iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus side by side

We all knew it was coming following months of uncharacteristic leaks, but the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus double announcement of September 9th 2014 saw the biggest thing to happen to the iPhone since the handset was first brought to market. Apple launched two handsets, both with differing screen sizes but more importantly, both of those screen sizes were bigger than the iPhone 5s they were replacing.

After years of mocking users of Android phones that seemed to know no limits when it came to packing ever larger, ever more pocket-busting screens into smartphones it was time for Apple fans to embrace the idea of a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch device in their midst.

Whether people liked it or not, the 4-inch iPhone was gone. At least, beyond the lower-end iPhone 5c that was almost apologetically left in the iOS lineup.

We recently saw the six-month anniversary of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus‘s release – they went on sale on September 19th – and as the time has passed it is clear that many opinions have changed. Before the two new iPhones were announced everyone thought they were too big. Then, once they saw them, the iPhone 6 was the Goldilocks phone – just right – but that iPhone 6 Plus? Way too big.

Fast forward to today. As we stand right now, in late-March and six months after the two newest iPhones on the block were released to an eager public, it’s that iPhone 6 Plus which is getting attention. Having listened to podcasts and read written pieces over the last few weeks I’ve come across more than a few people who bought the smaller iPhone 6 at launch but are now seriously considering going bigger come upgrade time. It’s easy to see why, too.

If you’ve never had any time with an iPhone 6 Plus then it’s difficult to understand quite how lovely it is to look at. With a 5.5-inch screen and plenty of pixels to go around, the phone certainly looks the part. It’s just big enough to be on the cusp of replacing the iPad mini for some too, which is a positive if you’d rather save the cash or even better, use it to buy a larger iPad Air 2 instead. Whatever you do, I’d wager that anyone with an iPhone 6 Plus would find their usage of any small-screened iPad very limited indeed.

And then there’s the battery life. It lasts forever, or close to it. Going a couple of days without a charge is the kind of thing we haven’t been able to do since, well, ever. At least, not with an iPhone. The larger screen of the iPhone 6 Plus means Apple can pack more battery behind it which in turn means more time between charges. If you spend a lot of time away from a Lightning cable then that’s a big, big thing.

None of this is to say that the iPhone 6 is a bad bet though, because it’s not. I have the hands of a four year-old, and even though I’d love the screen estate offered by a 5.5-inch smartphone it’s barely practical for me. The iPhone 6 isn’t small by any stretch of the imagination, but I can just about hold it without having a heart attack every time its weight shifts.

And there, in a nutshell, is why the two-pronged approach of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus works for both Apple and its customers. Choice works for everyone, and it means nobody needs to shoehorn either of the two phones into a use case that it doesn’t quite fit. Six months on from when Tim Cook and his team announced the latest iPhones to hit the market both are still hugely popular. The mix between the two may be shifting slightly, but both very much have a place in the marketplace. There are rumors circulating that Apple is going to launch a new 4-inch iPhone alongside two updated models this year too, further cementing the notion that choice is now part of Apple’s make up.

Who could imagine Apple having three differently sized iPhones on sale a few years ago?

Not me.

  • Mario Britten

    I had both the 6 and 6 Plus…and I have decided to go with the iPhone 6.
    Aaand I’m not regretting it at all.

  • Arthur Larin

    I bought a 6 back in November and every time I hold someone’s 6 Plus, I regret my decision.

    • igorsky

      Ditto.

    • Hot12345

      Why did you sold then? Do you want the 6+ back and why do you wanna back?

      • ‘Ariff

        No what he meant was he has the 6. he regrets buying it. he wants the 6+.

    • Stephaughn Alston

      Me too, I wanna upgrade to the 6 Plus but I kinda just wanna wait for the new one!

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Yup, I’m in the same boat. Have to agree wholeheartedly.

      • Movie Blue Diving Suit

        Funny. I have a 6 Plus and I wish I hadn’t bought it every time I try a 6.

  • Guest

    A sales comparison up until this point would’ve been nice to accompany the opinion piece

  • Chris Gaunt

    I guess we all have differing opinions, but I’m happy if you like your Android phone. I just prefer iPhone, we don’t all have to be the same, but I’ve found way more people bothering me about Apple than I ever have with there choices. I’ve longed for a bigger screen and whole heartedly pleased with my shiny 6 plus. As for the screen choices, two co-workers bought a 6 at launch but it seems like in the last few weeks half a dozen more went with the plus. I don’t care if they have a 4″ screen in the lineup, as long as they keep a big screen for people like me!

    • Manuel Molina

      Well said, friend. Well said.

      I love the 6 Plus, but if I had to choose again, I would go 6 but with the iPhone 6 plus battery life.

  • Fardeen Beharry

    i still have trouble deciding, i want the bigger battery life but i got small hands. i kinda want the 6 but with the battery life of the 6 plus

    • Jon

      It’s either compromise and buy the 6 with some sort of battery pack or go all in and get used to the form factor of the 6+. It takes a week or so to really get used to the size but then it becomes second nature.

      • Fardeen Beharry

        thanks. gona keep that in mind

      • Jon

        That’s all thats required. From my personal experience, since battery and size are your major concerns, i had the 6 for a long time but jumped to the 6+. Battery was meh. Nothing special there. So depending on how you use your device mileage will vary. Size however was great but sometimes left more to be desired.

        Months pass, sold 6, got 6+ —

        Size, like i posted before, takes a little bit to get used to. However it grows on you and it becomes second nature to use. (If you are like me and don’t like landscape mode, it works just as well) Battery though is superb. Outdoes the 6 by miles. I bet if you took two 6’s and turned them on consecutively after one has died, the 6+ would still outperform them.

  • Jimmy Velletta

    Got the iPhone 6 in September, and just recently used my Jump upgrade to the 6 Plus. Best decision.

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Guys? 6 & 6 Plus sucks. :p My 4S is still a beast!! Go and get yourself a 4S. You won’t regret it at all.

    • InfinitePlusOne

      You can’t they don’t sell new one

      • TechLove

        He is Indian. And Apple still sells 8gb iPhone 4s in India.:P

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Haha. Nice Catch. 😛

      • Hot12345

        And Indian people are ugly with cow tits.

    • Luke Foord

      4S user here, it’s so good. Anything after the 4S is too big for me. When it breaks I’ll probably get another 4S.

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Hehe.. I prefer 5s size too. 😉 Actually width is same. 🙂

      • Digitalfeind

        Only thing I hate about the 4S is no LTE. That would kill the battery immensely though.

      • Luke Foord

        Honestly I didn’t know what LTE was until I just looked it up.

      • Then you’re really missing out.

    • iPodDroid

      Nope

    • z1n

      I wish I could get something like the look and feel of the 6 but in the size of the 5/5S.

    • Digitalfeind

      I still use my 4S when my battery completly dies on my 5s. I just swap out the SIM card. To me the 4/4S was the best built iPhone. It feels great in my hand. Very sturdy iPhones.

    • Abhinav Chaudhary

      Your Phone has a really tiny screen, I’ve an Iphone 6 and whenever I hold my brother’s iPhone 4S it feels really small.

  • InfinitePlusOne

    Got 6plus been using it for 5 months, apart from few software bugs which causes phone to crash. Love everything else

  • @dongiuj

    I got the 6 and my wife got the 6+. I like the screen size on hers but I couldn’t lug that around all day. The 6, just like my galaxy s3 felt, is a perfect size.

  • Eric Ortiz

    I got a 6 when they first came out. A few weeks ago my wife finally decided she wanted to upgrade from the 5 so I gave her my 6 so I could get the 6 plus. Had it for a few days and took it back. Just a little too big for me and I have big hands. Loved the screen size for when I was just sitting around but when I was out and about, not being able to do things one handed on it made my decision easy. I think a 5inch iPhone would be the perfect size.

    • Starman_Andromeda

      Would appreciate an explanation of how you use an iPhone one-handed! I see that all the time, but can never understand it!

      I use an iPhone 4 and for virtually everything I do, it’s 2-handed operation. Plus, I don’t want to drop the thing!

      —————

      Say, to the website masters… when one has zoomed in, or expanded text size, hy does the dialog box scroll off the screen every time one tries to type in a word? Very irritating!

      • Eric Ortiz

        Don’t know really how to explain it. Just scroll and type with one hand.

      • alfonso hall

        just being able to reach apps at the top of the screen. i keep my camera app in the top right corner, so anytime i want to open it i have to use two hands. if i try to use one, the phone almost slips and falls

    • alfonso hall

      im in the exact same situation. pretty sure i will sell my 6 plus. 90 percent of the time i have access to a charger and when I’m home i use my iPad.

  • Jamessmooth

    The 6 Plus is the best phone I’ve ever owned. I was concerned when I got it on launch day that it would be too big. After about a day of use, I was sold. If you’re thinking about it, get it.

  • AppleRelatedNewsiDBSkips

    In other news, iPhone 6+ camera beat again, 4th time in a row, by Samsung’s Note 4 (phonearena. com/news/Nokia-Lumia-930-wins-our-blind-camera-comparison-followed-by-Galaxy-Note-4-HTC-One-M9-ends-up-last_id67659). Both beat by the long forgotten champion, Nokia’s 930, not even the 1020 (phonearena. com/news/Lumia-1020-beats-the-iPhone-5s-and-Galaxy-S4-by-a-mile-in-our-blind-camera-comparison_id48050).

    In the durability department, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is going to be teaching Apple that beauty isn’t the only thing that makes a phone premium (phonearena. com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S6-edge-gets-thrown-on-the-floor-but-survives-this-violent-drop-test_id67696).

    • Buzz { Light:Year; }

      Very good fits your name haha I want idb to cover this

  • filter351

    Just loving my 6 plus, actually sold my iPad mini because I stopped using it.

  • jake kneller

    I love my 6 plus i don’t know if I would ever go back to a 4.7″ screen, But I just can not complain one bit about the battery life on the 6 plus and the camera those are the two points that made me choose the 6plus over the 6 when I had them both in my hands at the store and I do not regret it one bit the larger screen is great for gameing, reading, watching videos and I no longer need my tablet for school anymore it sits and Is actually now covered in dust from lack of use

    • Hot12345

      Total agree with you, my 6+ is best ever phone i had. If i go to my iphone 5s is to little, i must laugh how small that phone is.

      • jake kneller

        I have nothing against the 6 except it’s battery life and screen size but I really do hate how some 6 and 5s users just insantly hate on the 6plus because the screen huge the phone really is not that big just takes a little getting used to

  • sugimulm

    It’s been 6 months since I have used a working iphone 6 plus. Reboot syndrome from day one though 6 months and 4 replacements later, still not fully functional.

  • Jon

    Had the 6 and now the 6+. 6+ is the better option just because the display (Not SIZE, 1080p resolution) and the battery alone.

  • John Wickham

    I… Actually miss the size of iPhone 5s. If it had Apple Pay, maybe I’d be using that…

  • I got the 6 at launch time and 11 days ago I got a awesome deal and got the 6 Plus and I love it. The battery life is amazing!!! The screen is just a beautiful as ever. It does take some getting used to, but I’ve gotten used to handling it just fine. The camera is just awesome. Just an amazingly beautifully crafted device.

  • teris

    i got an iphone 5 and its the right size of all.When a bigger iphone comes the iphone 6 plus users will say that its better than previous , and so on.This is human nature.

    • smtp25

      heh trying to feel better about your iPhone 5 🙂

      • teris

        yes you are right , i would love to have one i6 but i will wait for the new models.ʘ‿ʘ

  • Tommy Gumbs

    I had the 6 for 12 days. Retuned it for the Plus. Best choice I could of made. I absolutely looooooove this phone, the screen, the battery life, and camera.

  • workin

    Tbh find the quality is less, feels like samsung plastic. Bigger size good for strained eyes but not practical at all.

    • Dan

      Maybe for you.
      I easily use a 5.7” phone with one hand, and they are somewhat on the slender side.

  • Buzz { Light:Year; }

    The six is faster by a little margin and I need fast!

  • Andrieux Querido

    I Love my 6 Plus. everything is 5 stars on it, camera is AMAZING.

  • CreeDiddy

    Just waiting for Apple to release the 6S. I’ve had my 6 Plus’s since Sept 2014. Looking for Apple to finally go A9 Quad clocked @ 2Ghz, 2GB RAM, iOS double tap to multitask, wireless charging, 6S Plus with screen size bump from 5.5 to 6 inch with edge to edge, QHD res, and lastly OLED with deep blacks.

    You guys are worried about the 6 Plus while I want the new stuff to release ASAP!!! The 6 is old news to me…

  • bd14u

    Bendgate this bothers me so yea.
    I love skinny jeans btw

  • Ds

    I bought the iphone 6/128gb at release and a few months back to it to my local best buy (1hrs drive away.. haha so much for local) and was able to get almost $600 out of it for trade-in towards the 6+ 128gb. I loved the 6 a lot but that love was easily replaced with the 6+ when I got it.

  • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

    Got the 6 6 months back. Still hate the design. This phone simply cant be handled naked. Ive used every generation without a case, the way its meant to be used. Now im forced to use a case and I effing hate it. I absolutely loved the 5 design, it wasn’t as slippery and looked a lot more classier than the 6. I do love the form factor, but if they ever go back to the 5 design, I’ll get it in a heartbeat.

  • Brian Richardson

    The combination of an iPhone 6 and an iPad Mini Retina works well for me.

    • Sleaka J

      Me too.

  • Digitalfeind

    The four inch iPhone is just right for me. I love my 5s and do not want a bigger size. My hands are small and the bigger sizes just feel awkward in my pockets. If Apple, by some miracle, does introduce a new four inch iPhone, and it does have the 128gb capacity, I would definitely opt for that.

  • ck125

    Hopefully with the iPhone 7 they will trim the bezels so the 5.5″ screen isn’t the same size as many phones with larger screens. Would love a 7+ with the same 5.5″ screen and slimmed down bezels.

    • alfonso hall

      i just find the 6 plus to be taller than it should be. apple won’t change the iconic bezels being they are new to having a large phone in their line up. my biggest gripe about it putting in my jeans or pants. i find my self always putting in my back pocket. if i wear gym shorts you can forget. fells like it will slip out all the time.

  • Can’t wait to finally get a 6 Plus when the upgraded “S” model is released! As little as I do on my iPad, I see the 6 Plus as a way to eliminate using my iPad at all.

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