- iOS 8 OS
- Dual Core Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP Rear Camera
- 1.2MP Front Camera
- 2915mAH Battery
- 16GB Internal Memory
Speculations had most users into believing that apple would bring out just the iPhone 6, but as it turns out, the company had different plans. The iPhone 6 rolled out successfully with a slender and smarter appeal but, that isn’t all. Accompanying iPhone 6 is its bigger and slimmer cousin, the iPhone 6 Plus, a device that adds a plus to all the aspects of smart phones. Let’s look at yet another new entrant to the Apple smartphone family and ascertain the competitiveness of the iPhone 6 plus with its rivals. But the iPhone 6 Plus assures users that it would burn the biggest hole in their pockets like never before, making a plus size there as well. The iPhone 6 plus will be available in India, post September 26th.
The phone has the latest iOS 8 supported by Apple A8 Chipset. The CPU is Dual-core ARM v8-based 1.4 GHz Cyclone and it has PowerVR GX6650 hexa-core graphics GPU.The iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t share any similarity with any other apple device, looks like the company has adapted a new trend of competing directly with Samsung devices like the Galaxy Note series. Although, the phone seems quite attractive, what’s more impressive about it lies under the metal body. Built with the similar 64 bit 20 nanometer Apple A8 processor as found in the iPhone 6, the 6 Plus has the similar speed that processes data as fast as a wink. The iPhone 6 Plus too has the same second-generation M8 motion coprocessor and features the same Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the Home button as its smaller cousin.
The device also plays host to the US-only Apple play that is linked to the Passbook app on the phone, which allows users to buy goods and services whenever / wherever with just a single touch. Apple has a tie up with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Apple Pay is backed by six major banks, with more to come. The Android enabled Nexus 5 already has this feature, but it seems like apple seems to be adapting the “better late than never” strategy. Various Apps like Groupon, Panera as well as Uber will also support Apple’s pay with their apps. Just like the iPhone6, the 6Plus will also be available in 16 GB / 64 GB and 128GB options and will be the larger and (not to forget) priciest cousin among the lot. Even this device will not support a Micro SD card and users will just have to manage with the available space.
The iPhone 6 Plus also contains the same Accelerometer Sensor with Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, compass / magnetometer and a Barometer support. It would also have messaging and networking options like apples very own iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, and Push Email. The handset has an HTML (safari) browser but lacks Java support.
Apart from the above mentioned features, the iPhone 6 Plus also has the following common features such as; Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, AirDrop files sharing facility, Siri natural language commands as well as 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. It is very disappointing to know that this Plus device has no Plus features, it is just the maxed out version of the iPhone6.
Design and Display:
Finally, something a little different from the iPhone6, the 6Plus has a plus size with a bigger screen and a sleek package. The iPhone6 Plus measures 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm which is quite slim and makes it look like quite the desirable device. The handset weighs 172 grams and it has a finger print sensor with Touch id.
It might seem like the iPhone 6 plus is the mini version of the iPad mini with SIM card and a few extra features. Well, users have every right to not to believe in that statement because; it is a pricey disappointing device.
The device has an LED backlit IPS LCD, Full HDcapacitive touch screen with 16M colors with 1080 x 1920 pixels and 5.5 inches of a wide user experience, the phone has 401 ppi pixel density which is quite good and should be very clear. Another noticeable change lies in the power button that resides on the right side of the handset. The device also has a shatter proof glass with Oleophobic coating that is carried out from the iPhone 6. Overall, the device feels quite good in the hand and stand out quite prominently in a crowd. The iPhone 6 will be made available in 3 colors, such as, Space Grey, Silver and Gold and is certain to carry the heftiest price tag.
Network and Connectivity:
The Nano SIM supporting iPhone 6 plus has network connectivity options that are just the same as the iPhone6 and connects to the 2G networks with GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - A1522 (GSM), A1522 (CDMA), A1524 and CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1522 (CDMA), A1524 bands, 3G networks with HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1522 (GSM), A1522 (CDMA), A1524and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - A1522 (CDMA), A1524 bands and the new and speedy 4G networks with LTE 700 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 / 850 - A1522 (GSM), A1522 (CDMA)as well as LTE 700 / 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2300 / 2600 / 750 / 2500 - A1524 bands. As far as the connectivity options go, the device supports GPRS, EDGE, Wi-FI (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot) Bluetooth (v4.0, A2DP) NFC, GPS (A-GPS, GLONASS) and as far as speed is concerned, 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 speed. There is a USB (v2.0) provision too along with a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The iPhone6 Plus has a Non-removable Lithium Polymer Li-Po batter with classified mAh. But, apple claims that the device has a talk time of up to 24 hours on 3G and a standby time of 384 hours, the battery would last for 80 hours on music and 14 hours on video. Not bad according to the performance ratio.
Camera and Multimedia:
The device has a 1.2-megapixel Face Time 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 camera that remains the same and we see no change there too.
The iPhone 6 Plus has an 8 Megapixel primary shooter that resides on the rear side of the phone which delivers 3264 x 2448 pixels and is the same old camera as the iPhone6, the camera also houses Autofocus and Dual LED (Dual tone) flash with a few added features like 1.5µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, panorama and HDR. The device shoots 1080p videos at 60 fps and the front shooter captures 720p videos at 240fps with optical image stabilization. Disappointing news is that the iPhone 6 plus has the 1.2 Mega pixel front facing shooter as the iPhone 6 with 720 P resolution.
The device seems even more disappointing than the transition between an iPhone 5 and 5S, the device has nothing extra (except perhaps the big screen) than the iPhone 6. Apple fans had a great deal of expectation from this device, but it somehow seems that apple is running out of ideas and adapting the rival smart phone ideas to survive. The worst part is the price, the only difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6plus is the screen and well, the price for this is exorbitant. It wouldn’t really be a wise decision to opt for a device that costs you the world when devices such as the Google Nexus etc offer the same features at 1/2 of the price. Let’s hope that this device gains some recognition.
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