Apple iPhone 6 is very hot right now, and do you also love it? What’s your opinion about iPhone6? Let’s read professional review from CNET Editors and make your choice!
The iPhone 6 delivers a spacious, crisp 4.7-inch screen, improved wireless speeds, better camera autofocus, and bumped-up storage capacities to 128GB at the top end. iOS remains a top-notch mobile operating system with an excellent app selection, and Apple Pay is a smooth, secure payment system.
Battery life isn’t much better than last year’s iPhone 5S. An even larger screen could have been squeezed into the same housing.
The Bottom Line
The iPhone 6 is an exceptional phone in nearly every way except its average battery life: it’s thin and fast with a spacious screen and the smoothest payment system we’ve seen. It’s the best overall phone of 2014.
For years, Android phones have shipped with displays in expansive, 5-inch-ish sizes, but Apple had insisted on the necessity of a small screen for one-handed operation. The iPhone 5S, while powerful, hit a wall in viewing room: its 4-inch screen was among the smallest on the market, and, frankly, I found it limiting.
Apple now has two larger iPhones: one big, the other even bigger. The iPhone 6 sports a 4.7-inch screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus goes full “phablet” with a 5.5-inch display. Compared to earlier iPhones, both of the new models boast thinner bodies, ship with faster A8 processors, slightly improved cameras, speedier Wi-Fi and LTE cellular data, better voice quality if you’re using voice-over-LTE, and — except in the entry-level models — more onboard storage. And like all current iPhones, these are running iOS 8.1; it’s a far less revolutionary update than iOS 7 was, but it adds some nice improvements and customization options, including notification widgets, replaceable keyboards, a new Health app and Apple Pay.
That last feature is especially notable. Both new iPhones incorporate Apple’s new payment system, effectively turning each of them into a mobile wallet linked to your credit card. This sort of contactless, NFC-powered technology has been around for years on rival phones. But having used it since its mid-October debut, I can say that it works seamlessly (most of the time), and the implementation of Apple’s TouchID fingerprint reader puts it head and shoulders above current Android alternatives like Google Wallet. Of course, its convenience will be determined by how many participating retailers ultimately come on board.
Both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are very evenly matched, but the larger model boasts an upgraded camera and longer battery life. In our real-world testing, the optical image stabilization of the 6 Plus’s camera didn’t seem to deliver appreciably better photos than the already excellent camera on the iPhone 6. On the other hand, our battery test found that the iPhone 6’s battery life was essentially identical to that of last year’s iPhone 5S, while the larger battery in the 6 Plus delivered at least two and a half hours more battery life just for video, and more depending on your use case.
In the end, of course, it’s a matter of personal preference. I know several people who have purchased and love the iPhone 6 Plus, and love the larger screen size and better battery life. As for me, I found that the iPhone 6 feels best in my hand. It’s thin, elegant, performs really well, and and is less expensive at each storage level than the 6 Plus. For most people, I think the smaller iPhone 6 is the way to go.
Editors’ note: This review has been updated from the version that was originally published on September 16, with additional impressions of the iPhone, iOS 8.1, Apple Pay and comparisons to Android 5.0 Lollipop. It also reflects a newly awarded CNET Editors’ Choice. (http://www.cnet.com/products/apple-iphone-6/)