iPhone 6 and 6 Plus – Is bigger better? You bet

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When Apple introduced a iPhone in 2007, it was a marvel of innovation. There had never been a phone that was all hold screen, and it set a pattern customary for roughly any smartphone manufacturer.

Seven years later, Apple has finally expelled bigger iPhones, and it roughly feels as if it’s personification catch-up to a innumerable other phone companies that increasing shade distance prolonged ago.

Apple has finally given a people what they wish — dual new iPhone models: a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.


Aside from a apparently bigger screen, a iPhone 6 and 6 Plus demeanour matching from a outside, and that’s mostly loyal on a inside as well.

The loyal edges of a iPhone 4 and 5 models have given approach to winding edges that hark behind to a strange iPhone.

They are a thinnest iPhones, during 6.9 mm for a 6 and 7.1 mm for a 6 Plus.

They both run Apple’s new A8 processor, and Macworld repository says a CPU in a 6 Plus is somewhat faster (1.39GHz vs. 1.2GHz). They feel a lot faster than prior models.

Both have one gigabyte of RAM.

Both are accessible in 3 colors (silver, gold, space gray) and in 3 storage sizes (16Gb, 64 Gb, 128Gb).

Both phones also have a latest chronicle of Apple’s suit coprocessor, a M8, that will concede a iPhone 6 to unequivocally gleam as a health guard regulating a new Health Kit module in iOS 8.

Both new iPhones also have nearby margin communication, that a Apple Pay use uses for profitable for equipment by fluttering your phone (authenticated with a fingerprint) during scrupulously versed money registers.

Because a phones have grown, Apple changed a power/sleep symbol from a tip corner to a right side, that creates it easier to pull during one-handed use.

Apple also has satisfied that a strech of a normal person’s ride doesn’t utterly make it to a tip of a shade on taller phones, so they’ve introduced a underline called Reachability to make a picture on a shade slip down when a home symbol is double-tapped, afterwards slip behind adult for continued use.

A barometer has been added, that can clarity a change in betterment or altitude so a phones can now tell how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed any day.

Both models also have fingerprint sensors (Touch ID) built into their home buttons.


Obviously a differences start with a screens.

The iPhone 6’s 4.7-inch shade has a fortitude of 1,334 by 750 pixels (326 pixels per inch).

The 6 Plus’s 5.5-inch shade has a aloft fortitude during 1,920 by 1,080 pixels (401 ppi), creation a Plus a initial Apple phone to have adequate pixels to arrangement loyal 1,080p content.

That’s a lot of numbers to digest, though all we unequivocally need to know is that both screens are gorgeous, and we won’t be unhappy with possibly one.

The 6 Plus is so large it’s a initial iPhone to have a landscape mode for a home screen, only like iPads.

The battery life of a iPhone 6 is pronounced to be softened than that of a iPhone 5S. With a increasing distance of a 6 Plus, a battery is a biggest ever in an iPhone.

According to Apple, a 6’s battery can play video for adult to 11 hours, while a 6 Plus can play videos for adult to 14 hours.

I haven’t had one prolonged adequate to run down a battery, so we can’t attest for those numbers, though Apple is customarily flattering accurate with a estimates.

The cameras are softened in both models, with 8-megapixel sensors and f/2.2 apertures. The Plus adds visual picture stabilization, that will make cinema demeanour softened in low light.

The cameras also can fire 1,080p HD video with delayed suit during 240 frames per second, and they work good with a new time-lapse mode in iOS 8.

The 6 measures 5.44 inches by 2.64 inches by 0.27 inches and weighs 4.55 ounces. The Plus is 6.22 inches by 3.06 inches by 0.28 inches and weighs 6.07 ounces.


With a two-year agreement with ATT, Verizon or Sprint, a 16Gb iPhone 6 is $199, 64Gb is $299 and 128Gb is $399.

Add $100 to those prices for an iPhone 6 Plus.

If we wish to go contract-free (like we did), you’ll be shelling out $650/$750/$850 for a 6 and a same $100 strike for a 6 Plus.

There are copiousness of places that will take your aged iPhone off your hands. Gazelle, Apple, Best Buy, ATT and others are charity some demeanour of trade-in program. Check around.

I was quoted around $200 for my 32Gb iPhone 5, though a longer we wait, a smaller a offer.

What do we think?

I bought a smaller iPhone 6 since we am disturbed a 6 Plus only wouldn’t disappear into my jeans pocket, and after personification with a Plus, we consider we done a right decision.

The phones felt good in my hands. One-handed operation isn’t impossible. Apple’s Reachability is nice, and I’m certain I’ll use it a lot.

I adore a dull edges and a thinness of a cases, though they did feel a bit slippery.

I’m going to examination with opposite cases until we find one we like. Apple’s leather box is initial on my list.

Killer facilities we found in my contrast embody a slow-motion video. A 5-second video of a descending highlighter pen shot during 240 frames per second brought oohs from co-workers.

I also adore that iOS 8 lets users bucket swap keyboards. we downloaded a giveaway SwiftKey Keyboard (www.appstore.com/swiftkeykey board) and am starting to suffer swiping over a keys to form words.

I can’t wait to try Apple Pay, that should start in October.

Pros: Larger screens, faster, thinner, longer battery life

Cons: Camera lens protrudes from case, feels a bit slippery

Bottom line: The open clamored for bigger iPhones, and Apple delivered. we design they’ll be tough to find for a subsequent few months.

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