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How to tell if the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus is right for you

Al Sacco | Sept. 12, 2014
On Tuesday, Apple unveiled the latest additions to its iPhone family, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. They're the largest iPhones ever, and according to Apple, they're "better in every way" than its last generation of smartphones. Both of these high-end devices are very similar, but there are five notable differences between them that potential iPhone 6 buyers should consider before making a purchase.

On Tuesday, Apple unveiled the latest additions to its iPhone family, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. They're the largest iPhones ever, and according to Apple, they're "better in every way" than its last generation of smartphones. Both of these high-end devices are very similar, but there are five notable differences between them that potential iPhone 6 buyers should consider before making a purchase.

1) iPhone 6 v. iPhone 6 Plus: Size and Weight

The most obvious difference between the two new iPhones is size. The iPhone 6 Plus is gigantic, and it's Apple first real "phablet." (The iPhone 6 Plus is so big, it could replace your 7-inch tablet.)

The iPhone 6 Plus packs a 5.5-inch display, but its true height is about 6.22 inches (158.1 mm), with the bezel around the screen making up for the additional space. It's also 3.06 inches (77.8 mm) wide. Its sibling, iPhone 6, has a 4.7-inch screen, but its actual height is 5.44 inches, and it's 2.64 inches wide.

The differences in size may not sound like much, but anyone interested in purchasing either model would be wise to print out this size comparison graphic from WonderHowTo.com before making a decision. The iPhone 6 Plus is huge. If you're not used to a similarly sized phone, it could be a bit overwhelming.

For context, both new iPhones are larger than the last generation of Apple phones. (The iPhone 5s/5c are about 4.9 inches tall and 2.3 inches wide.) The iPhone 6 Plus is slightly larger than the length of a United States $20 bill, which is 6.14 inches long Internet Slowdown Day by the numbers: The people spoke about Net Neutrality just ask Don Draper.

The most popular phablets today, Samsung's Note lineup, are comparable in size to the iPhone 6 Plus, but the brand-new Note 4 is actually shorter (153.5mm) and just slightly wider (78.6mm).

As for weight, the iPhone 6 weighs about half an ounce less than the iPhone 6 Plus, which is a negligible difference. 

I'd suggest getting your hands on both models before making a decision, because the iPhone 6 Plus really is huge. (HUGE.) Of course, if you preorder your device, you won't be able to handle it before you purchase. So checking out a Galaxy Note for a size comparison isn't a bad idea.

2) iPhone 6 v. iPhone 6 Plus: Battery Life

The iPhone 6 Plus has a larger display, which will require more power than the iPhone 6 screen. As such, it also packs a larger battery. Rumors suggest the iPhone 6 Plus has a 2915mAh battery and the iPhone 6 sports an 1810mAh power pack, but Apple didn't release these specific details.

 

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