Last updated on January 16th, 2017 at 01:56 amThe newest Apple flagships reach the hands of their first buyers today! The 2015 iPhones will gradually start to become available for in-store pickups, even for those that don’t have a pre-order. So, it’s time to decide, if you plan to upgrade to the iPhone 6S edition? In case your answer is affirmative, I’ll be offering you the pros and cons for deciding between the regular 4,7-inch display versus the oversized 5,5″ inch screen, within this article!
Whether you decide to upgrade to the new iPhones is totally up to you. But I can help you in this matter too! If you’re owning an iPhone 5S or older and you have the necessary budget, there shouldn’t be any doubt. Go for the 2015 models, because it’s definitely worth it! Else, if you already own the iPhone 6, the situation is a bit more delicate. Nevertheless, you should know that this year’s S-iteration introduces 3D Touch, a 2nd generation Touch ID, 12 MP and 5MP Cameras along with a bunch of other features!
iPhone 6S vs iPhone 6S Plus Comparison
Because the two siblings have a lot in common, it’s much simpler to decide which one to choose by analyzing their differences. So, let’s take a look at each one and see the pros and cons:
1. Size & Weight
The most noticeable difference between the two flagships is are the size and weight differences.
iPhone 6s: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28″) and 143 g (5.04 oz)
iPhone 6s Plus: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29″) and 192 g (6.77 oz)
Although both devices are around 0.02 mm and 20 grams heavier as their older cousins, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, there’s a 20 mm length and 50 grams weight difference between the two. If the second metric isn’t that problematic the size surly is a very important difference. It’s true that both devices come with the reachability feature, that helps a lot, but it still is problematic for those users with smaller hands to properly maneuver the iPhone 6S plus, one-handed. So, if you think that you can get over this comfort issue, we can move on with our comparison.
Winner: iPhone 6S easier to handle!
iPhone 6S: 4.7 inches, 1334 x 750 pixels, 326 pixels per inch (ppi)
iPhone 6S Plus: 5.5 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 401 pixels per inch (ppi)
The oversized brother clearly has the figures on his side, for this comparison. However, the questions is if this is really having a distinguishable impact to your eyes.
Winner: iPhone 6S Plus wins with a higher pixel density.
iPhone 6S: A9 chip with M9 co-processor with 2GB of RAM
iPhone 6S Plus: A9 chip with M9 co-processor with 2GB of RAM
The new chipsets are advertised as having 90% better CPU performance and 70% better graphic scores. However, even if both of them are powered by the same hardware, the larger pixel density eats up a little bit more from the 6S plus’s performance. The difference should not be too significant though.
Winner: iPhone 6S but not with a high impact.
iPhone 6S: 1715 mAh (vs 1810 mAh of iPhone 6)
iPhone 6S Plus: 2750 mAh (vs 2915 mAh of iPhone 6 Plus)
Although both siblings have an approximative 5% smaller battery, to be able to accommodate the 3D Touch hardware, they’re advertised as having the same battery lifetime because an increased efficiency of the A9 chip and iOS 9 software. Nevertheless, the 40% larger battery capacity of the iPhone 6S Plus, compared to its smaller sibling brings an impressive 10 hours of additional 3G talk time (24 versus 14) and 2 more hours of Internet usage over 3G and LTE (12 versus 10).
Winner: iPhone 6S Plus by a significant margin.
iPhone 6S: Digital Image Stabilization (DIS)
iPhone 6S Plus: Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
Both devices come with upgraded camera hardware. They feature 12 MP sensor, F2.0 lens, Focus Pixels, dual-LED flash and 4k video recording for the main camera, while the selfie one counts 5 MP, F2.0 lens, and 1080p video recording. The huge difference is given by the image stabilization process feature. The iPhone 6S Plus has OIS, while it’s smaller brother has to cope with stabilization images digitally. You can clearly notice the difference in the following comparison captured by Giga Tech.
Winner: iPhone 6S Plus without a doubt.
Conclusion: The Phablet-sized iPhone wins 3 out of the 5 categories impacted by the specs difference. Now, it depends how much weigh you put on each feature. If you can get over the size discomfort, the oversized iPhone should definitely be your choice. The extra $100 dollars are worth the effort. Else, opt for the 4,7 inch display, because size does matter! ;)