Choosing Between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: A Guide

Choosing Between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: A Guide

Gone are the days when the race was to own the tiniest mobile phone. With the advent of the iPhone and similar devices, the trend shifted dramatically towards larger screens. Apple, traditionally conservative with screen size increases, has recently introduced models that boast significantly larger displays. If you’re contemplating purchasing one of Apple’s new phones, you might wonder how it will fit into your daily life. Thankfully, TUAW offers some practical advice on this matter.

To get a real feel for the size, it’s recommended to use a mock iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

Choosing Between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: A Guide

Thanks to WonderHowTo’s exact size templates, you can download, print, and create a cardboard version of these new models. After assembling these mockups, it became clear just how sizable these new models are compared to the more compact iPhone 5s.

However, these paper templates lack the thickness of the actual devices. Finding cardboard that matched the .28 inch thickness of the iPhone 6 Plus proved challenging, as most cardboard I had was only 1/8-inch thick. Eventually, I doubled the layers to approximate the correct thickness.

With assistance from Pippin the kitten, scissors, and tape, I crafted my faux iPhones. They lacked the heft of real phones, so I added about 5.47 ounces using a box of coins to simulate the weight.

Even though quarters are relatively light, stacking 23 of them plus a penny gave the iPhone 6 Plus mockup a realistic feel.

The mockup weighed about 6.2 ounces, slightly more than the actual iPhone 6 Plus, and was a bit thicker due to the taped quarters. However, this setup provided a good sense of the phone’s weight and size. I’m leaning towards the iPhone 6 Plus, so I didn’t bother adding weight to the iPhone 6 mockup.

My conclusion? The iPhone 6 Plus’s size and weight are manageable. It fits comfortably in my shorts pocket—real men don’t wear pants, right @jgamet? My current iPhone 5s, enhanced with a Mophie Juice Pack Helium, weighs 6.3 ounces, only slightly heavier than an iPhone 6 Plus, so the weight difference is negligible.

In terms of usability, despite its size, I generally use my iPhone with both hands, except when making calls. The mockup didn’t feel like a brick, and its extra length might even improve microphone placement for clearer audio.

Choosing between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus involves several considerations.

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