Apple iPhone 6 Plus - AT&T
With the debut of the iPhone 6S-series (Apple’s flagship phones from last year) the 6 and 6 Plus are now a bit more affordable. Mobile technology is moving at a breakneck speed, and while it’s easy to be wowed by the latest and greatest, it’s important to remember that last year’s brand new phone is still very, very usable. This is the case of the iPhone 6 line.
Though there are some physical differences between 6 and 6 Plus, it’s so subtle that it’s not very likely anyone will notice you’ve chosen economy over performance. This is true of both the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 model and the larger, phablet-sized 5.5 inch 6 Plus. The screens are 1920x1080 pixels for the 6 Plus (at 401 dots per inch), and 1334x750 pixels for the slightly smaller, 4.7 inch iPhone 6 (at 326 pixels). The displays, are "retina" displays according to Apple’s math, rendering text and graphics crisp and clear.
Both models only come in 16 and 64GB storage capacities. If you’re a data hoarder or if you shoot a lot of video or stills, you’ll have to look elsewhere (and seeing as how you’re interested in an iPhone, the 6S and 6S plus would be your only choice for a 128GB phone). The 6 and 6 Plus now only come in silver and space gray, but no gold or rose gold options.
As with most phones, the 6 and 6 Plus come equipped with LTE, meaning cellular data connections are as fast (or sometimes faster) than at-home broadband. Connection options to WIFI networks use MIMO technology, which involves multiple antennas for transmitting and receiving data extremely fast. Its A8 processor is a year old, but according to reviewers who have the technical background to weigh in matters of silicon, it is still very competitive in terms of speed.
The 8 megapixel camera sensor is one component that Apple’s replaced with the introduction of its new phones. However, the older camera continues to wow photographers and videographers with its performance. It is still considered excellent despite increasing megapixels, not just from the Apple’s 6S standpoint, but from other Android phones as well.
The phone is designed to stand up to daily use with the use of aluminum (yes, bendgate was a thing, but you really had to work hard to bend a 6 or a 6 Plus) and strengthened glass (it’s Gorilla Glass, though Apple’s not big into sharing the spotlight). If you feel you have butterfingers or if you’re just plain nervous about stuffing a slab of glass into your pocket, a case is always advised.
For my own needs, I’ve chosen the 6 Plus because of its larger screen size and the addition of optical image stabilization. The larger screen makes it the perfect companion if you use your phone a lot and OIS does help when taking photos. However, both phones are still standout devices.