Now that the two models of the iPhone 6 are available for pre-order, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans all over the globe will be stampeding to acquire one on their release date of September 19. But with Apple having released two distinct versions of the iPhone for the first time, many consumers are currently ruminating on iPhone 6 model particularly suits your needs? Here we compare the two handsets, and outline their particular qualities.

iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus - Which One Should You Go For?

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Price

Being the larger of the two devices, the iPhone 6 Plus is naturally more expensive. It costs $100 more whether purchased on an on or off-contract basis. This is true across the range of storage options offered by Apple. The on-contract iPhone 6 Plus is in fact departing from the payment system associated with the iPhone 5s, so consumers wishing to stick to that previous payment scheme above all other considerations, should naturally plump for the standard iPhone 6.

If you are going to shell out the extra cash, then you need to consider whether the extra features and specs included in the iPhone 6 Plus will be of genuine value to you. So let’s take a look at those.

Screen Size

The iPhone 6 Plus has the highest screen resolution of any iPhone device yet to be released. Additionally, the screen size of the iPhone 6 Plus is also larger than any previous iteration of the iPhone series. With a full HD resolution, and a 5.5-inch display, it may appear on the surface that purchasing this device should be a no-brainer owing to the superior image quality that it will deliver. However, there is more to this decision-making process than meets the eye.

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch 1,334 x 750 screen at 326ppi, which will still deliver good quality images. And the higher resolution is necessitated in the iPhone 6 Plus by the larger display. In addition, although a bigger screen means that the experience associated with viewing videos and other content should theoretically be enhanced, the iPhone 6 Plus is also noticeably bigger and bulkier, and feels significantly so in one’s hand.

Therefore if the compactness and mobility of the iPhone 6 is a significant factor for you then it would be advisable to purchase the 4.7-inch version. If you haven’t purchased previous iPhone and found the screen a little on the small side, it would be natural to go for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Productivity

iOS 8 includes Adaptive UI, which offers the opportunity for split-views. However, only the iPhone 6 Plus is taking advantage of this. While the iPhone 6 therefore works in a similar fashion to any other smartphone, the iPhone 6 Plus behaves like a small iPad when rotated. Various applications will switch formats to adjust to the new screen position. This is a nifty feature which is certainly worth consideration for new adopters.

Camera

Both models of the iPhone 6 feature the same basic camera, but the iPhone 6 Plus offers optical image stabilization. This enables users to take high-quality photographs in limited light conditions. Whether or not you require this particular innovation will be dependent upon the number of photographs that you are likely to take. If you are a keen photographer, it would certainly make sense to opt for the iPhone 6 Plus. If you’re just looking to snap a few Facebook pics, stick with the standard iPhone 6.

Battery life

Battery life has been improved in both of the iPhone 6 devices, but converse to what people’s expectations might perhaps be, the iPhone 6 Plus actually features superior battery life. The smaller iPhone 6 will be armed with battery life that is equal to, if not better, than previous iPhone models. However, the information emanating from Apple regarding the iPhone 6 Plus indicates that its battery life is somewhere between 150 and 175 percent more than the small iPhone 6.

Therefore the iPhone 6 Plus answers critics of the iPhone who maintain that the device delivers insufficient battery life. If you need more juice out of your smartphone, the iPhone 6 Plus is the obvious choice. If you are likely to run less battery-intensive applications, the iPhone 6 will be satisfactory and in fact an improvement on previous devices.

Conclusion

The iPhone 6 Plus is certainly an extremely impressive piece of kit, and clearly superior to the iPhone 6 in several departments. If money is no object and the increased size of the iPhone 6 Plus is going to be convenient for you, then the iPhone 6 Plus would be the ideal choice.

If you are on a budget, don’t really require some of the premium features associated with the iPhone 6 Plus, object to the larger size, or were satisfied with previous iPhone models and don’t really require or desire an upgrade, then the iPhone 6 is the right smartphone for you.