iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus

Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are in the shops,but which new iPhone 6 model is right for you? In this article we compare the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for features, specs, build quality and looks, and help you find out which is the best iPhone for you.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Design & build quality

Design-wise these two phones are virtually identical, with one exception: scale. The iPhone 6 Plus is like an iPhone 6 that's been stretched; if I scaled up a photo of an iPhone 6 you'd have to look fairly carefully to tell which one you were looking at. (One clue would be to look at the amount of space around the icons, by the way.)

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 plus comparison review: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have attractive rounded edges, slim bezels (the screens are almost edge-to-edge) and slim bodies - even thinner than the iPhone 5s. These are beautifully made, reliable pieces of hardware that won't let you down. Build quality is off the chart.

Being significantly bigger than any previous iPhones, however, the new iPhones may look ungainly (particularly in the hand) to long-time Apple fans. Which leads us on to…

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Portability

The new iPhone 6 handsets sacrifice portability in order to increase screen space. The iPhone 6 is still pocketable but a bit more of a squeeze than the 5s; the iPhone 6 Plus is more of a rucksack pocket than jeans pocket model, although your mileage may vary.

The 'phablet' form factor that the iPhone 6 Plus follows is an opinion divider. Some feel that it falls between two stools; it's not big enough to provide really immersive gaming or movies like tablets, but too big to slip easily in a pocket. Others reckon it actually overlaps both sweet spots. It's all a question of how mobile devices fit into your life - how big a screen you need, how much gaming and TV you'll be using the device for, how you carry the device around.

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Here are some photos to give you an idea of the sizes we're talking about:

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Above: iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 plus comparison review: iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 Plus

Above: here's the iPhone 6 Plus (right) compared to the iPhone 5s

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 plus comparison review: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Above: Again, the iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 plus comparison review: All iPhone models

Above: So you can compare the new iPhone 6 series with the previous generation, here's the full range of iPhones

If you're worried, by the way, that the new iPhone 6 series handsets are too big to be used one-handed... well, you're not alone. Apple itself has anticipated this concern by introducing a new feature called 'Reachability'. 

Double-tap the Home button and the interface slides down so that it takes up far less of the screen space - and comes within easy reach - while remaining fully functional. Another double-tap returns everything to normal.

It's a clever idea, not to add one that shows a little humility.

Next section: iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Weight and dimensions