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iPhone 6 Review

iPhone 6 Review

Apple seems to have finally caught up with rival smartphones in terms of significantly increasing the screen size of their latest phones. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not only provide that but a new design, camera and updated specs. I made the switch from my Samsung Galaxy S4 to the 6 and I’ve been impressed with how it’s been.

Design

The 6 features a combination of glass and aluminium in a more rounded form factor than the 5s. The 4.7-inch screen curves into the metal, which I found very nice. There’s a feature in iOS where if you’re in Safari for example and you want to go back, you swipe from outside of the screen to the inside. With the 6, this worked very, very well because of the display.

In terms of the buttons and ports, the power isn’t on the top anymore, it’s on the right hand side. As a former GS4 user, this was a seamless transition but maybe for a traditional iPhone user, it’ll take some getting used to. Everything else is about what you would expect with the headphone jack, lightning port, volume and mute buttons all in the same place as the 5s.

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On the back, you’ve got the camera, which protrudes out. There were so many leaks of the iPhone 6 before it was announced and this was the one thing I didn’t want to see. I’m used to seeing iPhones with flush cameras and now I always think if you were to drop the 6 on its back, surely the camera would be the first thing to get damaged. If there are two things you don’t want damaged on your phone, it’s the screen and the camera. So I was a bit disappointed to see the camera sticking out like it does.

In terms of how the phone feels, I was impressed. It’s something we’ve come to expect from Apple, the quality feel in the hand and it’s the same here. The 6 feels solid and after using it as my daily phone for 10 days, my GS4 now feels very plasticky. (I’m going to make a couple of comparisons to the GS4 because it was my last phone but not too many because I understand it’s out-dated now.) Also in my opinion, the size is perfect- displays anywhere between 4.5 and 5.2-inches are ideal. The reason I didn’t choose the 6 Plus is simply because it’s too big. It’s a big jump in terms of screen size especially when you consider the 4s was only 3.5-inches. Any display size close to 5-inches is right for me and 5.5 for the 6 Plus is too much in the ‘Phablet’ category.

The thinness of the 6 also deserves a mention. It comes in at just 6.9mm. I think it’s really impressive when you compare it to the competitors. The GS5 is 7.1mm, the HTC One (M8) is 9.4mm and the LG Nexus 5 is 8.6mm. So the fact that Apple has made this phone so thin and kept the premium design and feel is something, which should be admired.

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Display

The iPhone 6 has a screen resolution of 1334 x 750 (326 PPI), which marks an improvement on the 5s. Apple calls the display “Retina HD” and it promises high contrast and better viewing angles. I was happy with the colour reproduction because it was realistic. Samsung’s devices, which have AMOLED displays, have really strong colours due to the high contrast so it’s going to be cooler if you compare the 6 to an S5 for example.

It is a HD display, as Apple claims, but it’s only 720p and you have to wonder whether a full HD resolution could’ve been used here. The S5 has a 5.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The One (M8) and the Nexus 5 both have a 5-inch screen again at 1080p. So the direct competitors to the 6 are providing full HD resolution displays. I would’ve liked to have seen that here but I guess Apple wants you to get the 6 Plus, which has that resolution.