What The Experts Are Saying About The iPhone 6
Yesterday was the most important date of the year for anyone with a passion for technology. It was the launch of Apple’s newest smartphone, the iPhone 6, that will be available on networks like O2, EE and many more before the end of the month. The smartphone has been the subject of much anticipation and speculation since, well, the iPhone 5’s launch.
Hype for the phone had reached fever pitch by the time Tim Cook took to the stage in Cupertino, California at 6pm GMT last night. Experts, critics and consumers alike paid close attention as Cook announced what would be in store for Apple users with their latest handset, describing two new phones (the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) as well as a line of smart watches.
But did the products live up to the expectations surrounding them?
“The most beautiful phone ever made”
If you believe The Telegraph‘s Head of Technology Matt Warman, iPhone 6 managed to not only meet the enormous hype surrounding it but exceed expectations altogether. “Tim Cook told the cheering crowds that the iPhone 6 is the most visually appealing mobile phone made in history” he wrote. “I think he’s right.”
Matt Warman concedes that the iPhone’s specs may not be much to write home about. The processor is still only 64-bit, it still has a single speaker unlike HTC devices, and the camera still has the same amount of pixels despite the introduction of things like digital image stabilisation and optical image stabilisation. However, Mr. Warman believes that the real innovation takes place in the phone’s design.
It is a classy and sleek design that sees the glass curve around the edges of the device. The resolution has been increased to 1334 x 750 (a big step for iPhone users but not much different from what Samsung and HTC fans have used for a while). The device has also been slimmed down for easy transportation at 6.8mm for the iPhone 6 and 7.1mm for the iPhone 6 Plus (the iPhone 5 was 7.1mm). To top it all off, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will both come with larger screens (4.7 inches and 5.5 inches respectively) in an attempt to improve the user experience.
However, The Verge has expressed some disappointment about the design. In particular, the lack of a sapphire glass screen that was rumoured for many months. “Your iPhone 6 comes with a very good display however it isn’t particularly resistant to scratches or water damage. Samsung and Sony both have flagship models which can handle a puddle without any trouble but Apple don’t seem to be able to do the same.”
“Turning the iPhone into a multifaceted minicomputer”
The Wall Street Journal’s review of the iPhone 6 expressed disappointment at the lack of technical innovation on the devices. It said that the iPhone merely “catches up on most of the things we’ve come to expect from competitors”. But, much like the aforementioned Telegraph article, it believes that the iPhone 6’s excellence is how it is “expanding what we’ve come to expect from a phone” by “turning the iPhone into a multifaceted minicomputer”.
The big screen in particular signifies that the iPhone 6 is built for using the internet, downloading applications and playing smartphone games with greater clarity. Gone, it seems, are the days when basic phone calls or text messaging were the things that would draw someone to a mobile device. But there are usage problems with the 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch screens. “My thumb could reach across just over half of the screen,” the Wall Street Journal’s journalist said of the iPhone 6 when he tried it out at the event. “With the iPhone 6 Plus, I could reach just about a third of the screen.”
However, the bigger device has allowed Apple to fix an issue that has been plaguing iPhones since the very beginning: Battery life. With more space for a better battery, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can now survive for ten and sixteen days respectively when left on standby. Each device should now last between 10 and 14 hours when using things like video streaming, 3G browsing and Wi-Fi browsing too.
“Remember that there are Android phones which have better battery life,” Business Insider‘s Dave Smith said. “Hoever if you are fussed about having an iPhone with battery life that last for the entire day then this may well make the difference.”
“The same eye-watering price tag”
The iPhone reaches UK stores on September 19 (exactly what we predicted months ago!) and will be available for pre-order on September 12. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be available in colours such as gold, silver and grey. But how much will it set you back?
Prices for the iPhone 6 are between £539 and £699 in the UK depending on the model you choose (16GB being the cheapest and 128GB being the most expensive). Meanwhile, the cheapest iPhone 6 Plus (64GB) is going for £619 with the most expensive (128GB) a staggering £789. For more information about the iPhone use the Apple contact number.
But is it worth it? Tech Radar said: “It will still command the same eye-watering price tag as before, but this time it certainly warrants it – if you’re after a new phone and are toying with leaving Apple’s ecosystem, don’t. This is very likely the phone for you, offering all the simplicity and power of iOS combined with hardware that rivals some of the best the Android army has to offer.”