Apple iPhone 6 Review
Conversations are handled pretty easily by the iPhone 6, but we wouldn’t go far to say that it’s perfect.
Although it’s not something relatively new in the greater scheme of things, the iPhone 6 now has support for Wi-Fi calling – an added benefit of course, especially if you’re in one of those spots where cell phone coverage is spotty. However, it’s something that’s carrier dependent. Currently, though, T-Mobile is the only major domestic carrier to support this.
A skinny profile earns the iPhone 6 some good points, but there’s a compromise to its battery life – it’s just not as good as its contemporaries.
Putting it through the paces with our battery benchmark test, it delivers a ho-hum tally of 5 hours, 2 minutes from a full charge – a tally that’s average. The iPhone 6 definitely gets some points with its slim profile, but there’s a compromise to its battery life.
The race to the top is always a competitive one, where companies are constantly reinventing their phones in order to keep up the pace. Apple, naturally, doesn’t believe in the specs war – where successive phones employ the beefiest of hardware to earn the acclaim of being the biggest and baddest thing on the block. Oh no, that’s not like Apple at all! Rather, they focus on producing a smartphone that’s not about the specs, but mostly on the performance in how it complements our life.
To that end, the iPhone 6 stands true to Apple’s philosophy of simplicity and ease. Compared to its rivals, the hardware it’s packing doesn’t seem menacing, but the outcome is always the same – a phone that simply just works well. We gladly accept the decision to bring a larger screen to the phone, which now puts it in the same pedestal as its contemporaries. On the software side, iOS 8 might not be as much of an overhaul in comparison to iOS 7 last year, but the added new features definitely help to give it a more rounded function.
Pricing doesn’t change with this new model, as the 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB options are priced respectively at $200, $300, and $400 on-contract – or $650, $750, and $850 outright. Frankly, we recommend skipping out on the 16GB option, since the 64GB options has more value to it. At the end of the day, however, the iPhone 6 is mainly a bigger sized version of the iPhone we all know and love – with enough incremental improvements in its performance to make it a strong contender for anyone considering to pick up a new device.
Software version of the review unit: 8.0 (12A365)