Finally, two brand new models of the Apple iPhone are here: the 6 and the 6 Plus, ready to sway interest away from other manufacturers such as Samsung and Nokia. A moment many have waited months (years) for. Both models are premium models, with no significant split in price difference between the two, making it hard for consumers to choose the right one. The major difference? Their size: one is clearly still a phone, similar to its previous brothers, with a 4.7-inch display, and the other moves clearly into the “phablet” market, with a huge 5.5-inch display.
Sharp edges are no longer the main attractiveness as both models are smoother with elegant curves. Made out of aluminium, steel and glass, you are sure to remain holding onto a solid piece of computing. However, these models are even thinner than before: will we see issues with solidity and sturdiness? Both models come in the colours grey/silver, light grey/light silver and gold.
The iPhone 6 Plus wins on resolution at 1080p with a pixel density of 400ppi compared the 6’s 326ppi. Camera quality has remained similar to previous models, lying at 8-megapixels with a 15 micron sensor. How boring, no significant improvements here, which is interesting as phones are almost the main use of photography in today’s society. At least the 6 Plus offers optical camera stabilisation whereas the 6 has digital stabilisation.
Of course a new processor has been chucked into these paper thin devices: the Apple A8. Both phones contain this chip, a dual core 1.4GHz 64-bit CPU, which are stated to offer 20% greater CPU performance than the A7 chip and are more power efficient.
As expected, no option to expand their memories through external cards has been incorporated, but the company has at least bumped up its premium model to hold 128GB internal memory (at a price, of course). No longer does a 32GB model exist.
The most significant feature improvement we note is the larger battery in the 6 Plus. Yes, it has to power a larger screen, but overall battery performance has finally improved. Hopefully users won’t have to plug their phone into a wall twice a day just to reply to a text.
What would we choose? Both models are too close to split the decision. Take both devices in your hand and see which one feels better, because everything else about these devices will effectively be the same. There is far too little in it. If you’re a huge complainer over battery power, take the 6 Plus.