Compare The iPhone 6S vs iPhone 6s Plus

Comparing the iPhone SE to the 6s or 6s Plus is, from the get go, a perilous enterprise. Obviously, the SE is the mini version of Apple's flagship models and comes with mini specs. But the SE survives the comparison on more than one aspect, from its screen DPI of 326 (same as that of the 6s) to its equivalent 64-bit processor. Let's see how it goes:

Camera Details
Camera Resolution12-megapixel (iSight)12-megapixel (iSight)12-megapixel (iSight)
Camera flashTrue ToneTrue ToneTrue Tone
Camera Optics??5-element lens with sapphire crystal lens cover
Camera Aperturef/2.2f/2.2f/2.2
Digital Zoom3x3x3x
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 px 3840 x 2160 px 3840 x 2160 px
Video frames per second303030

Selfie Cam Resolution5-megapixel (FaceTime HD)5-megapixel (FaceTime HD)1.2-megapixel (FaceTime HD)
Selfie FeaturesRetina Flash, f/2.2 aperture, 720p video recording, BSI sensor, Exposure control, Bust mode (...)Retina Flash, f/2.2 aperture, 720p video recording, BSI sensor, Exposure control, Bust mode (...)720p HD video recording, Retina Flash, f/2.4 aperture, Auto HDR for photos, BSI sensor, Exposure constrol (...)

Display size remains the main differentiator between all three iPhones, but display fineness does not seem to be an issue, since they all yield at least a retina display (326DPI), though the iPhone SE, the smallest of all, suffers from quite a low resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels (compare that to 1920 x 1080 for the iPhone 6S Plus), but we are looking at a display that is almost twice the size: 12.93 square inches compared to 6.82 for the SE (See our graph)...

Here are more specs to check out:

Display size 4.7 in 5.5 in 4 in
Display dots per inch 326 DPI 401 DPI 326 DPI
Display TypeRetina DisplayRetina DisplayLED-backlit Retina Display
Color Mode 16K colors 16K colors?
Touch-Screen3D Capacitive3D Capacitive?
Display Resolution 1334 x 750 px 1920 x 1080 px 1136 x 640 px
Display's superficy 9.43 sqr in 12.93 sqr in 6.82 sqr in
Display finishFingerprint-resistant oleophobic coatingFingerprint-resistant oleophobic coatingFingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Display brightness 500 nits 500 nits 500 nits
Display contrast?? 800:1 nits

Operating SystemiOS 9iOS 9iOS 9
ProcessorApple A9 with M9 motion coprocessorApple A9 with M9 motion coprocessorApple A9 (embedded M9 motion coprocessor)
CPU Cores2 (according to various sources)??
CPU architecture64-bit?64-bit
Graphic Processor (GPU)Embedded in the A9 chip??
Physical Features

Clearly, the iPhone SE wins the form-factor comparison big time with its pocket-friendly dimensions. As illustrated by our histogram, its weight of 3.99oz (113g) is almost half of the 6.77 ounces (192g) of the 6s Plus, but its thickness is a tad more: 7.6mm versus 7.3 for the 6s Plus and 7.1mm for the 6s, though all three smartphones belong to the thin sub-category.

Here are more Physical Features features to look at:

Weight 5.04 oz 6.77 oz 3.99 oz
Weight grams143192113
Thickness 0.28 in 0.29 in 0.3 in
Width 2.64 in 3.07 in 2.31 in
Height 5.44 in 6.23 in 4.87 in
Thickness (metric) 7.1 mm 7.3 mm 7.6 mm
Width (metric) 67.1 mm 77.9 mm 58.6 mm
Height (metric) 138.3 mm 158.2 mm 123.8 mm
Ounces per cubic inch1.251.221.18
Grams per cubic cm0.220.210.2
Ambient light detector

4G networksTD-LTE, LTE AdvancedTD-LTE, LTE AdvancedLTE
Maximum data rate300300433Mbps over Wi-Fi, 150Mbps over LTE
SIM card typeNano SIMNano SIMNano SIM
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Technology4.24.24.2
ConnectorsMicro USB, Headset jackMicro USB, Headset jack?
Storage Memory
Storage Memory128GB (16GB and 64GB versions are also available)128GB (16GB and 64GB versions are also available)64GB (16GB variant also available)
Battery Life

The 6S has a bigger battery than the SE, but not that much bigger. Compared to its display ratio (4.7 inches are 17.5% more than four inches), the 6S(') 1715mAh battery is only a meager 4% bigger than the 1642mAh battery carried by the SE. That explains why, even if it is bigger and more expensive, the iPhone 6S offers only 11 hours of wi-fi browsing time, compared to 13 hours for the SE. Understandably because of the size of its 5.5-inch screen and despite its bigger 2915mAh power pack, the 6S Plus stands in the middle, with 12 hours.

Here are more specs to compare:

Stand-by Time240384240
3G Talk Time8401440840
Battery typeLithium-Ion (built-in)Lithium-Ion (built-in)Lithium-Ion
Battery Power1715mAh2915mAh1642mAh
mAh per ounce340431412
mAh per gram121515
mAh per mm thick242399216
mAh per display square in.182225241
Music Playback Time300048003000
Browsing Time600720780 (LTE), 720 (3G)
Wi-Fi browsing time660 (600 on LTE)720 (720 on LTE)780
Video Playback Time660840780

Speech Recognition?
SensorsTouchID fingerprint, Barometer, 3-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient light, Comp (...)TouchID fingerprint, Barometer, 3-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient light, Comp (...)Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient light

iPhone 6S vs iPhone 6s Plus: Our Conclusion

Based on our comparison, we think the following choices could make sense:

  • Get the iPhone SE if you like smaller smartphones and want iPhone bragging rights. You'll get just about the same experience (but that 1.2-megapixel facetime cam clashes with the other models(') 5MP one), in a pocket-friendly form factor.
  • Choose the iPhone 6s Plus strictly as a phablet, keeping in mind it won't be as easy to carry around.
  • Compared to the SE, the iPhone 6S, with its 4.7-inch display, remains the best choice for Apple lovers who want a higher memory (up to 128GB versus only 64 for the SE) and a few extra perks, but keep in mind the battery is just about the same (1715mAh compared to 1642, but for a bigger screen...), yielding slightly-lower usage times and making the iPhone SE a suprisingly-comparable mini version.

- Comparison analysis by Eric Bernatchez, Phonerated publisher


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