People waited with baited breath and extremely high expectations prior to the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple generated worldwide attention, as it promoted its two new mobile phones as revolutionary devices that would change the course of communication as we know it. What many people want to know, however, is whether these phones are deserving of the hype, and what exactly makes them stand out among the crowd of existing smartphones. Ultimately, I found that the iPhone 6 is a great device that is slim, fast and beautiful. However, the battery life doesn’t seem to have evolved much, which is probably the most disappointing thing.
The new iPhones are available in three colours, including gold, silver and space grey. Previous Apple iPhones have more colours to choose from, but you always have the option of purchasing a colourful cover for your iPhone 6 if you’re not happy with the available colours. The power button has moved to the right hand side of the phone, which takes some getting used to, but it seems to be in a more convenient location than it was previously.
One of the first things that I noticed when I unwrapped my new iPhone 6 was its incredibly large 4.7-inch screen size. I was surprised by this, as Apple has never increased its screen size so significantly before. If you’re a fan of large screens, you may even want to opt for the iPhone 6 Plus, which boasts an even larger screen size of 5.5 inches.
IOS 8 is the latest iPhone software, and it definitely delivers its promise of faster, brighter and clearer graphics. The screens have a noticeably higher contrast and even work visibly better in the sun, both of which are improvements on previous iPhone models. These graphics work great with the phone’s camera, as there is an improved autofocus option that produces higher quality images. You also have the option of recording videos in slow motion, and with frames to make them look more appealing.
Like anything, there are also downsides to the larger screen sizes. It’s more difficult to maneuver the phone with one hand, but you will probably adjust to it. The phone is also a bit harder to store in your pocket, and you will have to be careful that it doesn’t fall out. Having upgraded straight from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 6, I made the mistake of misjudging my pocket to iPhone ratio, and unfortunately the device fell out. The entire screen smashed to pieces, and I had to pay a fair amount of money for its repair.
The iPhone 6’s most negative downfall is its battery life. It seems that everything about these new phones have improved, except for this. To be fair, it seemed to be operating positively at first, but after a few days I noticed a decline in its performance. It will depend on what you’re doing throughout the day, but if you use your new phone to perform a number of tasks, such as take photos, browse the Internet and text people, your phone will probably need to be charged about twice per day.
The iPhone 6 is a huge leap towards the future of smartphones, and Apple did a good job manufacturing them. Perhaps the expectations were somewhat overhyped, but most people, including myself, seem satisfied with their iPhone 6s. The new software, higher resolution, larger screen size and better camera options all contribute to the success of the iPhone 6. Hopefully the battery life will be improved in future iPhone models, but I wouldn’t place a bet on it!