This year we will not be talking about Apple’s smartphone. We are talking about smartphones because as everyone knows we have two versions of the iPhone 6.
The standard model is a 5 inch smartphone while the Plus steps into the grey area of phablets or simply put large screen smartphones that are somewhere in between smartphones and tablets. There are a few difference between the two so let’s have a look at some of the main features of both phones.
Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus use the same design pattern but there is a difference in size. The standard version is a 4.7 inch phone while the Plus is slightly larger with its 5.5 inch display. When placed one next to another they look exactly the same except for the size. Both have the same rounded edges, identical button placement and the same color options.
The iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7 inch display and a resolution of 1334 by 750 pixels and a density of 326 ppi. Its bigger brother got a rather superior display with a 401 ppi. It is a 5.5 inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. From a user’s perspective the difference should not be that visible. It is important to notice that the contrast ratio is higher on the smaller version of the iPhone 6. The Plus has a contract ratio of 1300:1 while its smaller brother has 1400:1.
Both phones use the same 8 megapixel camera and dual flash. However the Plus has an optical image stabilization sensor and it makes a rather notable difference. Pictures taken with the iPhone 6 Plus when lighting is poor are much sharper and the color detail make up for better images. If lighting conditions are normal there will be no notable difference.
The ones that assume that a bigger phone means a bigger battery will be happy to know that they were right. Apple used a 1810 mAh battery for the iPhone 6 and a 2915 mAh battery for the iPhone 6 Plus. This makes the Plus a clear winner with its bigger battery that offers an extra 2 hours of uptime making up for a total of 12 hours of usage.
Picking A Winner
Both phones are fairly similar in terms of hardware. The iPhone 6 Plus does have an extra image stabilization sensor and a fairly superior display but other than that the hardware is identical. For a regular user the main difference that will be observed is the size and this can have an impact over how it is handled.
The iPhone 6 Plus needs both hands to be operated. Even if Apple did introduce some features to make the keyboard smaller and movable from one side to another for one hand usage it is still difficult and risky to do so. The iPhone 6 on the other hand feels much more comfortable. It is smaller and can be used with one hand without much difficulty despite the fact that it has a bigger display than the iPhone 5.
It is difficult to pick a winner as the phones clearly do not target the same audience. The ones that want a phablet from Apple should go for the iPhone 6 Plus. Users who want something smaller that is closer to the size of the previous generation should chose the iPhone 6.