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Apple iPhone 6 Review

Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 Review

Apple iPhone 6 Review
Apple iPhone 6 Review
Apple iPhone 6 Review
Apple iPhone 6 Review
Apple iPhone 6 Review
Apple iPhone 6 Review
Apple iPhone 6 Review
Apple iPhone 6 Review
Apple iPhone 6 Review

Two years ago, Apple’s venerable iPhone received one of the biggest design changes in its history. Previous to the unveiling of the iPhone 5, all other iPhones before it featured 3.5-inch screens – a large screen size for a phone back in 2007, but hardly the stuff that contended with the more spacious screen sizes of other modern, top-tiered smartphones. Still, for the many fans of the iPhone, they were ecstatic to see the increase.During Steve Jobs’ reign, he rebuffed the idea of putting an even larger sized screen in the iPhone. As the phablet segment gained popularity in recent years, however, many owners of the iPhone urged the company to produce one with a BIG screen, but it never came to fruition. Well folks, the company that redefined the modern smartphone is making right with its latest model, the iPhone 6 – one that bears a new design and larger, 4.7” screen to combat the onslaught of flagship phones from the Android side.

Naturally, there’s a lot of buzz riding on this phone. Outfitted with several new upgrades, the iPhone 6 also receives an updated experience in the form of iOS 8 as well. Arguably the biggest launch for Apple to date, can the iPhone 6 continue Apple’s dominance in the market?

The package contains:

  • Lightning cable
  • Wall charger
  • Apple sticker decals
  • Get Started Guide


Exhibiting all of the hallmark qualities of an iPhone, like its premium choice of materials, solid construction, and iconic looks, this year’s model is quite frankly a larger sized iPhone.

Sporting a totally new redesign, the iPhone 6 boasts all of the hallmark qualities of an iPhone to keep up with the line’s prestige legacy – while still laying claim to its iconic looks. Naturally, there’s the overall increase in its footprint, which is what’s most profound with its design. Indeed, it’s more spaced out, but it’s still relatively easier to grasp than most of today’s flagships. On top of that, Apple is able to shave off even more of its fame to an impressive thinness of 0.27-inches – besting its predecessor’s mark of 0.3-inches.

Premium has always been something associated with the iPhone, so that’s something intact here with the iPhone 6, since its unibody frame is constructed out of aluminum. And just like last year, the same color options are presents – space gray, silver, and gold. From afar, it’s undeniably an iPhone, but upon closer inspection, there are several new changes that give it a different look. For starters, it follows the design language first introduced to us by the iPad mini – where it’s more rounded on its sides. Due to this, we find it more comfortable to hold than the chamfered beveled edge of the iPhone 5s.Apple has been making a point about “continuity” with its design approach, where everything seems to follow a seamless pattern, but we’re a little shocked because of how the camera lens in rear interrupts the design’s continuity. Let’s be honest folks. The iPhone 6 is one meticulously crafted, beautiful looking smartphone that’s a cut above those plastic-bodied ones, but at the end of the day, even with the switch with its design language, it looks like an iPhone – a larger one than before to be exact.

Attributed to its larger size, the power button has moved away from its traditional location on the upper right corner of the phone, and is now placed along the right edge – a fitting change, since it’s easier to access. As for the volume controls and silence switch, which are still in their same old spots on the left edge, they might not jut out as much as before, but they’re still relatively easy to distinguish and operate. Notably different is the size of the volume buttons, which are elongated now, in order to accommodate the iPhone 6’s skinnier frame. Meanwhile, other familiar items, like the Lightning docking power, 3.5mm headset jack, speaker, earpiece, and microphones are found in their usual locations.

Underneath the display, we have the phone’s iconic home button, which has the Touch ID biometric touch sensor incorporated into it. Still rocking the same responsiveness and easy unlocking operation as before, it’s still somewhat mind-boggling to know that it’s the best implementation around.

Apple’s iPhones have always been known to take spectacular photos, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone to find that the iPhone 6 is packing some new gear. Even though its iSight camera doesn’t increase in count, a decent 8-megapixel sensor with a two-toned dual-LED flash, Apple introduces a new technology called “Focus Pixel”, which we’ll expand more on later in the camera section of the review. Likewise, they’ve opted to stick the iPhone 6 with the same 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.

Apple iPhone 6
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches
138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm
4.55 oz (129 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 5s
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
3.95 oz (112 g)

Apple iPhone 5s

Samsung Galaxy S5
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches
142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

HTC One (M8)
5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches
146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC One (M8)

Sony Xperia Z2
5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches
146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z3
5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches
146 x 72 x 7.3 mm
5.36 oz (152 g)

Sony Xperia Z3

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches
146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm
5.26 oz (149 g)


Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
5 x 2.56 x 0.34 inches
127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm
4.55 oz (129 g)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


The iPhone 6’s 4.7-inch 750 x 1334 Retina Display continues to deliver high-quality results, like its potent brightness and superb color accuracy, but we wish for something higher in resolution.

Playing into its main rivals, Apple has increased the size of the iPhone’s display to a more contemporary mark of 4.7-inches. Combined with its resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels, it delivers a very Retina display pixel density figure of 326 ppi. Sure, the this doesn’t turn heads as much as the quadHD resolution of the LG G3 for example, but at the end of the day, we’re still able to make out fine details with very few issues. Still, a part of us wished for the iPhone 6 to come to the party with a resolution of more than 430ppi to match its rivals.Apple continues again to ensure that the panel is a high-quality one. Based on IPS LCD technology, which is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 3, the display lives up to the hallmark qualities of past iPhone displays. First and foremost, it’s super easy to view outdoors with the sun presents, thanks in part to its potent brightness output of 606 nits – a modest step up over its predecessor’s 587 nits mark, but an excellent result nonetheless.

Once again, too, the Retina Display present here is one of the most accurate when it comes to reproducing colors. With a color temperature of ~7100 K, there’s a slight cooler tone to the screen. From the looks of it, the panel in here closely matches its predecessor when it comes to color accuracy. Yes, there are very few minor differences, but for the most part, the display here is pretty darn excellent at producing accurate colors. In addition, viewing angles are pretty fantastic too, as it maintains its clarity at even the widest angles.

Aside from a phone’s design, the other main thing to catch our attention from an initial glance is the phone’s display. On one hand, we’re ecstatic to see an increase in size to make the iPhone 6 competitive, but on the other, we’re a little disappointed by Apple’s decision to sit behind the pack with a lower resolution panel. Its saving grace, however, is the high-quality panel that it uses.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPhone 6 606
Apple iPhone 5s 587
Samsung Galaxy S5 442
HTC One (M8) 490
Sony Xperia Z2 458
Sony Xperia Z3 713
LG G3 455
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 436
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posted on 22 Sep 2014, 06:33 16

1. osbert (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


posted on 22 Sep 2014, 06:36 11

3. vuyonc (Posts: 1062; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

I'm also confused. Then again, no Phone Arena reviewer has the same standards.

Edit: It is safe to assume that John V. didn't consider the iP6's price. Or bang for buck ratio in the final rating.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:46 7

46. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1524; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

But I'm impressed by those high benchmarks score achieved against its rivals. Awesome even with 1GB ram. Pretty impressive optimization.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:22 3

75. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

Nothing related to optimization.
a) It has the bigger ARM CPU cores in market.
b) it also has one of the better GPUs (probably the best save for the TegraK1)
Only part where it trails is in RAM.
Ah! And both GFX Benchmarks are WRONG! It seems GFXBench has not yet updated their program and it's rendering at the resolution of the iphone 5S (1136 x 640), therefore the huge scores in GPU.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 13:13

121. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


And better.

It's a full year ahead of Qualcomm, Nvidia or anyone else in the ARM space in using ARMv8. Best single core performance by a mile at the same power draw as its rivals.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 12:09

114. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Wow plz don't fall for that BS, the benchmark scores are BS because the other phones are pushing 2x the number of pixels. For the gfx he did on screen tests which are borderline useless because of the resolution difference.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 12:42 1

116. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)

On-screen benchmark is REAL WORLD USE. It's all that matters in mobile.

Off-screen benchmarking is 100% useless in mobile because there is no variability in Monitors etc.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 13:35

122. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

But the on screen benchmarks are rigged in this case, it seems GFXBench has not yet updated their program and it's rendering at the resolution of the iphone 5S (1136 x 640), therefore the huge scores in GPU.
So it doesn´t take into account the resolution of the phones in the test and renders as if they had a lot less pixels, making the results invalid.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 18:40

133. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

WTF about the scoring?? Really PA??!! And the 6+will get 9.5... Nice unbiased review.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 15:13

126. kassi (Posts: 109; Member since: 25 May 2013)

1080p results are around 18fps

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 17:36

170. thedarkninja308086 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Dec 2014)

How can you claim that when there are smartphones that are cheaper, with better ppi and display quality and 16+ gigs of ram?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:12 11

69. gustavoace (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

It's really annoying to see, in the text, the phrase "display with superb color accuracy", and in the chart right after this a color temperature classified as "Good".

And this "premium" materials is there everytime... and a few months later some post will say "iphone 6 metal body scratchs too easy in your pocket"..

If you really want to be a journalistic website, you should at least try to review things right... Not that iPhone 6 is not a 9.0 phone (I even think that it deserves a better score, considering it as the best phone with iOs), but your reviews are just way to biased.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:37

79. uzimafioso (Posts: 463; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)

Lol i agree, this thing has worse battery than the new Moto X...

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 10:39 5

103. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

I'm so EFFIN tired of hearing "The iPhone 6 is one meticulously crafted, beautiful looking smartphone that’s a cut above those plastic-bodied ones"

Is this objective review or what? Guess what PA.. some of us LIKE the plastic body design. I don't friggin WANT a phone built like an iPhone. Love it all you want in private - keep that crap out of the reviews that are supposed to be objective.

I've handled the iPhone 6. It's a nice phone as all iPhones are. It doesn't scream at me.. OMG this is SOOOO MUCH BETTER than my Note 2. I don't like the rounded edges and hate that the battery is not removable.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 12:22

115. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

I was thinking the same, beautiful looking smartphone, uh? I cannot say the iPhone 6 is a beauty of a phone considering those bezels, those tacky plastic lines on the back and that protruding camera.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 12:56 1

118. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)

Reviews are never objective because all people have biases and preferences. Objectivity doesn't even exist in the human condition.

Not knowing that makes you look pretty silly.

And if you don't want to read positive iPhone reviews....


posted on 29 Sep 2014, 00:08

154. aqibone (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Sep 2014)

Hey...Take it easy. Every reviewer has opinions, after all we are human being. But let me tell you, they are litter better than GSM Arena who have become SAMSUNGARENA for last couple of years, or so.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 10:17 1

152. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

John V is a good reviewer but he didn't do justice in this video.
He starts by saying that the iPhone 6 is a flagship just cuz it sports a bigger display and its $200 on contract. Really? Really?

Just cuz the IPHONE got a bigger screen and consumer pricing...it becomes a flagship? Well that sucks! Other phone makers break their back in producing excellent smartphones for the consumer and accolades go to Apple for a big screen??? What abou the sub par camera, IGB RAM and 750p screen?

I have seen reviews of other phones with 720p displays being bashed by Phonearena revieres for not having an up to dtae display but when its the iPhone,...its a flagship?

That's just double standards....I'm sorry but an unfair review...and it aint comfortable to hold in the hand for people who like regular size phones as that thick bottom and top bazel really dont help in that aspect!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:31 29

35. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Wow 4 negatives & still a 9.0. To me the battery life is so bad that it needs to be dropped to at the very minimum 8.5. Now no 4K recording that should drop it to a 8.0. Why did the Xperia Z3 get a negative for too much bezels & the iPhone 6 didn't?

The Sony Xperia Z3 got a 8.5 even when you can change the display so it mimics a more correct & natural color scheme. I think they reviewed the Xperia Z3 way too harshly & reviewed the iPhone 6 way too leniently.

No consistency in PhoneArena.com's review system.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:39

38. warswics (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 May 2014)

Did you recommend that for the galaxy s4? That batter is worse than the iPhone 4s! I've owned both and the Galaxy s4 really has a crap battery besides the fact that in 12 months I've had to replace it twice. The brightness was crap on the s4 as well compared to the 4s.

But obviously you are ignoring the fact that, like the reviewer said, it's not about specs with Apple.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:52 5

55. garret1976 (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)

That's really BS. Battery S4 is far more better than 4s. Maybe you did something wrong. Brighness is not as high on S4 vs 4s but sun visibilty of the S4 is very good in automatic mode.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:42 1

80. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

We are not talking about the iPhone 4s or the Galaxy S4...

Ok so battery life is a spec you can't ignore. ESPECIALLY with a phone that you can't remove a battery... I am sorry but I don't care how nice a phone looks if you have busted battery life then what is the point!!!

Also specs don't matter because it's an iPhone... what a bunch of bull. Apple doesn't seem to be talking like that in their keynote speeches... So please to anyone who says specs don't matter on a iPhone.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 13:56 3

123. S.M.Talha (Posts: 70; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)

You are right iphone has bad battery performance as compared to z3.Also if it was some other phone lacking 4k resolution video quality then phonearena would have given it 8.5.
The other thing is that if u see moto g 2013 vs 2014 They reduced the rating of newer model (2014) even if it is good than the old one.Why?because they think that it isnt a huge improvement.
So i ask that why doesnt it goes the same with iphone?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 14:38

124. palmguy (Posts: 661; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)

Yeah! What he said! I have the OG Moto X. :)

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:44 6

43. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1524; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

Just 4?? So big bezel ,1GB ram and 8mp low res pictures taken by camera is not a negative(I mean for todays standard)?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:48 2

48. ScottSchneider (Posts: 336; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

I say iPA gave it a 9 just because its grown in size and not for anything else since all "any thing else" is just the same as in the previous version of the iPhoney... Not at all worth a 9 nor the money apple demands..

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:55 1

60. slh163 (Posts: 140; Member since: 19 May 2014)

and i find the low light shots are really terrible and noisy how can he claim that the low light have improved significantly compared the previous generation?!!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:57

61. majp89 (Posts: 182; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)

I have to be honest here, out of real world moderately heavy usage I get 8 hours of on screen time. The battery is pretty good, better than my G3. Not sure why people are knocking the battery.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 11:13

108. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)

How stupid can you be?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 13:03

120. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


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PhoneArena rating:
Display4.7 inches, 750 x 1334 pixels (326 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone ARMv8-A 2nd gen. processor
Size5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches
(138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm)
4.55 oz  (129 g)

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