iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Review Roundup
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:12 AM EST
Posted by: Staff
Here's a roundup of reviews for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It includes reviews from Engadget, The Verge, Re/code, Macworld, TechCrunch, Pocket-lint, Mashable, TechRadar, The Guardian, and more. We're talking over twenty-five reviews to be exact. And the reviews are really positive, making note of the phone's larger screens, improved cameras, and impressive battery life. So, check them all out if you are interested.
Engadget – (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) "This year's iPhones aren't groundbreaking, nor are they perfect. But they demonstrate something far more important to Apple's success in the long run: freshness. Apple ditched the tried-and-true square design (which I've always been fond of) for a more rounded, modern look; it added features that should've been there ages ago (NFC, anyone?); and it made the phones large enough to start competing in a hotly contested space. No doubt about it, the iPhone needed to grow in size and function, and it did just that. Fortunately, it made the leap before it was too late," writes Brad Molen.
The Verge – (iPhone 6) "Everything is better and nothing is different. That's the story of the iPhone 6. Apple took this opportunity to upgrade nearly everything about the device, from Wi-Fi to LTE to build quality to the already-remarkable camera. And since it has a big-enough screen but still works well in one hand and fits snugly in my pocket, this is a device that almost every phone buyer on the planet will at least consider. The iPhone 6 is utterly without obvious problems or drawbacks – it's going to be a huge hit. I'm going to buy one," writes David Peirce.
The Verge – (iPhone 6 Plus) "I'm going to buy an iPhone 6 Plus. I'm taken with it; it feels like an entirely new kind of device for Apple, and it has such a killer camera I can’t say no. It's every bit as good a phone as the iPhone 6; I'm docking it a little because Apple has a few software glitches to clear up. But I’m confident that will happen," writes Nilay Patel.
Re/code - (iPhone 6) "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," writes Walt Mossberg.
Re/code - (iPhone 6 Plus) "Oh, and if, like me, you rarely get a full day out of your current iPhone's battery, this might excite you: In my tests, which involved setting the display brightness to 50 percent and cycling through my regular routine of apps and phone calls, the iPhone 6 Plus would last from early one morning until evening the following day," writes Lauren Goode.
Macworld - (iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus) "Make no mistake: The most important new thing about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is their size. While their processors run faster and their cameras focus more exactingly, the real story is that these are larger phones with larger screens. That's better for displaying photos and videos, of course, and often for just allowing more information to fit on the screen. But there's also a cost: The smaller your hands are, the harder these phones are to handle," writes Jason Snell.
Bloomberg - (iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus) "With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple has proven that not only can it make a bigger phone, but it can make a bigger phone better than anyone else in the marketplace. Between the slick software, killer hardware, and deep integration into Apple's amazing ecosystem, the iPhone is back in the spotlight," writes Joshua Topolsky.
TechCrunch - (iPhone 6) "New also to this generation is the all-metal back casing, which replaces the glass top and bottom panels with thin connecting seams instead. This makes for a more unified look when you turn the phone around, and something that gets closer to the unbroken single plane of the iPad mini and iPad Air's rear shell. The Space Gray version I tested benefits very much from this unbroken look, and the front of the device is no less impressive," writes Darrell Etherington.
TechCrunch - (iPhone 6 Plus) "The iPhone 6 is still the best smartphone for your money in my opinion, owing mostly to the fact that the majority of people are going to feel most comfortable using a smaller device as their daily companion of choice. But the iPhone 6 Plus surprised me: I went into this review expecting to find it was a niche gadget, reserved for those seeking the absolute top-of-the-line, convenience be damned. Instead, I found myself getting strangely comfortable with a phone I still find difficult to use one-handed. In short, the 6 is my favorite current smartphone, but the 6 Plus is its closest competition," writes Darrell Etherington.
Pocket-lint - (iPhone 6) "In the iPhone 6, Apple has managed to make a phone that doesn't necessarily bring anything new to the smartphone arena - Apple Pay aside - but at the same time makes everything work so effortlessly. All the features you will find on the iPhone 6 can be found elsewhere in the Android or Windows Phone world, but not always in such a fluid and easy-to-use way," writes Stuart Miles.
Pocket-lint - (iPhone 6 Plus) "The iPhone 6 is certainly one for the power users and certainly one for those looking for a big screen experience. But with a bigger battery and a bigger display comes a device that for many will be just too big overall," writes Stuart Miles.
The Loop - (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) "There is no doubt in my mind that iPhone 6 Plus will be hugely successful, because clearly there are people out there that want a larger screen device. There are markets in the world where people like to use only one device and having a phone this large is a benefit. For me, I think the iPhone 6 will be the perfect upgrade for people in the U.S. that haven't embraced larger screen devices yet. It's the perfect size for almost any hand," writes Jim Dalrymple.
Yahoo - (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) "And yes, that's the big news: They have bigger screens than any iPhone before them. Steve Jobs used to mock Samsung's increasingly jumbo smartphones, calling them Hummers. But apparently big is what the public wants. So big is what we get," writes David Pogue.
T3 - (iPhone 6) "The king is dead, long live the king: the new iPhone 6 is everything we've come to expect from the annual Apple smartphone upgrade – new look, retuned OS, refined camera. The difference is that this year, that new look is the most stylish in years and that OS’s functionality has been buffed within an inch of its life. The genuinely longer battery life that comes as a bonus with the bigger chassis is nicely unexpected," writes Matt Hill.
T3 - (iPhone 6 Plus) "The iPhone 6 Plus is a big departure for Apple – a BIG departure – and one initially we weren’t onboard with, but its software stabilisers have helped us to stop worrying and learn to love the phablet. The full-HD screen (finally) is stunning, with so much display to get lost in, while the build tries its hardest to be as size-flattering as possible. The tweaks in iOS 8 are focused and shave noticeable seconds off tasks, while landscape mode is incredibly natural for typing and organising, and a design choice we wish had made it to the standard iPhone 6 just for its functionality," writes Matt Hill.
TechRadar - (iPhone 6) "The design of the iPhone 6 is brilliant. It feels like a potted down version of the iPad Air, which itself was one of the best-designed bits of tech I've ever held. I'm not a fan of the plastic strips on the top and bottom of the phone - I'd have preferred these to be blocks of colour - but that aside, it feels great in the palm," writes Gareth Beavis.
TechRadar - (iPhone 6 Plus) "The iPhone 6 Plus is the best looking phablet around. Its specs don't match the Android power houses and it can be tricky to hold, but there's no denying Apple's beautiful (yet expensive) 5.5 incher is a winner," writes Gareth Beavis.
Mashable - (iPhone 6) "There are other smartphones that do some of the things an iPhone 6 can do. Others, like the Samsung Galaxy S5 do more. It and the Amazon Fire Phone actually watch you and react to your gaze. Even so, none put it all together in quite the same way. I do miss the edges of the old iPhone design, but Apple's iPhone 6 is, for my $200, the most elegant and effective smartphone on the market," writes Lance Ulanoff.
Mashable - (iPhone 6 Plus) "The iPhone 6 Plus's larger screen, though, is not something to simply manage. It actually gives you more. The Retina HD screen is 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, full HD. At 401 pixels per inch, it offers considerably more information on screen than the iPhone 5S and even the iPhone 6 (both are at 326 ppi). Not only does this make everything on screen look spectacular, but it lets Apple add a collection of useful big-screen functions to the iPhone 6 Plus," writes Lance Ulanoff.
The Guardian - (iPhone 6) "A beautifully made phone that finally reaches the screen size that many have hankered for from an iPhone, without sacrificing quality. The iOS 8 software adds a lot of key functionality - and NFC allied to TouchID has huge potential for offline and online payments," writes Charles Arthur.
The Guardian - (iPhone 6 Plus) "Choosing between the iPhone 6 Plus and the smaller iPhone 6 could be surprisingly difficult if your hand, and your wallet, is large enough. It is large, yet the extra screen space is a boon. But that also makes it unwieldy, and could increase the risk of dropping it. Compared to other phablets, it's lighter and thinner – but not cheaper," writes Charles Arthur.
The Independent - (iPhone 6) "In the world of smartphones, this is the biggest leap forward yet. It offers a staggeringly better version of an already winning phone. Honestly? I'd give it six stars if I could," writes David Phelan.
The Independent - (iPhone 6 Plus) "The iPhone 6 Plus has a great camera, as does the 6, though stills and video playback look even better on this high-res real estate. And the eight-megapixel snapper has an extra feature here – optical image stabilisation which is more sophisticated and effective than the digital version on the iPhone 6," writes David Phelan.
The Wall Street Journal - (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) "After using both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for a week, I can report that Apple has successfully addressed its size deficiency, and much more. The $199 (with contract) iPhone 6 packs a 4.7-inch screen, big enough to get down to business, into the most comfortable smartphone I've ever held. And while the iPhone 6 Plus feels too big for my taste, for $100 more its 5.5-inch screen offers an option for road warriors who don't want to carry a tablet," writes Geoffrey Fowler.
The New York Times - (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) "The slim new iPhones aren't a big-screen slam-dunk, but they work well, as we have come to expect from Apple. Ultimately, it's what’s on the inside that keeps them just in front of their competitors," writes Molly Wood.
Fast Company - (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) "From the start, Apple has never attempted to make its phones do everything; it's just tried to make them do the things they do as well as possible. It's not an approach designed to please impatient types. But by keeping people waiting for much-requested features, the company bought the time to do them right in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. iPhone fans, your life is about to get better--and the smartphone wars are going to get more interesting for everybody involved," writes Harry McCracken.
USA Today - (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) "Notwithstanding such growing pains, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are smartphone stars. Really big stars," writes Edward Baig.
CNET - (iPhone 6) "The iPhone 6, if you think of it as the overdue screen upgrade and feature boost that last year's iPhone 5S didn't get, makes it an excellent upgrade for any iPhone 5 owner. And it's finally the sort of phone that an Android owner might once again leap over to buy. But, on the whole, the 6 is a product that feels like a collection of overdue Android features, given an excellent polish by Apple hardware and software design. It's a really, really good phone. It's not revolutionary. But stay tuned, because Apple Pay, which could be Apple's most important advancement in years, hasn't launched yet...and these phones are your first ticket into it," writes Scott Stein.
CNET - (iPhone 6 Plus) "The iPhone 6 Plus may not be the most visually distinctive phablet device on the market, nor the most feature-packed, but it is a big step forward in the world of Apple mobile devices. This is the most potent iPhone yet, and a serious contender in this, the most serious segment of the smartphone market," writes Tim Stevens.
SlashGear - (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) "The iPhone 6 Plus won't be short of fans, and indeed I love its multimedia abilities and how productive I can be with it, but unless you're an avid gamer, a determined mobile video pro, or insist on as much time away from the AC adapter as possible, the iPhone 6 feels like a more encompassing option," writes Vincent Nguyen.
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