Call quality


The iPhone 5s was one quality device to make calls with, and the iPhone 6 is just minutely better all-round. Voices through its earpiece sound loud and relatively natural, while callers usually don't have issues hearing our voice. Than again, the situation is almost the same with the iPhone 5s.

The new thing here is the Wi-Fi calling abilities of the iPhone 6 – it's able to utilize hotspots in order to improve call handling and quality, and in a seamless way at that, but the thing is that this feature is carrier-dependent, so it'll need time before it gets widely available. In the US, T-Mobile is currently the only carrier to support it.

Battery life


Sadly, the iPhone 6 doesn't bring a substantial improvement when it comes to battery life. Putting them through our custom battery life benchmark, the iPhone 5s managed to last for 5h 2 min, while the iPhone 6 slightly bumped this up to 5h 22 min. It's a welcome enhancement, but not big enough to make it perfectly competitive with the flagship Android smartphones of late, which easily reach 6 or even 7 hours in our test.

Official statistics back these observations up, with 3G talk time going from 10.4 hours in the 5s to 14 hours in the 6, and stand-by going from 10 hours in the 5s to 10.4 hours in the 6. Once again – not that big of a change, but still slightly better than before. Well, we guess having an ultra-slim metal phone requires some trade-offs.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6
5h 22 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)


Conclusion


It's clear that if you're on the lookout for a new smartphone now, the iPhone 6 will be a much better investment, seeing that you'll be getting a phone that improves on the 5s' experience in almost every way, with the exception of one-handed comfort. Naturally, the smaller handset will be easier to handle and use, but there's obviously a lot to gain from having a larger screen. That is why many users will be willing to sacrifice a bit of comfort for a significantly larger diagonal. Plus, the new iPhone 6 is not really pushing things too far.

Still, in terms of technical differences, we've seen that, save for some not-so-important features, the iPhone 5s is by no means underpowered. It can do the same things as the iPhone 6, and in many cases, it does them equally well. These facts should make current iPhone 5s owners really question whether they need to upgrade to the 6. Yes, the bigger screen is a great feature, but it doesn't improve things so dramatically.

If you're doing a lot on your phone, like really using a lot of features and consuming significant amounts of content on a day to day basis, then getting the iPhone 6 will certainly be worth it – it does make things easier to look at, and it adds some lovely new things such as built-in support for Apple Pay, 240 FPS slow-motion capture and Cinematic Video Stabilization. If you're just fine the way you are now with the 5s, and you don't feel like you could get so much more out of your mobile device (meaning you aren't that impressed by what the iPhone 6 brings to table), then in this particular case, upgrading should probably wait for another year, when the amount of new features, and the reasons for an upgrade will get more, and harder to resist.


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25 Comments

1. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Display is the same, camera same, performance about the same and same RAM. I don't know what to think of the iPhone 6.

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

About RAM - unless it's lagging who needs more? Specs whor.es

11. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

You do realize PC heavy demand games require more RAM to play right? Same goes for mobile devices as well. But hey if you want to be a blind fanboy and think you don't deserve more RAM after 2-3 years of having just 1GB, that's cool too.

16. g2a5b0e unregistered

Hi. Diehard Android user here. Gonna play a little Devil's Advocate. I've never heard of any iPhone having gaming/graphics issues due to the amount of RAM. In fact, the iPhone has been known to excel in that area. I've never seen or heard of any high end iOS games stuttering or having issues because of the RAM. Too many Android fans are too concerned with the numbers. What about the metric that actually matters? Real world performance. I'm guessing that if developers were having issues with it that Apple probably would have addressed it. They haven't. Get over it. I know this post won't be popular because everyone on this site feels the need to bash Apple mercilessly, but I really just don't care.

17. romeo1

Posts: 818; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Its obvious that it wont stutter as the games are made for the 1gb of ram. Try playing a game like minecraft with 1gb of ram. More ram means better multitasking as it is much faster than rom. The moment the next iphone gets 2gb or more ram the games that will be made to get the most out of its potential won't be playable on the 1gb versions or only on low quality. Also the new iphones have higher resolution screens wich needs more of everything. So im really curious about the iphone 6 plus as it got a 1080p screen. Not sure if it has better hardware than the normal 6(ill look it up later on the day)

19. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

That is because developers have been restricting themselves by optimizing their games around the iPhone's specs or lack of I should say. You are telling me that you can justify a high end flag ship phone only having 1GB of RAM after 2-3 years later just because the OS runs fine? I'm sorry but that sounds like BS to me.

21. g2a5b0e unregistered

I just think it's an apple to oranges comparison (excuse the pun). Because high-end Android devices have 2-3GB of RAM, iOS devices have to as well? What's good for the goose isn't necessarily good for the gander. Just my thoughts.

12. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Then you just paid for a new phone essentially for the bigger screen only. That's a blatant form of milking money.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31323; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

6 is nice too, the plus is killin it

4. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Yeah the Plus sounds like the true flagship. How good is the Plus dark?

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31323; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So far, it's very good. Turning out to be a top notch device. I'm still discovering things, that make it super efficient and easy to use. Loving it, haven't compared it to the note 3 yet.

3. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

It looks much bigger than 5S. Moto X 2013 is/was the best 4.7" phone. At least considering size/screen ratio. God I wish they make Moto X Mini. I will not buy a phone bigger than 4.7".

6. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Can I ask phone arena for some thickness measurements ? The iPhone 6 looks significantly thinner than the 5S and I heard an info that the 6,9 mm thickness is the thickest point eg. cammera bump.

7. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I can say that I love my Plus. The screen is awesome and just having that larger screen space makes all those old movies and games new again.

9. Flippyphone

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I've had that on my Notes for awhile now. Welcome to the club.

10. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Wish I could go and find some of those original Note articles where you Apple fanboys were bashing the Note for having a 5.3 inch display, now all praising and loving your iPhone 6 Plus with it's 5.5 inch display. Oh the irony is so sweet.

23. PsycheEyeMike

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

FYI, that wasn't just Apple fans... It was everyone and their mothers. There are still people from "both camps" bashing big screen phones. I get bashed all the time at work for my Note 3.. i'm double dipping though. Using an iPhone 6 atm. I always laugh a bit on the inside when i see people like you, speaking like every apple user ever bashed the big screens back then.. Then you act like those exact people are sitting here now, reading your comment.. No irony here at all.. Just a fanboy spewing crap.. Thank god i don't chose sides, like some of you internet warrior di##s. I love all technology.

24. g2a5b0e unregistered

+1. Not often you hear someone speaking this much sense in one post on this site.

15. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Apple: Let's take iPhone 5s and make it larger, calling it revolutionary 'large' display with the same camera, marginally smaller performance and poor battery life, and call it the iPhone 6. Oh and slap on a new ugly design and hefty price tag.

18. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

I'll wait for the 6s model I think the s models are a lot better any ways that's why I still got my 5s 64gb plus my camera don't stick out and design is a lot better

20. Classique

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

iPhone 6 vs Z3 Compact PLEASE

22. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Truth be told, the iPhone 5s is a much more polished and well thought-out device than the iPhone 6, which looks like a rushed product made just for the sake of catching up with the market.

25. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

My thoughts exactly...

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