While thousands started pre-ordering a new iPhone on Sept. 12, the rest of us will be taking more time to make a tricky decision: iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
Trying to decide on which new iPhone comes down to one question: Go big or go bigger?
Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have a bigger form factor and larger displays, features that Android smartphones have had for some time. They’re both faster, thinner, lighter, and sleeker.
Besides sheer size, most of the differences are negligible.
A nicer camera and optical stabilization for videos aren’t wooing too many over.
However, the battery on the 6 Plus could be a reason for some: 24 hours of talk time and 16 hours on standby is a significant advantage over the 14 hours of talk time and 10 hours of standby for the iPhone 6.
For the device you take with you everywhere you go, size is even more relevant. And size matters.
The iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch display (measured diagonally) that has the same amount of pixels as your HDTV: 1920 by 1080p. It’s 6.22 inches tall and 3.06 inches wide and weighs 6.07 oz.
The iPhone 6 comes in at 4.7 inches, with a 1334-by-750-pixel resolution. At 5.44 inches tall and 2.64 inches wide, it’s a little more manageable for most people. It’s also lighter at 4.55 oz.
Both phones are going to be fantastic to use and are impressively thinner than their predecessors. Apple has optimized the phones for one hand use, building a new software feature called Reachability.
This isn’t the first time society at large is buzzing about two new iPhones, but it is the first time that it seems to be collectively torn over which phone to choose.
The ultimate test will be putting each device in your hand, which won’t be happening until some time after the Sept. 19 launch.
Which brings us to the one question on everyone potential new iPhone owner’s mind: how big is too big?
If you can’t wait until iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit stores, print and cut out this life-size iPhone comparison sheet for reference.
In a completely unscientific poll, I asked everyone in the Moshi office if they would buy an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.
I handed them a life-size cardboard cutout of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5s.
It was interesting to observe people’s reactions.
Nearly everyone thought the 5s felt extremely small in their hands and almost didn’t believe it was true to size until they placed an iPhone 5s on it.
One employee said his thumb couldn’t reach all the way across the screen of the iPhone 6 Plus. Another had just three simple words: more real estate.
One employee was clearly feeling cramped on her current 4-inch iPhone. “If you find yourself constantly using your phone to view webpages, read the news, or play games, it’s clearly beneficial to have more screen real estate”” she said.
Which phone will you choose? Be it iPhone or Android, or nothing at all, let us now in the comments.
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