The September of 2014, as anticipated, saw the release of not one, but two Apple smartphones. The expected iPhone 6 was accompanied by a bigger version called the iPhone 6 Plus. Both high-end, and both struggling to top the market like Apple was used to in Job’s time, let’s see what these phones have got for us.
Design and Size
Apple had to do something about maintaining their strategy of compactness in smartphones all the while wanting the “big smartphone” fans to be attracted to Apple too, instead of going to their competitor, Samsung’s readily available large smartphones. For this, Apple introduced the iPhone 6, which has a 4.7” screen and a big brother smartphone for the big screen lovers, the 5.5” inch screen possessing iPhone 6 Plus. Win-win.
As the phones have elongated, they have also maintained slimness, being Apple’s slimmest ever phones, the iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick whereas the 6 Plus is 7.1mm thick. As far as the screen is concerned, we have no idea why Apple only made the iPhone 6 Plus an HD display phone whereas the iPhone 6 has a 326PPi display, which is quite unimpressive.
So what’s new in the design? There isn’t much innovation to see here but rather more improved features. Since the iPhone 6 Plus is a huge device and quite hard to manage with one hand, Apple provided the Reachability feature that allows the top of the screen to come to middle screen for easy use. The problem? It looks annoying and I doubt many would use it. The better, improved keyboards are a plus, though. And of course, the new iPad-style landscape mode for homescreen is also wonderful, unfortunately it’s only for the 6 Plus.
Camera is one aspect where Apple excels – the quality is sharp and detailed, and the secondary cameras are impressive. Apple did not overlook the camera this time around either, and brought in new features for the camera like optical image stabilization and the Focus Pixel feature that enhances auto-focus ability, and also improved the overall camera quality. For the video recording, improved aperture, burst mode option, and the new 240fps slo-mo options are available on both the phones.
Everyone expected better functionality and Apple served. The phones are backed up by a 1.39GHz dual-core 64-bit A8 chip accompanied by 1GB of ram. Even with quad and octa-core phones available out there, Apple manages to keep a full functioning high-end phone at dual-core.
Coming as a huge relief is better battery performance on both the phones. The phones’ non-removable case hides an 1810 mAh battery – not the biggest as there are more than 2100 mAh ones but it runs decently enough. The battery life still does not compare to iPhone 6’s competitor, Samsung Galaxy S5 as the S5 can last a day even after full use and the iPhone 6 can last about 13-15 hours on light usage. No matter, at least the battery life on the phones is a step from the previous models although there could have been a better improvement.
For the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, all we can say is it definitely is a step up from the 5S, the new tweaks and improvements to enjoy are good but considering that many of the improvements come from iOS 8 rather than the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, many will find themselves upgrading their previous models rather than buying the new phones. If the phones were a little less pricey, then the new features would have been more than great, but for such prices, consumers demand more.
For the people who do not think of money as a drawback, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is a great release from Apple. Longer battery life, faster performance, sleekness and bigger screens, and new improvements are all a plus.
- 3G and 4G LTE enabled
- 2014 release, available to purchase
- Nano-SIM compatible
- Touch ID and Apple Pay
- iPhone 6: 129 grams, iPhone 6 Plus: 172 grams
- LED backlit LCD
- iPhone 6:7” screen, 326 ppi, iPhone 6 Plus: 5.5” screen, 401 ppi
- Shatter and fingerprint proof glass
- 5mm headphone jack
- No external memory card option
- 1 GB ram
- 16, 64, and 128 GB internal memory models available
- Primary camera 8 megapixels, secondary camera 1.2 megapixels
- 1080p @60fps and 720p @240fps video recording
- iOS 8 (upgrade till 8.1)
- A8 64-bit processor
- Available in gold, silver, and gray
- Price range high-end