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Which iPhone should you buy?

Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

With the release of the iPhone 6, a lot of small business owners will find themselves in a dilemma with which model to buy − the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus?

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1. Display

The obvious difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the display. The iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 resolution display, while the Plus comes with a sharper 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 screen. The larger screen is ideal for content consumption like using productivity apps, playing brain training games and browsing the web. And, if you regularly use your smartphone as the in-car GPS, then the larger screen on the Plus will make for a more comfortable experience.

There is also a landscape view that is only available on the 6 Plus which allows you to flip the phone onto its side and see more of your content in compatible apps. For example in Mail, the inbox is displayed in a two pane view with the left side of the screen showing your inbox and the right side displaying your open email. The tradeoffs of having a larger display is the loss of one handed operation and a bigger device in your pocket, both of which are issues that the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 shouldn't have a problem with.

2. Battery life

A bigger shell means more space to cram in a bigger battery and that’s exactly what you get with the iPhone 6 Plus. As a result, the iPhone 6 Plus boasts almost double the talk time at up to 24 hours versus the iPhone 6’s 14 hours, while video playback receives a less significant bump to 14 hours in comparison to the 11 hours offered by the smaller variant.

The differences are only incremental when it comes internet use with up to 12 hours on the iPhone 6 Plus and 10 hours on the iPhone 6. In real world use, you should expect the iPhone 6 Plus to get you through almost two days of use before needing a charge. The iPhone 6 on the other hand should get you through a full day of use, which is something that couldn’t be said of previous iPhones.

3. Camera

iPhones have always been renowned for their excellent camera quality and while the new models use the same 8-megapixel sensor, there have been some key improvements made in other areas that should result in better quality shots and video. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus receive improved autofocus and larger pixels for quicker shot-taking ability with clearer results but the iPhone 6 Plus features a dedicated Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) while the 6 gets software based stabilisation.

OIS on the Plus compensates for hand shaking while taking pictures resulting in clearer and brighter low-light photos than the iPhone 6. In short, if you’re looking for the best camera in all lighting conditions then the iPhone 6 Plus is your best bet.

4. Price

The iPhone 6 is the cheaper option of the two models with plans starting at RRP $78 per month for 24 months (outright price of RRP $869), while the iPhone 6 Plus plans starting at RRP $82 per month for 24 months (RRP $999). Additional internal storage hikes up the price further with the 64GB iPhone 6 coming in at RRP $999 and the 128GB going for RRP $1129.

The iPhone 6 Plus 64GB model will set you back RRP $1129 while the 128GB version will cost you a whopping RRP $1249. Our experience is that the base 16GB model (13GB of usable storage) will be too small for most people using their phones for working on the go, but might be enough for those who prefer to store their files on the Cloud instead of locally on the phone.

Regardless of whether you go with the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus, we would recommend the 64GB version to avoid hitting a storage wall later on down the track.

Prices correct at time of publishing.

iPhone 6
  1. 4.7 inch, 1334x750 resolution display
  2. Enough battery life for approximately 1 day when fully charged
  3. Software based stabilisation
  4. Plans start at RRP $78 per month for 24 months (RRP $869)
iPhone 6 Plus
  1. 5.5-inch, 1920x1080 resolution display
  2. Enough battery life for approximately 2 days when fully charged
  3. Dedicated optical image stabilisation
  4. Plans start at RRP $82 per month for 24 months (RRP $999)

Which should I choose?

If you’re used to operating a big screen phone, and you value battery life and a superior camera, then the iPhone 6 Plus makes an easy choice. If, however, you have been comfortable with the 4-inch screen size of previous iPhones then the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is a sensible upgrade as it retains the one handed operation and pocketability of its predecessors while also allowing you to do more with a slightly larger screen.

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