The larger screen, long battery life and great performance more than make up for minor niggles like certain features not being available in the UK.
Large high-quality display, excellent design, user-friendly, decent security features, fast performance, good battery life.
Delay for Apple Pay and WiFi voice calls/VoLTE in UK
£ 539 for 16GB model
Processor: 1.4GHz dual-core Apple A8 with 64-bit architecture and M8 coprocessor
Display: 4.7in 1334x750 pixels 326ppi Retina HD display
Storage: 16GB, 64GB or 128GB
Camera: 8MP rear-facing iSight with 1080p HD video recording at 30fps or 60fps, 1.2MP front-facing camera with 720p HD video recording
Connectivity: GSM/EDGE/HSPA+/HSDPA/LTE 4G; 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Ports: 8-pin charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack
Operating system: Apple iOS 8
Battery: Built-in lithium-ion battery offering up to 14 hours of talk time over 3G, 11 hours of online use over WiFi or video playback, up to 250 hours in standby quoted
With its latest iPhone releases, Apple has finally caved into pressure from smartphone users and has launched larger format devices. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus add larger screens and build sizes, along with a few other new features exclusive to the latest hardware.
We’ve been using the iPhone 6 for about a week now and, as a long-term iPhone user, have been very impressed with the new version. We were initially worried that the larger format wouldn’t suit the small-handed amongst us and would be awkward to type on, but the larger screen, long battery life and other benefits more than make up for those concerns.
Design and build
The iPhone 6 has the standard high-quality build associated with Apple. The aluminium case gives the iPhone 6 a premium feel and the glass screen is integrated seamlessly into the phone’s casing. However, even in our short time of using the phone we’ve found it prone to developing nicks and scratches to the screen, so investing in a clear screen protector or full protective case is a must.
The iPhone 6 is very comfortable to hold as it’s very thin and light, measuring 138x67x6.9mm and weighing 129 grams. The handset has rounded corners as well as lightweight, meaning it’s comfortable to hold for long phone calls and while typing or viewing media, for example.
Apple has also taken account of one-handed use in the longer design of the iPhone 6. Double-tapping the home button will now pull down the top of the screen (see image left), meaning it's easier to use the phone with just one hand as the top area is accessible.
The iPhone 6 power/standby button is on the right-hand side of the device, along with the Nano-SIM slot. The ringer on/off switch and volume controls are on the left (the volume up button can also be used to take pictures from the camera app).
At the bottom are a 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone, Lightning charging port and speaker. The home button with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor built in is on the front, while on the back is dual flash and camera lens.
The speakers and microphone are both good quality. You can get a decent level of audio out of the speakers, meaning you don’t need to pack travel speakers for a bit of music or video playback on your next trip, and we found the mic performed very well at picking up sound for audio recordings, even when far away from the source.
The iPhone 6 model is available in three colour choices: gold, silver and space grey.
The larger build size means iPhone 6 users are treated to a 4.7in screen, finally putting the device in the same league as popular handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8. The screen size makes the handset a good choice for any buyer looking for a great video or gaming experience squeezed into a lightweight, slimline phone.
Apple has packed the Retina HD display with 1334x750 pixels, at 326ppi. The screen is an LED-backlit widescreen display with multi touch and in-plane switching (IPS), which offers impressive viewing angles whether looking down from the top, up from the bottom, front or side on, or anywhere in between.
You can also pick between a standard or zoomed view for the iPhone 6 home screens, which both take full advantage of the 4.7in screen. Standard displays the icons in normal size, so you can fit six icons down each home screen, while zoomed displays the icons in a larger format. Both still fit four icons across the screens.
The zoomed view will also display text in a larger format, ideal for anyone with less than perfect eyesight, while standard displays more text on the screen when reading emails or messages, for example.
We found colours on web pages, games and video to be bright and vibrant, while text was clean and crisp. It’s also easy to increase or decrease the size of text in apps that support Dynamic Type, such as Apple’s own, via the Display menu.
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