iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus – Is Bigger Always Better?

Apple has released not one, but two new handsets.

The question is which one to choose? This question will naturally occur to all users. While some say that the difference in size is a deciding factor, there are many other factors to consider when buying one of the two devices. There are many similarities between the devices, to the point where the Plus is exactly that, a larger device. However, there are some differences, and both phones come with certain benefits and downsides.

Design and Display

Both phones have the same curvier design, with the Plus version having larger screen size. The difference in size is evident, as the Plus version has a 5.5 inch screen display, while the display in iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches. The size is not the only difference here. The bigger phone also comes with better screen resolution, one reserved for the Android devices. The iPhone 6 features Retina HD display with 750×1334 pixels resolution and a density of 326ppi. The larger device offers resolution of 1920×1080 with 401ppi, and a special feature for optimization of the display in landscape. One of the advantages, the iPhone 6 has, in the design apartment is the thickness. Set at just 6.8mm thick, it is thinner than the Plus version, set at 7.1mm.


There is no difference in the power of the devices. They both feature the same 64-bit A8 chip, 1 GB RAM and a dual core processor with a clock speed of 1.4GHz. While one would expect the larger device to be more powerful, that is not the case here. Additionally, the devices offer the same built in memory space, 16, 64 and 128 GB. Apple has also included a separate, M8 processor, to help the main processor with power, and reduce energy consumption.


On paper, both phones have identical cameras, as they both use the 8-MP sensor. However, the iPhone 6 Plus has an optical image stabilization, while the iPhone 6 uses software stabilization. The difference is evident when taking pictures and videos, as the Plus version provides more crispness and sharpness for both pictures and videos. Other features of the camera are the same. They both have dual LED flash, lens of 2.2 aperture and the new phase detection feature.


The iPhone 6 features an 1800 mAh battery, capable of handling 11 hours of video, 11 hours of video browsing and 12 hours of talk time. It is a bit disappointing, considering the competition from the Android phones. The larger version, on the other hand, is more than capable to compete with Samsungs, LGs, Motorolas and other Android phones. With a battery capacity set at 2915, the device can handle 14 hours of video watching, 12 hours of internet usage and 14 hours of talk time.


The larger phone is also more expensive. Prices are set at $749 for the iPhone 6 Plus and $650 for the iPhone 6.

Key Questions

Since most of the design, hardware, camera features are the same, the choice between the two devices comes down to several key questions. Let’s examine them.

– How big is your grip? While the iPhone 6 Plus has a special feature, Reachability, it still is rather hard to operate. With Reachability, users can drop down the screen by half with a double tap. This makes applications more reachable. However, for people with small hands, it is simply too hard. Just to get an idea how big the Plus version is, you can actually fit a whole iPhone 6 on the display, and still have room on the display to operate.

– How do you use your device? Some people use their smartphones with two hands, even though they are not that big. If two handed usage is your preference, then the iPhone 6 Plus is the better option. When using a smartphone with two hands, users are less likely to be bothered by the size.

– Do you have other devices, like tablet for example? For people who own a tablet, buying an additional big device is simply too much. Tablet users are better suited with the more compact iPhone 6. However, for those who don’t own a tablet, the iPhone 6 Plus comes as a natural choice. The reason is they can get two devices in one. While the Plus version is not a tablet, it sure is better suited to complete some of the tasks users would ask from a tablet.

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