Review roundup: Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8

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in iPhone edited September 2014
As expected, reviews for Apple's new iPhone lineup hit the Web on Tuesday, with most assessments being largely positive on hardware -- especially the 6 Plus' battery life-- but giving the nod to iOS 8 for keeping the handsets ahead of the competition.

iPhone 6, 6+

Re/code

Walt Mossberg, who handled the iPhone 6 review for Re/code, called the handset "the best smartphone on the market, when you combine its hardware, all-new operating system, and the Apple ecosystem whose doors it opens." Despite calling the 4.7-inch screen a "catch-up feature," Mossberg said Apple did a good job in keeping color accuracy on track, unlike competing models from Samsung.

Interestingly, Mossberg found the iPhone 6 battery to last some 14 or 15 hours before needing a recharge, substantially better than the previous generation iPhone 5s, which usually gets eight to ten hours per charge. At the end of testing, Mossberg dropped the unit on its face, cracking the screen. He suggests a case.

Reviewer Lauren Goode took on the iPhone 6 Plus phablet for the publication, saying that while she does not prefer larger handsets, the 5.5-inch version is tempting. During testing, Goode found the battery lasted well over one day with screen brightness set to 50 percent, no mean feat for such a large and thin device.

David Pogue

At his new post at Yahoo, Pogue calls the new iPhones beautiful, pointing out the new curved edges and slimmed down chassis. The main theme of his video review is "big," and he pulls out a variety of novelty size props to help cement the idea that the new iPhones are, indeed, larger than before. Pogue offers little in the way of new insight into Apple's handsets, but does a good job in demoing the units for the camera.

Engadget

One of the more comprehensive reviews comes from Engadget, which scored both models highly, but gave the edge to the iPhone 6 due to cumbersome handling with the 6 Plus. Some interesting highlights include a side-by-side look at the devices' displays, which the publication found slightly different, but not enough to warrant a higher recommendation.

Further, benchmarks from the new A8 chip reveal only minor boosts in performance from the iPhone 5s' A7 SoC, with the iPhone 6 Plus version coming in ahead of the pack. Again, the uptick in speed may not be worth the price of upgrading for some. Also included are image galleries comparing the iPhone 6's digital image stabilization with the optical image stabilization of the 6 Plus.

TechCrunch

Darrell Etherington also points out great battery life with the iPhone 6 Plus, saying it easily outperformed the iPhone 6 by at least a full day's use. For Etherington, the 6 Plus was oddly comfortable despite being extra large, but in the end the 4.7-inch version gets the nod for overall portability with high-end features.

Jim Dalrymple of The Loop

Dalrymple said he likes the new iPhone 6 form factor and new Retina HD displays, which to his eye appear more vivid and bright than current iPhone models. The larger size is obviously most apparent with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, but Apple's implementation of Reachability and other UI tweaks keep the phablet manageable.

The New York Times

Molly Wood of The Times also made note of how large the iPhone 6 Plus is in the hand, saying the thin and sleek design will likely cause a number of users to drop the device when reaching for a far away icon. The review compares Apple's latest iPhones with competing large-screened smartphones like Samsung's Galaxy S5 and the LG G3, noting those models have special UI functions that help users deal with the expansive screen area.

"As for the features that people love about their iPhones, they only get better," Wood writes. "The iPhone 6 cameras, for example, are outstanding."

Other notable reviews:

Nilay Patel and David Pierce for The Verge
Scott Stein for CNET: Solid hardware is larger but easy to handle.
Ed Baig for USA Today
Joshua Topolsky for Bloomberg
Stuart Miles for Pocket-lint
Geoffrey Fowler for The Wall Street Journal
Charles Arthur for The Guardian

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus go on sale this Friday at brick-and-mortar Apple Stores.
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  • Reply 1 of 55
    pazuzupazuzu Posts: 1,728member

    I thought so- minor boosts- no need to upgrade from my 5S. My screen fits my pocket just fine- plus I don't need potential thigh/crotch burns.

     

    I'll wait for the 6S and laugh at  this time next year when everyone is ready to upgrade cause the FaceTime camera sucks on a big screen  the battery life should be better, etc, etc.

  • Reply 2 of 55
    ``Further, benchmarks from the new A8 chip reveal only minor boosts in performance from the iPhone 5s' A7 SoC, with the iPhone 6 Plus version coming in ahead of the pack. ''

    These benchmarks are useless as the system is leveraging far beyond the Dual Core 64bit ARM CPU.

    Develop a Benchmark that taps into the DSPs [M7, etc], the 6 core GPGPU and the dual cores, at the same time and then I'll listen.
  • Reply 3 of 55
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer View Post



    ``Further, benchmarks from the new A8 chip reveal only minor boosts in performance from the iPhone 5s' A7 SoC, with the iPhone 6 Plus version coming in ahead of the pack. ''



    These benchmarks are useless as the system is leveraging far beyond the Dual Core 64bit ARM CPU.



    Develop a Benchmark that taps into the DSPs [M7, etc], the 6 core GPGPU and the dual cores, at the same time and then I'll listen.



    While they're at it, develop a benchmark test for the "experience of actually using an iPhone vs. anything else".

  • Reply 4 of 55
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pazuzu View Post

     

    I thought so- minor boosts- no need to upgrade from my 5S. My screen fits my pocket just fine- plus I don't need potential thigh/crotch burns.

     

    I'll wait for the 6S and laugh at  this time next year when everyone is ready to upgrade cause the FaceTime camera sucks on a big screen  the battery life should be better, etc, etc.




    Why are you arrogant? These are not minor boosts by any means.

    Laughing at everyone next year?

    Shouldn't we be the ones "laughing" at you now, since clearly you have a 5s, and are not eligible to upgrade?

     

    (Btw, AT&T Next will ensure I can upgrade every 12 months, and pay on average less than I have every year for iPhones)

  • Reply 5 of 55
    pmz wrote: »
    pazuzu wrote: »
     
    I thought so- minor boosts- no need to upgrade from my 5S. My screen fits my pocket just fine- plus I don't need potential thigh/crotch burns.

    I'll wait for the 6S and laugh at  this time next year when everyone is ready to upgrade cause the FaceTime camera sucks on a big screen  the battery life should be better, etc, etc.


    Why are you arrogant? These are not minor boosts by any means.
    Laughing at everyone next year?
    Shouldn't we be the ones "laughing" at you now, since clearly you have a 5s, and are not eligible to upgrade?

    (Btw, AT&T Next will ensure I can upgrade every 12 months, and pay on average less than I have every year for iPhones)

    Why are you timid?

    He's saying he'll enjoy laughing at we muggins next year when we're stuck on our 6's. You're free to laugh at him now if you're due a 6. I'm due a 6 and I laugh in his face! Nothing wrong with a good laugh at someone else's expense.
  • Reply 6 of 55
    pazuzu wrote: »
    I thought so- minor boosts- no need to upgrade from my 5S. My screen fits my pocket just fine- plus I don't need potential thigh/crotch burns.

    I'll wait for the 6S and laugh at  this time next year when everyone is ready to upgrade cause the FaceTime camera sucks on a big screen  the battery life should be better, etc, etc.

    Not to rub it in your face, but Mossberg said he got 14-15 hours with his 6 rather than 8-10 with his 5s.

    You've a 5s, you say? HAAAAHAAAAA! Don't worry; you've only got TWELVE MONTHS to wait. ????
  • Reply 7 of 55

    Well, this is a first (as far as I can remember)... AI gives links to numerous other sites for their reviews. I commend the site for this.

  • Reply 8 of 55
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Benjamin Frost View Post





    Why are you timid?



    He's saying he'll enjoy laughing at we muggins next year when we're stuck on our 6's. You're free to laugh at him now if you're due a 6. I'm due a 6 and I laugh in his face! Nothing wrong with a good laugh at someone else's expense.



    Timid? No. I'm just not an asshole.

  • Reply 9 of 55
    Well, this is a first (as far as I can remember)... AI gives links to numerous other sites for their reviews. I commend the site for this.

    Commend away. They've always done it.
  • Reply 10 of 55
    rcfarcfa Posts: 1,124member
    The rounded edges mean you can't stand the device on its own on a table without an accessory, e.g. while showing a video clip: you either have to hold it, or need a stand of some sorts. iPhone 4 through 5s were able to stand on their own, either vertically or horizontally.
  • Reply 11 of 55
    Why are you timid?

    He's saying he'll enjoy laughing at we muggins next year when we're stuck on our 6's. You're free to laugh at him now if you're due a 6. I'm due a 6 and I laugh in his face! Nothing wrong with a good laugh at someone else's expense.
    Damn right! I'll probably laugh at him all year. Then, next year, I'll sell the 6 and get the 6s. And I'll laugh at him all over again. I'll probably be able to sell the 6 for close to the cost of upgrading to the 6s.
  • Reply 12 of 55
    Not to rub it in your face, but Mossberg said he got 14-15 hours with his 6 rather than 8-10 with his 5s.

    You've a 5s, you say? HAAAAHAAAAA! Don't worry; you've only got TWELVE MONTHS to wait. ????
    I got 5S for 11 months and I already upgraded to 6+ with Next. Don't laugh yet because ATT allows people with 2 year contract to upgrade with NEXT.
  • Reply 13 of 55
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    Reading some of these reviews I get the feeling they really would like to say the 6+ is too damn big. What's really sad is the reasonably sized phone has inferior hardware. I'm sure some people are just getting the 6+ because they want the better screen and camera (and the reviews I read said you can clearly tell the 6+ screen is better). Jason Snell at MacWorld didn't have a consistent experience with reachability so I hope Apple fixes that glitch soon.
  • Reply 14 of 55
    rogifan wrote: »
    Reading some of these reviews I get the feeling they really would like to say the 6+ is too damn big. What's really sad is the reasonably sized phone has inferior hardware. I'm sure some people are just getting the 6+ because they want the better screen and camera (and the reviews I read said you can clearly tell the 6+ screen is better). Jason Snell at MacWorld didn't have a consistent experience with reachability so I hope Apple fixes that glitch soon.
    My instinct told me to go with the smaller one, but the specs told me to go with the bigger one. I made cardboard dummies of both sizes for testing. I dropped the bigger one several times while trying to reach parts of it. It's too big for me, and I have big hands. It doesn't matter how much better the resolution is if that beautiful display is broken.
  • Reply 15 of 55
    He doesn't reply. He does drops a load of crap in every forum thread and walks away.
  • Reply 16 of 55
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    My instinct told me to go with the smaller one, but the specs told me to go with the bigger one. I made cardboard dummies of both sizes for testing. I dropped the bigger one several times while trying to reach parts of it. It's too big for me, and I have big hands. It doesn't matter how much better the resolution is if that beautiful display is broken.
    I can't upgrade until January. But I'm on the Edge program with AT&T so I may just upgrade because I can. Depends how the phone feels in my hand. I really love one handed use and I'm not convinced Reachability is the answer.
  • Reply 17 of 55
    iqatedoiqatedo Posts: 1,762member

    Our telco has just informed us that our first, a 6, is being delivered Friday. :) 

  • Reply 18 of 55
    Well, this is a first (as far as I can remember)... AI gives links to numerous other sites for their reviews. I commend the site for this.
    they do that every year for iPhone and iPad releases.
  • Reply 19 of 55
    So much praise in these reviews. But don't worry: [I]Consumer Reports[/I] can be counted on to troll the iPhone 6 reviews.
  • Reply 20 of 55
    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post

    But don't worry: Consumer Reports can be counted on to troll the iPhone 6 reviews.

     

    “Despite the iPhone 6 being the best device we’ve ever tested, its record breaking quality and satisfaction ratings mean we cannot recommend purchasing it at this time.”

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