iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: We answer your questions

ByDuncan Heaney
iPhone 6

What’s the difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? How much do they cost, and will getting one make you cooler? We answer the questions on the minds of Apple fans everywhere…

So what's this iPhone 6 everyone's talking about then?

Hello! Nice to see you're back from your holiday underneath a rock. People usually get a bit excited about new versions of Apple's smartphone, but in 2014 the buzz is off the charts.

That's because everyone's favourite smartphone manufacturer (well, except Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone fans and people with a strong aversion to pretention) has released not one, but two new handsets: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

It's also has made a lot of changes to its typical design, many of which have been long-requested by fans. All of which have led to the two iPhone 6s (6es? 6's? Sixes?) breaking records for pre-orders in their first 24 hours on sale - pretty impressive.

Read our review of the iPhone 6

So wait - does that mean getting an iPhone 6 will make me cooler?

Erm… maybe? The iPhone 6 is certainly popular, and yeah, Apple has a certain 'cool' factor, but we don't think a smartphone can make you cooler - awesomeness comes from within. Although I spent two hours last night looking for a Spider-Man-themed iPhone case, so you probably shouldn't take my word for it.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

What's the difference between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus?

The biggest difference is size.

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7in screen, with a resolution of 1334 x 750, and a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch (ppi). That's plenty sharp, although some Android handsets like the LG G3 blow it out of the water.

The iPhone 6 Plus has a mammoth 5.5in display, with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 and pixel density of 401ppi. Again, we've seen sharper screens in other big phones, but it's hard to imagine anyone would be disappointed with the big, vibrant iPhone 6 Plus display - it's breath-taking.

There are a few other differences between the two as well. The iPhone 6 is slightly thinner - 6.99mm to the iPhone 6 Plus's 7.11mm. However, the Plus has considerably more battery life.

Let's talk turkey. How much do the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 cost?

We'd strongly recommend getting the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus as part of a pay monthly contract, because sim-free… well, they ain't cheap.

The 4.7in version comes in three versions:

  • 16GB - £539 sim-free
  • 64GB - £619 sim-free
  • 128GB - £699 sim-free

The 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus also comes in three versions:

  • 16GB - £619 sim-free
  • 64GB - £699 sim-free
  • 128GB - £789 sim-free.

That's right, £789. We'll let that sink in.

But I can pay less upfront if I get it on a pay monthly contract, right?

Very astute, yes. You can let a longer term contract absorb that big handset cost, by paying for the phone and a plan over the course of a 24 month contract. To see the deal we're recommending right now, just check out our latest iPhone deals page. 

Phew. So which networks are offering iPhone 6 deals?

You can get iPhone 6 handsets on most networks, including Vodafone, O2, Three, EE, and Virgin Mobile

The easiest way to see all your choices is to compare everything side by side with broadbandchoices (hey, that's us!). Click the charmingly garish orange button below, and we'll show you all the deals available right now:

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Is it worth queuing outside the Apple Store to get an iPhone 6 at launch?

Ha. Hahaha. HAHAHA. Oh wait, you're serious? Ahem. Well, I guess that's up to you, but… well, this is what you'll face:

iPhone 6 launch Regents Street

On a more serious note, you're better off comparing your options online because you should be able to find a much better deal than you will in a shop. Sure, you'll have to wait for delivery, but you save effort and money, which strikes us as a far more sensible approach.

Which should I get - the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?

That depends on what you want. Both are excellent handsets with much the same specs, so it comes down to whether you want a big screen, or more portability.

The iPhone 6 Plus is big. As in BIIIIIIIG. That's the price you pay for a lovely big display, and for some people it'll be enduring the slightly cumbersome size, and the fact that it won't fit into all pockets comfortably.

However, the iPhone 6 Plus will be simply too big for some people. In those cases, you'd be better off sticking to the more normal-sized 4.7in model. It's still a nice big screen, but it fits much more easily in the pocket, and makes more sense for everyday use.

Given a choice, we'd pick the smaller handset, but ultimately, it's your call. Is bigger better? Ahem - we couldn't possibly comment.

Can I use all my old accessories - headphones, chargers and so on - with the iPhone 6?

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus use Apple's proprietary Lightning adapter, for charging and connecting to your PC. Here's what it looks like:

Lightning connector

It launched with the iPhone 5, so if you're upgrading from that or a later iPhone, you'll have a spare charger. Bonus. However, iPhone 4 cables and docks, and Android / Windows / BlackBerry chargers aren't supported.

Despite rumours to the contrary, the headphone socket is standard, so you can keep using your trusty headphones until one of the earpieces inevitably gives out.

What about the iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

Good point. Samsung's Galaxy Note series of 'phablets' - functions of a phone, size close to a tablet - are the most direct competitor to the plus-sized iPhone 6 Plus.

The newest version - Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - goes on sale in October 2014. It's got a few key differences to the iPhone 6 Plus - including a sharper screen, a stylus, and Android - so it'll likely be a matter of preference over which suits you. It may be worth waiting for the new Galaxy Note 4's release before making any decisions.

OK, final question: what happens if you drop an iPhone 6?


Tee hee.

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