The Reviews Are In! How Do the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Rate?
The fateful day has finally arrived, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now officially out in the wild! Whether you're fawning over yours or you're still out in the cold waiting to find one, we've got a roundup of the official verdicts all across the web from the biggest names in tech. The general consensus? The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are both phones that you're going to want to get your hands on.
Molly Wood of the New York Times: "The best part of the new phones is actually the new software inside, which is available for some older models, too, starting on Wednesday. The software, iOS 8, combines some of the advanced features of Android with Apple's ease of use and reliability."
Geoffrey Fowler of the Wall Street Journal: "Now Apple has dual cures for Android envy: a bigger iPhone, and a super mega jumbo iPhone. After using both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for a week, I can report that Apple has successfully addressed its size deficiency, and much more. The $199 (with contract) iPhone 6 packs a 4.7-inch screen, big enough to get down to business, into the most comfortable smartphone I've ever held. And while the iPhone 6 Plus feels too big for my taste, for $100 more its 5.5-inch screen offers an option for road warriors who don't want to carry a tablet."
David Pierce of The Verge: "It's simply and cleanly designed, with a metal back that curves cleanly around the sides. There are few seams and no ugly clutter. The only real flaw is the antenna design: Apple opted to essentially outline the top and bottom of the phone's back with small plastic stripes where wireless radios can transmit signal. It just looks bad, like someone drew on my phone with a marker. HTC's simple, striped design on the One M8 is far better, and even Apple's glass-strip-on-the-top-and-bottom approach for the 5S looked nicer."
Brad Molen of Engadget: "Even though this is Apple's first attempt at building large phones, it's not breaking new ground -- in fact, it feels more like the company is catching up than innovating. To be fair, finding a fresh take is a difficult thing to do in this crowded space: Samsung's Galaxy Note series, which started out at 5.3 inches and is now up to 5.7, is selling by the millions, and most competing flagships aren't much smaller. Basically, Apple would be leaving money on the table if it didn't address this segment of the market. So how did the company do on its first try at large phones? Pretty well -- mostly."
David Phelan of Stuff: "Overall, it's a beautifully built bit of kit. Where the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 have to make do with plastic shells - albeit metal-style plastic in the case of the latter - the iPhone 6 feels wholly premium. Only the M8 really runs it close, and that's a far bigger handset. Every iPhone since the 4 has been a thing of beauty, and the 6 is no exception."
Lance Ulanoff of Mashable: "There are other smartphones that do some of the things an iPhone 6 can do. Others, like the Samsung Galaxy S5 do more. It and the Amazon Fire Phone actually watch you and react to your gaze. Even so, none put it all together in quite the same way. I do miss the edges of the old iPhone design, but Apple's iPhone 6 is, for my $200, the most elegant and effective smartphone on the market."
What do you think of your new gadget? Is it everything you had hoped it would be? As the iPhones go out across the globe, the reviews continue to pour out. Why not leave a comment and let us know what you think about your new piece of tech if you managed to get one?