 Plus is better, but for me the main reason I bought the iPhone 6 Plus is because of the better battery life. This phone will last all day long without needing a charge. For me, the extra $100 was money well spent. My daughter says the iPhone 6 battery lasts about as long as the iPhone 4 she had previously. I also strongly recommend getting either 64GB or 128GB versions because 16GB isn’t enough memory. On my iPhone 5 I always struggled to find enough space whenever an update to IOS was available for installation.

  2. For me, the question isn’t iPhone 6 v. 6 Plus. It is iPhone 6 Plus v. Galaxy Note 4. Each has things that the other doesn’t. The Note 4 has significantly better battery life, a replaceable battery, better video quality, expandable memory, a non-proprietary adapter, and, of course, a significantly lower price. The Plus has better low light image quality (though not with video), a smoother interface, a wider selection of apps, great slo-mo video shooting, and better HDR support.

    I’ll just have to wait until the Plus is actually available here and then do a hands on comparison.