iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 6 design comparison
iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 6: design
The overall design of the two devices are pretty similar, with the obvious difference being that the iPhone 6 Plus is the larger of the two Apple siblings. See also: iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: screen comparison.
The 4.7in iPhone 6 is 138mm tall, 67mm wide and 6.9mm thick, making it the slimmest iPhone to date. It’s a comfortable phone to hold and use – more so than its boxy predecessors – with its soft curves fitting nicely in your hand.
The iPhone 6 Plus dwarfs the iPhone 6 by comparison. It’s 151mm tall, 78mm wide and 7.1mm thick – and is difficult to use in one hand, it even feels large in both hands.
Apple recognises this, and for those who feel both devices are simply too big to use comfortably, it has equipped both handsets with a clever feature that brings the icons located at the top of the screen within reach of your thumb, which can be activated with a light double-tap on the Home button.
The payoff from Apple’s move into big screen smartphones is that the keyboard is more spacious and typing is much less fiddly than before. This is an area where the iPhone 6 Plus’ extra size really pays dividends: tapping the wrong (virtual) key is now a much less frequent occurrence.
Both smartphones also have the rather unfortunate protruding camera lens, however, that sticks out by a millimetre from the rear of the phone.
The one difference, other than size, between the two is that the plastic inlay on the rear is slightly thicker on the iPhone 6 Plus. This is only really noticeable, though, if you place the phones next to each other.
Is the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus more bendy?
Reports that the iPhone 6 Plus is susceptible to bending when kept in a pocket have gone viral since launch. From our time with the phablet we have experienced nothing that suggests it’s a weak device. See also: what’s the best smartphone of 2014?
Further testing on the strength of the devices has been carried out by Consumer Reports, a US organisation similar to the UK’s Which? Consumer Association. It concluded that the iPhone 6 was the weaker of the two devices, capable of withstanding up to 32kg of pressure before becoming deformed and 45kg before breaking; the iPhone 6 Plus withstood up to 41kg of pressure before starting to deform, and it wasn’t until 50kg of pressure was applied that the case came away.