My iPhone 6 Review ~ Is it worth a change?

It’s that time of the year again, Another new iPhone!

iPhone 6 in Silver, Space Grey and Gold


I picked up one a few weeks ago in space grey, Available in 16GB (who would buy that?) 64GB and 128GB. For some reason Apple removed the 32GB version but kept 16GB.

iPhone 5C and iPhone 6

But anyway…


I’ll start by saying it’s a solid device regardless of the media frenzy regarding ”bendgate”, Thinner than the iPhone 5S/5C and of course a bigger screen at 4.7″.

I’ll run through a few things that the average user would actually be bothered about…


Screen

Full brightness on the iPhone 6

For comparison


iPhone 6: 4.7-inch 1334 x 750, Retina HD LCD with Ion strengthened glass, improved polarise
iPhone 5S/5C: 4-inch 1136 x 640 IPS LCD


The screen is something you can’t ever fault Apple with, Always bright and clear with 326ppi and 750 x 1334 pixels they call Retina HD. That might mean nothing to you but in mobile device screens that’s very clear and sharp, Not full HD which is found on the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, Lumia 930, Sony Xperia Z3, Moto X and Nexus 5 or QHD found on the Nexus 6 and LG G3.


It doesn’t need to be full HD though because it’s such a good quality screen that just stands out.

I could go on about viewing angles and great colours but who really cares! You want a great screen and this has one! It’s also brighter and clearer than the iPhone 5S/5C.


Battery

OK so the usual question is ”Will it last a day?” the answer is maybe.

If you use it for some light use (Whatsapp, email, safari etc) throughout the day then yes you can make it home with power, 9am to 7pm and you’d still have 20/30% left for FIFA or some Taylor Swift on Youtube.


I used it heavily for 30 minutes after charge (Safari, Whatsapp) and i still had 100% but i had the screen to medium and wifi off. It’s a bigger battery than the iPhone 5S so you will get longer but expect to charge it at least once a day like all modern smart phones.

You’ll be able to last a full day of regular use (a few calls, some games, videos, Web browsing and app usage) with no problem.

It won’t likely last overnight, but for everyday users that charge their phones nightly, This battery should do just fine. 


Safari is the biggest drainer but that might be an iOS 8 bug that will get a fix soon.

It will take the battery a week or so to calibrate with your usage so don’t panic straight away, Gone are the days of the Nokia 3310 all week battery i’m afraid.

Camera

New iPhone 6 camera

For comparison


iPhone 6: 8-mega pixel, 1/3.06-inch sensor, true-tone flash,f/2.2 aperture dual-LED flash, phase detection. 1080p video recording, 30 or 60fps.

iPhone 5S: 8-mega pixel, 1/3.06-inch sensor, f/2/2, dual-tone LED flash.


So not much has changed for the camera, I’ve not noticed much change from the iPhone 5S but that was a very good camera to begin with. It just means you shouldn’t expect Nokia Lumia 930 or 1020 results but it’s still a quality shooter.


I’ve noticed it does focus faster than the 5S and overall the camera app is slightly quicker to fire up.

Taken with the iPhone 6



It has the standard 1080p video recording at 30 or 60fps but no 4K recording, expect that on the 6S next year knowing Apple. The front FaceTime camera is still 1.2 mega pixels and does the job, You also have the panorama, slo mo video(240fps) and square lenses.

iOS 8


So the newest operating system is available now to all iPhone users from 4S and above, it has some minor new features but mostly for developers to create new ways to integrate.


Quick reply, New notification centre with widgets, Heath app, custom keyboards and a new spotlight search system are the only real stand out updates to the OS.

New messages app, keyboard, Health app are just some of the new features

Apple Pay is available on iPhone 6 and 6 plus but not in the UK yet, It will use NFC to allow payments with the Touch ID to pay for items in participating stores.

Due in the US this month and more countries soon


The OS itself isn’t great at the moment, It kicked off with no heath app working, safari crashes and slow loading. Not a great start to a new phone or OS and with OS 8.0.1 bricking a few iPhones before it was pulled, Quite a massive screw up! 


No excuses but very unlike Apple, This is the biggest iOS released to developers to allow more integration that Android users have enjoyed for a few years.


8.0.2 is out now and while it fixed a few bugs, I still have crashes and slow loading.


But not is all lost, 8.1 is due in the next few weeks which hopefully fixes all those issues.

 

Tech Specs


Some info you probably won’t care about…


CPU and RAM


Apple A8 20nm, 20 per cent faster CPU, 50 per cent faster GPU, 64-Bit 1GB RAM


Design

  • Height: 138.1 mm (5.44 inches)
  • Width: 67.0 mm (2.64 inches)
  • Depth: 6.9 mm (0.27 inches)
  • Weight: 129 grams (4.55 ounces)

Battery

Talk time up to 14 hours


Standby up to 10 days


Internet use up to 10 hours on 3G/4G and 11 hours on Wifi


Audio playback up to 50 hours


Randoms stuff

  • Touch ID
  • Barometer
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • NFC (Near Field Communications)

Verdict

Great design with a solid camera, finally a larger quality screen and NFC (Not enabled in the UK yet) but let down slightly by poor software bugs that’s normally spot on by Apple.


But it’s not the end of the world, iOS 8.1 is due soon and that should make this a near complete perfect phone for the average user.

Is it worth an upgrade? Yes, if you own a iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and 5C but if you have an iPhone 5S then all you’re gaining is a bigger screen and a tiny tad more speed.


If you’re an Android or Windows user then you might be tempted by the slim design and amazing screen, Otherwise most features are already available to you or will be with Android 5.0 coming soon.


In comparison to Android and Windows devices, I believe it beats the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, Nexus 5 and Nokia Lumia 930 on build quality but remains to be seen with the Moto X and Sony Xperia Z3. It is all about personal preference though and you might prefer Android or Windows, That makes those devices better in your eyes but Apple do make quality hardware regardless.


If that’s enough for you or you can’t help yourself, Then go for it I say! Otherwise wait for the iPhone 6S or grab a Nexus 6.

iPhone 6 and LG Google Nexus 5

Remember though, It loses out on the Optical image stabilisation and a full 1920 x 1080p, 401ppi HD screen found on the iPhone 6 Plus, A tad larger at 5.5″ and more in the Phablet range.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

I’ll be doing a look at the newly announced Google Nexus 6 and a look back at the Nexus 5 running Android 5.0 Lollipop soon.

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