Now there is also a big iPhone, a small iPhone and a right-right iPhone: the iPhone 6. The biggest feature of the iPhone is that it’s bigger, and yes, it’s a big deal. Although most applications have not yet been encrypted to take advantage of the iPhone 6’s extra real estate, the new phone places Apple’s favorite operating system and its beautiful third-party applications in a box that no longer seems appropriate. tight. That is enough to win the iPhone 6 Editor’s Choice Award for Verizon Wireless.
This is mainly a discussion of the Verizon iPhone 6, but the phone is available to all major providers at a stunning price range. For example, Verizon calculates $ 199 under contract for the 16 GB base model, Sprint includes a 16 GB unit under an unlimited $ 70 two-year plan, and T-Mobile charges nothing but $ 27.08 per month. Unlocked you pay $ 649 for 16 GB, $ 749 for a 64 GB unit and $ 849 for 128 GB.
The measurement of an iPhone
Determining the best size for a phone is a very delicate balance. In 2011 I found that the 4.65-inch Samsung Galaxy Nexus was too big for some hands, but what I did not understand is that the screen size is not a problem. This is the total width of the phone, which should be close enough so that people with small squatting fingers can catch it easily, while people with hammered big fingers do not touch the words. Smaller frames meant that we now have smaller phones with larger screens, so everyone wins.
But there is always a limit. When LG introduced the G2, he said that extensive investigations had led him to believe that anything wider than 2.8 inches could not be properly used in one hand, in different sizes of the hand. (Then he introduced the LG G3, which is wider than 2.8 inches.) When I asked why, the leaders of LG raised their arms and said “people want that”, as if they had no choice in this area.)
All this to say that Apple has understood where the limit is for a device with one hand, and it just tilts. The iPhone 6 is 2.64 inches wide. In my experience and that of many other technical critics, the Moto X 2013, at 2.57 inches, is the perfect phone with one hand (seriously, this thing has a cult). The Samsung Galaxy S5, at 2.85 centimeters, is completely on the line. The iPhone 6 Plus on 3.06 inch went well.
All this to say that the iPhone 6 is currently the iPhone of good size. It can be used in one hand, fits in a pocket and gives you the maximum reading of the keyboard and the video while you feel comfortable. Yes, of course, it could have been narrower with 0.07 inch, as Motorola has shown, but it’s in the comfort margin.
Physical design and battery life
The iPhone 6 feels considerably different than previous iPhones. It is not only the size – at 5.44 by 2.64 by 0.27 inches (HWD) it is bigger and wider, but thinner than the iPhone 5s Best Price at Amazon. It is slim and supple, rather than hard-edged; it feels a bit more organic and less like an industrial product. We have one in gold, with a white forehead and white plastic lines in the back, a bit like a painting by Mondrian.
Apple has retained its quality feeling. Compared to any Samsung phone currently available in the US, or even my beloved Moto X, the iPhone 6 feels more stylish and made of more expensive, if not stronger, material. (Durability, unfortunately, is not at all supported.) Buy a holster.) Because it is so thin and rounded, the iPhone 6 slides easily into and out of a bag.
The iExperienced will notice that Apple has moved the top power button, where it has been for years and on the right side, where it sits on many competing phones. The side window seems to have been slightly reduced from the iPhone 5s, but it is not one of those almost no bezel phones like the LG G3. The headphone jack, the lightning port and the loudspeaker are placed on the bottom as before.
Apple says the advantage of the A8 processor is more in the lifetime of the battery than in the speed, and I found that the iPhone 6 had a significantly better life than the iPhone 5, but not as good as the iPhone Samsung Galaxy S5 . In our heaviest battery test, which broadcasts a YouTube video on LTE, I got 4 hours and 33 minutes on the 1810mAh battery of the iPhone 6, as opposed to only two and a half hours with the iPhone 5s and 7 hours spectacular with the Galaxy S5. That does not mean that the iPhone 6 lasts twice as long as last year’s model, but that means it will have a lot more endurance if you’re on the screen a lot.
Who is Zoomin ‘Who?
The iPhone 6 has a screen of 1.334 by 750 pixels on the same 326ppi as the previous iPhone 5s. Since we are going from 727,040 pixels to 1,000,500, we should get about 37% more real estate, right? But this is not the case yet.
To maintain compatibility with previous applications, 6 standard only zooms in on these applications on the screen. Text, images; everything gets bigger, for the price of a little, almost imperceptible sharpness. A quarter of an inch, for example, becomes 5/16 inch.
You can see the potential to do better in some of the integrated applications. For example, the calendar view shows nine hours instead of seven, but others stick to the “make bigger” calendar. The built-in keyboard does not add keys; it simply makes them bigger and easier to reach. For example, the photo gallery still shows five lines in four columns, but the thumbnails are larger. A news site on the iPhone 6 only shows three lines of text smaller than the iPhone 5s, but the text is slightly larger and more readable.
By the way, if you like text and larger items, you can lock the whole system in the zoom mode and even increase the font size in general.
I would be more concerned about this if Apple did not have a perfect track record to adjust the developers to new screen resolutions. With the transitions of iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 there were a few months in which many applications were not suitable for new screens and then-pow. It is no longer a problem.
And for about two years I have the impression that the interface of the iPhone, especially the touch keyboard, is rather tight. Do you remember how I wrote Why I hate touchscreens in 2009? A big part of the problem was typing on small keyboards, as it turns out. A keyboard on a 4-inch screen is just a bit too tight. 4.7 inches? Exactly right.
Otherwise, the screen is actually the same as on the iPhone 5s. It is still the IPS LCD, which is cooler and less saturated, but more true than the intense colors you see in the default setting of the Samsung Galaxy S5. The screen is also less flexible than the S5; you can adjust the color range of the S5, which you can not do here. Again, we have the difference between the philosophies of Apple and Android. Apple offers you a screen with the standard colors that are most faithful, while at Samsung you can choose from a range of settings on multiple levels that you may never find.
Apple says the viewing angle of the screen is better, but in my experience it is mainly because the device is thinner and tapered. In extreme angles you do not get into view of the body of the phone. I noticed that the icons seemed to jump out of the screen, even at extreme viewing angles compared to the iPhone 5s.
Call quality, network and wifi
IP telephones were always good voice telephones instead of the best, and this is the case here. The good news is that the iPhone 6 has a very warm and round voice in its earpiece and volume. The Verizon iPhone also supports the HD calls on LTE; T-Mobile supports HD Voice, LTE and WiFi calls. The loudspeaker is just sufficient. The quality of the transmission via the microphone was a little shaky and spinning, but it was perhaps the Verizon network; however, it seemed as if the phone was struggling with noise reduction in our very noisy zone test.
Our iPhone 6 was a Verizon unit, but there are only two hardware models sold in the US: one is shared by AT & T, T-Mobile and Verizon, and the other is for Sprint and US Cellular. If you want to change carriers, buy a Verizon model because it is unlocked for other providers. Sprint phones are actually the most flexible, but they do not sell their unlocked units and that does not activate the iPhones of other operators. AT & T / T-Mobile / Verizon units have 16 LTE bands, while Sprint units have 20 LTEs; the difference is the Sprint Spark bands, which are only on Sprint units.
Looking ahead, there is mixed news. IPhones support carrier aggregation, which will mainly use Sprint and AT & T to accelerate their networks the following year. But they do not support Band 12, which T-Mobile will use to increase its reach on the network. So far only Samsung Galaxy Avant Band 12 supports.
The Wi-Fi speeds have really improved here. Measured using our Meraki MR16 802.11n router, I achieved significantly higher Wi-Fi speeds on the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S5 than on the iPhone 5s. While the 6 supports the new 802.11ac standard, the newer chipset improves performance even on slower networks. LTE speeds were already excellent on the Verizon network with the iPhone 5s, thanks to Verizon’s “XLTE” spectrum support; Nothing has changed here, Verizon-wise.
Performance and applications
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus works on a 1.4 GHz and 64 bit Apple A8 processor, compared to the 1.3 GHz A7 of the iPhone. This resulted in the best Geekbench and Sunspider benchmark scores we have seen so far. Geekbench scored about 16 percent better than the iPhone 5s. The raw CPU performance was comparable to the 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 from Samsung Galaxy S5 with all cores in action, but Apple’s processor offered much more power with only one active core.
What does this mean in practice (or in English?) As usual, applications that really benefit from the A8 are not yet written and the actual performance of the browser is the same as on the 5s. But if you do something really CPU-crunchy like video export, you see a clear difference. While exporting a movie in iMovie, I discovered that the iPhone 6 was 27% faster than the 5s.
The iPhone 6 naturally works on iOS 8. Unlike many other critics, I do not think iOS is inherently “better” or “worse” than Android, and iOS 8 does not essentially change the balance between two operating systems. The new version adds features similar to Android, such as third party keyboards and a better distribution between applications, but that does not change the overall philosophy.
iOS still offers fewer, better organized interface options. Android has many more possibilities for customization, but at the expense of complexity and sometimes instability. iOS is even better integrated with Macs than with Android, especially with the new Handoff / Continuity function (Windows users do not understand). The Android Gmail app kills everything the iPhone has for this service.
If you consider your smartphone as a computer on which you install, tune and discover things, you probably want Android. If you consider your smartphone as a gadget that facilitates things that are clear and obvious to you, you are more of an iOS user.
A potential game changer, Apple Pay, is not yet available. With Apple Pay you can pay by tapping on your phone on a credit card reader. This is something that Android devices have been able to do in theory for years, but Google has never had banks and retailers on the market. same page. Apple may just have the market power to do it, but only time will tell. Look for an Apple Pay Review in October.
Photos and multimedia
The iPhone 6 is available in 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB, and the 64 GB model is of course the right place. Games and movies are now regularly more than 1 GB, so 16 GB just does not cut it. Apple lent us the 128 GB model, which looks like 114 GB.
Now let’s talk about Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The iPhone 6 Plus has it and the 6 does not. But I just did not think it was a big problem – and in fact I found pictures taken with the 6 in low light better than the 6 Plus.
Let’s first say that iPhones – all iPhones – crush almost every other phone in low light. I took a series of side by side photos with the new iPhones and a Samsung Galaxy S5, and you could cry. In broad daylight the extra pixels of the S5 come into view and you can see the extra details in its 16-megapixel camera. But in something other than in full sun, the S5 was out of focus while the iPhones remained sharp.
The focus pixels on the iPhone 6 have significantly improved the development time, which I would evaluate in two. You can still take a picture before the focus is locked, but it is really difficult. It is awesome.
In low light environments, the 6 Plus OIS sharpened the picture with whiter whites. But when I took the 6 and 6 Plus in the streets of the city at night, I was shocked. A night city has a very contrasting lighting and in this case the extra brightness of the 6 Plus meant that the lights in the windows and companies started to rinse the rest of the picture. The photographs of the street scene of 6 were better in balance.
OIS also has no effect on the video – both phones do well, 1080p video up to 60 frames per second and 720p video up to 240 frames per second – so I just see no reason to automatically change the 6 More during the 6.
As for reading other media, these are iPhones. They play all your media.
Bigger is not always better. The right size is better. I still believe that phones (instead of “phablets”) should be usable as devices with one hand. Unlike the iPhone 6 Plus, you can take a picture with the 6 by waving to someone without fear of dropping the phone. You can send an SMS while you have a bag with you, without having to worry about dropping the phone. You can keep it comfortable in your head, as if someone else does it more. (Do not worry, readers, I know.) And the form factor of the iPhone 5 is pre-eminently the bag, but there was no reason to be so small now. You can enjoy a larger keyboard without giving up the flexibility.
After having manipulated the physical elegance of the iPhone 6 for a while, my heart rises for Samsung: the Galaxy S5, while the screen shines harder and the software is full of small hidden candy, it just feels cheap in comparison. The HTC One M8 is damaged by a bad camera. The Nokia Lumia IconBest price on Amazon, with a large housing and a camera, requires a jump in a much less popular operating system and the willingness to suffer from a number of important applications is seriously disadvantaged.
None of this will convert the hardcore Android user because iOS is still iOS. I do not think I can specify my widgets on the home screen and drag and drop video files. But if you are an informal smartphone user who does not care what operating system your phone is running but want a decent experience? Download an iPhone 6 of 64 GB.