A couple of days ago, I took a major decision to upgrade my barely three months old iPhone 6 to an iPhone 6 Plus. It was a move I had been considering for well over a month and I finally did go ahead with it as the sun set down on January. While at the first go, it may seem a pretty odd choice, I had my justifications for the same and I am going to try to pen them, to throw some light on the experience of having used both the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus as my primary devices, so that in case you are planning to pick up either of the phones, you will have a clearer picture.
The battery life on the iPhone 6 was abysmal
I am a fairly heavy user of my smartphone. The device is usually taken off the charge at around 7 AM in the morning and plugged back in around 11 PM when I am back from my day job. The iPhone 6 had a very difficult time staying up for this period. I barely remember a day where my device would last me through without having to plug into the wall charger at the office or my powerbank. The 1810 mAh battery of the iPhone 6 meant that around 5 PM in the afternoon my device was in the red pleading for some juice. Now, I use my device fairly heavily as mentioned. Reasonable number of social media apps are running through the day, about three E-Mail accounts are set for push E-Mail, about couple of hours of calling through the day and two hours of music, all of it generally on 3G or WiFi. I seldom play games or use Bluetooth on the phone, but the erratic signal in my area means the battery drains much faster than if the signal was ideal. As a result, it was a no-brainer to shift to the much higher 2915 mAh battery on the iPhone 6 Plus. To an extent, my decision has been justified as the iPhone 6 Plus easily lasts me a day and on a day of medium usage(I hope this would get still better), I can get through about half of the next day too. So, if you are a heavy traveler or user, you definitely must consider the iPhone 6 Plus than the iPhone 6.
OIS For Video Recording and still photography
I was recently over in Goa for a Supersonic festival for a couple of days and used my iPhone 6 to capture a fair amount of video footage. While the video footage was pretty alright with neat and clear audio, a colleague who happened to use the iPhone 6 Plus captured the same videos and stills, with results that were mind blowing. As a photo enthusiast, I wanted the iPhone 6 Plus, which so far is probably in my eye, the best camera capturing smartphone you can pick. While the iPhone 6 is good, the iPhone 6 Plus is an absolutely man of the match material when it comes to videos thanks to the mechanical OIS, Focus Pixels as well as 240 FPS video recording. The images too were sharper and definitely more naturally colored when taken with the iPhone 6 Plus than the iPhone 6.
The 5.5 inch screen is perfect palm reading size
I spend a fair bit of my time traveling. Reading a quick book on the Kindle app on iPhone 6 was just not cutting it. This usually meant, I was carrying my Kindle Reader to most of the flights along with my iPad Air just for casual palm reading. With the 5.5 inch screen of the iPhone 6 Plus, palm reading has been terrific. Added with the fact that the battery on the iPhone 6 Plus is pretty good, you would have no qualms about flipping a few pages on your iPhone 6 Plus while waiting for the flight. The 1080 P resolution also ensures great viewing experience on the device, though honestly, I did not notice too much of a difference between the Retina HD panel of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone Plus. Though, for the sheer size of the iPhone 6 Plus, my reading experience was a lot better.
My iPhone 6 was the white variant, I wanted space gray
When I had pre-booked my iPhone 6, I had pre-booked the space gray variant. However, due to lack of stocks, I had to bring home the white one. After using a white iPhone 5, I always looked forward to picking a black iPhone as the white ones tend to show the inevitable collection of dust on the sides of tempered glass, giving the device a shoddy look. When I could justify myself picking up the iPhone 6 Plus due to the above three reasons, the color bit, just added as a catalyst to enhance the reaction rate.
I got a decent offer for my iPhone 6
The most important reason for going ahead with the switch, was the fact that in terms of monetary value, I got a very decent offer for my iPhone 6. I could recoup, almost the entire money that I had paid for the new iPhone 6, and this was a major factor in going ahead with the exchange. Needless to say, that the device was in absolutely pristine condition with literally no scratch or scruffs, though I did have to compensate the buyer with the official iPhone 6 cover which was picked for free.
Overall, if you are into the sort of use case that I am in, I would totally advise you to pick up the iPhone 6 Plus rather than the 6. The extra weight and the larger size will take some getting used to, but for a better battery, better screen and to an extent better camera performance, a little more money is definitely worth it.