Apple’s latest powerful and elegantly designed phone for all
Apple has finally heard the message and brought the consumer larger devices. These impressive screens, rated as the best LCD by DisplayMate, transition seamlessly into the sleek, albeit sometimes difficult to grip, aluminum body of the device. The iPhone 6 sports Apple’s new A8 processor, which manages to out benchmark the Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz quad core unit used in most high end Android devices, such as the S5, Moto X 2014, and HTC One M8.
The camera keeps ahold of Apple’s helm in mobile photography, with DXOMark giving it their top spot. Battery life remains sufficient on the 6 and rather impressive but not groundbreaking on the 6+. Charging nightly and using heavily, battery life has been very little of a concern for me, which is about all you can ask for in a mobile device.
Between software issues that plagued iOS 8 and the infamous bend-gate, Apple had a rocky month following the release of the iPhone 6 they seem to just now be recovering from. I’ve needed to completely restart the device to remedy problems multiple times.
If you want one device that executes everything you want it to do in the most refined manner and will have no performance issues or feel overly out of date for at least the length of your contract, that phone is the iPhone 6. It’s not the most exciting device, but it is the most usable.
–Vince Paddon, updated 10/23/14, ThatOpinion
Real World Performance Test
Everything is better and nothing is different.
That’s the story of the iPhone 6. Apple took this opportunity to upgrade nearly everything about the device, from Wi-Fi to LTE to build quality to the already remarkable camera. And since it has a big-enough screen but still works well in one hand and fits snugly in my pocket, this is a device that almost every phone buyer on the planet will at least consider. The iPhone 6 is utterly without obvious problems or drawbacks — it’s going to be a huge hit.
Yet there’s nothing truly ambitious here, no grand vision of the future or of a new way of living in the present. Apple doesn’t have better ideas about how to make use of more display real estate, or how to help users navigate a bigger device. It’s not on the precipice of offering a new kind of do-it-all computer, as it might be with the iPhone 6 Plus. The latest iPhones could have been a chance for Apple to really re-examine what smartphone hardware should be, but Apple just built a bigger iPhone.
Because that’s what people wanted.
For a variety of reasons, from the camera to the app ecosystem to the hardware itself, the iPhone 6 is one of the best smartphones on the market. Maybe even the best. But it’s still an iPhone. The same thing Apple’s been making for seven years. A fantastically good iPhone, but an iPhone through and through.
This year’s iPhones aren’t groundbreaking, nor are they perfect. But they demonstrate something far more important to Apple’s success in the long run: freshness. Apple ditched the tried-and-true square design (which I’ve always been fond of) for a more rounded, modern look; it added features that should’ve been there ages ago (NFC, anyone?); and it made the phones large enough to start competing in a hotly contested space. No doubt about it, the iPhone needed to grow in size and function, and it did just that. Fortunately, it made the leap before it was too late.
Providing the power behind the scenes on the iPhone 6 is a 1.39GHz dual-core A8 processor with 64-bit architecture and 1GB of RAM.
The iPhone 6 seemed to be the slicker of the two new iHandsets when it comes to chugging away under the finger, although when looking at the Geekbench 3 scores, we can see it’s almost identical to the iPhone 6 Plus (average score of 2905 vs 2911 for the 6 Plus) which puts it right with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and below the One M8 and One E8 – although HTC has admitted to slightly gaming those results with a special ‘high power mode’.
iPhone 6 Plus Real World Battery Life
Apple’s new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus lasted exactly 10 hours on our test while riding on AT&T 4G LTE, the same network as the Note 4 we tested. The AT&T version of the Galaxy S5 endured for 9 hours and 42 minutes, about an hour longer than its big brother. The AT&T HTC One M8 lasted 8:42, nearly identical to the Note 4.