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Compare the Apple iPhone 6 to the Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Previously, Apple fans could choose the latest iPhone, but now there's a new dilemma. Do you go for the Apple iPhone 6 or for the Apple iPhone 6 Plus? What are the differences between the 2 models? And what differences do you notice? Important questions. That's why we answer them in this comparison between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

In short

What phone do you choose? Apple iPhone 6 Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Want to put your phone in your pocket? Yes No
Want to operate your phone with 1 hand? Yes No
Want to make it through the day with a full battery? No Yes
Want to photograph with little light? No Yes
Want to watch movies on your phone? No Yes

The size

This one is so obvious, we almost don't want to mention it: the iPhone 6 Plus is bigger. A lot bigger. But what difference does the size make for you?

In your hand

The iPhone 6 in your hand

Apple iPhone 6 in your hand

Slightly too big to reach the top The iPhone 6 Plus may be a big deal, the iPhone 6 has had a growth spurt as well. This model isn't that much easier to use compared to its big brother. Most people will still have to get used to the 4.7-inch screen size. The average hand will have trouble reaching the top of the screen. Luckily, Apple offers a helping hand with the accessibility feature: tap the home button softly twice, and the buttons will be lowered.

The iPhone 6 Plus in your hand

Apple iPhone 6 Plus in your hand

Operating the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus can no longer be done with just one hand. If that's a really big con, keep in mind that the iPhone 6 is not as small as it used to be either. On the iPhone 6, you may be able to get close to the controls at the top of the screen, but on the iPhone 6 Plus, you often won't even come close. Luckily, Apple added the accessibility feature, which allows you to bring the top of the screen to a comfortable and accessible height, by pressing the home button softly twice.

In your pocket

The iPhone 6in your pocket

Apple iPhone 6 in your pocket

If some people manage to put their wallets, keys, and phone in in their pocket, the iPhone 6 shouldn't be a problem. Whether it's comfortable is debatable, though. It's a bit tight in the front pocket, but it fits.

The iPhone 6 Plus in your pocket

Apple iPhone 6 Plus in your pocket

Other than your (girlfriend's or wife's) bag, pockets are often used to store your phone. Bummer, because the iPhone 6 Plus won' fit in there. Let's agree to leave the skate trousers and the fanny pack in the 90s. So, what's the solution? A bag, or your coat pocket. Sorry guys.

The camera

The camera of the iPhone 6

The camera of the iPhone 6

Taking good pictures with your phone is a breeze nowadays. That's why the innovations of the camera in the iPhone 6 are mainly aimed at improving the automatic settings. Apple focuses on what is important: a higher light sensitivity and improved focus. The light sensitivity will help you when it's dark or if there are fast-moving subjects. The focus allows for facial recognition and continuous focusing, even when you're recording a video.

The camera of the iPhone 6 Plus

The camera of the iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6 have the same camera, except for one feature. The iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilization. That's a big difference. If you have trembling hands, the phone compensates those movements. The A8 processor measures your vibrations and transmits them to the lens. This gives you an advantage in dark surroundings, when your lens has to be open a little longer to let the light through. Naturally, this advantage only applies to small vibrations. Even the best cameras can't stabilize big, clumsy movements.

The battery life

The battery life of the iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 has a bigger battery than the iPhone 5S. You should expect a successive model to perform better than its predecessor. The iPhone 6 also has a larger screen, which uses more energy. That doesn't have a major impact, though. The battery of the iPhone 6 lasts 25% longer than its predecessor, on average. You can watch videos for more than 11 hours, browse the internet for 10 hours, or call for 14 hours.

The battery life of the iPhone 6 Plus

Because of its large screen, the iPhone 6 Plus is a good phone for gamers and video lovers. The battery is put to the test, especially since the large screen requires more energy. Fortunately, larger phones like the iPhone 6 Plus often have a bigger battery. This compensates for the extra energy the screen uses. You can watch videos for 14 hours, browse the Internet for 12 hours, or if you still like phone calls best, you can stay on the phone for 24 hours.

In short

The difference between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus isn't just the size. It's mostly the application. The iPhone 6 focuses on its familiar audience. The iPhone 6 Plus is intended for intensive use: from reading news sites, to gaming, to watching movies. It's meant for people who don't just call or text, but spend their time expanding a digital city, binge watching a series, or reading interesting articles.

A critical note: These models may be a lot bigger, but because of the large border around the screen (the bezel), you get a relatively small screen for a phone this size.

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