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Six Clicks: How big is the iPhone 6 Plus?

Apple's new behemoth flagship handset has more pixels than any Apple phone to date, but also has the largest surface area. Find out how the new iPhone 6 Plus physically compares to the competition.

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Topic: Mobility
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An iPad mini replacement?

Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus is big — real big. , the iPhone 6 Plus officially comes in with dimensions of 15.81 cm high, 7.78 cm wide, and 0.71 cm thick.

Even though the Australian outpost of ZDNet is not in possession of Apple's latest handset, thanks to a paper template at Ars, and making sure the printer does not shrink the page to fit, it is possible to have pretty good guide of how the iPhone 6 Plus compares to other devices.

First up is the iPad Mini, which Matthew Miller has emphatically said the new Plus is .

On this totally unscientific comparison, if you believe you can handle iOS apps at around half the screen size that they appear on the iPad Mini, then maybe you can get away with it.

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Up against the 5S cousin

How big is the screen on the iPhone 6 Plus? A very simple exercise you can do if you own an iPhone 5 or 5S, is to place the handset on a flat surface, and imagine that the entire device is the screen. Then add room for some rather large top and bottom bezels and some proportionally small bezels on the sides.

What you should have now is a very rough approximation of the Plus' size.

Now answer the question: How do you sit with this Plus in your trouser pocket without bending the screen?

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Topping and tailing the Samsung Galaxy S5

While the Plus is undoubtedly big, the current generation of Samsung flagship is not that far behind.

Width-wise, there is not much in it, but when it comes to height, the aspect ratio of the iPhone 6 Plus dictates that it must be taller than the Samsung to get the same diagonal length.

Keeping the same aspect ratio and scaling apps lowers a , but with every centimetre that Apple adds to its display size, the heigjht of the device will grow out of proportion to the other handsets on offer.

It's certainly a distinctive feature.

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Phablet on phablet

Without a Note 3 or Note 4 on offer, the Sydney team was reduced to comparing the iPhone 6 Plus to the case of a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and once again, the height of the iPhone comes into play.

However, even though the Note 3 and Note 4 comes with a bigger 5.7 inch screen, Samsung says that the Notes would come in a shade under Apple's height for the Plus; the Note 3 and 4 are definitely wider though.

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So much room for everything

The use of nano SIMs has swept across the mobile industry quite as fast as some have predicted, and now that Apple has broken its shackles and join the phablet game, the use of a nano SIM doesn't appear to be the amazing space saver it once was.

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The paper iPhone 6

If nothing else this paper version of the iPhone 6 Plus is without doubt the thinnest handset I've ever handled - one claim Apple will have trouble beating next year.

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