Two awesome new iPhones, but you can only buy one so which should it be: the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 or the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus? Let us help guide you through making that decision.
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iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: which to buy?

Today was a huge day for Apple and their fans, announcing two long-awaited iPhone’s sporting bigger screens: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But which one should you buy? To save you time, we’ve compiled all the most important details of these devices in one convenient place, summed up with our suggestions and opinion.

Want to jump directly to our verdict and conclusion? Click here.

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Intro Video

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus (Specs)

The primary difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the screen size, with the former being 4.7-inches and the Plus being 5.5-inches. Before you choose one or the other, make sure you’ve physically tested existing phones with comparable size: this is the most important factor guiding your purchase decision.

Here is a full list of specs for your reference:

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iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus Price

There are three main factors that affect the iPhone 6 price: screen size, storage space, and contract:

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  • The jump from iPhone 6 to 6 Plus is $100 extra
  • Each storage boost costs $100
  • You’ll pay $250 extra if you’re not signing a contract with the iPhone 6 and $450 extra if you’re not signing a contract with the iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus Battery Life

Each user will get different mileage from their iPhone 6 battery depending on variables such as screen brightness and usage patterns. However, Apple has some expected battery life stats for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Based purely on the supplied figures, the iPhone 6 Plus battery life is much better than the iPhone 6 battery life, despite being a larger device.

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iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus size comparison

The difference between the 6 and 6 Plus sizes is quite obvious: the largest screen requires a taller and wider frame, thus making it slightly heavier and a smidge thicker. When it comes down to it, size is primarily a matter of preference (although also affects price).

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If you’re unsure which of these you prefer it’s paramount that you visit a mobile phone store in advance to test phones of similar sizes- don’t make a purchase without doing this! If you aren’t able to test the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus directly, find Android phones of comparable sizes and use them as a reference point.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus color options

Both of these phones are available in the same 3 colors: silver, gold, and space grey (seen below).

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Last year was the first year the Gold iPhone was made available and it sold out quickly, so if this is on your wish list, you might need to camp out or prepare to pay big bucks on eBay.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus Camera

Aside from the display, the camera is one place the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus differ. The vast majority of their specs are identical, with one key exception: only the iPhone 6 Plus has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). This feature helps keep pictures sharp and clear when the user isn’t able to hold the camera perfectly steady. The iPhone 6 Plus does have image stabilization, but it is digital (not optical), so less clear and precise.

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Aside from OIS, once again, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus offer almost identical experiences. If you’re a huge picture taker and traveler you’ll want to lean towards the iPhone 6 Plus, but the decision of comfortable screen size and price should trump OIS, as both cameras will perform among the best in the mobile industry.

Some of the key camera specs (for both phones) include:

  • 8MP iSight camera
  • Auto-focus
  • 1.5µ pixels
  • f/2.2 aperture
  • True tone flash
  • Auto HDR
  • Panorama up to 43 megapixels
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 30, 60, 120, 240 frames per second video recording
  • 3x zoom
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera with f/2.2
  • 720p HD video recording (with front camera)

Which to buy: iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?

To make sure you’re picking the right phone, you’ve first got to ask yourself the right questions.

Have you tested a 4.7-inch phone vs 5.5-inch phone?

This is hands-down the most important factor in picking between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Will it fit in your pocket comfortably without looking ridiculous? Is it comfortable in your hand and can you easily reach all parts of the screen with one hand? Which of the two is more enjoyable to use?

Head to your local carrier’s store and test similar sized Android phones to find the answer: you may be able to answer your question without proceeding further.

What can you afford?

Everyone wants the latest and greatest gadget, but MAKE SURE it’s within your budget and you’re not making an irresponsible decision. Pro tip: sell your existing devices to raise some extra funds for new gadget purchases, you can often make a pretty penny.

If money is tight, get the iPhone 6 (not the 6 plus):

Regardless of whether you’re getting the iPhone with the 4.7-inch screen or the 5.5-inch screen, you’re getting an iPhone that nobody has ever owned before and as an early adopter, THAT is what’s usually important. The iPhone 6 is a safer bet due to its size, and the iPhone 6 Plus offers few additional benefits. Trust me: unless you’ve been dying for a humungo phone, you’ll be darn happy with the regular iPhone 6.

Get the 16GB version, unless you’re absolutely convinced you need the extra space:

No matter if you’re choosing the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, get the 16GB version if you’re unsure how much space you need. Unless you’re hoarding tons of music, movies, and games on your device, chances are you’ll never come close to using the 64GB or 128GB on the upgraded versions. Completely unsure? Check your current phone storage to give yourself a rough estimate.

Generally speaking, unless you know you’re a media maven and require the space, you’ll save a couple hundred bucks by opting for the smaller storage space and chances are you won’t even know it’s missing. There are also plenty of free tips, tricks, and apps to conserve memory, and you’ll have more money in your pocket to buy the content you want.

World travelers and photo snobs, get the iPhone 6 Plus if possible:

Don’t switch to a Ramen diet so you can get the Plus, but if you’ve got the disposable funds and are the type of person who loves to travel, take photos, and use your iPhone as your primary camera you’ll want to opt for the iPhone 6 Plus

While the difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus camera are minimal – only the latter has Optical Image Stabilization – it could mean the difference between getting the best picture on your trip or a ball of blur you quickly delete. You’ll have this phone for a couple of years, and if it helps you capture a few priceless memories you wouldn’t have otherwise had, I think that’s worth the extra investment.

If money is no issue and you’ve got large hands:

Get the iPhone 6 Plus, because, why not? And then share some of your money with me.

Hopefully this information helps you as you prepare to own one of the biggest iPhones yet. If you’ve got questions, feel free to leave them in the comments or visit our iPhone Forums.

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  • Why the hell would you get a 16gb version of any iPhone, even if your money is tight… You can’t do anything with a 16gb iPhone, you run out of space almost instantaneously. Game companies upgrading their engines and stuff will make good, console worthy, games at least a gig or two each. I have the 16gb IPad 4, and that was the worst purchase of my life. I have all three infinity blade games, and modern combat 5 on it, and a few other games and apps that probably total 2 or 3 gigs, and maybe 15 pictures total, and my iPad is full. The problem is they say 16gb, and only allow roughly 13 gigs of that to be used for apps and games, which is terrible, and very misleading. I’m really mad that the 6 plus doesn’t come in 32gb standard, then 64gb, then 128gb. I hope that Apple realizes this quickly, and backorders at least the iPhone 6 plus, and changes it’s standard storage to 32gb.

    • Renkman

      Not everyone needs that much storage. Not everyone loads games of that caliber on their device. With Cloud storage and iTunes match, I really don’t “need” my device to have nearly as much available space as I once did. Plus, there always is an “entry level” device in the lineup. Hell, the iPhone 5C that is free on contract comes in an 8GB option. There are always trade-offs for cheaper up front commitments. One good thing, though, they now offer the 64 GB option for the same price we all used to pay for the 32 GB version.

      • robjackson81

        Bingo. You’re clearly more of the “media maven” that falls into the “I know I need more space” category. So upgrade!