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iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus – Difference and Comparison

Updated on September 12, 2014

The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are two of the new smartphones launched by Apple. Discussed below is a comparison between these two incredible devices.

The Design

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is bigger than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. However, both phones have relinquished the hard right-angled corners and instead gone for the curved edges design seen in the first iPhone. Both feature a durable unibody anodized aluminum chassis with a stainless steel Apple logo at the back. The design is seamless and continuous wherein the glass pane blends into the metal casing without breaking the texture in any way.

The iPhone 6 weighs 129g and measures 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm. The bigger iPhone 6 Plus weighs 172g and measures 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm. The power button in both has been moved to the side for easy access. Both the iPhones will be available in gold, silver/white, and space gray colors.

The Screen

The 4.7-inch screen on the iPhone 6 features a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels along with Retina HD display, 326 PPI, and an incredible contrast ratio of 1400:1. The 5.5-inch screen on the iPhone 6 Plus features 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, 401 PPI, a contrast ratio of 1300:1, and Full HD video support.

Both offer broader viewing angles;swipe-to-go-back gesture to traverse between apps on the large screens; and a ‘reachability’ option wherein the complete UI can be moved halfway down the screen by double-tapping the home button. Apple has stated that older apps will work just fine with the new improved screen resolution. In fact, the iPhone 6 Plus also allows portrait-locked apps to be viewed in the landscape mode. When horizontal, the apps come with additional functionality.

It was rumored that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would come with a shatterproof, water-resistant sapphire display. But it is not so in either of the phones.

The Performance

Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are powered by a second generation 64-bit A8 chip featuring faster and better CPU and graphics performance. They run on iOS 8. It is believed that the iPhone 6 Plus will have a higher speed; if not then the iPhone 6 could prove to be more powerful as it has to drive fewer pixels.

Both can do up to 150 Mbps and support 20 LTE bands and more than 200 global LTE carriers, meaning that the new iPhones will work with 4G services just about anywhere on the planet. Both also support ‘VoLTE’ or ‘Voice over LTE.’ So if the carrier supports it, then users can expect better call voice quality and almost nil disruption of data connection during a voice call.

Both the iPhones are available in only 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions.

The Camera

Both, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, come with an 8MP, 1080piSight camera along with ƒ/2.2 aperture, 1.5µ pixels, and a new DSLR-like autofocus improving sensor called ‘focus pixels,’ as well as a 1.2 MP, 720 p FaceTime camera with a new sensor, a larger ƒ/2.2 aperture,a burst mode for up to 10 enhanced selfies per second, and automatic high dynamic range in video mode.

Other improved features include shooting of slo-mo videos at 120 to 240 fps and videos at 30 to 60 fps; panorama shots at 43 pixels; better noise reduction and local tone mapping; and efficient face identification.

The only difference is that the iPhone 6 Plus features the OIS or the Optical Image Stabilization system for overcoming the effects of a shaky camera, while the iPhone 6 comes with the cheaper digital image stabilization system.

The Battery

The iPhone 6 comes with a Li-Po,non-removable 1,810mAh battery, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a larger battery.

The battery on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are respectively capable of 60 and 80 hours of audio time; 11and 14 hours of video time; up to 14 and 24 hours of talk time over 3G; (10, 11, 10) and (12, 12, 12) when browsing over LTE, Wi-Fi, and 3G respectively; and 10 and 16 days of standby time.

Other major features

Both, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, have several new and improved features like 802.11ac Wi-Fi support; a barometer; an option for Wi-Fi calling at the time of poor call conditions; an M8 motion co-processor for distinguishing fitness applications for cycling,running, and elevation; and Apple Pay, a simple and secure pay-with-your-phone service.

Pricing

Online pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available from September 12, while both will be ready to ship from September 19.

On a 2 year contract, customers have to shell out $199 for the 16GB iPhone 6, $299 for the 64GB, and $399 for 128GB versions.On a 2 year contract, the iPhone 6 Plus is priced at $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB, and $499 for 128GB. Off-contract price for either phone has not been announced as yet.

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