Just like the rumours foretold, Apple’s iPhone 6 now comes with an extra-large 5.5-inch screen size. It’s Apple’s first foray into the big screen smartphone realm, which means there’s plenty of competition waiting to take it on. How’s the iPhone 6 Plus compare to the competition? Let’s find out.
First and foremost, that screen. Unlike the regular-size iPhone 6, which brings a smaller screen than any of its flagship competition, the iPhone 6 Plus hits the same 5.5-inch screen size as the sensibly sized OnePlus One and LG G3. Five-and-a-half inches of screen feels pretty danged big in the hand, though it’s not as big as the HTC One Max or the positively stonking Lumia 1520.
Apple’s upsized iPhone only musters 1920 x 1080 resolution and a pixel density of 401 PPI, on par with the “regular size” smartphones but outgunned by the G3 and the Galaxy Note 4, both of which have eye-throbbingly powerful screens. Apple’s Retina displays use different tech than the Android and Windows Phone competition, so the numbers don’t tell the whole story, but if screen real estate is your number one concern, Apple’s big phone is far from the biggest.
The other notable feature of the iPhone 6 Plus is storage: Like the junior-size iPhone 6, the Plus offers 16, 32, or an astounding 128GB of built-in space. Only the G3 and Note 4 can match that number using MicroSD cards. It’s personal preference as to whether you like your storage removable or built-in, but now you’ve got the option of choosing an extended-cab phone that won’t require you to keep track of MicroSD cards.
Other than that, the iPhone 6 Plus holds pretty much the same guts as its smaller sibling — a faster yet more efficient A8 processor and a seriously revamped M8 fitness tracker. On paper, the device’s battery looks limp compared to the power packs in the other big phones, particularly the 3400mAh space heater in the Lumia 1520, but Apple’s guts are all optimised to work together in ways that the off-the-shelf Snapdragon processors in other big screen phones can’t necessarily match, so a real-world battery test will tell that tale.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the iPhone 6 Plus is a bit of a bruiser, measuring in bigger and heavier than all but the hugest of the oversize phones. Numbers only give you part of the picture when it comes to a new smartphone — nothing beats hands-on experience — but for the power users who need the most out of their large-format phones, the spec sheet is a good starting point. How do you think the 6 Plus stacks up to the ample-portioned competition? Tell us in the comments below.