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Which to choose: iPhone 6 or 6 Plus?

Posted Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist

If you are ready to buy a new iPhone, you now have two top options, the iPhone 6 (4.7" screen) and iPhone 6 Plus (5.5" screen). What are the key differences between the two? Let's discuss.

Advantages of the iPhone 6 Plus over the iPhone 6

Bigger 1920x1080 screen (5.5" diagonal) versus 1334x750 screen (4.7" diagonal)

More pixels per inch (401 versus 326)

Optical lens stabilization. (Both have digital image stabilization.)

Longer battery life (24 hours talk time versus 14 hours, 16 days standby versus 10 days, 12 hours LTE/WiFi use versus 10/11 hours, 14 hours video playback versus 11 hours, 80 hours audio playback versus 50 hours)

Advantages the iPhone 6 over the iPhone 6 Plus

Smaller, lighter, thinner

Slightly higher contrast ratio (1400:1 vs 1300:1)

Priced $100 less with the same storage capacity

Advantages both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus over the iPhone 5S

Faster processors (A8 versus A7; M8 versus M7)

Bigger screen with wider viewing angle (dual-domain pixels)

Much higher contrast ratio (1300:1/1400:1 versus 800:1)

Faster WiFi (802.11ac versus 802.11n)

Voice over LTE support and NFC support

Improved face detection

Improved, higher resolution panorama

Cinematic video stabilization

HD Video at 1080p up to 60fps (versus 30fps max)

Slower slow motion (240 fps versus 120 fps)

Improved front facing camera (f/2.2 versus f/2.4; auto HDR, burst mode)

Improved battery life - especially for talk time

Support for Apple Pay

Advantages of the iPhone 5S (new or used) over the iPhone 6

Smaller and lighter

Lower cost (or zero cost, if you already own one)

For detailed comparison, visit the Apple's iPhone 'Compare' page.

LINKS TO ARTICLES on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Hands on with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus by AnandTech

Analyzing Apple's A8 SoC: PowerVR GX6650 and More by AnandTech

Understanding Dual Domain Pixels in the iPhone 6 by AnandTech

Compare the iPhone 6 specs and features to Android cell phones at PhoneScoop

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