90
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90

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review: bigger and better, but with stiffer competition

Summary

Even with a slightly larger screen, the iPhone remains comfortable to hold. With fast performance, a great display, an elegant new design and a much-needed software update, it's one of the best smartphones you can buy right now. We wish it had the same long battery life as the iPhone 6 Plus (not to mention its optical image stabilization) but even then, the iPhone 6 is still the better choice for most people.

Pros
  • Sleek new design
  • Great display
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Fast performance
  • Generally good camera
Cons
  • Battery life could be better
  • Lacks optical image stabilization
  • NFC can only be used for mobile payments
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review: bigger and better, but with stiffer competition

To say that Apple's doing things differently would be an understatement. With the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, the company introduced two new high-end phones at the same time, both with a complete redesign and a much larger screen size than any iPhone that came before. Gone are the days of 3.5-inch and 4-inch phones that, at one time, seemed to provide more than ample amounts of screen space. Now, the new iPhones make their predecessors look like the tiny handset Ben Stiller used in Zoolander. The market has changed, and it was high time Apple did the same.

Even though this is Apple's first attempt at building large phones, it's not breaking new ground -- in fact, it feels more like the company is catching up than innovating. To be fair, finding a fresh take is a difficult thing to do in this crowded space: Samsung's Galaxy Note series, which started out at 5.3 inches and is now up to 5.7, is selling by the millions, and most competing flagships aren't much smaller. Basically, Apple would be leaving money on the table if it didn't address this segment of the market. So how did the company do on its first try at large phones? Pretty well -- mostly.

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Scores

Engadget

90
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
9.3
Display
9.2
Battery life
7.8
Camera
9.1
Ease of use
8.7
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Specs

iPhone

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.7 inches
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Specs

iPhone

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.7 inches
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