The iPhone 6 is official. And so is the iPhone 6 Plus. While there had been plenty of rumors leading up to the September 9 media event that took place at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, Apple has finally made the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus official.
The most apparent difference between each device is the screen size. In fact, contrary to plenty of rumors that had emerged out of the Rumor Mill before today, that’s the only thing that actually differentiates the pair of handsets. The internals are the same. The hardware features are the same. The only different is the way the software runs on the larger 5.5-inch variant.
The question is, is the larger option a better bet for your money?
The iPhone 6 features a display that measures in at 4.7-inches, which makes it the second-largest iPhone to date, beaten in that category by its larger sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus. While the smaller variant may not be the biggest, it certainly isn’t lacking in its feature set. The display features a resolution of 1334 x 750, which means it has a pixel per inch count of 326. More than that, though, the new display is actually called a “Retina HD,” which Apple says is an overall improvement from previous Retina displays.
Specifically, the iPhone 6’s Retina HD display boasts more contrast, full sRGB color standard, improved white balance and brightness. The display also offers up better viewing angles as well, and the overall improvement to the display should make it even easier to look at when out under the sun. Also, the iPhone 6’s display features an improved polarizer, which means you should get a clearer image when looking at the device through sunglasses.
iPhone 6 Plus
The main difference here, again, is size. The iPhone 6 Plus offers all of the aforementioned features tied to the new Retina HD display. The resolution is different on the iPhone 6 Plus as well, with it being 1920 x 1080, and offering a pixel per inch count of 401. It’s not a big leap, especially considering the bump in screen size, but it’s certainly a noteworthy element on a specifications sheet.
One element of the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus that may sway some potential buyers is the fact that the software is tweaked a bit for the larger display, and is built to act a bit more like iOS on an iPad. Meaning, you’ll be able to put the device in landscape mode, and actually get more information in some applications, including many built-in apps. The Home screen and bottom row of icons will also rotate when the display is positioned in landscape mode.
Some people might claim that they can tell the difference between both displays, and there’s no reason to doubt them. Some might be able to. Technically speaking, though, the largest difference between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 L is size, and a few features tucked into the larger device’s arsenal.
Another factor to consider is the battery life. Apple has a nice list of the life span of the batteries within the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, and the numbers are quite intriguing. Specifically, the company says that you can get 16 days (384 hours) of stand-by battery life in the iPhone 6 Plus, compared to the 10 days (250 hours) of battery life in the iPhone 6. Across the board the iPhone 6 Plus has better battery life, even in some cases marginally, but for anyone who needs that bit more of life from their mobile device, the larger handset could be the best bet.
The question is, does size really matter when the differences are these small? Does size matter when the pricing for the two devices is $100 apart? Will you pay more for the bigger display and slightly tweaked feature set?