iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison review

Now that Apple has unveiled the new iPhones, which smartphone should you buy? Neither are cheap options, but both have new features, including a bigger screen than any iPhone from the last couple of years. Here’s our iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison review.

For many people the new, larger iPhones are a welcome sight. If you’ve already used a larger Android or Windows Phone smartphone, you’ll know the benefit of the extra screen real-estate and realise that the iPhone 5, 5c and 5s are pretty small by today’s standards.

On the other hand, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus aren’t as pocket-friendly as before, but Apple has made an effort to make the interface more usable.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison review

This comparison review is based on what we know about the two smartphones from Apple’s announcement and specifications. We’ll update this article when we’ve run our own benchmarks, taken photos and videos and fully tested each phone’s battery life.

iPhone 6 vs 6 Plus comparison review: price

Both phones are available in three colours: Space Grey, Silver and Gold. There’s also the same choice of capacities: 16GB, 64GB and 128GB.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison review

Prices, though, aren’t the same:

 

16GB

64GB

128GB

iPhone 6

£539

£619

£699

iPhone 6 Plus

£619

£699

£789

iPhone 6 vs 6 Plus comparison review: screen

The screen is one of the main features in any smartphone, and the iPhone 6’s 4.7in screen has 38 percent more pixels than the 5s at 1334x750. However, it’s still a lower resolution than the full-HD 1920x1080 display on the iPhone 6 Plus, which has a 5.5in screen.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison review

In terms of pixel density, neither phone can match the QuadHD screens on some of the latest Android handsets, including the Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3. The iPhone 6 has the same 326ppi as the iPhone 5s, 5c and 5, but the 6 Plus ups the density to 401ppi. To put this in context, the G3 has a 538ppi display.

Contrast is slightly better on the 6 Plus at 1400:1 vs 1300:1 on the iPhone 6, but both are considerably better than previous iPhones, which had a claimed contrast of 800:1.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison review

Brightness and colour accuracy are the same between the 6 and 6 Plus, as are the new ‘dual-domain’ pixels which help to increase viewing angles. Both get the new iOS8 feature ‘Reachability’ to help make it possible to operate the phone with one hand.

iPhone 6 vs 6 Plus comparison review: hardware

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison review

There’s really not much to separate the pair in terms of the internal components. Both have the new 64-bit A8 processor, with its M8 co-processor, so they'll be just as quick as each other.

They both have NFC which will work with the new Apple Pay system so you can pay for goods and services.

Also new is 802.11ac Wi-Fi for faster wireless downloads – as long as you’re connected to a compatible wireless router or hotspot, of course. The on-board barometer is another new feature, although Apple didn’t go into any detail about how iOS 8 would use this. (And, yes, Android phones have had barometers for years.)

Mobile capabilities are also identical, with increased 4G LTE bands and mobile data speeds up to 150Mb/s. Both take a single nano-SIM: there’s no dual-SIM iPhone yet.

Cameras

Although Apple hasn’t increased the number of megapixels in the front or rear cameras, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have better cameras than the iPhone 5s. At the front, the 1.2Mp cameras now have a bigger aperture – f/2.2 vs f/2.4 – which may not sound like much, but Apple says it lets in 80 percent more light.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison review

The back camera has the same 8Mp resolution but now has ‘Focus pixels’ for smoother, faster focusing.

The main difference between the 6 and 6 Plus is that the 6 has digital stabilisation, but the 6 Plus gets ‘proper’ optical stabilisation. Optical means that the sensor itself moves to compensate for shaky hands. Digital means that the compensation is done in software, and therefore you lose some resolution as the frames have to be cropped.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison review

Battery

The main hardware difference is the bigger battery in the iPhone 6 Plus. The actual capacities in watt-hours aren’t yet known, but Apple claims the 6 Plus can play video for 14 hours, make 24 hours of 3G phone calls and last up to 16 days on standby.

The iPhone 6 can play video for 11 hours, make 14 hours of 3G calls and last 10 days on standby. Given the 6 Plus’ larger screen, these are impressive claims.

Next section: iPhone 6 vs 6 Plus comparison review: software