iPhone 6 Review
Bigger than bigger!
Written by: Michael Brown
The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus finally deliver what Apple fans have been calling for; big and bigger!
There has always been two distinct camps of smartphone owners, those that love Apple and those who hate Apple, but for the first time I am hearing those haters say ‘I would buy the iPhone 6’.
So maybe it’s time to find out why in my iPhone 6 review.
The build quality and design certainly reflect the Apple ethos and we see curved edges where there is a seamless transition of glass to metal anodized aluminium and stainless steel. There are no distinct edges or gaps to be seen, the volume buttons have been elongated and the new colour scheme consists of gold, silver and space grey.
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch Retina HD display while the iPhone 6 Plus goes bigger again with a 5.5 inch Retina HD display. There are plenty of pixels flying around too with the iPhone 6 having a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels (326ppi) and the Plus has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (401ppi).
Several tweaks to the viewing experience will really be appreciated by its users and these include an improved polarizer, so you get a better view when wearing sunglasses.
There is also a higher contrast and wider viewing angle with deeper blacks and sharper text. This has been achieved with advanced photo alignment using UV light to precisely position the display’s liquid crystals so they lay exactly where they should. All pretty impressive for an iPhone that measures 6.9mm or 7.1mm thick dependent upon model choice.
The two iPhone 6 smartphones are also bigger inside with 64-bit architecture, an A8 chip and M8 motion coprocessor which bring 50 percent faster processing on a phone that is 84x faster for graphic intensive gaming.
Phone Set Up
The first thing you will want to do when you get your hands on an iPhone 6 is set up the Touch ID security. This will then allow you to use your fingerprint to approve purchases from iTunes, iBooks and the App Store as well as unlocking the phone of course!
Apple Pay also needs setting up and this combines the security of Touch ID with Passbook and NFC so that you can pay in stores and within apps with a single touch.
If you don’t feel like typing in all of your bank card details then you can even capture your card details using the iSight camera. By now you will also have noticed that the iOS swipe gestures have been improved to offer a more fluid experience with easier navigation.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have clearly been developed to bring an incredible visual to whatever you do. This is aided by Wi-Fi that is up to 3x faster and 4G that has download speeds of up to 150Mbps.
The Safari web browser has a few new tricks such as tap the Reader icon to read articles without ads or distractions and we shouldn’t forget that we can visit the App Store online which now boasts over 1 million apps.
If you are addicted to gaming then you should forget all of the other smartphones out there and buy an iPhone 6 instead. Apple has created Metal, a new technology that allows developers to create highly immersive console-style gaming with complex visual effects to truly blow you away.
Other features that you will want to explore include the new QuickType keyboard that uses finger swipes to create words and the health and fitness apps which talk to each other and let you see a picture of your heath in a single easy to read dashboard.
This is all backed up by smarter processing with a barometer that measures elevations when walking, hill climbing and going up stairs. The accelerometer measures distance with GPS when walking or running and the gyroscope senses when you are driving, taking panoramic photos or playing games that react to movement.
All of the other Apple features that you love are there too with the iTunes music, TV and HD movie libraries, Siri, Maps, a Game Centre, iBooks and Passbook for storing your boarding passes, tickets and gift cards.
Camera & Video
Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have an 8MP iSight camera which offers:
- Video - Record in 1080p HD at 60fps or switch to slo-mo at 240fps with continuous autofocus and cinematic video stabilisation. You can also capture time-lapse video from 30 minutes to 30 hours, it’s up to you!
- Face detection - New improvements mean that faces are recognised quicker, from farther away and from within groups or crowds.
- Exposure control - Lighten or darken images with a simple slide of your finger.
- High resolution panorama - This takes photos at up to 43MP.
- FaceTime HD - This has been greatly improved with a new camera sensor that captures 81 percent more light. Burst mode is also available and captures 10 photos a second for the ultimate selfie with improved blink and smile detection. In fact the iPhone 6 is clever enough to recommend which result it thinks is best.
An increased battery life has been achieved by using the new A8 processor that is 50 percent more energy efficient that its predecessor, the A7. This chip is further enhanced by an M8 motion coprocessor that senses your activity to provide better performance and battery life.
The battery performance does differ between the two models of iPhone and the bigger size of the iPhone 6 Plus has more room for a larger battery. The iPhone 6 delivers up to 50 hours audio, 11 hours HD video, 11 hours Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours 4G browsing and 250 hours standby.
The iPhone 6 Plus on the other hand delivers up to 80 hours audio, 14 hours HD video, 12 hours Wi-Fi browsing, 12 hours 4G browsing and 384 hours standby.
So, clearly big is good but bigger is best!
Written by: Michael Brown