September 19th, 2014 marked the introduction of the newest and most talked about Apple products; the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. This release is this biggest in Apple’s history, shattering pre-order sales for the iPhone 5s by over two million units. With such staggering sales numbers so early, many people are asking, will this be the year that Apple asserts its dominance over Android based phones?
iPhone 6 vs 6 Plus: How Do They Differ?
Following last year’s release of two iPhone models, the 5s and 5c, Apple stuck to its strategy of offering two different options to entice more consumers to upgrade their current device. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released alongside each other, and each appeals to a different customer base due to key differences between them.
The most noticeable difference between the two devices is the size discrepancy. At 4.7 inches, the smaller iPhone 6 is still much larger than its predecessors. Ditching the small, delicate frame of previous generations, Apple decided to scale up its flagship device to be more competitive with Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5. Going one-step further, the 6 Plus is a whopping 5.5 inches and is comparable in size to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
In order to take full advantage of the impressive 5.5 inch screen, the larger phablet device sports a dazzling 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution capable of playing videos in full high definition. This combination of a large screen and high screen resolution makes the 6 Plus the perfect device on which to play games, watch movies, and browse the Internet. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, sports a lower resolution of 1334 x 750. This may seem significantly lower than the 6 plus, but the key measure of pixels per inch reaches 326. This is the value at which it is believed the human eye can no longer separate pixels.
Battery life is a key selling point for almost all phone buyers. Customers will be ecstatic to know that the newest Apple devices have improved battery lives that allow users to talk, text, and watch movies longer than ever before. The Six has received a large boost to 14 hours of talk time, as well as 11 hours of Wi-Fi surfing. Even more impressively, the 6 Plus is capable of an incredible 24 hours of talk time and 12 hours of Wi-Fi surfing. Also impressive is the standby time of the two devices; 10 and 16 days respectively.
Being premium devices, the new iPhones will cost as much as you would expect, with the smaller phone costing about $100 less than the larger version due to the smaller size. The 16GB devices run roughly $200 for the smaller version and $300 for the larger version. The highest capacity phones, boasting an astounding 128GB of memory, have debuted at approximately $400 and $500 respectively with a renewed contract.
Which Phone Should You Buy?
Ultimately, the decision between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus comes down to personal preference.
Reasons to Buy the iPhone 6
- It is smaller, and thus fits better in pockets and purses
- It is much easier to use one-handed, which many customers find appealing
- Although the screen resolution is not quite as good, it is still a beautiful screen that will display any images and videos crisply and clearly.
Reasons to Buy the iPhone 6 Plus
- The larger phone size makes two-handed use feel very natural
- The increased screen size makes playing games and watching movies enjoyable
- A brilliant full high definition display allows users to witness the true beauty of videos images
- Due to the larger size, activities such as typing word documents become easy to accomplish
- Greatly increased battery life, especially talk time, compared to its smaller sibling
- Owning this phone is almost like owning a tablet and a phone combined, making it unnecessary to own both, and thus saving money.
Regardless of which phone you choose to buy, you cannot choose incorrectly. Either choice would be a great upgrade to your current device.
Apple or Android: Which is Better?
The competition between Apple and Android has been raging for several years. With the very diverse selection of Android phones from companies such as Samsung, LG, and Motorola, Apple has faced an uphill battle. Android began offering larger phones years ago, which many consumers wanted. Other features such as the Swype keyboard and more customizability have kept many Android users loyal. With this new generation, Apple has taken great steps towards closing the gap. Offering not only a larger phone, but a phablet as well, the drastic difference in screen sizes has now vanished. In addition, both new phones from Apple feature the Swype keyboard as a texting option, and iOS8 further expands on the customizability that iOS7 brought to the table. Another key selling point for the iPhones over Android devices is the picture quality of the camera. Apple’s devices take pictures that many consider superior to those of Android devices, despite the camera megapixels being lower. This can be attributed to the sensors used by Apple, as well as various other technologies that differ between the cameras of iPhones and Android phones. This generation the choice has become clear: the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus should be the choice for virtually any smartphone user.
The Bottom Line
Whether consumers place emphasis on a lightweight, portable device that still performs at top quality levels, or a larger phone capable of streaming movies and playing games in high definition, the new iPhones from Apple fit the mold. With longer battery life, better screen resolution, and more options than before, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have already shatter previous sales records. It is clear that more than just diehard Apple fans are excited about the new devices, but that more Android users have decided to make the switch as well. The days of Android are over, as Apple and their iPhone 6 will now reign as the top smartphone on the market.