Quick Comparison: iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus

The new iPhone’s biggest competition is the other new iPhone.

So, the next big thing is finally here, and it is literally big. The new iPhone 6 comes in two variants, the 4.7 inch and the less ergonomic 5.5 inch. Did Apple want to take the competition to the Samsung Galaxy Note line-up? Previously, Apple brought out multiple variants of the same phone, even though there were not many stark differences between them.

Design

This is where the primary differences lie. The iPhone 6 is a phone with a 4.7 inch screen with a sapphire screen, curved aluminium bezel, and comes in gold, light or dark silver. It is 6.8mm thick. The bigger brother is the iPhone 6 plus with a 5.5 inch screen and follows the same design philosophy. The thickness is slightly increased to 7.1mm. Which one you will get completely depends on your needs. If portability and ergonomics come before media and entertainment, then get the smaller one.

Screen

The iPhone 6 has a “Retina HD” screen and the 4.7 inch screen has 1334×750 pixels, while the larger phone has a more standard 1080p full HD display. Also, the latter has a landscape mode. The former has a 326ppi like the iPhone 5 and the latter comes with a higher 400ppi pixel density.

Camera

The bigger iPhone 6 Plus is clearly a winner here with OIS. However, everything else remains the same with an 8MP f/2.2 iSight camera with dual LED and phase detect AF.

CPU and Storage

Both the devices run on the very same 64-bit A8 SoC. Both are dual core 1.4GHz 64-bit processors. You might think that the high res device might need a bit more horsepower than that. However, Apple’s processors were pretty capable in the past and they are so here too. The new A8 chip is surely a let-down as rumours suggested that it might be a 2.0GHz+ CPU. Even though that is not the case, the new 20nm fabrication technology offers much more efficient computing. When compared to A7, the A8 comes with 20 percent better CPU performance and 50 better GPU performance.

However, in real life, there will be differences between the performances of the two devices, even though it might not be that noticeable always.

Coming to storage, both the devices come in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB variants. The 16GB is not enough these days, making the 64GB and the 128GB the preferred choice among most buyers. Buyers on a budget can pick the 16GB option.

Battery Life

The iPhone 6 offers 11 hours video and 11 hours of browsing. The iPhone 6 Plus offers 14 hours video and 12 hours browsing.

Verdict

Apple worked really hard for this phone as it has some noticeable changes and upgrades. The iPhone line-up has been a bit behind from the point of view of ‘list of features’ when compared to Android phones. The new iPhones are not only more versatile devices, but also aimed for a larger group of consumers.