Apple iPhone 6
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.
- Sleek new design
- Great display
- Comfortable to hold
- Fast performance
- Generally good camera
- Battery life could be better
- Lacks optical image stabilization
- NFC can only be used for mobile payments
- Critic Reviews (10)
- User Reviews (48)
- 90AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsEngadget90iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review: bigger and better, butEven 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.Recode90iPhone 6 Review: Itâ€™s a WinnerIt manages to provide a much larger display in a phone that’s still small enough to handle easily. It’s my recommendation for the best smartphone you can buy.TechCrunch90iPhone 6 Review: Meet The New Best SmartphoneThe iPhone 6 is the best smartphone available. It offers improvements in almost every way that matters.New York Times80Review and Video: With New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, ItThe slim new iPhones aren’t a big-screen slam-dunk, but they work well, as we have come to expect from Apple. Ultimately, it’s what’s on the inside that keeps them just in front of their competitors.CNET90The iPhone grows upThe iPhone 6 delivers a bigger screen while remaining easy to handle, with plenty of features to satisfy everyone -- and the promise of Apple Pay on the horizon to potentially sweeten the deal even further.The Guardian100Apple iPhone 6: thinner, faster and slightly cheapA beautifully made phone that finally reaches the screen size that many have hankered for from an iPhone, without sacrificing quality. The iOS 8 software adds a lot of key functionality - and NFC allied to TouchID has huge potential for offline and online payments.The Verge90iPhone 6 reviewFor a variety of reasons ... the iPhone 6 is one of the best smartphones on the market. Maybe even the best. But it’s still an iPhone. The same thing Apple’s been making for seven years. A fantastically good iPhone, but an iPhone through and through.Yahoo100Reviewed: iPhone 6 is a Thin, Sexy Phone with a KiThe iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are absolutely terrific phones. They’re fast and powerful and well designed. There’s not a single component that hasn’t been improved. These phones are a delight to behold and to be held.TechRadar90Bigger, better, sleeker and fasterApple has put it all together in a way that, if you can forgive the price (and that's a big if), offers a phone that should be at the sharp end of your consideration for your next smartphone.The Loop80Review: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 PlusThis is the iPhone I think most people would find to be a perfect fit for their lifestyle, whether they are coming from another manufacturer or a previous generation iPhone.
- 85AVERAGE USER SCORE48 ReviewsEngadget Reader70February 26, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80February 10, 2017Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Is the iPhone 6s Worth Your Money?In today’s age, there seems to be a new phone rolling out every month. This review will be directed toward the thought behind investing into a model of phone, specifically the iPhone 6s that is past its breakout craze. We will discuss a minimum of five points including: cost, ease of usage, best place to purchase, durability, and how the phone is aging with the releasing of new phones.For a little background, the 6s was released in September of 2015. Featuring a 4.7", LED backlit screen, A9 chipset, 12-megapixel rearward facing camera and 1715mAH lithium-ion battery, the phone is quite a performer even to today’s standards. When weighing your options for a new phone, perhaps the most scrutinized aspect is price point. The majority of buyers are looking to get the most out of their money. Which brings us to our first point. What people don’t realize is that the 6s has come down in price dramatically since the release of the iPhone 7 in September 2016. For example, most cellular carriers are still looking to sell off their stock of the 6s. For reviewing purposes, I will be basing prices off the 128gb model. Current pricing across the market is $500-$600. However, carriers are offering low-cost upgrades as low as $350. If you’re willing to go used, which is an option usually overlooked, craigslist and local phone repair are great outlets to do so. Most stores that sell used iPhones offer warranties as well. Compared to the 6s’s competition, the Galaxy S7, they are moderately close in purchase prices. The Galaxy S7 edges towards being around $50 more on the new or used market. When it comes to pricing, it’s a great option. As far as comparison to the GS7, it will be more up to user discretion for operating systems. Operating systems is a great transition to our next topic. A definite selling point for Apple is the ease of usage/navigation of the iPhone operating system. The factory installed essential apps, such as Mail, iMessage, Music, photo’s etc are very navigable. They are integrated in a logical manner that even non-tech savvy individuals can direct. Take the camera app for example, you have the slide bar on the bottom that switches between camera modes: photo, video, time lapse, slow motion and panorama. With one swipe and touch, you can start recording. In my opinion, this is where the Apple operating system takes a one-up over the Galxay S7. The intuitive, one step access is hard to compete against. One quick note that’s worth mentioning, the upgraded internal speakers on the 6s are much larger than the previous model and don’t require you and your friends to huddle around your phone to watch the latest cat videos! This makes for easier listening in public areas with moderate ambient noise.As for durability, has your phone’s screen ever shattered? Possibly had water damage? Durability has been a concern with consumers since the first touch screen phone was released. Unfortunately, durability hasn’t been the 6s’s strong suit; the soft, aluminum shell is very thin, resulting in a large number of customer’s phones physically bending from light to moderate pressure. Apple did acknowledge that the shells had a problem with bending. I’ve been lucky enough (knock on wood) with my 6s that it hasn’t bent. However, in fear of my phone bending, I purchased a case for added protection. I personally carry my 6s in a Thule® X4 case. It has great protection for both body and screen drops. The phone is clearly not water-proof. You must keep in mind that you have several ways for rain to enter. I’ve come close to getting rain in my headphone jack on numerous occasions. I haven’t performed a screen drop test for the reason that I would prefer to keep my phone working; however, with the screen being tempered glass, it has a tendency to shatter with drops as low as 2.5 feet. If you’re like me and are super clumsy, I’d recommend purchasing a quality case that protrudes past the screen. Now for the topic that the technologically inclined have been waiting for, internal specs! I’m going to lay out the specs of the phone and go into detail about how each one effects the phone and how it compares to the 6s’s competition.• Chipset: Dual Core Apple A9The A9 chipset is very comparable; however, one very noticeable difference over the previous model of iPhone is restart time. It’s less than 20 seconds. The refreshing of apps is very quick and responsive, whether you’re playing a game or checking the weather, the A9 has little to no hiccups in processing. Compared to the Galaxy S7’s Exynos 8890 processor, the 6s it slightly slower in my opinion. However, unless the phones are side by side, you’ll be hard pressed to see a difference.• Battery capacity: 1715 mAhA large downfall to the 6s is its obsession with abnormal battery consumption. I charge my phone overnight and by mid-day, with minimum to moderate usage, I’ll be down to 40% battery. Part of this is due to the IOS the 6s runs. Unless you go into settings and turn off the gadgets and gizmos you don’t know are running, you’ll find yourself even closer to the dreaded 20%. It’s a definite pitfall of the 6s. This can easily be overcome by investing in a portable charger. • Screen: 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels The clarity of the screen has greatly improved since the previous iPhone model. The crisp picture and quality of the glass surface is astounding! When you pick up the phone, you get the sense as though you’re being treated to an experience. Compared to the GS7, the 6s takes a hit in the pixels per inch department coming in at 326ppi vs GS7’s 577. The 251 ppi drop from the iPhone is noticeable; something you should take into consideration. • 3D touch One of the features the 6s offers is Apple’s 3D touch. This makes navigating even more intuitive. 3D touch allows you to create shortcuts through the phone via pressure differential monitors. Depending on how firm you press enabled icons, it will open up a hidden menu to app shortcuts! I find this feature to be quite handy. The GS7 takes a negative point here as it does not offer a system like 3D touch. Depending on how particular you are about wasting small amounts of time navigating, this might be a selling point for you.• Cameras The cameras are where the 6s really shines! It’s equipped with a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera (pictured above) that is impeccable in low light, coupled with video recording in 4k! The slo-mo is exceptional at catching great quality images. One critique I have regarding slo-mo is that the quality does take a plunge in anything less than broad, bright summer days. The front-facing camera isn’t as updated as the rearward. It comes in at an industry standard 5 megapixels. Good enough for selfies, but anything beyond is a shot in the dark in the quality department.In closing, there isn’t a better bang-for-your-buck phone out on the market, in my opinion, given the specs and longevity of the platform. The 6s still has lots of time before it becomes obsolete within the iOS. You can pick one up for as low as $250. Therefore, when weighing the specs to current model phones it is a great buy. If you aren’t the type of person who needs to have the latest and greatest, I highly suggest the iPhone 6s!Cost: ★★★★☆Ease of usage:★★★★★Durability:★★★☆☆Aging with technology:★★★★★Engadget Reader90October 20, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadgetjs87100October 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader70September 4, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've ALWAYS been a BIG fan of Apple, but honestly I'm starting to think about going to Android. I thought when Apple came out with the IPhone 6 they would fix many issues they have had in the past like camera,Siri,wifi etc. 1. The camera honestly sucks to me when using the front face. I have many many pictures that turn out blurry when I take a selfie! When I send pictures to my friends either the photo I took with my phone is WAYYY too small until they can't even see what it is or its too large! I do no edit my photos what so ever ! 2. Omg I asked Siri to give me directions to McDonald's and she told me "sorry I found no places called McDonald's " when there was one down a few blocks down the road 3. I would hook up to wifi and for some reason it wouldn't connect! I turned off my phone and turned it back on and either it would never connect or it would randomly kick me off . I know it wasn't the wifi that was acting up because my boyfriend (who has an Android ) phone was not doing the Same thing. iOS 9 update better be the best update ever because if not I swear I'm switching to android! ðŸ˜’Engadget Reader90August 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 4, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 2, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader20July 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!i have had by far the worst iphone yet not worth the moneyEngadget Reader80June 28, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100June 23, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90June 14, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90June 3, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90April 24, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader40March 17, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Phone 6:- OVERHEATING PROBLEMS!- VERY POOR PHONE FUNCTIONALITY. Without switching to speakers is hardly to hear anything.- MIC PROBLEMS: caller can't hear you.- Memory calculation trick: 64 GB becoming 56 GB after turning brand new phone on. Class action lawsuit against Apple pending already.- drains battery two times faster than iPhone 5s.- be careful with updating to OS 8.2 it will install Apple watch application witch can't be removed.Engadget Reader90March 13, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100February 26, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I upgraded from iPhone 4S to this one.Touch is so so so smooth. Absolutely no sign of lag whatsoever.Display is absolutely stunning. I have compared this with some of the latest AMOLED android phones side by side and while keeping the phone at usual reading distance I could not feel any lack of resolution or ppi. Yes if we keep the phone at 5 - 10 cm from the face there may be some difference although very minute. Anyway I don't plan to use the phone so close to my face.iOS 8 runs like butter.Touch ID is the best fingerprint sensor in any smartphone. It is so accurate in allowing the right and denying the wrong fingers.1 Gb RAM is the only slight disappointment in terms of specs on paper but I did not find any issues of crash or anything.I also tried opening 6 desktop view safari tabs. Then opening couple of other apps and games. Then came back to safari and none of these tabs refreshed or reloaded. I tried it e same test with 10 tabs and some of them reloaded.But I am anyway not such a heavy Multitasker. So it is not too much of a problem.Games and apps open instantly with no lag or delay.I did not try to bend it but it does not really feel bendable under regular stress. In fact I have used it for 3 months with a regular TPU case while cycling, motorcycling and all other outdoor activities. Absolutely no sign of even an mm bend.Engadget Reader90February 22, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90February 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70February 17, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90January 25, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Hands down the best looking phone. It's slick, works perfectly and has enough memory for everything I need. Without a case, it's very easy to let slip out of your hand due to it's smooth and curved shell. But if you've got a shell on, then you're golden.Engadget Reader80January 22, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100January 12, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader80January 11, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80December 31, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Apple are improving, Android is still a bit ahead, the competition is getting much stiffer with many more brands delivering better devices, but Apple have kept up well and obviously, it's still the most popular phone.Engadget Reader90December 17, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100December 14, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90December 14, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A very good product. Baterry could have been a little larger. It is very easy to use and is fast and reliable.Overall it performs well even though it lags occasionally.Engadget Reader90December 12, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80December 3, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 25, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader20November 17, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!If you need a phone that has a minimum robustness built in then avoid this. It's bending. If you need a phone with a decent battery life then avoid it. It's bad brand new, what will it be in 6 months?Those are two critical faults in an otherwise great phone. This is why I give it a 2/10.Engadget Reader90November 5, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!All are good. but I think size of phone is more. I ordered it at allgain and I got free screen protector.Engadget Reader100October 31, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90October 31, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The fact that it's faster than iPad is just amazing. This phone replaces both my phone (4S) and my iPad (2) and I got it for $388 with a 2 year contract in Canada.Engadget Reader90October 24, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90October 15, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader60October 9, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Pros:PowerVR GX6450 GPU is awesomeSlowmo 240fpsTouch ID fingerprint sensor built into the Home buttonNew Barometer sensor for tracking elevationConz :No microSD slotNo enhanced resistance to liquids or dustNFC functionality limited to Apple Pay onlyNo FM radioNo Infrared portNo wireless chargingNo stereo speakersRather pricey without carrier subsidies, $1k hereRadiation exposure levels is high on iPhone 6 better use bluetooth headsetEngadget Reader100October 8, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90October 8, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100October 6, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90October 5, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90October 3, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadgettheocanada100October 2, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90October 2, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I love taking the case of a rolling this phone in my fingers (I did the same thing with my Nexus 4 even after years of use). I just can't help but wonder why Apple waited so long to make a bigger screen, and why they joked around with the 5,5s,5c? The apps are crazy on this thing, whatever i want! A fart app, dating apps, magic apps, you get it all!Engadget Reader100October 1, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Overall, it's a great phone and a worthy competitor to the other high-end phones, and good improvement over its predecessor.The processing power is immense, the display is fantastic, the camera takes brilliant shots (for a smartphone), the battery life is good, and it has a solid design.Engadget Reader70September 23, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've had iPhones for years and this is the first one that I've had second thoughts about keeping. The new design has a very appealing look, but when it comes to usability the design is truly lacking. I've always valued being able to use a phone with one hand, but the width and height as well as the materials of this phone make that quite difficult. The aluminum back on this iteration of the iPhone makes it as hard to hold onto as the first generation iPhone, but without the plastic antenna cover as a grippable surface. The screen is really too large for one handed use, and Apple even acknowledged that by introducing the reachability feature. Reachability, while a nice thought, is a pain. Why would I want to double tap the home button to do things with the content from the top of the screen over and over? I was most interested in Apple Pay and the NFC features of this phone, but those won't be available until October so maybe this phone will redeem itself through that. I wouldn't have expected this generation of the iPhone to be only available in this large of a form factor or larger.Engadget Reader90September 22, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This iPhone 6 ironically marks my 6th iPhone, in a succession of iPhones from the 3G model forward. I adopted iPhone after my Blackberry Curve went to digital heaven and I tried to find similar love with an LG product -- but couldn't. I fell for Apple. Head over heels. I stood in line like an addict for over an hour at the AT&T store on the morning the iPhone 4 was released...and it was oh, so worth it!Well...I don't wait in lines very patiently these days. Not sure if it's the fact I'm a few years older and get less sleep due to toddlers I share a home with or if it's because I'm too jittery from all the coffee I drink to stay awake these days, but lines are hard. I pre-ordered from Verizon and received the phone on release day via my package courier in the comfort of my own home. It arrived and I was impressed right out of the box! The biggest change for me...the location of the sleep/wake, or "power" button. Moving it from the top-right of the phone to the right side has taken some getting used to, but in the name of progress and Apple Pay (the reason it was moved -- the Apple Pay RF/connection portion is at top now) I will adapt!Setup was easy, as expected, and I was able to immediately see some of the great changes Apple had made. FINALLY...a bigger screen. More on-target with what was being offered on the Galaxy S4 and other similar Android phones! Some might accuse me of being an "Apple Fan Boy", and honestly, I'm okay with that accusation...I don't mind. I don't sit and wave the Apple flag because of Apple (believe me, there's plenty of things they've done that I didn't like...for example, iOS7 re-design/looks), I just find that I prefer the products over the others. Not the product so much, but the way they function. The ease of functionality to me. I've owned Droids...and I just didn't like them the same way. Not saying they're bad...I just didn't like them.The bigger screen wasn't the only nice feature, but the Retina Display makes the screen seem clearer or easier to see. It's far more "crisp" to the eye. The size of the iPhone 6 is quite comfortable. It fits easily in my hands and their design team seems to have used a bit of magic to keep those of us who've carried older iPhones from feeling like we've been over-bulked with phone... The phone boasts the 4.7" display, but by making the actual phone thinner than previous models, and by adding the gentle curve to the sides -- it overall feels smoother and similar to our old handsets. It's a comfortable fit!The camera is quite impressive. Both rear and front-facing cameras are a big improvement over its' predecessors. The color saturation, exposure values, and many other factors are altogether much more improved over the previous phones. Having in-depth access to exposure controls (even brightness with the touch of the screen before even taking a pic) makes it all so much more in-line with an actual camera. I feel like more than ever before we have a camera that's competitive with the best point-and-shoot models out there! The camera app is even more feature-rich with time-lapse pictures and the ability to take slow-motion videos. The only part that somewhat disappointed me was that they didn't add the optical image stabilization feature to the iPhone 6 for photos...it's only available on the iPhone 6 Plus. However, I will remark that it does seem more stable than previous models, and it could be the larger 8 megapixel iSight camera. Not sure. As for video -- the videos I've shot so far do seem to be far more stable than those on previous iPhone models.iOS 8 really and truly does run very fast and fluid on the iPhone 6. The A8 chip with companion M8 motion coprocessor really do make the difference. I loaded iOS 8 on my previous iPhone 5 and also on my work phone, an iPhone 5S, and have compared it to those. The iPhone 5 was sluggish and acted very "wonky", where the iPhone 5S seemed to handle it like a champ. Not uncommon to what many iPhone 4 users experienced after iOS 7 was released. Hands-down, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will handle it fine.Battery life has also impressed me. I don't expect it to last forever and ever, and I'm not one who remembers to shut Bluetooth down, or switch off Wi-Fi when I'm not using it... And let's not even talk about how many email addresses I have this baby checking and with what frequency! It's a bit outlandish even to me -- and I'm the one who tortures the poor phone like this! All said, it's held out pretty well! I've only added a bit of extra charge to it casually when I needed to tether it to my laptop or when laying down at night and 'plugging-in' and using before going to bed. It's maintained a decent amount of battery to get me through use. I don't expect great battery life from any phone, really, but I'm much happier with this one as compared to the former iPhone 5 I carried.All said, I give high marks to Apple on the design, look, feel, inside electronics and other changes made. I'm really happy and really impressed with my new phone. I do HIGHLY suggest using a good protective case for the phone. I prefer Otterbox Defender cases, but none were available locally and I couldn't find a color other than pink or some polka-dot or something when I looked online -- so I picked up a Tungsten BALLISTIC case in a nice gray and slate blue, a Zagg screen protector, and I'm quite happy with it for now.Now...once I get used to the sleep/wake (lock) button on the SIDE...all will be good!