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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.

Apple did announce battery life specifics. The iPhone 6 gets about 14 hours of 3G talk time, 10 days of standby, up to 10 hours or internet use on LTE, 11 hours of video playback and 50 hours of audio playback, according to Apple.

The iPhone 6 Plus has significantly better battery life. It gets about 24 hours of talk time on 3G, 16 days on standby, up to 12 hours of internet use on LTE, 14 hours of video playback and 80 hours of audio playback.

Battery life is one of the most important specs to consider when investing in a device that you plan to use for two years or more, so the iPhone 6 Plus has a clear advantage here.

3) iPhone 6 v. iPhone 6 Plus: Price

Guess what? The larger iPhone 6 Plus costs more than the iPhone 6. Surprise.

Pricing details for the iPhone 6 are: $199 for the 16GB, carrier-subsidized version; $299 for the 64GB carrier version and $399 for the 128GB carrier device. Unlocked iPhone 6 devices cost $649 (16GB), $749 (64GB) and $849 (128GB).

The iPhone 6 Plus costs $299 for the 16GB, carrier-subsidized version; $399 for the 64GB carrier version and $499 for the 128GB carrier device. Unlocked iPhone 6 Plus devices cost $749 (16GB), $849 (64GB) and $949 (128GB).

If you're looking for help financing a new iPhone purchase, read "How (and Where) to Get the Most Money for Your Old iPhone."

4) iPhone 6 v. iPhone 6 Plus: iSight Camera and Optical Image Stabilization 

One thing Apple always does really, really well on its smartphones: The camera. When it comes to megapixels, Apple's smartphone shooters pale in comparison to other high-end devices, yet the iPhone still consistently takes comparable or better images than the others with massive megapixel counts.

The two cameras on the new iPhone 6 models are nearly identical, except for one notable difference. The iPhone 6 Plus has a new optical image stabilization (OIS) feature, which is designed to help you capture better images when your device isn't completely still and to reduce overall blurriness.

It's unclear how well the OIS technology works, but again, Apple does cameras right. If you want the best camera tech Apple has to offer, you want the iPhone 6 Plus. 

5) iPhone 6 v. iPhone 6 Plus: Screen Resolution

In addition to different size displays, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screens have different resolutions. Specifically, the iPhone 6's 5.5-inch screen has a 1334x750 resolution, at 326 pixels per inch (ppi), while the iPhone 6 Plus display has a 1920x1080 resolution at 401ppi. Both multi-touch, widescreen displays have Apple's "Retina" technology, are LED-backlit and use IPS technology, according to Apple.

 

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