The iPhone, one of Apple’s most iconic products, has changed a lot this year. The one and only, special, original suddenly ceased to be so. Now there are two of them and you will have to choose which one to buy. The task, I will say right away, is not an easy one, and if you think that you will pick up both new items and immediately understand everything, I have to disappoint you – it is difficult to decide. On the one hand, an iPhone with ideal proportions, on the other, an iPhone for ideal content consumption. Let’s try to choose?
Before a full review, watch our short video from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – short and most important. Happy viewing:
Design: iPhone 2G is alive!
The appearance of the last two generations of the iPhone, to put it mildly, is boring. Yes, the iPhone 5s looks like a jewel with sharp edges, but for a long time I wanted something new. And we know that the new is the well-forgotten old, which is why the iPhone 6 in the hands so much resembles the first Apple smartphone.
Rounded edges, a solid piece of aluminum and a comfortable fit in the hand. I’m talking now about both models – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, since they are identical in design, the differences are only in size and in some pieces of iron.
The new iPhone could be a real revelation for me, because I always wanted a real smartphone of the future – a stylish, but no frills plate of aluminum and glass. This would be a novelty if someone in Apple’s design department would have pulled Jony Ive when he came up with the design of the antenna module in the iPhone 6. The lines that you see on the back cover look mediocre. And on the example of thin and neat stripes on the back cover of the Taiwanese flagship HTC One M8, it’s even somehow sloppy and this is strange. Nevertheless, one can get used to this feature (disputable, by the way, this is a matter of taste).
After two days of using the iPhone 6 already seems familiar. Eyes already refuse to look at the 4-inch display, hands reach for the thin body and fingers want to run over the glass of the new smartphone again. Its edges are slightly rounded, so that the gadget looks and feels like a solid piece made of correct materials.
The only caveat is that it is slippery, so I recommend thinking about buying a case in advance. It seems that Apple accessories are just right.
Other noticeable external changes include separate volume buttons, which are now recessed into the case and are pressed incredibly clearly. The Power button of the same shape has moved from the top to the right side. The thumb of the right hand or the index finger of the left lies directly on it. The first few hours, of course, you continue to rummage around the top edge in search of a button, but over time everything falls into place – this is the only place where you can comfortably reach your finger and lock / unlock the device.
Regarding the protruding camera module. He didn’t bother me at all. Yes, it is noticeable, but the iPhone lies flat on the table and does not stagger when you press it from one side. Maybe there is still a minimal, almost imperceptible movement, but in the usual scheme of use you do not notice this. I tried to poke the module with my fingernail, but it didn’t work.
Screens: Steve was wrong
Immediately after the release of the iPhone 4 (3.5-inch screen), Steve Jobs commented at a press conference on the situation with smartphones equipped with large screens:
It is impossible to manage them with the help of hands, no one will buy them. They are just like Hummer SUVs.
Four years later, his successor Tim Cook presents two new SUVs. One with a large screen, the second with a huge one.
The screens of the new iPhones have been greatly increased in size compared to previous models. This is striking when you pick up the iPhone 6, and, perhaps, shocking when the iPhone 6 Plus falls like a shovel on your fingers. An awkward “hmmmm-hmm” quickly changes the surprise – the quality of the display and the picture on them is head and shoulders above than in the iPhone 5s.
The display displays colors perfectly, they are natural – not dull and not violently burnt, as in the Super Amoled screens, which Samsung is actively promoting in Galaxy smartphones. Viewing angles, I think, the maximum possible. Just imagine that you turn the iPhone to face you, and the text on the screen remains perfectly readable. Yes, thanks to the new polarizing film in the iPhone 6/6 Plus, the display behaves much better in the sun than the iPhone 5s.
With the screen of the iPhone 6 Plus, the situation is exactly the same as with the iPhone 6. If you do not take into account that its size for the user of the “five” will seem extremely large. The iPhone seems very unusual with such a screen and, it seems to me, that’s what Apple intended. This is practically a new device that can “eat” some iPad mini users and start the process of turning iPads into full-fledged computers with touch screens, predicted by many.
- iPhone 6: 4.7 inches, 1334 x 750 pixels
- iPhone 6 Plus: 5.5 inches, 1920×1080 pixels
Is 1920 by 1080 resolution enough for a 5.5-inch screen? With head. And do not believe those who recommend urgently switching to QuadHD displays, which are already in some Android smartphones – LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The human eye can only distinguish pixels at up to 300 ppi, while in the iPhone 6 Plus it is as much as 401 pixels per inch. The race of characteristics has not yet led to anything good. iPhone against the backdrop of top-end Android gadgets is a vivid example of this.
Iron: simply better
It is not customary to talk about technical characteristics in the world of Apple mobile devices. Where did you hear users of different generations of iPhones talking about processors, RAM and, sorry, overclocking? But you want this, right? Then here’s a comparison of two smartphones in the Geekbench iOS application to calculate processor speed:
Yes, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are currently the most powerful smartphones Apple has ever made. They run on the same new-generation Apple A8 processor clocked at just (in today’s smartphone world) 1.4GHz. Feel free to add the M8 coprocessor here, which helps to clearly count the number of steps taken and calories burned. RAM – 1 GB, as in the iPhone 5s. But was it ever enough? It’s not a Mac.
What is the result? In general, iOS 8 runs slightly faster on the iPhone 6/6 Plus than on the iPhone 5s. The difference is very small, literally minimal, but it is there. This is the traditional magic from Apple, when you pick up a new iPhone, after which you no longer want to use the “old” one.
Yes, games load a moment faster, the multitasking menu with previews appears in a second, but this is far from the main feature of the new iPhones. Oh yes, if you are confused by the operation of iOS on a 5.5-inch display with Full HD resolution, I will say that there are no problems. Both smartphones work almost identically, if you do not take into account minor slowdowns in just a few games (Real Racing, he is). This is an optimization question to ask developers. I’ve played Asphalt 8 updated to run with Metal GPU DATA, Modern Combat 5 and the graphics are, I must admit, impressive.
Battery: Powerful but no innovation
To be honest, it’s not easy to understand in two days how the batteries in the new Apple smartphones behave. No, not even possible. I can say one thing for sure – my iPhone 5s, which I have been using for about 8 months, during this time held a charge many times worse than both new items that lay side by side. Yes, the battery in the iPhone 5s could “get tired” during this period of operation, but the fact remains that in the evening my smartphone lay down to rest with 0% charge, while the iPhone 6 had 30% left, and Plus, it seems, was ready to work even before lunch the next day. He had about 55% charge left. Worthy.
The numbers you can find on Apple.com speak for themselves. The iPhone 6 can last up to 250 hours in standby mode, while the iPhone 6 Plus will last 384 hours in the locked state. The younger model will be able to show you about five films of medium length, the older one – all seven. The figures are not bad, but not revolutionary. And so I would like innovations in mobile batteries, but not this year, unfortunately. Now mobile photography is in vogue and here you will definitely like everything.
cameras: where are my megapixels?
They are not here. More precisely, there are as many of them as in last year’s model. And in the year before last, and even in the iPhone 4S. You were deceived, framed and pushed outdated iron at a sky-high price. You are wrong.
Indeed, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have an ƒ/2.2 aperture 8-megapixel camera, but with new lenses. One of the most impressive technologies in these cameras is Focus Pixels. This is a phase focusing system that seriously reduces focusing time with camera movements. The principle of its operation is as follows: you take your iPhone out of your pocket, open the Camera application and start frantically taking pictures of several objects around you at once, sharply changing the position of the smartphone. No additional focusing occurs, it seems that the camera reads the picture around you immediately after you took out the phone. Forget tap-to-focus, iPhone now does it for you.
The quality of the pictures is at a high level, the minimum of soapy scenes when photographing indoors is really impressive. This is especially true of the iPhone 6 Plus with its optical stabilization system, which can take amazing photos. With straight hands, you can create real masterpieces, print them out and hang them on the wall.
Apple also worked on video quality. The cameras in the two new products can shoot FUllHD video at 60 frames per second, while slow-mo videos can now be made in two formats – 120 and 240 frames per second. Together with cinematic stabilization during video shooting, we get the most desired mobile video camera of a real video maniac.
iPhone 6 Plus Features: mini iPad mini
No wonder I said above that the iPhone 6 Plus does not seem like just a new smartphone or the second model of this year. This is something new that may soon affect other Apple devices. For example, on the iPad mini. I sincerely do not understand why the user needs a small tablet with a 7.9-inch screen when there is an iOS smartphone with a 5.5-inch display that is always in your pocket. It’s just made for
consumption devouring content in huge quantities – I want to watch movies, play action games and arcade games, surf the Internet through Safari or, for example, do video editing through the iMovie application. This is the ultimate gadget for the active user who is on the edge. That is, it is really huge for a phone, but at the same time it is so-and-so convenient during use. In addition, Apple took care of the pioneers and made some changes in iOS 8 that are only available on the iPhone 6 Plus.
First, it’s landscape mode, like on the iPad. The desktop, icons, content – everything is in a horizontal position. This feature is activated in Settings —> Display and brightness —> Appearance. Here we select the normal mode, where by default work is available in a horizontal position.
If you select the “Magnify” mode, all icons and text will become a little larger. It is promising, but we need the support of developers who optimize their software to work in this mode.
Another point is changes in the location of some interface elements in standard applications. For example, in Mail and Messages, dual screen mode is enabled, like on the iPad. This also includes the supposedly improved keyboard, to which the shortcut buttons for the “Copy, Cut, Paste” functions have moved, but they take some serious getting used to. It seems that the system is not finalized. Either the iPhone 6 Plus was released ahead of schedule, or they simply overlooked it.
Unlike other manufacturers of large smartphones, Apple did a good job of making them more convenient. While competitors are introducing complex schemes for controlling large screens into interfaces, Cupertino simply adds one, but useful feature. Double tapping (not pressing) on the Home button lowers the entire interface of any application so that you reach the status bar with one finger. Simple and convenient.
There is also a problem with the display of some applications. No, I didn’t notice any pixels, but the software that looked normal on the screen of the iPhone 5s now looks strange on the 5.5-inch Godzilla. There is a lot of space on the screen, but the interface elements are stretched and look somehow awkward or even clumsy. I think developers are already aware of this nuance and are already revising the interfaces of their programs.
About not the most important: boxes and kit
Pay attention to the changes in the appearance of the boxes from the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Now they are completely white without any pictures, except for the name of the model on the side. The silhouette of a smartphone is embossed on the lid of the box. It looks unusual and unusual. Everything is much simpler with the kit – inside the box everything is the same as with the iPhone 5s: EarPods, Lightning cable, charger and a bunch of paper materials with a paper clip to open the SIM slot inside.
What to choose?: instead of conclusions
iPhone 6 has changed a lot compared to previous models and has become undeniably better. The most popular (and, therefore, the best, right?) smartphone on the planet has become even better, it is already being swept from store shelves, bought, advised, and taken to countries where there is no Apple Store. This is a definite hit for the next 12 months. The screen is finally bigger, but the smartphone is still comfortable to use, an improved camera, an NFC receiver with support for Apple Pay (does not work for us) and a new design. I don’t have a single word for you against buying an iPhone 6. Except for the iPhone 6 Plus.
For the first time in the history of the iPhone, we have to choose between two iPhones – a powerful and a second powerful novelty, but with a larger screen. The latter has its own charisma, it attracts with its unusualness and magnificent screen, which in any case will always be with you. It is really very difficult to choose, but I can recommend you something. Do not even expect to come to the store and immediately make a choice there – this is impossible!
Twist in your hands, take a closer look, spend an hour there, but think through all the scenarios for using your future iPhone, but do not buy anything. A few days of rest, the information will be digested and you will get the result – you will definitely be drawn to one of them.
The iPhone, one of Apple’s most iconic products, has changed a lot this year. The one and only, special, original suddenly ceased to be so. Now there are two of them and you will have to choose which one to buy. The task, I will say right away, is not an easy one, and if you think that you will pick up both new items and immediately understand everything, I have to disappoint you -…
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