iPhone 6 Plus Review

Last Updated: December 1, 2018

Larger sibling to the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus was one of Apple’s two flagship mobile devices, that would usher in the 8th generation of iPhones. In this analysis of the 6 Plus, we’re going to be taking a look at what it has, that the standard iPhone 6 lacks. This way, we can […]

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Larger sibling to the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus was one of Apple’s two flagship mobile devices, that would usher in the 8th generation of iPhones. In this analysis of the 6 Plus, we’re going to be taking a look at what it has, that the standard iPhone 6 lacks. This way, we can judge if the 6 Plus is deserving of its higher price-tag. This is our iPhone 6 Plus Review.

iPhone 6 Plus Review 2018

As is tradition with iPhone generations, Apple will usually release two models of an iPhone, the standard model, and the ‘Plus’ model. Usually these Plus iPhone models will have a larger screen, sometimes a better camera, and some extra features that couldn’t have fit on the standard model.

Note: As this review is primarily about what differentiates the iPhone 6 Plus from the iPhone 6, not all of the basic improvements that are included in both devices are covered here. If you wish to know more about the enhancements made by Apple with their 8th generation iPhones; check out our iPhone 6 Review here.

 

Design

Larger than the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus stretches to a considerable 5.5-inches (diagonal). Weighing about 172g, and boasting a measured with a slimness of 7.1mm, the 6 Plus is an attractive mobile device that is exceptionally user-friendly.

It must be noted however, that carrying out certain functions on this iPhone may prove challenging due to the increased screen size, larger phone screens really aren’t for everyone. However, a feature was included with the iPhone 6 Plus that allows the user to bring the top icons on their home screen closer to their thumbs. By tapping the home button twice, the top half of the home screen icons will drop, to make it easier to open whichever app you had your eye on.

We enjoyed the scaled up screen though, as it made engaging with media on the phone more immersive, with Apple’s HD Retina display making it easier than ever to invest yourself in photos, video, files, you name it.

As is always the way with Apple products, the 6 Plus feels elegant, robust, and modern. There’s something about the way that Apple crafts their iPhones that gives the user a sense of ease. When holding an Apple iPhone, you know you’re holding a cutting edge, well designed and put together device.

With regards to the screen, the iPhone 6 Plus is beaten in certain regards by top-end android phones that were released at the same time. However, the iPhone 6 Plus has one of the best smartphone LCD screens of its time. While certain other smart phones would outperform the iPhone in one category, the iPhone is an all-rounder. Succeeding at ranking highly across the board, it’s easy to see how some might have considered this to be the best phone of its time.

The placement of the speaker on the device can be problematic however, as you may have to adjust the way you hold it, to prevent muffling the speakers when held in the landscape orientation.

 

Performance

The inclusion of NFC technology (Near Field Communication) was long awaited, and appreciated by many. With the introduction of Apple Pay, users could now pay for goods and service using their iPhone, via the Touch ID feature.

The Wi-Fi capabilities on the 6 Plus are also far superior to those of the 5S, predecessor to the 8th gen iPhones. This iPhone will also work well with 4G networks around the world.

Thanks to the A8 dual-core processor, this iPhone also performs quite well when playing 3D games. You’d be forgiven if you assumed that the iPhone was outpaced by its Android competitors, by simply looking at the specifications. However, the iPhone actually outperforms many of its competitors when it comes to gaming. As well as gaming, everyday operation of the iPhone 6 Plus is a breeze. If you are the kind to multi-task on your smartphone, this iPhone allows the user to jump from app to app seamlessly.

Another little nice side effect of the A8 processor is that this iPhone and its sibling the iPhone 6 are able to run Touch ID much faster than the iPhone 5S. This means further enhanced convenience for the user.

The M8 coprocessor is also an extremely valuable asset, as it is capable of detecting when your phone has not moved in a while, and so will restrict phone functions when your iPhone is not in use, for the purpose of battery preservation.

 

Camera Improvement

The iPhone 6 Plus has a camera that is identical to the iPhone 6 in all but one way. This camera is capable of optical image stabilisation. The iPhone 6 Plus was the first Apple iPhone to avail of this technology, although it was not the first ever smartphone to use it. OIS allows the user to take high quality photos by using a gyroscope, which keeps the lenses stable. The result; sharp, blur-free images, even in low light.

 

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 (mm)
  • Weight: 172g
  • Operating System: iOS 8 (Debut) Compatible until iOS 11 (Present)
  • System on Chip: A8 Chip with 64-bit architecture / M8 motion coprocessor
  • Capacity: 16GB / 64GB /128GB
  • Location Services: Assisted GPS and GLONASS / Digital Compass / Wi-Fi / Cellular / iBeacon microlocation
  • Display: Retina HD display / 5.5-inch LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology / 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi / 1300:1 contrast ratio (Typical)
  • Camera: iSight Camera / 8MP with 1.5µ pixels / ƒ/2.2 aperture / Optical image stabilization (Not on the standard iPhone 6)
  • Battery: Built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery / Charging via USB / Talk time up to 24 hours on 3G / Internet use up to 12 hours on 3G, 12 hours on LTE, 12 hours on Wi-Fi / HD Video playback for up to 80 hours / Audio playback for up to 80 hours / Standby time: Up to 16 days   
  • Colour Choice(s): Silver, Gold, Space Grey

Note: See Apple’s website for full specifications and modes. 

 

Verdict

Our verdict; the iPhone 6 Plus is a fantastic smartphone, even now. However, we would prefer if the screen were not so large that the device was sometimes difficult to operate with one hand. It may also be argued that there are not enough new or exclusive features on the 6S. However, while we would prefer more features, we recognise that the 6 Plus functions better overall due to minor increases in its specifications across the board.

If you’re considering purchasing an iPhone 6 Plus, we would definitely recommend it. Just be aware you will probably be using two hands most of the time that you are operating this smartphone. Overall, this is one smooth, well designed product. If we have learned one thing from testing this iPhone, it was to not listen to the nay-sayers who talk down about iPhones being inferior to their Android competition. Having seen this iPhone work, we can guarantee you that it is one of the smoothest, most efficient mobile devices we have encountered.