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iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus: Which One to Buy?


It was not too long ago that Apple realized that for it to compete with the likes of Samsung and Nokia the company would have to release their smart devices in multiple form factors. The Cupertino-based giant first swayed away from its traditional ‘one device to rule them all’ business model with the introduction of the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S series of smartphones and has continued the practice with the release of their latest lineup of smart devices: the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Though the new approach has given their massive consumer-base a bit of a variety to choose their next device from, it has also built an air of doubt in Apple loyalists who had grown accustomed to the idea of not going through the hassle of selecting a device from a vast library of devices – an exercise that Android fans have often referred to as tedious. That said, the analysts at Apple feel that abandoning the old approach and having multiple iterations of a product for sale is in the company’s best interest – one that can potentially help the company grow its market share.

Since there is a high likelihood that Apple fans, who previously were quite content with not having to handpick a phone from hundreds of pre-existing devices, may have been left scratching their heads with the new release, here is a head-to-head comparison of key areas where the devices differ significantly from each other:

Screen Size

Screen size is probably the most visible difference present in both iterations of the smartphone. The iPhone 6 sports a 4.7 inch screen which looks and feels great in the hand. The gadget is compact and at the same time offers enough screen real estate to enjoy HD videos and gaming. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, boasts a massive 5.5 inch screen – which marks Apple’s entry into the ‘Phablet’ market and hints at the company’s intent to compete with rivals like the Galaxy Note 3.


Both devices come equipped with an IPS LCD which makes it easy to view the screen even under bright light. Furthermore, the contrast settings do not need to be adjusted when the screen is being viewed from an odd angle. Having said that, there is one key area where the iPhone 6 Plus emerges as a clear winner, and that is screen resolution. The taller sibling packs an impressive 1920 x 1080 pixels which makes it a treat to play games and enjoy high-definition movies.


Apple has frequently redefined what photography should be like on a smartphone and the latest versions of the iPhone are no different. Though both devices come equipped with an 8megapixel shooter that is capable of taking crisp high-resolution photos, it is the iPhone 6 Plus that incorporates Apple’s latest optical image stabilization technology which accounts for sharper images that are on par with some of the best DSLR’s out there. In terms of video, the optical stabilization found on iPhone 6 Plus allows the user to not only shoot 1080p 60fps HD videos but also enable one to induce a slow-mo affect that renders the video at 240fps.