Like them, or hate them, you cannot ignore them. There is no line that fits or is more apt for Apple product than that. When the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released, everybody had an opinion on it, and that shows the importance of Apple in the consumer electronics market. The response may have been lukewarm, but everybody wanted to take a side, simply because it was too important to ignore. We were not sold on everything Apple did with the new iPhones, in fact, we preferred our iPhone 5s till the day we used an iPhone 6.
We picked a retail unit in India on the night the device was released. We have used the phone for about two days now and could not wait to share the images and our first impression of the device. Although we had ordered the space gray variant, we had to make do with the silver white version due to poor stock handling offline. The case online hasn’t been too great either, with a lot of order backlog. In fact, Kunal, our Chief Editor, has not been able to get his pre ordered iPhone 6.
Them curves, the feel
Anyway, having said that, lets come to the device itself. We picked the iPhone 6 as the iPhone 6 Plus just felt way gigantic. Add in the fact that Apple has not done anything special on the software front on the iPhone 6 Plus and the choice was pretty straight forward and easy. The iPhone 6 is truly a phone that you need to touch and use to appreciate how good it is. We had two major reservations with the device, the protruding camera lens and the white rubber contact lines on the back which looked just ugly. However, on the silver unit we have, the lines go along well with the white front bezel of the device so that is a little less of an eye sore. Put on a decent back case on the device and you will definitely have no problems with the lens. However, putting on a case means the curved front panel of the phone which basically makes the phone ergonomic for a lot of swipe gestures, is rendered useless. Add in a tempered glass protector like we did and you really lose all the goodness of the curves.
Using the phone without the case, it feels very delicate in the hand, in fact it has a bad grip due to the curves and the metal making it prone to a lot of falls. This is why, a cover may well be a necessary evil here. On the software front, the iOS 8 is exactly like what we have seen on all other iOS devices, however there are several apps such as Whatsapp which have not been updated to support the larger resolution on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which look terrible. The text is zoomed in and you can actually see the pixels and we wonder how much worse would this be on iPhone 6 Plus. We sincerely hope that the devs would update their applications to fit the new display sizes and also the additional features of iOS 8 such as the widget support. Healthkit is also not all that useful as apps such as Nike Fuelband are not integrated there, so again, it is very much work in progress.
From our initial tests, the camera on the device is absolutely stunning and the battery holds on well for a day at least, but more of that in our final review. The call quality has been good, Touch ID is a lot more responsive, the phone has no lag or frame dropping issues and the audio output from the speakers is adequate. We have not played too many games yet, but whatever little we have had with arcade games, the device has done well.
Attached below, for you to check out, is the photo gallery of the device from all possible sides. It is worth noting that we have a tempered glass protector on the front panel of the phone to keep it safe.