Three months in the past we revealed our iPhone 6 review and iPhone 6 Plus review, diving deep into Apple's massive and larger new telephones. We took our time and examined every thing from the brand new screens to the brand new cameras to the brand new chipsets. However now we have lived with these telephones for weeks at a time and we have gotten to know them higher than any preliminary evaluate would permit. So, we're taking one other look. We will inform you how each the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are working for us now, three months later!
Design and sturdiness
Ren: Okay, I am going to say it! The iPhone 6 is a wee bit too massive for me. I drop it on my face once I'm mendacity down, and one-handed typing is a ache. That stated, I am by no means going again to a four-inch iPhone. The additional display actual property is simply too good to surrender. I really like the curved match and end — although I've needed to get a case as a result of it is a tad too slippery for my clumsy palms. I'm slightly bummed at how simply the entrance display scratches — I've needed to consciously put my keys individually from my iPhone for the primary time since proudly owning one. However from an enormous image standpoint, it looks like a foolish factor to get mad about. ("Oh no! My fragile glass-coated gadget is fragile!") It is general the most effective telephones I've owned: Large enough to do any essential process, sufficiently small to nonetheless slot in my pocket.
(6 Plus customers, I respect you guys, however you are loopy. Too massive for me.)
Peter: After utilizing each for some time, I've settled on the iPhone 6 as my every day driver. I am used to with the ability to do most of what I have to on my telephone with one hand, and the smaller measurement of the iPhone 6 allows me to try this — the iPhone 6 Plus is just too massive to comfortably do a variety of one-handed thumb typing and the opposite stuff I've taken without any consideration with smaller iPhones. Having stated that, I feel Apple's completed an incredible job with its design of the iPhone 6 Plus. In comparison with many telephones of comparable measurement, the iPhone 6 Plus feels actually good in your palms, its weight is properly balanced and the design and form makes it really feel extra snug.
Ally: I pre-ordered each an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As a result of constraint and preliminary demand, I acquired my iPhone 6 first. The iPhone 6 Plus lastly arrived a couple of weeks later. Once I first unboxed it my intestine intuition was that it was approach too huge and I might by no means use it as a every day driver. For the primary month or so, that was the case. Unusually I have been utilizing the iPhone 6 Plus increasingly more typically over the previous few weeks and am beginning to want it. I can attribute most of this to the battery life. After utilizing each, there isn't any denying the iPhone 6 Plus places the iPhone 6 to disgrace. Nevertheless, it nonetheless irritates me that I can not match it in my denims pocket simply. Typically that also retains me from carrying it round if my wardrobe does not permit. That alone makes me assume if I might solely have one, I might nonetheless go for the iPhone 6. However then, two phrases come to thoughts: battery life.
Rene: I do know some individuals complain that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are rounder and smoother and therefore more durable to carry onto, however I have never discovered that to be an issue in any respect. I really like the smoothness. It is like a riverstone and I simply maintain flipping it in my hand. Again and again.
I've had my iPhone 6 Plus within the entrance pocket of my straight-reduce denims, and not using a case, for happening three months and it exhibits not a single signal of wear and tear and tear. (I did scratch it barely — mockingly on the digital camera of an iPhone 6!) The gold nonetheless appears nice, there are not any chips on the casing, and no, there's not a single bend in sight.
Kevin: I purchased 128GB variations of each the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at launch, switching forwards and backwards every week at a time between the 2 till I might determine which one I actually most popular. Whereas within the hand the iPhone 6 nonetheless retains that acquainted iPhone feeling I've recognized because the unique in 2007, the 6 Plus feels alien so far as iPhones go. It is too massive to comfortably use with one hand. That stated, I tailored and finally I settled on the 6 Plus. In comparison with the iPhone 6, the bigger display is large enough for me to sort on comfortably with two thumbs at quick speeds, which as an influence communicator I respect quite a bit.
Retina HD Show
Peter: The Retina HD screens on each the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the perfect-wanting iPhone screens Apple's put in so far. They're larger-distinction to supply extra vibrant photographs. I exploit my telephones outdoors quite a bit, and I virtually all the time put on polarized sun shades. Prior to now that is brought on issues due to the polarization on the iPhone's display. However they've improved the polarization on these telephones to assist scale back that challenge.
Ally: The iPhone 6 Plus particularly has a tremendous show and among the best ones I've ever used. The iPhone 6 is not far behind however because of the pixel rely and sheer measurement, the iPhone 6 Plus is simply extra noticeable of a distinction. Pictures and textual content are extra crisp than ever, even by means of polarized sun shades, which I put on persistently. My favourite a part of each shows nevertheless is the curved glass alongside the sides. It simply makes gestures that rather more superb.
Ren: I agree with Ally: The ever-so-slight curvature of the show edges make this telephone a pleasure to swipe and contact. And the show itself is beautiful — I assume by this level it ought to shock nobody, however I am pleased to see enhancements regardless.
Rene: Once I first reviewed the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus I used to be impressed by the know-how within the show. The twin-area pixels, the photograph alignment, the polarization, the complete sRGB gamut, and the thinness that made the pixels look virtually as in the event that they have been capturing up via the glass. Now I am simply impressed by the show. The blacks are black, the colours are wealthy and vibrant, and the viewing angles are excellent. Extra like this, please.
Kevin: I actually benefit from the display actual property the 6 Plus presents, and I've discovered it has me doing greater than I might in any other case on a smaller screened iPhone, reminiscent of purchasing. Traditionally I'd browse purchasing web sites on my telephone, however run again to the pc once I truly needed to finish a purchase order and purchase one thing. With the bigger display on the 6 Plus, someway I really feel like that barrier is gone. I did a superb chunk of my Christmas buying on my iPhone this yr.
Battery life and efficiency
Peter: If there's one factor that makes the iPhone 6 Plus stand out greater than something, it is the completely humongous battery life. I can typically go for 2 days or longer with out having to cost the iPhone 6 Plus, one thing I could not even dream of with some other iPhone.
Ally: Each time I decide up my iPhone 6 for the day, I am eager for the iPhone 6 Plus' battery life after just a few brief hours. Positive, it is improved over the iPhone 5s however after utilizing the iPhone 6 Plus, it leaves lots of room to argue that bigger telephones are well worth the tradeoff when it comes to battery life. A minimum of at this level they're for me.
Rene: As a lot as I really like the large, vibrant show on the iPhone 6 Plus, it is the battery life that retains me coming again. I get 1.5 to 2 days sometimes, and that is underneath regular use. At occasions, the place I sometimes should stroll across the battery packs strapped Rocketeer-wish to my again, I can get away with virtually a full day with out charging.
And the Apple A8 system-on-a-chip? I have never come near taxing that monster. However I actually, actually need to.
Ren: Battery life is the one space through which I pine for an iPhone 6 Plus. My iPhone 6's battery life is suitable — and in my checks, barely higher than my 5s — however nowhere close to what I see my 6 Plus associates getting. And missing a very good battery case for the 6, I am dreading my first huge all-day tour (CES, I am taking a look at you). It is the world the place the 6 Plus is clearly king.
Kevin: The battery life on the iPhone 6 Plus is stellar. Touring is the true check, and I've traveled so much with my 6 Plus within the time that I've had it. Whenever you're roaming and off Wi-Fi, battery life will get eaten up fast, and whereas touring I discover myself utilizing my telephone much more than once I'm again at residence or on the workplace. I've but to not get by way of the day with my 6 Plus battery, and most days there's a whole lot of juice left within the proverbial tank.
iSight and FaceTime cameras
Ren: I am glad the entrance-dealing with digital camera acquired some love with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and its low-mild sensor is certainly higher than any of its predecessors. Nevertheless it's nonetheless not fairly what I might wish to see from a entrance-dealing with digital camera. If we will take selfies and chat with relations, let's at the least bump up the sensor to the purpose the place entrance-dealing with footage aren't so grainy.
The again digital camera is a special story solely: Its enhancements are, truthfully, a bit staggering. I assumed my 5s digital camera was wonderful; the 6 and 6 Plus construct upon that in an exquisite solution to supply higher low-mild sign, steadier footage and video, and clearer photographs all-round. I have been utilizing my iPhone 6 continuously since launch to take pictures and video, and I am routinely surprised by the standard of the media coming from my system.
Peter: The iPhone 6 is the primary iPhone I've had that does not really feel prefer it's preventing me to take a superb image. Particularly at live shows and different low mild circumstances, I've snapped some nice photographs I by no means might have managed with my 5S or earlier iPhones.
Ally: Each the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have nice cameras in them, however so did their predecessor, the iPhone 5s. That being stated, there are apparent enhancements within the sensor itself and the OIS within the iPhone 6 Plus produces brighter night time time photographs with much less noise. Nevertheless, the entrance dealing with digital camera does not fare as properly in low mild and I might nonetheless wish to see some enhancements in that space subsequent yr.
Rene: As a result of Apple designs their very own chips, they will design their very own picture sign processor (ISP). And due to the ISP, I can pull my iPhone 6 Plus from my pocket, snap an image, and 9 occasions out of 10, get one thing routinely targeted, balanced, and uncovered just about completely. It stays Apple's largest power, and the rationale they nonetheless personal the "on a regular basis" images market. Add the guide digital camera controls from iOS eight, and a superb factor actually obtained higher this yr.
Kevin: The iSight digital camera is superior. It is quick. Pictures are prime notch. I solely want the entrance dealing with digital camera dealt with low mild circumstances higher - the night time time selfies are nonetheless grainier than I might like (Professional Tip: Purchase FaceTune for $four for those who're a selfie addict. It 30 seconds of modifying you can also make your self look superb!).
Peter: Apple Pay is choosing up steam — Apple retains signing up new banks and retailers to simply accept it. However will the momentum proceed and the way does the competitors muddy the waters? It is not but accepted at a lot of the retailers I do enterprise with. As soon as Apple Pay will get ubiquitous sufficient, it's going to be implausible. Till then, it is a novelty.
Ally: The one locations in my space that settle for Apple Pay proper now are Meijer, Walgreens, and Panera. Nevertheless, I've numerous playing cards in Passbook that help funds too by way of bar code, resembling my Starbucks card. This covers about eighty% of the place I go to each day. Now if solely I might have a digital license. Then I would not have to fret about carrying my pockets more often than not.
Ren: Boston is definitely fairly inundated with retailers who settle for (unofficially or formally) Apple Pay, and I've actually loved trying to wave my telephone at any and all retailers which have wi-fi faucet-to-pay machines. On the official Apple Pay retailers, it really works like a appeal — virtually like magic. Unofficial retailers are a bit hit or miss: CVS labored on the primary day of Apple Pay's launch, however has since shut down; others typically work, typically do not. I might wish to see these wafflers solidify, nevertheless it's a very promising begin in an in any other case deeply entrenched area.
Rene: Hurry up and launch in Canada already!
Peter: Underneath the hood of each iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the A8 processor, which runs all software program higher, together with video games. Paired with the brand new Metal know-how launched in iOS eight, it is a a lot better gaming expertise. Check out video games like Vainglory, Asphalt 8 Airborne, or Modern Combat 5: Blackout to get a way of simply how superior a cellular recreation can look on an iPhone.
Ren: I acquired the 64GB model of the iPhone 6 and oh boy, is it superb. The additional space for storing, mixed with iOS eight's new options and the A8 chip, permits me to select up nearly any app underneath the solar to attempt it out. That is particularly essential on this career — I get about 30-forty app pitches a day — and I completely love what builders are arising with.
Ally: I keep in mind when the iPhone 5 got here out and I immediately felt Hulk rage the minute I launched an app and noticed black bars alongside the highest and the underside. I have never felt that means with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Scaling is usable however I nonetheless go for optimized apps once I can. I additionally love how some apps have chosen to reap the benefits of the iPhone 6 Plus' panorama orientation and supply one thing particular. I simply hope we see extra of this as time goes on. Nevertheless, I am not likely a fan of the iPhone 6 Plus' keyboard in panorama mode. The arrow keys throw me off. Maybe in time I am going to develop used to them.
Rene: With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come two new show sizes for apps to focus on. Apple's constructed-in apps actually benefit from them, particularly on the iPhone 6 Plus, and particularly in panorama mode the place we now get an iPad-type cut up column view. Would that extra apps took benefit of it. Would that apps like Paper by fifty three goal the iPhone 6 Plus as nicely.
The apps are nearly as good as they've ever been, however the potential stays for them to be even higher than ever.
Ren: Till Mophie will get its act collectively and releases a battery case for the iPhone 6, my principal accent of selection is both the Apple leather-based case or a Casetify designed case. The leather-based case appears skilled and offers an additional little bit of grip; the Casetify mannequin is clear, nevertheless, with a customized design, and I really like you could see the gold coat of my telephone shining beneath.
Peter: I have been making an attempt out a variety of totally different instances on my iPhone 6, and I like the texture of Apple's leather-based case the perfect. Although it does not put on nicely. It received scuffed virtually immediately after I put it my pocket. No matter which case I am utilizing, although, it's going to slot in my dock: I exploit Twelve South's HiRise Deluxe, which may customise the peak of the Lightning cable and the depth of the stand to accommodate totally different case sizes.
Ally: I not often use a case on my iPhone to start with. Nevertheless, I've discovered that the Apple Leather-based instances add simply sufficient protection when and if I want it. I favor the texture of them on the iPhone 6 Plus over the iPhone 6, but I am not fairly positive why. Maybe the floor space makes it much less apparent I am utilizing a case, however it simply feels barely extra cumbersome on the iPhone 6 than the 6 Plus. The one different accent I exploit regularly is the Everdock Duo by Fuz Designs. This dock makes use of air suction and does an incredible job of sitting on my desk and charging two units concurrently. When you have a case on, you possibly can even take away the spacers as a way to match virtually something.
Kevin: When it comes to the important equipment, I attempted a half dozen instances on my iPhone 6 Plus earlier than I settled on the one - the Spigen Air Pores and skin Case in Champagne. The 6 Plus is a slippery telephone, so having a case on it helps with the finger traction. The one difficulty is, it is such an enormous telephone you do not need to add any bulk. The Air Pores and skin case is SUPER THIN - solely .4mm. Individuals do not even understand that there is a case on the telephone once they ask to carry the 6 Plus. The Champagne shade is semi-clear as properly, which works good retaining the gold look of a gold iPhone. The case is just too skinny to assist shield a lot from drops, however it is going to maintain scratches off your telephone and it supplies that additional grip.
In terms of sensible equipment, the iPhone 6 Plus is prime notch. I've actually embraced the related way of life, and the iPhone simply performs so properly in that area. I've eight Sonos audio system, 18 Philips Hue lightbulbs, a Nest thermostat, August doorlock, two Dropcams and extra - and the 6 Plus merely runs flawless managing all of it.
The underside line
Ren: The iPhone 6 has some flaws, to make certain — I might love higher battery life, a barely extra sturdy display, and a wee bit much less slip within the hand — however regardless of these, it stays my favourite iPhone I've ever owned. Contact ID and Apple Pay are an enormous win, as is the rear digital camera and its processing software program. I used to be skeptical concerning the four.7-inch measurement, however it completely gained me over, and I encourage anybody with a 5s to take the 6 for a check drive at an Apple Retailer — sure, it is a bit bit massive, however these tradeoffs are well worth the worth you are getting.
I can not converse to the 6 Plus, nevertheless, so I am going to let my colleagues do the speaking on that entrance.
Peter: The iPhone 6 Plus is an excessive amount of telephone for me. The iPhone 6 is in my Goldilocks zone: It is simply the fitting measurement. If it simply had the iPhone 6 Plus's battery life, it would be virtually good.
Ally: I am nonetheless battling internally over whether or not or not I just like the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus extra. Nevertheless, for most individuals, more often than not, the iPhone 6 goes to be the extra good choice. However should you're within the greater is best camp, you will be amazed by the iPhone 6 Plus' fantastic design, superb battery life, and blazingly quick efficiency.
Kevin: Whereas it isn't probably the most snug iPhone nor my favourite wanting, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are undoubtedly the most effective iPhones ever made.
Rene: Three hours into utilizing my iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 5 felt small and the iPhone four felt like a toy. What had been my window into web and apps abruptly felt cramped and claustrophobic. Three months and I do know I am by no means going again. I just like the iPhone 6 so much. It seems like the right measurement for a contemporary cellular communications gadget. I just like the iPhone 6 lots too. It looks like the right measurement for a contemporary cellular computing system. And due to iOS eight enhancements like Extensibility, they are not solely extra highly effective than ever, however extra succesful. Three months later, and I am happier with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus than ever.