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If the iPhone’s traditionally smaller screen size has been stopping you from jumping aboard the iOS train, the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus each offer considerably more to look at, and a few other benefits.

The term “phablet” very much applies to Apple’s larger model, but there’s more to it than just a bigger screen. Here’s everything you need to know to make an informed buying decision.

It’s Bigger, Much Bigger

You might be of the opinion that existing iPhones are big enough. Even if you are unhappy with the 4 inches of Retina vision provided in the 5S, there’s a good chance the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 will satisfy your needs. After all, even it runs at a higher resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels.

Then again, the iPhone 6 Plus runs at a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, making excellent use of the available 5.5 inches of screen real estate.

Fortunately, Apple has thought about your stubby digits and introduced a feature called Reachability for both models: lightly double touch the Home button (a double tap still activates multitasking) at any point and the elements on the top half of the screen zoom down to a more reachable height. We’ve not tested the feature yet, but it sounds like a good idea.

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The iPhone 6 Plus has a higher pixel density of 401 pixels-per-inch (compared with 326 ppi on the iPhone 6), but this isn’t something you’re likely to notice in real world usage. If you’re a photographer or videographer reliant on an iPhone (and why wouldn’t you be New To iPhoneography? Here Are The Best Apps The App Store Has On Offer New To iPhoneography? Here Are The Best Apps The App Store Has On Offer The iPhone's popularity for photos comes down to several different things - the convenience of having your 'camera' with you all the time and the sheer variety of shooting, editing and sharing apps. Read More ) then you probably have one of the few genuine needs for a bigger, full HD screen.

More legitimate concerns include whether the phone will actually fit in your pocket, and whether the additional weight (172 grams, up from 129 grams for the iPhone 6 and 112 grams for the 5S) will bother you at all.

If you’re not sure whether the iPhone 6 Plus is just too big, you can download a printable cutout from GadgetHacks which should give you an idea of what it looks like in your hand. Failing that, head into your local electronics retailer and play with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – the dimensions are virtually the same.

Massive Battery Life

iPhone battery life is notoriously average 7 Ways To Boost Your Cell Phone Battery Life [iPhone, Android & Other Smartphones] 7 Ways To Boost Your Cell Phone Battery Life [iPhone, Android & Other Smartphones] By far one of the most disappointing features in just about every smartphone these days is the battery life, which for most of us requires at least one charge per 24-hour period. Are you a... Read More , not least because of how much we use our smartphones. The iPhone 6 Plus offers another bonus in that department: excellent (quoted) battery life.

Apple has quoted a 3G talk time of up to 24 hours, up from 14 hours in the iPhone 6 and a measly 10 hours in the iPhone 5s. That means the company reckons the 6 Plus will last twice as long as the 5s performing a similarly demanding task.

These improvements are a direct result of the larger screen providing more physical space for a bigger battery, a slightly thicker chassis of 7.1mm (compared to the iPhone 6’s 6.9mm and the 5S’ 7.6mm) and the new, more efficient A8 and M8 chips.

There’s not an iPhone user out there who wouldn’t like more battery life, but this will be most useful to power-users, live musicians Hooking Up a Guitar to Your iPhone or iPad: What Are Your Options? Hooking Up a Guitar to Your iPhone or iPad: What Are Your Options? You can plug your guitar into your iPad or iPhone to record, process or simply capture inspiration as it comes to you, but you'll need to invest in a guitar interface. Read More , travellers, active types like cyclists and hikers or anybody who bought (or considered buying) a battery case The Best iPhone 5 Battery Cases Compared The Best iPhone 5 Battery Cases Compared The small, thin iPhone 5 only has so much room, and a small battery almost always leads to modest talk time. Buying a battery case is the easy solution. But which should you buy? There... Read More  in the past. You can either extend the life of your iPhone by adding noticeable weight and thickness, or you could put up with a wider and marginally thicker phone and enjoy similar benefits.

Saying that, someone will probably make a battery case for it anyway.

Optical Image Stabilisation

The other reason to opt for the iPhone 6 Plus involves the camera, and its use of optical image stabilization (OIS). This technology takes advantage of the phone’s gyroscope and M8 coprocessor to compensate for camera shake.

It does this by physically moving the lens mechanism, with Apple’s implementation working some software magic on top by combining long and short exposures for better low light shots.

All this adds up to better photos, but there’s a good chance that the base model iPhone 6 will take pictures that are good enough for most people. The benefits of OIS might only really interest photography enthusiasts, though it’s still a welcome addition.

Both models pack sensors that are better than their predecessors, sporting faster phase-detection autofocus and larger panoramas of up to 43 megapixels. There’s good news for video in the form of continuous autofocus, cinematic image stabilization, support for full 1080p at 60 frames per second, and 720p slow motion video at 240 frames per second.

The iPhone has always been an excellent choice for any smartphone photographer, but the iPhone 6 Plus’ larger screen, better battery life, and OIS capabilities give it a slight edge.

And Then There’s The Price

You can have a bigger screen, better battery and better photos for an extra $100. The iPhone 6 base 16GB model starts at $199 on-contract, with the 6 Plus starting at $299 on-contract. You can also buy the iPhone 6 contract-free for $649, and the 6 Plus for $749.

If you’re the sort of person who relies on a battery case to get through your day, then you might want to factor in the cost of a new battery case, which will narrow the divide somewhat. You also have to ask yourself if you can live with a phone that’s almost the size of an iPad mini IPad Mini or IPad Air? Why & How I Use Them Both IPad Mini or IPad Air? Why & How I Use Them Both Recently I purchased the new iPad Air with the intention of selling or passing on my iPad mini. After spending time with both devices, I've realized that I use them both for different purposes. Read More .

Have you decided whether the larger iPhone is right for you yet?

Don’t forget to check out the other announcements from Apple’s iPhone 6 event.

  1. renjie123
    April 10, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Who can register an lol account for me ?

  2. renjie123
    April 10, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Could you please register an account for me ?

  3. Deborah
    September 17, 2014 at 12:48 am

    I already pre-ordered mine

  4. Richard
    September 16, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I haven't seen anywhere how much program memory the iPhone 6 has - 1G, 1.5G or 2G?

  5. nalk
    September 16, 2014 at 4:52 am

    I got tasked with setting up a cross platform CalDav calendar server a few months ago.

    Play store has free apps for it. Once installed it is easy to set up sync. (Same goes for tablets of course.)

    On Windows you have to buy a certificate and hijack the Google CalDav for it. There is no app for CalDav specifically. The ones in the store is for Google CalDav only.

    On Iphone Caldav support is built in from the start. (On Ipads too of course.)

  6. Andrew Jordan
    September 16, 2014 at 3:56 am

    What a lot of negative comments! Ever since I got my first Iphone they have worked flawlessly,intuitively and I can always rely on it. Apple update the software frequently and give it to me for free. The closed architecture means I don't fool with it like I do with my Windows computer. Apps are cheap and sometimes truly fascinating. I use Facetime to keep in touch with my family throughout the country and world. I love my Iphone and look forward to the 6plus.
    Nothing else works as well as an Apple Iphone

  7. Greg S
    September 16, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Ho hum....Apple playing catchup again. Where is the innovation ? Meh.

  8. Bud
    September 15, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Like ALL things Apple....their prices are outrageous and as P.T. Barnum once stated, "There's a fool born every minute, and two to take 'em !"

  9. Marcopolo
    September 15, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Your cell phone is a personal choice. I've had Apple 5's, Samsungs with Android, and now own a Nokia windows 8 phone; the one with the 41 megpixel camera hump (1020?).
    After using all three extensively, here's just a personal take. The Samsung with Android is buggy and I have difficulty getting my boarding passes, and keeping up with all the different airlines,"real apps" I use and their features.
    Windows phone apps for airline is a sharp stick in the eye. Sends an email to the mail program with a link for my browser which no domestic Airline (or TSA gate keeper) can scan.
    Apple apps for airlines and other sites is rock solid. As for mail, POP, Exchange, etc., they're all about the same.
    For me, the issue is the apps. Not the games; I don't want to watch an HD movie on a post-card screen. Music is great across all three. Hate iTunes at the DRM police.
    But Apple apps, including now Office are solid. I've had more than one Samsung device as a few crapped out on me. One Apple, one Window's. Device build quality is tops in Nokia (Windows) and Apple.
    I use Win 8.1.1 and iTunes is usually a painful and crashing app.
    I might consider the HTC Win 8 device, or a 6. Android apps when interacting with "real" companies, like airlines, is crap; better than Windows but a far cry from Apple.
    I've gone through 100's of flights with an iPhone without incident.
    So Hardware: Apple/Nokia tops-Samsung expensive at half the price.
    Software-Key functional apps for a road warrior-Apple tops; Andrioid; Windows; crap.
    Wireless carrers-They're all great or they all suck depending on your location....

    • Tim B
      September 15, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      Thanks for your comment Marco, it's nice to see what someone with hands-on experience using all three (particularly while travelling, using etickets and so on) has to say.

      Sounds like Nokia and Microsoft made some great leaps in hardware, but they were just too late? Nobody seems to be buying anything...

  10. John Williams
    September 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Yawn, same old iPhone / iPad, just a few extra sizes to catch up with South Korea. Nothing to see here, move along. Still no SDHC card. All that power and no memory. Er, Hello! Sandisk just made a 512Gb card - but you can't put it in any Apple product, you have to buy a whole new phone to get more RAM.

    A micro USB socket would have been nice too, and some way of doing different keyboards.

    • Tim B
      September 15, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Keyboards can be changed as of iOS 8. I read an article a while back that mused on Apple's reasonings for omitting an SD card, but I can't actually find it now. The author blamed a combination of complicating app storage and straying from the "Apple way" of keeping it simple among the whole jailbreak/piracy thing (another method of delivering a payload), and the obvious fact that Apple can charge an extra $100 for a size bump.

      So it's basically highly unlikely we'll see an SD card slot added to the line!

  11. Nate S
    September 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    When you encounter comments like these always popping up on reviews of Apple products, have you ever asked yourselves why people who supposedly don't care for and don't use Apple products are constantly flocking to reviews of Apple products and spending so much of their personal time posting comments about products they don't own or use? Take a look at this:

    "A thriving industry of paid-for user comments pollutes social networks with fake opinions. Even Samsung does it"
    http://www.computerworld.com/article/2485252/social-media/are-online-comments-full-of-paid-lies-.html

    "Specifically, the Taiwanese FTC said Samsung paid two "marketing firms" more than $100,000 to hire people to "highlight the shortcomings of competing products," engage in the "disinfection of negative news about Samsung products," positively review Samsung products and, (in a bizarre turn of phrase), do "palindromic Samsung product marketing," whatever that means."

    "Samsung was fined for paying a "large number of hired writers and designated employees" to post comments in online forums praising Samsung and criticizing competitors."

  12. Give Me A Break
    September 15, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    When you go into the store to try the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which is the same size as the iPhone 6 plus.........just by the Note 4 and forget about the iPhone catch-up model.

    • Chinmay S
      September 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Can you give any reason for chosing Note 4 over iPhone 6 Plus?

    • Give Me A Break
      September 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      The reason I said buy the Samsung product, Chinmay S, is that I think Apple is behind the curve. I currently have an iPhone 4s and I thought it was okay until I held the Samsung Galaxy 4 and realized that was the size and feel the iPhone should have had. Samsung is also on its second generation watches and I like them better than Apple's too.

      I have another personal reason too. I'm not a Windows fan-boy and when I bought a new computer 8 months ago, I decided to get an iMac. I loved the computer, but hated the OS and Office for Mac software. After a week and a half of daily communication with Apple about various Apple quirks, I was so sick of hearing "You can't do that on a Mac," that I longed for my Windows machine. To their credit, Apple took back the iMac and returned all my money. I bought an All-In-One Lenovo and I never appreciated Windows as much as I do now. So my next phone will be a Samsung........I'm done with Apple.

      I know many people, including some of my friends, love Apple and I respect that. I think it depends on what you use a computer for. But since there's no way I can go all Apple, I'd rather get an Android phone or tablet too.

      All best wishes with whatever you decide on.

  13. Jan Lindner
    September 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    If it wasn't for the price here in Australia I would have an order in already. I don't know who benefits but the price of Apple products here is outrageous.

    • Tim B
      September 15, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      Agreed. In fact, the price of most electronics here are ridiculous. I want a Vitamix, which is $450 in the US, but because I live in Australia I'm looking at paying $800-$1200.

      And then there's the fact that everything on the App Store costs a dollar more, just because. Isn't there a governmental review on the way into this sort of thing?

  14. Rambling Mind
    September 15, 2014 at 4:00 am

    5.5 inches? Simply pick up any Note 2 - that'll give you an idea

  15. D
    September 13, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Will the new supersized iphone fit in my jeans pocket?

    • Saikat B
      September 14, 2014 at 4:33 am

      That's one problem I find with nearly every phone these days. Someone should really invent a pocket where you can take things out while sitting! Oh wait, that's called a "shirt pocket" :)

    • Tim B
      September 15, 2014 at 12:54 am

      Hey D,

      You can download a cutout and find out, though you might want to mount it on some cardboard to really find out: http://ios.wonderhowto.com/how-to/which-iphone-6-size-is-best-for-you-use-our-printable-cutouts-find-out-0157311/

      Optionally, go hold a Galaxy Note 4 – they're roughly the same size. We'll have a review up as soon as we have put it through its paces :)

      Tim

  16. Melroy D
    September 13, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks for the breakdown on the everyday differences of both models. I'd say iPhone 6 for me would do just fine. It kinda reminds me of Nexus4 (which i liked very much), but somehow I find apple products(price, comparison and technical backlogs aside) have that personal touch.

  17. Samir
    September 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Given the large installed base of ios users, it will be quite surprising if both the new iphones do not generate a large sale number for each model.

    Commenting on what Chinmay and Jason are discussing, I think credit should be given where it is due. Apple puts in a lot of effort in putting together its hardware, the ios itself is a good system but nothing extraordinary. However the bundling of great hardware and good software is what makes apple tick + ofcourse the Apple marketing machine.

    I have gyrated between android and ios. My last android device was an HTC One, and my current phone is a Iphone 5s, having used both, I would quite comfortably put the HTC One on par with the iphone, again apply the same logic and you will have to agree that HTC One is a great piece of hardware, and android is a good OS, why the HTC One hasnt been a blockbuster is just the lack of good marketing.

    But Apple is realising that the competition is hot and I think sales for new iphone models are not as hotly anticipated as before. Lets see what everyone feels like and see what numbers the new iphone models achieve !

  18. Nikolai Cook
    September 12, 2014 at 11:07 pm
  19. Jason P
    September 12, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    most specs are OK although the 6 should really have a full HD resolution and the 6 plus something bigger.
    Camera also should have been some MP higher because it really helps when you want to reframe/crop/zoom a photo.
    The price is where this fails, as with previous iPhones but I think even more on this generation because they try to charge you 100$ extra for what the iPhone 6 should have been (at least).

    • Chinmay S
      September 13, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      I don't think most specs are "OK", all specs are just amazing. Apple's hardware has always been good. No other phone can match the performance of iPhone.

    • likefunbutnot
      September 13, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      @Chinmay,

      ... Except pretty all of the flagship devices from every other major OEM. Benchmarks show that the new iphones are on par with the Nexus 5, which is relatively modest by the standards accorded to high end smartphones.

      Now, you can take that thought to its logical conclusion by admitting that these devices are all technical marvels for the amount of computing power they put in the palm of our hands, but there's really nothing remarkable at all about Apple's hardware (and plenty of huge down sides to its software ecosystem) in its latest iteration.

    • Chinmay S
      September 16, 2014 at 9:44 am

      @likefunbutnot

      There is nothing wrong with iOS. If you don't like iOS then that's your personal opinion.
      iOS is a great OS and much much better than "others". It has many remarkable quality apps. iOS is the first choice for developers. So basically your reasons are useless.

      And now even a "diehard" Android fan is buying iPhone 6.

      Do you need anything else to prove that which ecosystem is better or best?

  20. likefunbutnot
    September 12, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Buying an iOS device is simply inexcusable.

    • Andrew
      September 12, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      .... and your reason is?

    • likefunbutnot
      September 13, 2014 at 1:10 am

      @Andrew,

      As if I have only a single reason. Apple mandates the way users interact with its mobile devices and makes no attempt to interoperate with anything else. Buying in is promoting its ongoing hostility to the user experience.

      Users can't change default applications. Users can't import data in to core applications except through itunes. Applications can only communicate with one another if a developer specifically wrote code to communicate with that other application (this is why the non-intuitive solution to almost every use for an iFruit starts with "Get a Dropbox account..."); users are specifically required to interact with their own data by associating it with an application rather than the software environment adapting to the way they need to work. Wanting to access the same file in two different applications means making two copies of that file on devices that are sold on the basis of their disk space limitations. No file system access. Default applications with arbitrary file format support limitations . An on screen keyboard for which Apple developers are so fucking lazy and have so little respect for their users that they can't be bothered to have it change the case of letters when the shift key is pressed.

    • Chinmay S
      September 13, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      @likefunbutnot

      There is no need for Apple to make an attempt to "interoperate" with something else. If you buy an Apple device and then after some time think to "interoperate" with anything else, then there is no need for you to buy Apple device if you can't stick to it. Apple doesn't want you.

      What problem do you have with iOS Keyboard? It looks pretty cool and works great too.

    • Tim B
      September 15, 2014 at 12:49 am

      This is pure subjective opinion, ilikefunbutnot. You literally listed a bunch of personal reasons you don't like Apple, but that still doesn't support your initial statement.

      Much of that list is just things you don't like, and some of it is even wrong. iOS 8 opens up the way applications talk to each other, for example.

      I respect your decision to not choose an iOS device, and you should try to do the same for other people. Like it or not, iOS will be a dominant platform from a development point of view for the foreseeable. The developers tools are better, the platform is arguably more stable, undeniably more profitable and with advancements like Swift is bound to attract more first-time developers than ever before.

      (Edited because I got your name wrong!)

    • likefunbutnot
      September 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      @Tim B,

      My conclusion is that the horde of people who have purchased or continue to use iOS either do not need a device with any level of utility greater than browsing the web and responding to email, or that they must fight with iOS's misfeatures on an ongoing basis. In either case, those people would be better off using something besides the device they have. There's no reason to support a product with software so openly hostile to its users.

    • Nate
      September 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Ever wonder why supposedly detailed and often sarcastic condemnation of Apple products always pop up in the comments section of articles announcing or reviewing existing and new Apple products?
      Remember that Samsung pays students to post these negative comments, often even feeding them canned checklists and language to incorporate into supposedly "spontaneous, heartfelt" efforts to "educate" potential buyers of Apple products. See:

      "Samsung admits paying students to lambast rival phones in fake web reviews"
      http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/04/17/samsung-fake-web-reviews/

      "Samsung Fined $340,000 For Fake HTC Reviews: Paid Comments Slamming Competitors Revealed By FTC [VIDEO]"
      http://www.idigitaltimes.com/samsung-fined-340000-fake-htc-reviews-paid-comments-slamming-competitors-revealed-ftc-video-334235

      "Samsung Blames Korean PR Partner For Developer Bribes"
      http://www.cultofandroid.com/37864/samsung/

      … and the list goes on.

    • Tim B
      September 15, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      And the fact that most major software releases hit iOS first (and sometimes only iOS) has no bearing on the usefulness of the device?

      Take a look at the entire music production app category for example. Android pissed around with terrible sound latency for so long that this scene is non-existent on that platform. Just one shining example of how iOS users use their devices for far more than "browsing the web and responding to email".

    • likefunbutnot
      September 16, 2014 at 1:43 am

      @Tim B,

      First, this is not specifically an iOS vs. Android issue. This is a terrible software issue.

      Apple Computers have never had a widespread culture of free software in the way that other consumer operating systems have had. Developer tools for Apple platforms have more or less always cost money, something that is even more true for Apple's mobile devices, where there is an unavoidable fee to list an app in Apple's store and a hard requirement to post that app using an Apple operating system. There's simply less incentive on the developer side to make good things available free of charge.

      Developers can rightly say that they get greater response from iOS users than other platforms. I believe that is due to the conditioned response created by using the rest of the iOS platform, which might be summarized as "useful things should cost money." I base this on personal conversation with users who are actually happy with iOS, but it would not surprise me if there were not a great deal ongoing research within Apple on how to convey that very concept in every interaction with its devices.

      Speaking to the issue of major software releases hitting iOS first, I'd first suggest that there really has not been such a thing as a "major software release" on any mobile platform as of yet. If there has, it was most probably Microsoft Office, which came in with a whimper rather than a bang (and which was fully available on several platforms prior to iOS). Are you referring to games? Games are by their nature sealed systems. They don't interact with much of anything else. If you'd like to argue that an iphone is a superior replacement for a Nintendo, I'm perfectly willing to cede that point as well.

      Regarding music production specifically, I'd first ask how much work is actually being done on mobile devices while carefully pointing out that the music industry has long been an Apple hardware monoculture. Users may simply never have investigated any alternative, merely swallowed whatever Apple set before them.

    • larryjay
      September 16, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Your reasons sound like sour grapes to me.

    • Paul
      September 28, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      I see your logic there, and find it inexcusable.

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