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iPhone 6 Review-- Pretty Much Perfect
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iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Review– Pretty Much Perfect

Like many iPhone users I had been lusting for a bigger phone..but not too much bigger. The current crop of 5”+ flagship smartphones don’t appeal to me at all…the big screen is nice but the phones are just too big for my hands. Experience has shown me that a 4.7” smartphone is the sweet spot for me. The screen is big enough yet the device is small enough to be comfortable in my hand. So the second the rumour mill announced Apple would be making a 4.7” smartphone I was hooked sight unseen.

iPhone 6When I was finally able to lay my hands on an iPhone 6 I wasn’t disappointed..it is a bigger, badder, sleeker iPhone that is clearly an iPhone even from across the room. It is is impressive, all sleek glass and cool aluminum. It looks positively space age, no hard edges like previous models.  There’s only a whisper of a bezel; the brushed aluminum back wraps around a softly curved edge to meet the glass front. And it is so slim, a mere 6.9 mm thick. It is still a black slab of Gorilla glass live eery other flagship phone but somehow the iPhone 6 has style, a je ne sais quoi that the others don’t manage to pull off.

iPhone 6

It’s really light, too, at just 4.55 ounces. they Phone 6 is slightly heavier than the 5s, but, it is way bigger yet somehow feels lighter than its older sibling.. That screen, in my opinion, is the best you’ll find on any similar-sized smartphone. With a resolution of 1,334 x 750, and 326 ppi the images are really sharp plus the colors are rich and bright, and appear to be closer to the glass cover.

The new design features some physical changes, the power button moves to the right side…finally!…and the audio controls are now rectangular to fit the slim body.

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Under the hood is a more powerful M8 processor and it shows. The screen is way more responsive and snappy..things seem to happen instantaneously; apps pop open and multi-tasking doesn’t seem to slow things down. Performance on the TELUS LTE network is also impressive. The new processor makes iOS 8 sing even if some of its most impressive improvements aren’t quite ready iPhone 6 Handoffyet..I have been able to get handoff to work sporadically with some apps on my Yosemite equipped MacBook Air. Notice the Contacts icon to the left of the dock

On the other hand the phone call function works great every time on my MacBook Air and iPad Mini with Retina running iOS 8. This is a very cool and handy feature that I can see using often.

iPhone 6 Handoff

iPhone 6 Handoff

iPhone 6 Health KitAnother improvement is a new M8 motion co-processor that build upon the introductory M7 that debuted with the iPhone 5s. Similar to the M7, the new M8 is an integrated motion coprocessor that is designed for fitness apps. It’s more than a step tracker, the new M8 can distinguish between sports such as cycling and running. It also can calculate distance and elevation using an onboard barometer to measure air pressure. The addition of the Health Kit on the iPhone 6 provides an outlet for all that data. Not only can it report data from the onboard M8 it can collect data from devices such as fitness bands and health related apps creating a central clearing house for all your health related data.

Notifications has taken a step up with the capability to use widgets. Soon we will see all kinds of widgets adding features to the Notifications bar…already there are quite a few. I am using two custom widgets from Avanio Labs to show my local weather as well as my agenda.

iPhone 6 widgets

The iPhone 6 is also Apple’s first phone with a NFC chip. Unfortunately it will be available only to the Apple Pay app when it launches in the US next month and soon in Canada. This is an unfortunate development because there are some pretty cool things that can be done with NFC chips. Hopeully it won’t be too long before Apple free it up for other apps

The 6MP rear camera lives up to past iPhone cameras…not the greatest at any one thing but pretty much the best overall camera you will find in a smartphone. It does everything well..take a look at the samples.

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The video camera is equally as impressive at full 1080p HD.

The iPhone 6 is an elegant, well built smartphone with a gorgeous screen and great performance that is the perfect size for me and I expect many of you. If you want a really good looking phone that does everything right then you will want to consider the iPhone 6. If you are already hooked into the Apple ecosystem with an iPad and/or Apple computer then. there is no other choice.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

5 Comments
  • Emil P

    Thanks for the review Bob. Can’t wait to upgrade my iPhone 5 next month.

    September 26, 2014 at 8:14 pm Reply
  • Graham Neill

    I don’t understand you. My 3 year old Galaxy Nexus is a better phone with a better processor and is fully customizable. It also has the same sized screen. You cannot customize an Apple iPhone. You are stuck with iTunes. You are not doing yourself any favours by giving this phone 5 stars. Anyone who is king to pay the exorbitant prices that Apple wants also want real estate. They want 5″ to 5.9″. Youbwill see when the Nexus X comes to market and the Note 4.

    September 26, 2014 at 9:22 pm Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      Sheesh Graham Did Apple kill your dog or something. Your Galaxy Nexus isn’t even close. My reviews are my personal opinion and I try to be as objective as possible. I am prepared to recognize quality when I see it. The iPhone 6 is a great phone and deserves 5 stars just as the original Moto X deserved the 5 star rating I gave it.

      September 27, 2014 at 12:01 am Reply
  • Graham Neill

    I have since upgraded to a OnePlus One. There is absolutely no question that it is a superior phone to the iPhone 6. Gorgeous screen, zero bloatware, Snapdragon 801 processor almost twice the processing as the iPhone, 3GB of RAM or 3X the RAM of the iPhone, a full day plus on a charge with major use, and you are not hooked to iTunes and the Apple ecosphere. Then there is the biggest reason…the OnePlus One is only US$349.00 for the 64GB model or CDN$450.00 delivered…less than 1/2 the price of the comparable 64GB iPhone Plus (which has the same screen size at 5.5″).

    I know you have not been able to get a sample OnePlus One for review but there is my quick review. Can’t wait to see what will be the OnePlus Two next summer. It will have at least a Snapdragon 810 processor and possibly 4GB of RAM. It will again be under US$500…that has been confirmed.

    What did Apple do to me? I had an iPhone 3. It got advanced to IOS 4.3 which the phone was actually not compatible with. The phone became rather non-functional. There was no way to back it up to IOS 3.8 which was the last version that actually worked properly on the iPhone 3. It had just reached 18 months from release and Apple stopped any support. I was stuck for another 18 months. It was also really not compatible with my Windows computer…why would it be?…that’s Apple.

    My OnePlus One is fully customizable…note I said FULLY. It comes with CyanogenMod 11S with CM12 with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop by January. It also is guaranteed software support for a MINIMUM of TWO YEARS.

    Regarding security on ANY Apple product including iPhone it is a complete fallacy that they are 100% secure without security software. There is a massive amount of malware strictly aimed at Apple products. Apple is exceptional at covering up their security gaffaws. Consider yourself warned.

    December 7, 2014 at 11:18 pm Reply

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