Available in a color choice of Gold, Silver and Space Gray, the iPhone 6 has been stretched to stand 5.44 inches tall, yet is only 6.9 mm thin. Screen size measures a large 4.7 inches. Apple has reduced the weight to 4.55 ounces. The corners are rounded, creating a departure from the somewhat chunky look of previous iPhone models. The home button has remained where it was, but the power button has been moved from the top to the side of the phone, to be in easier reach.
Overall, the design should be smooth, sleek, and seamless – and yet, it isn’t quite. Apple has made the odd choice of interrupting the flow of the rear case to add a plastic antenna line that runs horizontally at the top and bottom of the case. The end look isn’t awful, since the color is matched to the front screen bezel, but it does intrude upon the sleekness usually associated with Apple’s design. In addition, the rear-facing camera protrudes from the body enough to cause the phone to rock when placed face up.
Most people keep their iPhone in a case, however, so the effect these two slight “issues” will have on the phone’s actual day-to-day appearance is likely to be minimal.
With an A8 chip that has 64-bit architecture and the M8 motion coprocessor, the iPhone 6 has plenty of power to run any app. Opening apps produces a crisp image and a snappy performance that can’t be beaten by other phones on the market today. In addition, Apple has improved the speed with which the iPhone 6 can reach the web, with up to 150Mbps download speeds over LTE. Web experience is also improved by the new support for 802.11ac, which provides higher-speed connection than the old 802.11n system.
The iPhone 6 provides a clear sound experience for its owner, although people on the other end of the line have complained of hearing more background noise, such as wind, than they have become accustomed to.
Pictures and Video
Apple has put some serious thought into how to improve the 6’s camera, and have succeeded on most fronts. They have included an 8 megapixel camera, improved autofocus, automatic image stabilization, and True Tone Flash, which — along with a few other tweaks — combine to make this the best camera currently available on a smartphone. In addition, the iPhone 6 is equipped to shoot 1080p HD video at both 30 and 60 fps, as well as to take excellent slow-motion and time-lapse video.
Cinematic video stabilization does an effective job of minimizing handshake during filming and the fast processor permits accurate auto-focusing while shooting. The forward facing camera also received an upgrade to provide 1.2 megapixel photos (1280 x 960) and 720p HD video recording with automatic HDR and improved face detection.
No discussion of the iPhone 6 is complete without mention of Apple Pay. To use Apple Pay, users input their credit and debit card information into Passbook, either manually or using the phone’s camera. At the store checkout, the user just holds the iPhone 6 close to the reader with their finger on the same fingerprint scanner usually used to login to the phone. The phone recognizes the fingerprint and sends payment information wirelessly to the checkout terminal.
Once payment is sent, the phone vibrates to let the user know. That’s all there is to it. There’s no app to open, and the phone doesn’t even have to be taken out of sleep mode. The same system can also be used to pay for items within apps.
The iPhone 6 represents a solid step up, both in size and in performance. It can justly be called the best iPhone to date. It is not, however, a game-changer. For those who are looking for an upgrade, need a better camera, or want a larger screen size, the iPhone 6 is a great option. However, there is nothing here that makes the iPhone 6 a must-buy product for those who are currently happy.