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TweakTown's Apple iPhone 6 Plus Smartphone Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | Phones in Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 27, 2014 1:47 pm
TweakTown Rating: 82%Manufacturer: Apple

After my time with new iPhone 6 Plus, here is what I liked and didn't like about it.


What's Hot


The New Best Display: While LG has the 2560x1440 QHD panel in its G3, Apple is still using just 1920x1080 on its 5.5-inch iPhone. It doesn't win pixel density awards, but it wins clarity, color reproduction, outdoor visibility - it's just beautiful.


I still found myself just marveling at it, staring out the icons and text, or the beautiful background.




Amazing Build Quality: I talked about this in my first impressions piece, but I have to reiterate. Apple has done truly amazing work here on the physical build of the iPhone, it is built from stunning materials, and it looks and feels great, too. I would like to see the physical Home/Touch ID button shrunken on the next iPhone, with better use of the bottom space on the iPhone.


Excellent Camera: Even though we only have an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, it's more than impressive. It snapped photos that kept up and even beat the 20.7-megapixel rear-snapper in my Sony Xperia Z2.


Screen Turns On For Notifications: I can be sitting here writing this review for example, and the screen turns on with a notification, letting me know there's a new e-mail waiting for me. I can choose to tap it, or in this case, ignore it and continue writing my review. It's a nice glance-and-see-what's-new feature, that allows me to keep updated, but continue on with what I was doing, choosing whether or not I'd like to reply, or check it out.


[Ride the] Lightning: Oi... psst... Apple... yeah, you, over there in Cupertino. I know I give you a lot of hate, but I still enjoy what you do - especially with Lightning. Holy s**t is Lightning a big, big step up from using micro USB. I never had to fiddle with it, finding out if I was plugging my cable in the right way.


All-Day Battery Life: Another tick for Apple is the impressive battery life. At home on my Wi-Fi network, the battery life was damn impressive, but out on the road, 4G use was draining it much quicker than my Xperia Z2.



What's Not


iOS 8: Man oh man, coming from Android (and mostly pure Android at that), iOS 8 is such a gigantic leap backwards. Apple blew every single other company out of the water with iOS and the first iPhone, but Google has come so far, and totally leapfrogged Apple in the mobile OS department.


Too Much Wasted Physical Space: I started off my 'What's Not' section with iOS 8, and for the physical space problem to be solved, iOS 8 needs a radical, redesign from the ground up. I want to see the physical space removed and additional space within the OS for software buttons, or if Apple wants to really use physical buttons, a physical back and menu button.



Final Thoughts


There you have it, my review on the iPhone 6 Plus. Do you see that I actually enjoyed a considerable amount of it? I think by now, you should see that iOS is the problem with Apple, and not the iPhone itself. Apple has been losing at the software game for quite some time now, and this needs to change.




We live in a world where services are used more than anything else, with Google owning the entire Internet pretty much. We have Drive, Gmail, Maps, Navigation, Now, Search, Chrome, and countless others that so many people around the world use each and every day, and I'm one of them.


There is not a single Apple service or app I will use after I box this iPhone up, not one. I will not use iTunes. I will not touch Safari. This is a big problem for Apple, because if you don't live within their system, you don't live with them at all. It's the flipside for Google. You might use an iPhone, but you still "Google" something. Some prefer Chrome over Safari, while others will use Google Maps versus Apple's still-not-great Maps app.


In saying that, Apple does hardware extremely well. It's a beautifully crafted device, where anyone who picks it up can see that Apple would've gone through hundreds of prototypes before landing on this. Sure, it has the same look as the previous iPhones, but it's just beautifully made.


Closing it up, you have two ways to go from here: if you're an iPhone fan and due for an upgrade, I'd definitely recommend looking at the bigger iPhone 6 Plus. Yes, it's massive coming from a 3.5 or 4-inch phone, but you'll adjust quicker than you thought you could. Everyone I know who has upgraded from the iPhone 5/5S enjoys the 6 Plus - it just took them a few weeks to adjust.


Second, if you're a Google user and deep into Google services, steer clear. Android is far superior (no matter what you say iOS fanboys, be gone) and you will regret it. Google has various apps tied into the iPhone, but they are nowhere near as powerful as they are on Android. If you don't use Google apps that much and just 'use an Android phone' or 'own a Galaxy phone', then you might actually enjoy what Apple has on offer with the new iPhone.



PRICING: You can find the Apple iPhone 6 Plus 16GB (5.5-inch) 4G LTE Factory Unlocked GSM Dual-Core Smartphone - Gold for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.


United States: The Apple iPhone 6 Plus 16GB (5.5-inch) 4G LTE Factory Unlocked GSM Dual-Core Smartphone - Gold retails for $909.00 at Amazon.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (Battery Life, Speed)95%
Quality including Design and Build95%
General Features (Software)75%
Bundle and Packaging75%
Value for Money70%
Overall TweakTown Rating82%

The Bottom Line: Apple fans, the new iPhone is here, and you need it now. Google fans, you might want to check it out first, and not dive in head first right away. Apple has done some truly amazing things with the new iPhone, stepping outside of its comfort zone, that's for sure.

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