iPhone 6: A Brief Overview
Launched in September 2014, the iPhone 6 was the biggest thing to happen to apple.
The device comes with an upgraded A8 processor from Apple. It also has a 1.4 GHz Dual-Core Cyclone (ARM v8) based CPU. The Power VR GX6450 quad-core graphics handle the graphics well. The device comes in 16, 64 and 128 GB versions and they are coupled with 1GB of RAM.
The iPhone 6 comes with the iOS8 that can be upgraded to the iOS 8.1.2. The phone features and Accelerometer sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass and barometer. It has an HTML5 browser but lacks Java support.
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch LED-Backlit IPS LCD capacitive touch screen. The display has 750 x 1334 pixel resolution and 326 ppi pixel density. The shatter proof glass display has oleophobic coating.
Battery and Connectivity:
The iPhone 6 has a non-removable Li-Po 1810 mAh battery. The battery’s standby time is up to 250 hours and talk time of up to 14 hours. It features Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-Band, Hotspot, Bluetooth (V 4.0, A2DP, LE) GPS (A-GPS, GLONASS) NFC (Apple pay only) as well as USB (v 2.0) reversible connector.
The device has an 8 MP primary camera with 3264 x 2448 pixels, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash. It features geo-tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama). The device shoots 1080p@60fps and 720p videos @240fps. The device has a secondary 1.2 MP camera too.
iPhone 6: Detailed Review
Perhaps, one of the most anticipated phone in 2014, with millions of web pages flooded with rumored tech specs and amazing designs that somehow managed to capture what meets the eye, the next big thing from apple since the iphone 5S is here. But, this time, it is slimmer, smarter, sharper and eye-catching than ever. Presenting the iPhone 6, the best thing that happened to iPhone since the previous iPhone 5S.
The iPhone 6 looks similar to the iPhone 5s to the untamed eye. What lies within the hood is what really matters a lot. When the iPhone 6 is rolled out, a sure shot awe was created and apple fans all around the world had a reason to rejoice and burn yet another hole in their pockets. The iPhone 6 will be available in India post September 26th.
The device has a 64-bit 20-nanometer Apple A8 processor that is 20 percent faster than the previous CPU and has 50 percent faster Graphic processing capacity. The device has a second-generation M8 motion coprocessor with features such as Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the Home button, new 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, 8-megapixel camera with True Tone flash, 1.5micron pixels, f/2.2 aperture, digital image stabilization, cinematic video stabilization and continuous autofocus video, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Wi-Fi calling, 150Mbps LTE support (up to 20 LTE bands and VoLTE) NFC, or near-field communication that not only adds the short-range communications protocol to the phone, but also builds an entire mobile payment system around it, with partners galore already waiting in the wings.
The Apple Pay, US-only system works with the Passbook app on your phone, and independently as well, to let you buy goods and services with a single touch of the phone. Like other mobile-payment systems, the merchant never sees your credit card details, and a handy feature incorporating the camera will add new credit card details to Passbook, which saves you some typing time. Starting in the US of A with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, Apple Pay is backed by six major banks, with more to come. Right out of the gate, you'll be able to use the service at 220,000 merchants that accept it. This includes various malls and retail outlets. Apps like Groupon, Panera as well as Uber will also incorporate Apple’s Pay right into them. The handset will be available in 16 GB / 64 GB and 128GB options and just as legacy may have it, even the iPhone 6 / 6 plus does not consist of a Micro SD card supporting slot.
The new A8 processor is the second of its kind to flaunt a 64-bit chipset and performance on an apple device is always the best. The much anticipated iOS 8 is finally official and it contains high definition graphics and a good UI.
The device has an Accelerometer Sensor along with Gyro, Proximity sensor, a compass / magnetometer as well as a Barometer. The iDevice also gets social friendly with iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email. The handset has a HTML (safari) browser and lacks Java support.
The iPhone 6 also has the following features such as; Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, AirDrop files sharing, Siri natural language commands and dictation, iCloud service, iCloud Keychain, Twitter and Facebook integration, TV-out, Maps, iBooks PDF reader, Audio/video player/editor, Organizer, Document viewer/editor, Photo viewer/editor, Voice memo/dial/command
and Predictive text input.
Design and Display:
As far as the design language goes the iPhone 6 looks similar to the 5S. However, apple has trimmed down the additional fat and presented the slimmest phone in its class. The iPhone 6 measures 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm which is super slim and needless to say, very much desirable. It weighs just 129 grams and feels really great when held.
Compared to the 7.6 mm iPhone 5s, the 6.9 mm iPhone 6 looks like it has lost a lot of weight. The new iPhone 6 has taken design hints from the iPad design and the shape feels organic, the devices has soft and round edges and just add to the comfort of using the new i-device.
Another positively welcoming change is the shift of the power button to the right hand side of the device that provides easy access to the user. The device has a metal body and feels quite elegant as ever. The Phone boasts a 4.7-inch Retina HD LCD LED-backlit display with 1334 x 750 resolution (326ppi) with ion-strengthened glass and 38% more pixels than iPhone 5s, the i-devices have always maintained their reputation with one of the best displays ever, and seems like the iPhone 6 has done it right this time too. What’s unique about this display is that, the glass is shatter proof with Oleophobic coating that is irresistibly strong and sinewy.
The iPhone 6 will be made available in 3 colours, gold, silver, and space gray beginning with September 19 in various countries, with on-contract prices starting at $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB version and $399 for the 128GB model. Special Apple-made cases for the new model will also be available to buyers, priced at $45 (leather cases) and $35 (silicone cases).
Network and Connectivity:
The device has various connectivity options and has the latest technology upgrades that allow it to connect to various networks. The iPhone 6 connects to 2G networks with GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - A1549 (GSM), A1549 (CDMA), A1586 bands as well as CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1549 (CDMA), A1586 bands, 3G networks with HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1549 (GSM), A1549 (CDMA), A1586 and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - A1549 (CDMA), A1586 bands as well as 4G networks with LTE 700 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 / 850 - A1549 (GSM), A1549 (CDMA) and LTE 700 / 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2300 / 2600 / 750 / 2500 - A1586 bands (depending on your service provider). The device supports a Nano SIM.
The device also supports GPRS, EDGE, Wi-FI (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot) meaning that the Wi-Fi speed would be three times faster than the 5S.The device also has Bluetooth (v4.0, A2DP) as well as NFC and USB (v2.0) GPS (A-GPS, GLONASS). The device has HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL speeds.
Although the mAh of the batter remains discreet, apple claims that the iPhone 6 should deliver 10 hours over 3G and LTE, and up to 11 hours on WiFi and video, 250 hours standby and 50 hours on Music.
Camera and Multimedia:
The device comes powered with an 8Megapixel camera that delivers 3264 x 2448 pixels with Autofocus and Dual LED (Dual tone) flash, needless to say that the images appear pristine and pleasing to the eye. The camera has a few additional features such as, 1.5µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, panorama and HDR.
The iPhone 6 also has a 1.2 MegaPixel front facing shooter with 720 P resolution HDR and delivers excellent looking selfies and images. The device shoots 1080p videos at 60 fps and the front shooter captures 720p videos at 240fps.
Another rich kid’s toy presented to you by apple, this device is worthy enough to crush competition with its state of the art technology and features. It is a little disappointing to know that Apple has not done anything revolutionary in the recent past. If you are an iPhone 5 user and want to upgrade to something bigger and better, you can consider this phone. iPhone 5S users needn’t consider upgrading to a similar looking device with a few additions.
iPhone 6 Rivals:
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
HTC One M8
HTC One E8
Sony Xperia Z3
Oppo Find 7
Nokia Lumia 930
Slow Motion Video Recording Option
High Price (Still iPhone 5s is a better option)