Walt Mossberg reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6: ‘The best smartphone on the market’

“Apple has finally joined the big-screen smartphone movement with its two latest models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which go on sale Friday. But it hasn’t just expanded the screens,” Walt Mossberg writes for Re/code. “It has radically redesigned the iPhone, making it thinner and more curved, and has beefed up everything from the screen to the performance to the battery life and wireless speed.”

“I’ve been testing the more mainstream of the two models, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, for about a week now, and I think it’s a terrific phone. In my view, it’s the best smartphone on the market, when you combine its hardware, all-new operating system, and the Apple ecosystem whose doors it opens,” Mossberg writes. “That includes a new service called Apple Pay for buying goods in stores and online electronically via the phone; it’s due next month.”

“In my daily use, the iPhone 5s generally lasted from eight to 10 hours between charges. But during my week of testing, the iPhone 6 did better, going 14 or 15 hours. Most people will still have to charge it nightly, but won’t be hunting for plugs during the day,” Mossberg writes. “The iPhone 6 is a great upgrade for current iPhone owners, or for anyone, really. It manages to provide a much larger display in a phone that’s still small enough to handle easily. It’s my recommendation for the best smartphone you can buy.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Boom! There ya go.

Once again: Don’t settle for less than the best.

With Apple’s all new, 64-bit smartphones, the gorgeous 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the stunning 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, there’s never been a better time to stop settling for imitations and make the move to the real thing.

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TechCrunch reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6: ‘The best smartphone available’ – September 17, 2014
USA Today’s Baig reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6/Plus: ‘Smartphone stars’ – September 17, 2014
The Wall Street Journal reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6: ‘The best smartphone you can buy’ – September 16, 2014
Macworld reviews 64-bit iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Bigger is better (in the right hands) – September 16, 2014

25 Comments

  1. Am I the only one who actually likes the bands on the back? lol. And if they prove to increase reception then they might go down as another great addition that helps make iPhone 6 the best smartphone on the planet.

  2. Does anyone think Tim Cook had anything to do with the new phones? I watched the entirety of his interview with Charlie Rose thinking I might see something that would cause me to see him in a positive light and quit the criticism. Other than repeating the obvious about how Apple only wants to sell the best of whatever it makes, I came away wondering why I would doubt my long held belief that he brings very little leadership to the company that is being run by Jony Ive. If Tim is needed for anything, I just don’t know what it is. I can’t help but wonder about the appeal of a watch that requires a phone to do very much. If they don’t sell boatloads of the clunky wrist decoration, maybe Tim’s done.

    Anyone but me think that now ALL of the company’s actual computers are trucks now left behind in the ditch? What a shame.

    1. just to go along with your troll logic “he brings very little leadership to the company that is being run by Jony Ive”

      if Ive, also Federighi, Dan Riccio etc WANT to work for Cook and not somebody else, Apple wins anyhow… LOL.

      —–
      but of course in reality I know Cook is great leader, Does Ive want to deal with the accountants, the government, the shareholders, the courts, the EU, the Chinese regulators? Nope.

      Did Michelangelo want to run the Church, nope he just wanted all the marble he could carve…. 🙂
      —–

      “ALL of the company’s actual computers are trucks now left behind in the ditch? ”
      Tell me what ditch they left the 27 inch iMac and the Mac Pro, I want one ….

    2. Hey Jay, I’ve been wondering where you’ve been. Mind you I haven’t been around a lot either so that’s that.

      Of course I’ll take another stab at your diatribe. You are free to believe that Tim Cook had nothing to do with the new iPhones but that feeling won’t be shared by many. He’s the CEO of Apple, he of course had lots to do with the new phones. That’s not a good start Jay.

      Obviously nothing Tim Cook is going to do will put him in a positive light and quit the criticism. Your filtered glasses are welded to use an analogy.

      Your aspect or view of leadership might be kind of narrow. There are many different types of leaders, and all have plus and minus points to them. Again Tim Cook is not Steve Jobs, but then again. Steve Jobs is not Tim Cook. Your bias follows you Jay. You say that he brings little leadership and I’d add that you should consider a wider aspect of leadership because he is leading with a great team behind him. The interview with Charlie Rose was with Tim Cook, not Jony Ive. If Jony Ive is running Apple from the shadows (the background leader) then drop your beef about Tim Cook and go for the jugular, Jony Ive. You are not making sense otherwise, well some non sense perhaps.

      You don’t know that Tim Cook is needed for at Apple, well you should do your own investigative work on the functions of a CEO. One thing that they do is make the public appearance. Again the interview was with Tim Cook, you watched it, that is one thing that Tim is needed for at Apple. Basically so far you are just crying your diatribe river. What are you expecting Jay? To repeat something enough times so that it becomes truth or just to reinforce your predetermined belief.

      Now near the end, you really reveal your lack of depth Jay sorry to say. The phone is Tim Cook’s product. Not an “i” product and all you can say about it is that it’s a “clunky wrist decoration”. Forget it Jay, not even I can take you seriously.

      You just want Tim gone, for no reason that you have given that makes any sense. You are stuck there with that idea. Forget the high stock value now, forget any insight in the new products.

      You have a hate on for Tim Cook, and you won’t let go of it. It’s a stone that will drag you down.

      Oh and the Mac computers? Sorry you blow it again, the new Mac Pro ROCKS. Get one, then complain. If you already have one, and make that sort of comment about it, then the shame is on you.

      I’ll leave you to our mutual head shaking at each other.

      1. “Hey Jay, I’ve been wondering where you’ve been.”

        He’s been under the same rock where he always resides, when he isn’t up Samsung’s colon. There’s no need to attempt to be logical or civil with this dirtbag troll.

    3. He’s back. I guess he took Samsung’s member out of his mouth. You might want to gargle after that.

      I was wondering exactly the name of the company you so expertly run so that we may compare your vast talents against those of the CEO of most valuable company in the world. Your expertise is certainly wasted at MDN’s forums. You are the most wonderfully erudite master of corporate governance. How shall we address you?

      Blowhard?

    4. Jay Morrison doesn’t realise the difference between an orchestral conductor and a one man band.

      Put great conductor in front of a load of talented musicians and you get something greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how Tim conducts Apple, bringing out the best of everybody and sometimes giving individuals opportunities for a solo, but always playing from the same sheet and in the way that Tim wants.

      1. That’s a great metaphor – the “difference between an orchestral conductor and a one man band.”

        A really great leader simply enables his people do what they do best, and is transparent if appearing at all to the untrained eye. If a leader seems to be doing all the grunt work himself, that’s is a sign he doesn’t trust his people or lacks management skills.

        1. That is exactly what Apple products do as well – they get out of the way and allow you to do you job and shine.. It is in their DNA.
          Who do you think was actually running Apple even while Jobs was there? Tim Cook was and you are fooling yourself if you think not.
          Only Tim Cook could get the supply chain up and running to deliver multiples on millions of phones for launch.

    5. I’m not sure how anyone out of those who rated your comment higher than 1 star could have brought themselves to do so, but apparently you are not completely alone in your opinion. Have you ever seen a movie, or a play, where the performances of a group of actors leads you to believe that the cast, stage crew, costumers, etc. were the only people involved in the production? That there could not have been a director because, other than the final result, there was no other evidence of his or her involvement? What is it that makes it impossible for you to give credit where credit is due? We’re you abused as a child? Did your father have his way with you? If you are serious in what you write, and not simply out to bait the rest of us, I suggest you seek counseling. You might be better for it in the end.

    6. Jay is probably one of these listed on Linked In:

      Dir, Sales at Cisco
      Partner at Newbury Ventures
      Director, Corporate Finance at Guggenheim Partners
      Personal Protection, Investigations & Training…
      Analyst at JPMorgan Asset Management
      John (Jay) Morrison – National Accounts (Food & Beverages)
      Senior Recruiter at HD Supply
      AVP at Merrill Lynch
      Information Technology Specialist IV (Systems) at NYS Office of Information Technology Services
      Independent Computer Software Professional

      I vote on the last one.

    7. JayM,
      You show where your love is – in design and for the designer! One third of SJ! SJ brought function and aesthetics together – with organization.

      If you look at this link:

      Lost footage of Steve Jobs responding to Michael Dell’s SIDAGTMBTTS advice


      and look (and listen) at the first video concerning MD, you will hear SJ very very clearly state that one objective is “Operations and logistics – second to no one” at about the 1:40 mark.

      Seems like your opinion and hate runs counter to SJ’s! GEt over it! Deal with it! Hate is not good for you!

    8. The same b.s. was leveled against Steve Jobs. It’s stupid. The CEO is the leader, in charge of company strategies and managing those under him. He is not an engineer or technician — nor is any other CEO. If the company does well, it’s due to his leadership. If it tanks, it’s also due to his leadership. Delegating design to Jony Ive is great leadership. So, the iPhone’s are Tim Cook’s as much as anyone’s.

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