- Stuart Miles , Pocket-lint
We suspect the iPhone 6 Plus will be the source of perplexity for a long time to come. Bigger really is bigger, but not always better.
- Stunning and sharp display
- Optical image stabilization solves shaky cam issues
- Excellent battery life
- Difficult to grip
- Not as sharp as quadHD displays
- Some slight pauses when launching apps
After years of maintaining the same screen size for their smartphones, Apple has decided change their strategy with the release of the iPhone 6 Plus. Measuring in at 6.2 x 3.1 inches, the iPhone 6 Plus is not a small phone by any means and yet it is incredibly slim at only 0.3 inches. Like its predecessors the 6 Plus sports an aluminum body and glass front. Instead of keeping the rigid lines of the iPhone 5s Apple opted for rounded edges instead. Due to its sheer size, reviewers did find the device difficult to use one-handed and a little too slippery. Gizmodo notes, "…there's just no comfortable place for your fingers to grip." While Apple did include a new piece of software called Reachability that brings the top half of the screen closer to bottom, experts describe the initial interface as clunky and practically useless.
Of course the 5.5-inch display is the reason that the 6 Plus is so much larger than previous iPhones. It boasts a 1080p Full HD experience, which translates to a stunning 401ppi pixel density. Although on paper it still isn't as detailed as a quadHD display, experts describe the display as crisp and detailed. Beyond the resolution, experts describe the panel as "brilliantly bright" and "stunning" with excellent viewing angles and color contrast. When compared to Android devices, critics note that colors aren't as vivid as the Samsung Galaxy S5 nor is it as clear as the LG G3. Still, Techradar states, "…the iPhone 5 Plus still has a very, very good display."
Inside the iPhone 6 Plus is a 1.4GHz Arm8 processor. In benchmark tests it consistently outperformed previous generation by 10 to 20 percent. In hands-on tests, reviewers were generally happy with its snappy performance scrolling through the home screen and playing graphically intensive games. They did notice occasional pauses when loading apps, but not to the extent that it became an issue. In order to keep the huge phone running, Apple invested in huge battery life. Experts' real life testing drained the battery in a little less than two days. While a longer lasting battery is a welcome surprise, they were mainly thrilled by the quick charge time for the 6 Plus. According to their tests, they were able to get a 10 percent charge in only 10 minutes and a full charge in just two hours. Of course, charging the phone requires the necessary Lightning cable.
Last but not least, the 6 Plus offers an 8MP rear-facing camera with the same autofocus technology found on the iPhone 6 but adds in optical image stabilization (OIS) to the mix. The OIS technology works with the processor, gyroscope and M8 motion coprocessor to reduce shaky hand problems. While not new in smartphones, the 6 Plus is the first iPhone to feature OIS. Due to this new feature, reviewers noticed that the 6 Plus' shutter speed was slightly slower than the 6. However, they mention that it produced crisp and detailed images in both bright and low light situations.
While not perfect, reviewers enthusiastically recommend the iPhone 6 Plus for people who want to bridge the gap between phone and tablet. Phone Arena states, "…it's a fantastic phone that earns high marks in a variety of categories…" ZDNet adds, "Apple's iPhone 6 Plus is not perfect…But it's as close as it gets in my view."
Reviews (8.8/10 Avg. rating)
An excellent phone
Great phone if you can deal with its size and price
Delivers a bigger iPhone if you find the 6 too small
No flop, but it certainly takes some getting used to
If you're looking at the iPhone 6 Plus it's likely because you like the simplicity and aesthetic quality of iOS, but are drawn to the larger displays of the best Android handsets. Though it's reductive to simply say that the 6 Plus is just a giant iPhone, that's truthfully the best way to describe it. It's thin, extremely well-designed, and has a gorgeous (gigantic) screen that truly brings iOS 8 to life.
Compared to other large-screen phones on the market, the iPhone 6 Plus is one of the more cohesive efforts you can find. Where most other manufacturers of phones this large try... Full review
Solid performance, great battery life
Steve Jobs was wrong and Tim Cook was in denial. People wanted it so much that the Apple phablet is here, following a trend set by rivals. For longtime Apple users, the form factor will be daunting, but it’s clear that the aim is on converting Android users, not satisfying the existing iPhone user base. Yes, the size is crazy, but we have seen bigger phones already and will continue seeing them for a long time to come. It’s time for larger pockets, literally and figuratively, if you plan on buying a really good large screen smartphone. The iPhone 6 Plus is top notch for what it... Full review
A new dawn for iPhone
What this really comes down to is personal preference with design and price. If you like large phones –– and the iPhone 6 Plus is VERY large –– then you’re looking at one of the best phablets on market. Personally, I prefer the way the LG G3 and Galaxy Note 4 accommodate their larger displays. This is mostly to do with design, however, as both the Note 4 and G3 have smaller bezels and thicker, weightier bodies, which creates, IMHO, a better in-hand experience. In terms of everything else, however, I’d say all three handsets are pretty evenly matched &ndas... Full review
Impressive battery life, high-quality and large display
A great smartphone, but not a good choice for everyone
Packs a vibrant 5.5-inch display, fast processor and long battery life into its elegant metal design
If you've been holding out for a phablet-size iPhone, the $300 iPhone 6 Plus is for you. The handset's 5.5-inch full HD display and zippy A8 processor make it the best iPhone yet for entertainment, and its long battery life ensures that you'll be able to enjoy apps, movies and games for hours on end. Apple's big-screen phone also packs a fantastic camera in a slimmer design than the competition.
While the iPhone 6 Plus impresses, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the best overall phablet on the market. Samsung's plus-size phone has an even sharper quad HD display, pen input, robust mu... Full review
An impressive phone, but not the perfect iPhone for most buyers
The iPhone 6 Plus is a great phone that is too big for everyone to enjoy, but for those who can commit to carrying the bigger iPhone the rewards are plentiful. Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus display delivers an amazing pocketable place to watch movies and sports, to game and to work while on the go. Couple this with the longer battery life and you end up with a single device that fills the role of a phone and an iPad mini.
It would be great if Apple made the iPhone 6 Plus a little easier to hold, with smaller bezels and packed in a water-resistant design, but it is still an excellen... Full review
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