iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? What’s The Real Difference? Which One To Buy?

Anyone following the rumor mill knew that Apple was coming out with two iPhones. The iPhone 6, 4.7″ and the iPhone 6 Plus, 5.5″. Phil Schiller, at the Keynote, even joked about it. But what we didn’t expect or know was how different/similar the two models would be.

As Tim Cook and his folks rushed through the presentation for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it became clear that the iPhone 6 Plus was basically an iPhone 6 in a bigger body. Sure there are some major differences that will not go unnoticed but the bottom-line is just this: the iPhone 6 Plus is a bigger version of iPhone 6.

Difference Between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

What’s The Difference Between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Screen Real-Estate

Well this one’s obvious. The iPhone 6 Plus has a bigger screen. 5.5″. It’s about the same as the Note-series from Samsung. Apple says that there are 185% more pixels on the iPhone 6 Plus than the iPhone 5s.

This screen real-estate is what is marks the biggest difference between iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6. And it’s not because we’re going to see any huge change in the “retina” features of the smartphones. It’s in the interface underneath the display.

The iPhone 6 Plus is going to have a customized UI that is different from the usual iPhone 6. For starters, the iPhone 6 Plus will have an iPad-like dual-pane in the landscape mode.

There was also a hint of a different type of a keypad (possibly with copy paste functionality).

These are features that seem to be missing from the iPhone 6. And for good reason.

Retina HD: How Much of a Difference Is This?

Let’s talk about the retina display. Apple has got a new term now. “Retina HD”. The iPhone 6 Plus has a 401ppi display while the iPhone 6 has about 326ppi. The resolution on iPhone 6 Plus is an industry-standard: 1080x1920p.

How much of a difference is this when compared to iPhone 6? If you discount the physical size in itself, the resolution would not seem much different.

Optical Image Stabilization

Another major difference is in the camera. Up till now, iPhones have used digital image stabilization. With iPhone 6 Plus, Apple makes its grand entry into the world of OIS: Optical Image Stabilization. Again, this was also rumored.

Optical Image Stabilization is a hardware arrangement inside the camera of the iPhone 6 Plus. The system compensates for the minute shakes physically. It’s supposed to be stronger and better than the digital IS. The iPhone 6 does not have this feature.

Battery of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Being a phablet-like device, the iPhone 6 Plus will be expected to last longer than an average smartphone. According to Apple, you will get about 24 hours on normal usage. Compare that to iPhone 6 (14hrs) and you know that’s a big difference.

The iPhone 6 Plus is really closer to the iPad mini than it is to the iPhone 6.

What’s Similar?

Most of the other features are similar. Here’s what I’m talking about:

  • The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature the same A8 and M8 processors with very similar features.
  • Both the smartphones feature an 8 MP camera with the same spec for the sensors.
  • The iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus have NFC.
  • Both the smartphones feature similar specs on Wi-Fi, LTE etc.

And so on and so forth.

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So What’s Your Pick?

The iPhone 6 Plus is a phablet. If you use an iPad mini and thought it would be better if the mini was a little smaller and could make calls, the iPhone 6 Plus is your answer.

On the other hand, if a larger screen was the only thing you wanted, the iPhone 6 should do fine. A 4.7″ is still much larger than 4″ in terms of screen real-estate but the device is still “handy.”