Apple iPhone 6 Plus
The iPhone 6 Plus is difficult to use one-handed, not to mention more uncomfortable than similar-sized phones. In exchange, though, you get more of an iPad-like user experience on a much smaller device. It also has better battery life than the smaller iPhone 6, as well as a better camera. Keep that in mind as you're deciding between the two devices.
- Large, beautiful display
- Great camera with optical image stabilization
- Long battery life
- Fast performance
- One-handed use is frustrating and uncomfortable
- NFC can only be used for mobile payments
- Critic Reviews (10)
- User Reviews (42)
- 88AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsEngadget90iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review: bigger and better, butThe iPhone 6 Plus is difficult to use one-handed, not to mention more uncomfortable than similar-sized phones. In exchange, though, you get more of an iPad-like user experience on a much smaller device. It also has better battery life than the smaller iPhone 6, as well as a better camera.Recode80iPhone 6 Plus Review: How Big Is Too Big?Apple has designed a giant phone that offers a few key large-screen features without overwhelming the senses, and it has a pretty good camera, to boot.TechCrunch80iPhone 6 Plus Review: The First Truly Well-DesigneIn short, the 6 is my favorite current smartphone, but the 6 Plus is its closest competition.CNET90The most serious Apple smartphone yetThe iPhone 6 Plus is too big for everyone to love it, but it's Apple's best phone this year. If your budget and your pocket can make room for it, give the iPhone 6 Plus serious consideration.New York Times80Review and Video: With New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, ItThe slim new iPhones aren’t a big-screen slam-dunk, but they work well, as we have come to expect from Apple. Ultimately, it’s what’s on the inside that keeps them just in front of their competitors.The Guardian100iPhone 6 Plus review: it's a very big phone - andIt is large, yet the extra screen space is a boon. But that also makes it unwieldy, and could increase the risk of dropping it. Compared to other phablets, it’s lighter and thinner – but not cheaper.The Verge90iPhone 6 Plus reviewI’m taken with it; it feels like an entirely new kind of device for Apple, and it has such a killer camera I can’t say no. It’s every bit as good a phone as the iPhone 6; I’m docking it a little because Apple has a few software glitches to clear up. But I’m confident that will happen.Yahoo100Reviewed: iPhone 6 is a Thin, Sexy Phone with a KiThe iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are absolutely terrific phones. They’re fast and powerful and well designed. There’s not a single component that hasn’t been improved. These phones are a delight to behold and to be held.TechRadar90The big iPhone is here, with a stunning design andThe iPhone 6 Plus is the best looking phablet around. Its specs don't match the Android power houses and it can be tricky to hold, but there's no denying Apple's beautiful (yet expensive) 5.5 incher is a winner.The Loop80Review: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 PlusThere is no doubt in my mind that iPhone 6 Plus will be hugely successful, because clearly there are people out there that want a larger screen device. There are markets in the world where people like to use only one device and having a phone this large is a benefit.
- 91AVERAGE USER SCORE42 ReviewsSequoyah80February 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 24, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100October 3, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It was my first big phone and it was amazing. The screen is gorgeous and the battery is awesome.Engadget Reader100August 9, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is my third iPhone and it also replaced my secondary (personal cell) phone which was an excellent quad-core Android with 1GB ram but this iPhone 6 + could run circles around it! From fit and finish to reliable reception and call quality this is the best phone I have ever owned in all major categories, hands down!I won't say I'm a power user but I do use it a lot and so far I don't have a single complaint.Engadget Reader90July 8, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Cool battery, nice to play games, good quality of hearing calls...Engadget Reader90June 20, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90May 18, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadgetthinkman100May 12, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've never enjoyed a device (particularly a cellphone) as much as I do the iPhone 6 Plus!Engadget Reader100May 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100April 24, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetRocky90April 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90April 20, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I couldn't be happier with my choice of the iPhone 6 Plus. I don't really see why you have it rated at 87, but to each's own. While I will concede that it does feel awkward in the hand at first, once you get use to it you can't even tell. I was hoping for more pixels in the camera but to be honest it does exactly everything I need it to do. I love the Image stabilization for video and the 1080p HD as well...not to mention 60 fps and lastly my fav the slo-mo at 240 fps now! The battery is by far the best battery Apple has used to date and I can get a solid full day of use before needing to charge. The screen on it is very good, I can see it in the direct light with no issues and viewing angles as you know are great as well. All in all it feels like a premium phone. As far as the size goes, I will NEVER have a small screen device again. When compared my to my 5s the 5s just feels so freaking small...even when I hold the regular iPhone 6 it just feels so much smaller. Oh and lastly I have had no issues with "bendgate". I slapped a Tech 21 smoke grey case on and have had no worries! Lastly the one thing that I did wish it had was more customization options but I'm hoping Apple will allow that in the future. Because that is the one true thing that draws me to Android...its the ability to customize. But I can't stand the android OS so thats why I haven't switched yet. If I did cross over it would be either the Note or S6 Edge. I think Samsung finally got it right in terms of design with the new S6 Edge!Engadget Reader100March 4, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90February 22, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have been through a lot of Android phones- HTC One M8- Samsung Galaxy SeriesAnd this is my first iPhoneSee i held off the iPhones due to their poor screen size 3.5 inches is bad to watch stuff onSo when Apple announced a big screen iPhone i wanted to change over and try it outI am not a fanboy of anythingBut this iPhone is really well done and for what i need it for it does everythingEngadget Reader100December 23, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Jailbroken and faster than the Nexus 6.Engadget Reader80December 17, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader40November 24, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 18, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100November 9, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Would i need a better reason than to honest accept that this is the best phone available till date.Be it in design, performance... Just name it you truly get value for money...Engadget Reader90November 9, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100November 8, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I'll be completely honest, I've been an iPhone fan since 2007 when it's only real competitors were the Palm Treo and the Blackberry; the term "smartphone" was definitely not a household word yet. That said, I was completely happy with my smaller 5s, and even with my 4s before that, and I always wondered about the appeal of large "phablets" (a word my iPhone spellcheck refuses to recognize as real at the moment), but I never felt intrigued or impressed enough by Android or Windows to make the jump to either software designer. I was content with iBooks and iTunes and all of the apps I used daily, and just didn't feel the need to learn a new way to use my phone. And I didn't have to! The 6 plus was introduced, along with offers from my cellular carrier to pay month-to-month so I could upgrade without waiting for my contract term to end. So I got it, and I am thrilled with it! The reviewers are all touting its battery life and its camera and its resolution and screen coloration and these are all nice, but let's face it it's BIG! AND it's still an iPhone! An amazing one at that. If you're using a smaller iPhone and want to get a phablet, this is a no-brainer. If you're using Android or Windows I honestly can't tell you if you'll be satisfied with any iPhone but if you are already looking for something secure and easy to use give the 6 plus a try. I haven't tried everything this phone can do yet, but in daily use I am finding that while I am still getting used to pulling the phone from its belt pouch (I never put anything at all in my back pocket for fear of damaging it; let alone an expensive phone!) and handling it in general, once it is in my hand I have trouble putting it down. And I don't feel guilty about it!Engadget Reader80November 7, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 7, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetUndfeatable100November 7, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Works better than I could possibly have imagined. I was worried about the size when I bought it. I thought maybe it would be too intrusive to use daily and a little too cumbersome to enjoy it. I still went with the 6+ though wanting the larger battery, the enhanced camera, and the 1080p screen resolution. After 3 days of using it I was sold! I have never encountered a time where the device was too cumbersome. I have larger than average hands and find holding it to be easy. Its pretty lightweight for its size and doesn't have too much of a strain. I did have to start typing with my left hand one handed as reaching for the left side of the keyboard with my right thumb left me with a lot of mis hit characters on the far left. Yes is is a little challenging to use it one handed, but not impossible. But lets be honest, how much do you type handed? I alway used two hands and this massive keyboard is perfect! Battery life is beyond anything, I can go an entire day of youtube, web browsing, and other media intense tasks and go to bed with over 30% (8am-11pm). I do not ever have to worry about running out of juice ever again! That screen, thats my focus. As I said I am consuming content all the time. I am browsing the web and watching videos at all times. The screen is amazing to have with me. I can see what I'm doing so much better. I always browse full sites and this just makes it like using a full computer, I can see everything. And finally there is the resolution. I wanted the full 1080p resolution the 6+ offered, and man am I glad I went with it. The display is glossy and makes everything stand out so much better than my old 5s. I can see the difference between the 6 and 6+ even, a little more vibrant and just an over-all clearer display.If you are concerned with the size of the device, don't be. I no longer see it as a massive device. I enjoy using it and when I hold a iPhone 5 or heaven forbid a 4, I can't stand using them because the of how much better typing and just viewing are on the iPhone 6+.Engadget Reader80November 6, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader50October 31, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A disappointing product with a lot of problems. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100October 31, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100October 31, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Pro: It's a great phone, big battery, camera with OIS.Con: Size is too big for me. For a lady who put her phone in the purse, this shouldn't be a problem.Engadget Reader90October 30, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I couldn't be happier with my decision to go with the iPhone 6 Plus; though, admittedly, I had second thoughts once the phone arrived at my door. It just looked, too big I guess, to be a daily carrier. Those fears were very quickly put to bed, however. The display is amazing, and the phone is quite light for how massive it is. It does fit relatively easy in my front pocket (though I'm careful not to put anything else in there), and I've found the battery life to be exceptional compared to previous models. After having the 6 Plus for nearly a month, I couldn't imagine going back to a smaller phone.Engadget Reader100October 24, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader80October 15, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I know that I am lucky because I am able to have phones that are iOS and Android and I am able to change out the phones on a fairly regular basis. The negative to this though is that you get to see what the others are playing with and wish you had it on your other phone. With iOS 8 I felt for the first time in a long time that a lot of what Android had that I wished iOS was finally coming to iOS and for the most that is still a true statement.Now, my main phone for the year has been a Samsung Note 8. This was the phone I had all my friends and family on. My other phone had been an iPhone 5s. The 5s was my work phone and for the most part I would just have it forwarded to my Note since the Note was the one I carried around with at all times. Now that I have moved over to the 6 Plus my old Note is now my work phone (till I upgrade to the Nexus 6 or possibly the Note 4) and I am using the iPhone 6 Plus as my daily phone.Size wise, yes this is big a phone. But for me coming from the Note 3 I have not really had any issues moving to the larger device. The fact that it is a larger device is the main reason I have switched back to using the iPhone as my main device. This means that I am already accustomed to having to use two hand on occasion to use the device. For the most part I am able to navigate with one hand but there are times that it is just easier to reach up and press the button in the top corner with your other hand. Yes, they have the â€œreachabilityâ€ feature where you touch the home button twice and the top of the screen moves down but itâ€™s not something I find myself taking advantage of and I think this is because I am used to using the note where this was not something I was doing. If you are looking at jumping to 6 Plus from 5s or even a 4 I suggest you try it out 1st in a retail store. Install your most used apps to see what itâ€™s going to be like for you then decide. For most people the 6 is more than large enough.This is the new 6 as we have come to expect with all iPhone upgrades itâ€™s seem faster, more responsive and looks better than the old one. But for the most part performance wise itâ€™s what you expect from the newest model. Where it does step out though from the shadow of the 5s is the better screen. I think that Video on the 6 Plus just looks better than on the 5s and the photos an videos I take also look better when played back on the device as well as when I export them and play them on my PC or share them with family and friends. Yes, itâ€™s still an 8MP camera but Apple really has done an amazing job of getting everything they could out of those 8 MP. I would love to have seen what they could have done with a 16 MP camera and all these enhancements that they have added to the 6 Plus. I will also admit that part of the reason things just look better on the 6 Plus is because of the size of the phone.iOS 8 at 1st look really doesnâ€™t seem to be much of an upgrade, especially when you compare it to 7. But even then 7 was more of cosmetic over haul and iOS is more of an under the hood over haul. I really feel that iOS 7 and 8 are part of the same upgrade and we had to wait till iOS 8 was release to see what iOS 7 was truly envisioned as. iOS 8 and all of its new features (Health, Continuity, custom keyboards and Extensibility) are what will set the phone apart from android phone and the older models of the iPhone. There is so much changing behind the scenes on iOS that I couldnâ€™t do it justice here. Needless to say iOS will make those coming from Android happier because you will be able to take advantage other apps in other apps. For example in Safari I can now use last pass, I can use Camera Plus in the native camera app. But, at the same time is going to frustrate an Android use because you donâ€™t get the same level of integration that you did on android. For example my biggest complaint is that now I can use Last Pass on my phone in safari but not in the other apps and when I need to enter a password on the iPhone it switched back to the default keyboard instead of keeping the custom keyboard I had selected for everything else. Itâ€™s a major step forward for Apple and they are selling it as being a more secure option to Android.As for differences between the 6 and the 6 Plus, they are for the most part obvious. A larger screen on the Plus. The Plus is a larger phone so it will have more battery. The one that is not as obvious is that the 6 Plus has Optical Image stabilization and the 6 does not. This comes in handy when taking video and some photography. But for the part I have not really noticed it.Over all I think the 6 Plus is the phone for me.Would I recommend or even buy a Plus for my friends and family? No, not really. Most of my family are all iPhone 4 and 5s user. The move the 6 Plus would not work for them. For them I would suggest the regular 6. I had bought a 6 Plus for one member of my family and he felt it was just too big for him and we needed up returning it for the 6.Over all the 6 Plus is not every one or even for most people but for those that want the bigger phone it is a great choice.Engadget Reader100October 13, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I am not going to lie, the last two years have not been my favorite for the iPhone. I always felt the 5/5S was a mistake; the size was way too small and the shape felt awkward. I was happy to see Apple consider a jump in size and was really wanting something closer to the Samsung Galaxy Note in terms of size. I was thrilled when Apple announced the iPhone 6 Plus. I not even the least bit shocked that Apple is having a hard time keeping them in stock!I use my iPhone more as an internet communications device and iPod then a phone; when Apple announced the phone in 2007 I believe they felt the phone part would be used the most. Today, it is an app that I use arguably the least. I primarily use my iPhone for email, messaging, web browsing and of course apps. Occasionally I will watch videos but I still prefer to watch them on my iPad or MacBook. The iPhone 6 Plus truly is the perfect phone in my book. The size is perfect in that it makes browsing the web, email, and using apps the preferable method for me over the 5S or even the iPad Air. Being a former Blackberry user, I type with my thumbs. The 5S was way too crammed; the 6 Plus is nearly perfect. People who desire a one handed experience can stick to the 5S or even opt for a 6, but for me a true smartphone is one that allows me to type with my thumbs and multitask and I have missed that on the iPhone and am thrilled to get it!The display on the iPhone 6 Plus is truly remarkable. I tried out the Galaxy Note 2 and Note 3 and always found the displays to be over saturated with the colors being over compensated and words to be a bit fuzzy; this is largely due to the Pentile nature of the display (AMOLED) whereas Apple uses a true LCD HD IPS display and it shows. The color accuracy is remarkable. Photos and video look perfect. One area the iPhone needed improvement was in battery life. This is an area where the 6 Plus shines and beats out the 5S and even the iPhone 6. My 5S routinely needed charging by about 3PM and my wife's iPhone 6 can make it to about 5PM without needing a charge. I am at 50% on the Plus based on the same usage. I tried out my wife's iPhone 6 and the battery was definitely better than the 5S but doesn't touch the 6 Plus. Everyone's experience will vary but I find that the 6 Plus battery is truly amazing.The camera on the 6 Plus is pretty good. I wouldn't say it is dramatically better than the 5S and definitely not significantly better than the 6. If you are thinking about going to the 6 Plus only for the Optical Stabilization of the 6 Plus over the Digital Stabilization in the 6, I probably wouldn't. The difference is hardly noticeable except in low light situations. Even in those cases, I find quite a bit a noise in the photos. Don't get me wrong, the camera is fantastic on both the 6 and the 6 Plus but I wouldn't go so far as to say it is a gigantic upgrade over the 5S. I would like to see the 6S and 6S Plus get a bump in megapixels because I do think it is noticeable on an HD screen and would like to see more than processor improvements in the next generation of phones, even if it means that the iPhone needs to be thicker.Apple made some major improvements in the Touch ID sensor. It may just be the A8 processor can identify the print quicker than the A7, but it definitely seems to recognize my finger print and move forward quicker. This is a major improvement as Touch ID is critical to the success of Apple Pay. I am definitely excited to try out Apple Pay but was a little bummed that it wasn't made available the same day the phone launched.iOS8 may be the one attribute to the phone I am a bit disappointed in. As much as extensibility has added functionality and handoff has made improvements to the ecosystem, the software is very glitchy. Nothing compared to Android, but I do find that widgets don't seem to function properly, there seems to be stuttering between opening and closing applications, and the "desktop scaler" Apple talked about seems to really slow down the phone. This could be hardware (A8) or it could be the software (iOS8). Either way, developers really need to optimize their apps and Apple needs to do a better job on their OS. This seems to be the most under-cooked OS I have seen from Apple in a while. If you are trying to decide between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, I would highly recommend you look at your use. If you don't use your phone much and mostly for calling or the occasional text message, definitely go with the iPhone 6. It is more portable and will accomplish that task and more. If however you are a road warrior, need battery life, frequently email or message, and use your devices to the fullest extent than this is the iPhone for you. It could easily have been called the iPhone 6 Pro.One additional comment, a lot of people say that they have an iPad and don't need a "phablet". The difference between an iPhone 6 Plus and the iPad is night and day. First, the iPad uses an almost square aspect ratio more akin to a 4:3 ratio where as the 6 Plus uses the more common 16:9 ratio. This makes a huge difference. Second, the iPad canvas is substantially larger. By comparison, the difference between the 6 and 6 plus display is 0.8 inches, the difference between the 6 Plus display and the iPad Mini is more than 2 inches! The iPad Air display is over 4 inches bigger at 9.7 inches. The point I am making is that the 6 Plus is still very much a phone and very pocketable. No, it is not a Motorola RAZR but don't try and claim it is like carrying an iPad because it isn't. Make no mistake, Apple has a hit on their hands. The 6 Plus is the perfect iPhone in my book and would highly recommend it over other larger screen phones and definitely over any iPhone to have come out before it.Engadget Reader100October 10, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90October 9, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100October 5, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100October 5, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90September 27, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I am loving my T-Mobile 64 GB Space Grey iPhone 6 Plus.Engadget Reader100September 23, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Love it, best smartphone i have ever ownedEngadget Reader80September 22, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!All in all, I love the phone. The large screen is what I wanted. However, despite advertising it as "bigger than bigger", the 6 plus truthfully does not add much of anything to the iPhone 6 (which is also bigger than earlier models and would be the largest screen size jump anyway).Here are the pros and cons :PROS :-----Screen is absolutely stunning. Photos/videos are perfect-----Camera is much improved over most iPhone models, modest improvement over the 5s-----volume is much louder in many ways, such as on Netflix or playing musicCONS :-----Apple should have modeled things around and taken advantage of the huge screen, rather than just expanding things and making them bigger. Example.....web browsing in landscape on safari still feels crammed and texting in landscape is virtually impossible (why not a split keyboard?)-----Battery life does not seem like anything more than a small hop past older models (just while writing this review, my battery % has gone from 85 to 80)Engadget Reader90September 21, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!After owning Android phones for the last five years, I decided to make the switch and try out an iPhone. I wanted to go a little bigger than my Moto X, so I chose the iPhone 6 Plus. Wow is this thing big. Using it one handed is pretty much impossible. With that said, watching videos on it is fantastic, the battery life is way above average, the image stabilization will improve those low light pictures(which is what most people deal with when taking pictures indoors), and the overall iOS experience is slightly better than Android. Why Apple even sells a 16GB iPhone, I have no idea. The smallest size should be 32GB, period.Engadget Reader90September 20, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100September 19, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - Engadget