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Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

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90 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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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
90 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

90
 

User Reviews

100
KyotoSan
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
loganthedj
This iPhone 6 ironically marks my 6th iPhone, in a succession of iPhones from...read more
100
johnny72
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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85
Average user Score
 
100
KyotoSan
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
loganthedj
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!
 
100
johnny72
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
70
dawgmann
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.
 
100
Born2bwild
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.
 
90
BmacZ
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!
 
100
theocanada
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
nnieman
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
drblank
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
spinelli116
A gadget unicorn - Engadget

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