The iPhone 6 vs. 6 Plus: Which Is Right For You?

CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the iPhone 6 during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Apple is expected to unveil the new iPhone 6 and wearble tech. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Damn you, Apple. I seriously JUST upgraded my 4S to a 5S, and now you have to roll out two more phones? Now there's the inevitable flexing of wallets and conveniently timed upgrades, and all of you fortunate to have either money or an available two-year contract to renew have an important decision to make: will you buy the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus?

Apple has somehow successfully convinced each and every one of us that we absolutely must buy the newest model that they roll out. We are really just puppets in their game, and said game is working remarkably well. The only real problem is determining, right now, without any real-world context, which one of the phones you will go with.

Well, in a lot of ways they are pretty similar. Most ways, in fact. The both have the same A8 processor, storage options (16GB, 64GB, 128GB), they both have new features such as Apple Pay (why didn't they call it iPay? Come on, that's funny). So why does one merit Plus after it? Is it just to give Plus buyers a superiority complex? Not completely. Here are the key differences between the two...

The Size

The big difference. If you opt for the Plus, you'll get an extra .8 inches over the regular ol' 6. If you have an iPhone 5s right now, that means the plus is a full 1.5 inches bigger.

So if, like me, you're constantly losing your phone at the bottom of your purse, the 6 Plus would give you .8 inches of help in finding it.

Battery life

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Business Insider reports that the 6 Plus, despite being almost like an iPad macro mini, gets six more hours of battery life than the iPhone 6. The basic 6 gets the same battery life as the 5S, standing at 10 hours. So the Plus is recommended for people who are too overwhelmed by the possibilities of a stronger selfie camera to bother with setting their phone down.

Cost

If you don't have a lot of these, this is usually your deciding factor. 

The iPhone 6 Plus is $100 more than the iPhone 6 at all levels of storage, starting at $299 for its subsidized price. 

In short, if you really want a bigger phone of longer battery life, go with the iPhone 6 Plus. If you're cool with a smaller phone that has identical features, stick with the cheaper iPhone 6

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