iPhone 6: First Impressions

Apple’s newest device comes also in a bigger version.

Apple’s most advance phone is out again and available for pre-order. However, this times, Apple released two phones instead of one. There is the conventional 4.7 inch along with the 6 inch version. The confusing part is: which one to get?

Looks and Feel

If you have not got your hands on an iPhone 6 yet, then, you can get an idea of the size printing out templates of the phone on A4 sheets. As far as the design principles are concerned, the overall look has remained pretty much the same with the bezels being more curved. This will obviously make the new device easier to hold. Talking about ergonomics, there is a huge difference between the 4.7 and the 6 inch phone. Once Apple released a TV advert for iPhone 5 saying how the size of the iPhone 5 practical. But now, Apple release something the size of a Galaxy Note. Double Standards?

The two sizes

It is actually good to have one phone in two sizes. There are people who would need a smaller phone, people who needs to put productivity first. So, mailing and keeping in touch on the go with the iPhone 6 is great. The 6 inch iPhone 6 Plus is great for those who want media on the go. Movies are great with the new iPhone 6 Plus and so is web browsing. One thing that should be made clear, iOS 8 has been totally optimized for the larger screen and includes a landscape mode for the home screen too. So, no complaints from the software end. It is like a little tablet. Now, you need to decide what you will use your new iPhone for.

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The Specs and the Differences

The two phones also come with different specs. First of all, the iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick and the Plus is 0.2mm thicker than that. Both use the A8 SoC inside. Both are 64-bit versions and on paper, they have 25% faster CPU and 50% faster GPU than the A7. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus comes with a retina display with a higher ppi than previous versions. The 4.7 inch screen has 1334×750 pixels while the 6 inch ones is a 1080p screen.

Cameras

Both the devices have a small camera bump. There is an 8MP f/2.2 iSight camera with “phase detection focus” that apparently offers faster AF. On the smaller device, there is digital image stabilization, while the bigger one has OIS. The camera hardware is not that impressive compared to what is there in the market right now and OIS does not make a big difference. However, the new image processing algorithms produce great images on both the devices. Both can shoot HD videos at up to 60fps.

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Wrap-Up

Yes, the new iPhone is a whole lot of the same and it still come with some improvements. However, the difficult part is which one to buy. Do you want a big phone (small tablet) make some compromises? Or do you want a smaller phone and ditch that glorious screen for the sake of portability. That is up to you to decide.

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