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Differences Between an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus


It is in our nature to constantly improvise. While the natural course of giving birth to children may not have scope for improvisation, we are the gods of the man-made world. We govern everything, and so we govern perfection standards, too. So when Apple, like every other company in the world, decided to upgrade with another sibling to its family of smartphones, it tried to improvise—though not enormously but marginally. Of course, though it has definitely taken strides ahead from the first launch of iPhone, the iPhone 6 Plus is slightly improvised from the iPhone 6. There may not be dramatic features, considering the short span between the births of the two in the family, but here are some differences.

Difference 1

Twins, but Height Matters

Both are curved aluminum and gold or light/dark silver in color, but their dimensions are different. The iPhone 6 Plus is 2 cm taller, 1 cm wider, 2 mm thicker, and has a thickness of just 7.1 mm. So it takes a while to get used to its size. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is just 6.9 mm thick; and in that aspect, it is a better fit as you can feel more in control of it.

Difference 2

Personality Optimized

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch 1334 x 750 “Retina HD” LCD, while iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 LCD. So the screen is bigger for the Plus; you get more pixels spread across a larger area, bringing benefits while surfing the web, playing games, or watching movies. The resolution, too, has some differences. The iPhone 6 Plus is full-HD and offers a 401 ppi (pixels per inch) while the iPhone 6 amounts to 326 ppi. Thus, 6 Plus offers a sharper display though it may not be noticeable. The 6 Plus also has optimizations; you can use apps in landscape mode, iPad-style. Also, for a regular Netflix user, the app supports 1080-p video playback on the iPhone 6 Plus’s 5.5-inch screen. However, the iPhone 6 has a superior 1400:1 contrast ratio compared to 1300:1 for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Difference 3

Capture Differentiator

Both have similar front-facing cameras and rear cameras. Both use 8-megapixel sensors with 1.5-micron sensor pixels, dual-tone flash, and include phase detection. The difference is that the iPhone 6 Plus comes with optical image stabilization (OIS), which helps to take better photos by eliminating the blur. The iPhone 6 only has regular image stabilization. In low light, the OIS on the iPhone 6 Plus is ideal, and its screen goes up to 1,080 p. However, during video recording, the results may be better with an iPhone 6.

Difference 4

Short Route

Both phones run on iOS 8; and while you get the same number of apps on your home screen, the iPhone 6 Plus’s larger display lets you access more keyboard shortcuts in landscape mode.

Difference 5

Movie Delight

Both use Apple’s new A8 processor with 64-bit, dual-core 1.4 GHz CPU and a PowerVR GX6450 quad-core graphics chip supported by 1 GB RAM. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus match in terms of storage capacities with 128 GB level joining the 64 GB and 16 GB options. But the viewing experience is where the difference lies. In the iPhone 6 Plus, with 128GB, watching movies is a completely out-of-this-world experience.

Difference 6

Longer Life

The iPhone 6 Plus has a 2915 mAh battery compared to the 1810 mAh one on the iPhone 6, so the new version lives longer than its sibling. But when it comes to video playing, some tests have shown that the iPhone 6 outlives.

Difference 7

Better Value

The iPhone 6 Plus is $100 more than the iPhone 6 at each price point, with the smaller iPhone 6 starting at $199 for the 16 GB edition and the larger iPhone 6 Plus starting at $299.

Difference 8

Stronger Brother

Some tests on “bendability” have shown that it requires 70 pounds of pressure to bend the iPhone 6 and 90 pounds to bend the iPhone 6 Plus. This could give the conclusion that the iPhone 6 Plus is stronger than the iPhone 6. But for an accidental drop, especially those with small hands, iPhone 6 Plus is more susceptible.

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