iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: Why the iPhone 6 Is Better
You’ve had months to mull it over, but you still haven’t been able to decide: Should you buy an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus? Luckily, we can make that decision a little bit easier for you. For most users, the iPhone 6 is a better phone than the iPhone 6 Plus. Here’s why.
The screen of the iPhone 6 Plus is bigger, but the phone is more unwieldy than the smaller iPhone 6. In addition to being 25% lighter than the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone 6 is also thinner. The iPhone 6 Plus is too wide for most users to comfortably operate with one hand, while the iPhone 6 can easily be used with a single hand. The battery of the iPhone 6 Plus is larger, but because the display is typically the largest drain on a phone’s battery capacity, the iPhone 6 Plus’s larger screen drains its battery faster than the iPhone 6.
Need some more quantitative evidence? Take a look at PassMark’s iPhone benchmarks, the performance of the iPhone 6 surpasses that of the iPhone 6 Plus by 130 points, a margin almost as large as the difference between the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 5s. PassMark’s assessment involves 17 different tests spanning five standard test suites: CPU, Memory, Disk, 2D graphics, and 3D graphics. The results of those tests combine to determine the overall rating of the device. The results of the CPU test is the biggest contributor to a device’s overall rating so that users can gauge the performance of the device. PassMark’s analysis of the iPhone 6 revealed that the device’s total RAM is 988MB, while the iPhone 6 Plus’s total RAM is 975.6MB. The iPhone 6’s CPU also performs better than that of the iPhone 6 Plus.
The iPhone 6 also receives better ratings on Amazon, where 77% of its reviews rate it at five stars. Only 72% of the reviews for the iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, rate it at five stars. 9% of the reviews for both phones rated them at four stars, which means that 86% of reviews for the iPhone 6 rated it at four stars or above while only 79% of reviews for the iPhone 6 Plus rated it at four stars or above.
However, interestingly enough, SpecOut, one of our favorite sources for comparing different devices, rates the iPhone 6 Plus a little more favorably than the iPhone 6 — likely because of its emphasis on a phone’s technical specifications and how they compare to those of the other smartphones on the market. The iPhone 6 Plus gets 3.5 stars out of 5 based on 27 user reviews, while the iPhone 6 gets 3.4 stars based on 42 user reviews. Similarly, the iPhone 6 Plus earned a Smart Rating of 97, while the iPhone 6 earned a 95. SpecOut’s Smart Ratings are based 45.4% on a device’s technical specifications, 42.4% on expert ratings, 7.4% on the phone’s overview and features, and 4.9% on performance benchmarks. Out of the 3,070 smartphones on SpecOut, the iPhone 6 ranks at 541 for its technical specifications, and the iPhone 6 Plus ranks at 230.
SpecOut’s comparison of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus notes that a major plus of the iPhone 6 Plus is its supersized display. “Between these phones, only the iPhone 6 Plus boasts a 1080p quality screen, while the iPhone 6 has a 720p screen,” the comparison explains. “The display of the iPhone 6 Plus is not only 0.8 inch larger diagonally, its screen is also sharper. Its pixel density, measured in pixels per inch of screen, is 23% higher than that of the iPhone 6. Having a Retina display isn’t everything.” However, SpecOut notes that “If portability and ease of use are important, the iPhone 6 is the right choice between these two phones.”