Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review
The Biggest iPhone Yet…
The wait for a bigger iPhone is finally over! With the release of the iPhone 6 Plus, we no longer have to question what a bigger iPhone would be like, we can actually try it ourselves. But is this bigger iPhone set to make a splash on the smartphone market? Or will it sink faster than a tonne of bricks?
We’re here to take a look at the larger than life iPhone handset in our hands-on review. Taking a look at design, features, set-up, photography and battery life, we’re here to let you know just how good Apples latest creation is. So with no further ado, here’s our iPhone 6 Plus review!
Apple’s reputation really does precede itself when it comes down to the design of its smartphones. This is why it comes as no surprise to see the iPhone 6 Plus offer such a stunning style.
Boasting its tremendous new 5.5” Retina HD display, the front of the handset offers little else to draw your gaze. The home screen is still located at the bottom of the front side, packing the handset’s Touch ID security. One beautiful addition though is the curved edges of the display, which makes for a real sleek look.
The back of the iPhone 6 Plus is practically 100% metal, with only two plastic strips located at the top and bottom of the chassis for the antenna to connect to your network. The aluminium construction is spectacular though, and with its softer corners, is tough not to admire.
The edge of the handset is no longer straight cut, with a curved model preferred. The lightning port is again placed at the bottom of the device, whilst the volume rocker and silent switch both stay in the same place as they were on the iPhone 5s. One thing which has moved though is the lock button, which is now on the right side of the device, in an effort to make it easier to reach.
At just 7.1mm, the iPhone 6 Plus is incredibly thin, in fact so thin that some users have complained about actually being able to bend their handsets. Whilst this is possible, it only happens when placing undue force on the device, which very few manufacturers, if any will recommend doing.
One final thing worth noting is that the camera module doesn’t quite sit flush in the handset, protruding slightly. We’re not too sure why this is, but it’s only a minor blip on an otherwise perfect handset.
Phone Set Up
Powered by iOS 8 out of the box, which can be upgraded to 8.1, you can expect a very simple and user-friendly set-up process if it’s your first time with an iPhone. Similarly, if you’re already and iPhone enthusiast, it takes a matter of minutes to transfer everything over from your previous handset.
Security details can be set-up at any time, but you’re prompted to use Touch ID once the phone is booted up. You can register a number of prints to the handset, as well as giving a passcode to get in as well, making your iPhone 6 Plus super secure from the get go.
Once your through set-up, you can take a look at Apple’s massive app store and download all the apps you might want. We normally recommend heading straight to the most popular apps, as you’re likely to find all of your standard social media and other service’s apps here.
Of course you can sync your music library to your iPhone by using iTunes from your laptop or PC, making for a full entertainment set-up as well. Other than that, there’s little else you really need to do!
In terms of specs, we find an Apple A8 chipset, up to 128GB storage, 1GB RAM along with NFC, Touch ID and some other fancy features you’re about to find out about!
Coming in as a new phone with a brand new operating system, it would be just plain rude to see a lack of features on the iPhone 6 Plus. Lucky for us then it looks as though Apple hasn’t let us down by any means.
Apple Pay is the stand out feature, taking advantage of NFC in the new iPhones to turn them into portals to our bank accounts and credit cards. By simply tapping any contactless device, you can verify your details through fingerprint to pay for anything. It’s not quite available in the UK just yet, but has proven a success in the US so far, so don’t expect to be waiting too long for it over here.
Gaming has been improved by the introduction of Metal, which offers console style graphical qualities on the iPhone. Lag is also less likely to rear its head thanks to a combination of the feature with the A8 chipset and 1GB RAM we mentioned earlier.
iOS 8 has also introduced feature like Health and CarPlay, which help you record personal body readings securely and link to vehicles with compatible technology respectively. Also, the QuickType keyboard has been included to speed up texts by using predictive technology. This is also open up to developers, meaning third party keyboards can finally be used on iPhone.
With all of these features along with many more from before, the iPhone 6 Plus will keep you interested over its entire lifetime.
Camera & Video
When you discover that the iPhone 6 Plus ‘only’ features an 8 megapixel lens, you might get slightly disappointed, but you really needn’t worry. Packing in a bucket load of camera features and improved software, the iPhone 6 Plus’s camera is truly wonderful.
There’s top drawer image quality off the bat, and with the ability to film in 1080p, slow motion or in time-lapse format, you’ll quickly realise how powerful the camera really is. Optical Image Stabilisation is something worth shouting about as well, especially considering that the standard iPhone 6 doesn’t include it.
On the front of the phone we find a 1.2 megapixel FaceTime camera, which is again punching well above its weight. Selfies come out with real shine, and Snapchat lovers won’t be left wanting more, even if other handsets offer more pixels.
Sporting a very handy 2,915mAh battery, the iPhone 6 Plus is no push over when it comes down to battery life. It lasts well over a day on a full charge, and even with its larger screen is good for around half a day after that.
Of course, the more you use your handset, the faster your battery will drain, but this is an all-round bane for all smartphone users to deal with, not just iPhone fans. There’s still no wireless charging which is a shame, but Apple was never likely to include it anyway, so it doesn’t come as much of a shock.
Overall, the iPhone 6 Plus is a great phablet debutant from Apple, packing in power, performance and style alongside a great camera and reliable battery. You definitely won’t be regretting grabbing this handset if you do decide to go for it anytime soon!