How Apple's Jumbo iPhone 6 Plus Compares To Its Biggest Competition

How Apple's Jumbo iPhone 6 Plus Compares to Its Biggest Competition

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.

How Apple's Jumbo iPhone 6 Plus Compares to Its Biggest Competition
How Apple's Jumbo iPhone 6 Plus Compares to Its Biggest Competition

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.



    I love my Note 3, however was going to seriously consider getting the larger iPhone. Though at $1,129 for the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus, I would be stupid not to get the Note 4 or the Note Edge..

      Unless you're hooked on the S Pen, consider the OnePlusOne. It's of similar size and features, really (with better battery life because why do I need a 1440p screen on my phone)

        Whilst the OnePlus One is excellent value for money, it is not quite my cup of tea. I happen to have one sitting a couple of metres away from me, lol.

    Delete me. Failed reply.

    Last edited 10/09/14 11:43 am

    The slimmer thickness of the 6plus vs the others should make it a lot better to hold in the hand, will be waiting until I get a hands-on to make a decision.
    The other specs are pretty meaningless, performance really can't be judged from specs with phones, it comes down to implementation and how they perform in actual use.

      and fortunately for us, note 4 defeats the 6plus in specs & functionality. the slimness of the iphone is a meaningless judge since almost everyone is going to slap on a fugly silicon case on it.

    Why no comparison to the Z3?

      I'd ask the same question but i dont really care i already know it's getting my money haha.

    iPhone 6 Plus is not overly impressive when you stack it against the rest of the big name larger phones. To me looks like Apple are just playing catch up with the rest of the market - and copying the success of their competitors. It used to be the other way around, they used to be the 'ground breakers' - not any more. I'm sure the 'die hard' fans will absolutely love it though. For me, though I am enjoying my new OnePlus One - very impressive, very fast and very reasonable price.

    Only 1GB of ram is a huge concern.

    It will be another year before Apple realizes how bad they screwed up when every other phone releasing has 3GB then they will dramatically release the iphone 6s with 2GB of ram and tout it as a huge jump.

      Funny, in another gizmodo thread, someone brought this up and got absolutely shot down..

      Amazing that Apple has been able to keep a much more fluid user experience than Android based handsets with 3 times the amount of RAM...

      Something to think about.

        There are Andriod devices out there that do fuction fine on 1GB of ram however its an option that users can buy a 3GB device if they chose to.

        The 1GB devices on Andriod are typically more budget friendly.

      coz iOS doesn't need 3GB to work smoothly where Android you do need that and multi cores CPUs (which drains the battery)

        IOS uses multi core chips.

          yupe dual core, not quad or octo core, I think they know there is no need for more than 2 cores to get same performance in the iOS

          my Nexus 4 nearly the same smoothness as my 5s but it needs quad core and 1GB ram to do so. and once I have so many crap apps/games on N4, it starts to jitter a bit

          Last edited 12/09/14 4:34 pm

            Dual core is still a multi core chip. Also any device will jitter when you fill the device up. My iPhone jitters and performs poorly when i only have 1 or 2 gb free.

              yeah that's what I meant not really about multicore, more like more than dual cores... brain didn't work.

              my 5s is ok, i only have 400MB... the Nexus still has 5GB free space is already stuttering...

      I don't find any problem with the amount of ram on my iPhone 5. Every app works fluidly.

      I think specs are mostly meaningless when comparing different operating systems and software.

      If the iPhone can run every app in the App Store perfectly, then it doesn't matter if an android phone has even 32GB of RAM.

        There's no point getting a people mover when you will only ever need a sedan.

        You will probably start to have problems when you upgrade your iPhone 5 to IOS8 and it will be a sluggish nightmare next year on IOS9.

          How do you know, have you tested it on the beta?

            It happens every single time apple introduces a new phone and phases out the old phone by upgrading the IOS and causing the older phone to perform very poorly. This is well documented and i can point to every single iphone experiencing performance issues when running the last available version of IOS on that device.

          Most people upgrade on 2 year cycles so that wouldn't be an issue anyway. Sure some people like keeping their phones and it is annoying for them, but I would say mostly it's not an issue.

        Yeah but fandroids will tell you other wise. I used both OS, to be honest iOS felt more refined for me. Specially if you just want to use it as a phone and running app

        But if you want to show of your customisation skills, android is where it's at. And I hate widgets. I still no interest to put that on my home screen. I rather the windows live tiles

        Last edited 17/09/14 10:05 am

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