The iPhone 6 Plus is intruding into Android territory. Thing is, the large-screen segment is already crowded with competitors of large caliber. We’ve already looked at how the Note 3 and LG G3 compare to the new 5.5-inch iPhone, and now it’s time for the OnePlus One to show what it’s made of.
The OnePlus One delivers top specifications and an optimized Android experience at half the price of the iPhone 6 Plus. But who wins when price is no consideration? Let’s see how these devices stack up in our iPhone 6 Plus vs OnePlus One comparison!
There’s no way around it – the iPhone 6 Plus is basically a stretched out version of its 4.7-inch sibling. You get the same full metal unibody construction, rounded edges all around, and the signature home button, with integrated fingerprint scanner, up front, all in a larger body.
Like other large Android devices, the OnePlus is more compact than Apple’s phablet, even if the screen’s the same size. There’s no metal here though, with the OPO coming in either a “baby skin” white version or a sandstone black version, which offer different textures as well.
While the OnePlus One is shorter and lighter, the iPhone 6 Plus is definitely thinner. At 7.1 mm, the 6 Plus is one of the thinnest smartphones you can get in this size category.
Both devices feel great in hand (the OPO is helped by its tapered profile) and are fairly easy to use even with one hand, when the situation requires it. The iPhone may feel more luxurious and sturdy, thanks to its metallic build, but the OnePlus offers the advantage of an improved grip, at least when it comes to the sandstone version.
Apple giving into the trend of bigger smartphones means that the display comparison is a much more level playing field compared to past years.
The 6 Plus features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display, while the OPO comes with a LTPS LCD screen of the same size. Both feature 1080p resolution, resulting in an identical pixel density of 401 ppi.
The experience is largely the same on both devices. We have to mention that some units of the OnePlus exhibit a yellowish tinge, but when that’s not the case, you get bright colors, good brightness, and great viewing angles. The iPhone 6 Plus uses a tech called dual-pixel domains to improve color accuracy when the screen is viewed at an angle, and it works as advertised for the most part.
Hardware and performance
The iPhone 6 Plus packs a dual-core A8 processor, clocked at 1.4 GHz, along with 1 GB of RAM. The OPO on the other hand comes with a processing package that is the current standard in the Android world, with its Snapdragon 801 chip clocked at 2.5 GHz, backed by 3 GB of RAM.
While there is an obvious difference on paper, it isn’t very evident in real world performance. Regardless what you do on these phones, you will have a smooth, quick experience.
The iPhone 6 Plus comes with 16, 64, 0r 128 GB of storage, while the OPO comes in 16 GB and 64 GB flavors. Neither offers the option of expandable storage, so you’ll want to plan ahead before opting for one configuration or the other. It’s probably worth investing in the 64GB model of the OnePlus, as it costs less than half the price of the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus, provided you can buy it in the first place.
Apple finally introduced NFC with their devices, even if the use is limited to just Apple Pay for now. Also worth noting is the return of the fingerprint scanner, which is convenient to use as an extra layer of security. Plus, starting with iOS 8, the fingerprint scanner can be used by third-party applications, opening the road for more interesting uses in the future.
Both phones feature non-removable batteries, but the OnePlus has a slight edge in capacity, thanks to its 3,100 mAh unit, compared to 2,915 mAh on the iPhone. We didn’t have time for proper battery tests, so the real world difference in longevity remains to be discussed.
The iPhone 6 Plus keeps the 8 MP rear shooter from its predecessors, though it comes with a new sensor, an f /2.2 aperture lens, faster autofocus, and optical image stabilization (which isn’t available on the iPhone 6). Video gets a boost too, especially with the ability to capture slow motion video at 240 fps in 720p resolution.
The 13MP Sony Exmor RS sensor of the OnePlus is combined with a 6 parts lens with an f/2.0 aperture, dual LED flash, and a great software package with many useful features, that allows for a great camera experience. On the front, you get a 5MP camera with a wide lens that enables an 80 degrees field of view, which is great for all selfie lovers out there.
On the iPhone 6 Plus, the iOS8 UI remains largely the same with iOS7 in terms of appearance. But there are many new features, such as support for third-party keyboards, widgets in the notification dropdown, and the new Health app. Probably the most exciting new feature is Continuity, which will allow the iPhone to work in tandem with Macs or iPads, so you can start a task on one device and continue on the other.
You also get the new “Reachability” feature, that lets you bring down the entire interface of the device with a double tap on the home screen. The same feature is available on the smaller iPhone 6, but it doesn’t make as much sense there due to the smaller size.
The OnePlus One runs CyanogenMod 11S, a release built specifically for the One to take advantage of all its hardware and features, and is based on Android 4.4 KitKat. You get a clean, minimalistic stock-like experience, with various customization options available easily from the device’s theme engine and store. Useful software features include voice commands that work even when the device is sleeping and the ability to launch favorite apps by drawing pre-set gestures on a sleeping screen.
While price isn’t usually a factor in flagship comparisons, because they tend to fall in the same price range, that certainly isn’t the case here. In their basic configurations, the OnePlus One can be bought for less than half the price of the iPhone 6 Plus.
Put another way, you could enjoy an experience that is largely comparable to the 6 Plus and still have money left for another device, say, for your significant other. That’s probably the ultimate selling point for the OnePlus.
Even when price isn’t an issue, these two devices are very close in terms of features, though obviously their different software platforms will make for distinct experiences.
What’s your take? OnePlus One or iPhone 6 Plus?