“Big-screened iPhones are what the people want, and Apple has acquiesced. After months of part leaks and rumors, you can finally buy the newer, bigger, faster iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and it looks like plenty of people are doing so,” Andrew Cunningham writes for Ars Technica.
“Any review of the new phones needs to spend an extensive amount of time with these screens, since they’re the headlining feature and the one that the most people will notice,” Cunningham writes. “We’re going to spend a lot of time with them, too, but there’s a lot more going on here than just big displays — Apple has upgraded the phones’ cameras, expanded their batteries, and replaced last year’s 64-bit A7 chip with the brand-new A8. iOS 8, a large release even if you’re not upgrading your phone this year, has picked up some features (and some challenges) unique to these new phones.”
“For many people, the larger iPhone 6 is well within ‘you’ll get used to it’ territory. It’s certainly larger, but after a couple of days your hands will have adjusted, and going back to an iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 screen is going to make that screen seem tiny,” Cunningham writes. “Now, let’s talk about the iPhone 6 Plus. It’s got a fundamentally different feel than the iPhone 5S, one that most current iPhone users won’t just get used to. That’s not to say it’s a bad phone, but you should actively want an iPhone this big to really appreciate an iPhone this big… What’s frustrating is that the 6 Plus gets some major, useful improvements—OIS in the camera, landscape mode for most apps, a sizable increase in battery life—that the standard iPhone 6 isn’t privy to. If you want to get the ‘best’ iPhone available, you have to make room in your life (and in your pockets) for a gigantic phone.”
Much, much more in the full review here.
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Walt Mossberg reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6: ‘The best smartphone on the market’ – September 16, 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