iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know

Apple announced two new iPhones this week, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. While there are not as many differences as we saw last year buyers need to know how the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison stacks up before they get ready to participate in the iPhone 6 pre-order this week or line up for the iPhone 6 release date on September 19th.

It’s clear that there is a major difference in size and the display, but when you look at the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus side by side on Apple’s website you may not realize that there are other differences at play.

We’ll highlight five key areas that buyers need to look at when deciding if they should buy the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus, including the differences and similarities between the two new iPhone models.

Here's a look at the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus.
Here’s a look at the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple’s new iPhone tagline is, “Bigger than bigger,” a description of how the company thinks the iPhone 6 is more than just another phone with a big screen.

Some of you may want to wait until you can hold the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in your hand and try out the new reach option to help make the iPhone 6 easier to use with one hand.

Before you wake up for the iPhone 6 pre-order or stand in line on the iPhone 6 release date you need to see how the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus compare; the differences are bigger than bigger.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus Size

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are not the same size, in fact the iPhone 6 Plus is much larger than the iPhone 6 thanks to large bezels and a bigger screen. The iPhone 6 Plus is also slightly thicker than the iPhone 6. Here’s a look at the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus size and dimensions.

  • iPhone 6 – 138.1 x 67.0 x 6.9 mm
  • iPhone 6 Plus – 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
The iPhone 6 Plus is taller, wider and thicker than the iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 Plus is taller, wider and thicker than the iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 weighs 129 grams and the iPhone 6 Plus weighs 172 grams. Both phones are bigger and heavier than the iPhone 5s, but they are thinner.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus Displays

The iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus screens are not the same.
The iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus screens are not the same.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus use different displays with the key differences in size, resolution and contrast. Both of the new iPhones include a Reachability feature that lets users tap twice on the home button (not click) to pull the top half of the screen down for easier use. The video below highlights the iPhone 6 Reachability feature in action.

You can see the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus screen difference when you look at the two phones, but what you may not notice right away is that they use different resolutions and contrast.

The iPhone 6 offers a 4.7-inch display with a 13334 x 750 resolution. This is slightly higher than the 720P found on some Android phones but lower than flagships like the Galaxy S5 which use a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The iPhone 6 display delivers 326 pixels per inch (ppi).

The iPhone 6 Plus includes a 5.5-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution like many Android phones and your HDTV. This is still lower than the LG G3 or Galaxy Note 4 display resolution, but a nice upgrade from the iPhone 6’s resolution. The iPhone 6 Plus offers 401 ppi.

The smaller iPhone 6 offers a slightly higher contrast ratio of 1400:1 compared to 1300:1 on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Ultimately you need to decide if you want a bigger iPhone 6 display or a much bigger iPhone 6 display. The differences most users will actually notices are in the features available.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus Features

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature a new Apple A8 and M8 processor, upgraded camera sensor and software features in iOS 8 including Apple Pay.

There are two big differences between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, battery life and a special camera feature that can help you take better photos.

Apple includes Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on the iPhone 6 Plus. This will help you take a better looking photo in low light or with shaky hands. Apple describes how it works;

“with the A8 chip, gyroscope, and M8 motion coprocessor to measure motion data and provide precise lens movement to compensate for hand shake in lower light”

You can see what the iPhone 6 Plus OIS sample photo looks like below. The same photo on an iPhone 6 will probably not look this good.

iPhone 6 Plus Sample Photo Low Light.
iPhone 6 Plus Sample Photo Low Light.

Another area where there is a difference is in the iPhone 6 battery life. The iPhone 6 Plus is bigger and can fit in a bigger battery which helps, but the display also uses more power. The iPhone 6 Plus should last longer, but alone it is not the reason to buy the biggest iPhone 6.

iPhone 5siPhone 6iPhone 6 Plus
Audio405080
Video101114
WiFi Browsing Battery Life101112
LTE Browisng Battery Life101012
3G Browsing Battery Life81012
3G Talk101424
Standby (days)101016

Of course actual iPhone 6 battery life will vary on your coverage and usage, so keep that in mind before you get too excites.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus Price

You will pay more for the iPhone 6 Plus, but thanks to the new iPhone 6 storage options it’s not as much as you might expect if you need more than 16GB of storage.

The iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 plus price difference is $100. It’s the same for each of the iPhone 6 storage sizes which are now 16GB, 64GB and 128GB.

iPhone 6 Prices

  • iPhone 6 16GB – $199
  • iPhone 6 64GB – $299
  • iPhone 6 128GB – $399

iPhone 6 Plus Prices

  • iPhone 6  Plus 16GB – $299
  • iPhone 6 Plus 64GB – $399
  • iPhone 6 Plus 128GB – $499

You can also buy the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus off contract for $649 to $949 depending on the model and storage you want.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus Release Date

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus share the same new iPhone release date later this month. You’ll see Apple and carriers talk about this simply as the iPhone 6 release date, but it includes both devices. This is good news for users that want the bigger iPhone 6 with the added features it delivers, but there is still one difference.

The iPhone 6 release date is the same for both devices.
The iPhone 6 release date is the same for both devices.

Rumors pointed to iPhone 6 production starting earlier than the iPhone 6 Plus, which means supply of the iPhone 6 Plus may be slimmer on the iPhone 6 release date. You can pre-order both iPhone 6 models at Apple and from carriers starting on Friday September 12th at 12:01 AM Pacific Time / 3:01 AM Eastern.

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