Apple has launched its revolutionary iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India today, and like always the response has been phenomenal. Apple repeatedly states that these are the best phones they have ever created. iPhones have always been about smooth user experience and fabulous retina displays. We got to spend some time with iPhone 6 at the launch and here are our first impressions.
iPhone 6 Quick Specs
- Display Size: 4.7 inch IPS LCD LED backlit capacitive touch screen with 750×1334 retina display
- Processor: 1.4 Ghz Dual-core Cyclone (ARM v8-based) A8 chipset
- RAM: 1 Gb
- Software Version: iOS 8
- Camera: 8 MP AF camera with Dual LED flash. f2.2, 1/3 Inch Sensor, 5p saphire lens,
- Secondary Camera: 1.2 MP front-facing camera with 720p recording
- Internal Storage: 16GB/ 64GB/ 128 GB
- External Storage: No
- Battery: 1810 mAh battery Lithium Ion
- Connectivity: 3G, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
- Others: OTG Support – No, Dual SIM – No, LED Indicator – No, Nano SIM – Yes, Fingerprint Sensor, Apple Pay
- iPhone 6 – Buy Now
iPhone 6 India Hands on Review, Camera, Storage, Bend Test, Worth The Upgrade or Not [Video]
Design, Build and Display
If you are used to earlier models of iPhone, first thing you will notice is the steep increase in size. The classy elegant more rounded yet sturdy iPhone 6 felt wonderful when held in hand. The rear camera at the back is slightly protruding but it has sapphire lens. Apple assures us it’s extremely hard to scratch.
In our opinion, iPhone 6 has the just perfect size, while iPhone 6 Plus will be just too big for accustomed iPhone users and others as well. Speaking of the display, it’s the same top notch display we are used to seeing and expecting from apple, only it’s bigger. Colors, brightness and viewing angles are just great.
Processor and RAM
Apple is using custom made 20 nm dual core A8 chipset, the second generation 64 bit chipset with 1 GB RAM. Its not as big leap from A7 as A7 was from A6, but it’s still better. Practically, iPhone 6 was extremely fluid to work with and we expect this to hold in the long run. iOS is more resource efficient than Android, and thus comparing with corresponding high end Android specs will be a mistake.
Camera and Internal Storage
The iPhone 5s rear camera was indeed very impressive and the new iPhone further improve it with faster auto focus and increased pixel size. Sensor size (1/ 3”) and aperture (f2.2) remain same. In our initial testing images were crisp, natural and clear.
You can record full HD videos at 30fps and HD videos at 120/ 240 fps. You can also take up to 43 MP panoramic shots. We would like to spend some more time with iPhone 6 to compare its camera performance with high end Android phones.
Internal storage is 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB depending on the variant you choose. You have to shell extra 9,000 INR while moving up the ladder.
Interface and Battery
The UI design isn’t vastly different from iOS 7, but there are several improvements. You can swipe off notifications, have notification widgets, download third party keyboards, pop up notifications and improved spotlight search. Double tapping the home button gives you recent apps and frequent contacts. Safari browser can now request desktop apps. There are several subtle changes which will enhance your iPhone experience.
Battery capacity is 1810 mAh and if the buzz around the internet is to be believed, it will give you similar battery backup as last year’s iPhone 5s which can be rated average.
iPhone 6 Photo Gallery
We like a bigger display on iPhone 6. The handset doesn’t flaunt the greatest spec sheet, but that doesn’t mean you will have to compromise in any way. A great camera, great display and great chipset makes iPhone 6 a top notch smartphone, but it’s certainly not affordable. The iPhone 6 has been priced at Rs 53,500, Rs 62,500 and Rs 71,500 for the 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB models. We do wish apple had managed better battery backup and OIS on iPhone 6 as well.