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iPhone 6 Review

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In short, the iPhone 6 is not the phone for me. Shocker, right?

I spent the last two weeks with the iPhone 6 by my side out of both curiosity and to become even more familiar with Android’s biggest competitor. I have seen all that iOS 8 has to offer (at least at this point). I have experienced Apple’s finest. I have experienced Apple’s vision for Android. Yes, I just said that.

If there are two conclusions that I can take from this experience, it’s that I now understand why millions upon millions of people want this phone each year, but also that I am still confused at the obsessive, often times obnoxious, need for all-things-Apple, especially involving the iPhone. This is a nice phone, don’t get me wrong. However, this is not something to obsess over or to use as a prop to help you look down upon people who don’t own one. The iPhone is not a status symbol. You should not stand in lines for days to own one. It’s a really good smartphone – it just isn’t the best smartphone. It certainly isn’t running the best mobile OS.

Here are some final thoughts to put this experiment to bed. 

Before we get going, understand that this isn’t an iPhone 6 review in the traditional sense. We aren’t an Apple site, so we aren’t going to start reviewing iPhones. Instead, these are some thoughts on the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 from someone who lives Android day-to-day, but spent the last few weeks with nothing but an iPhone. The sections in here will be comparisons to Android, what I like and don’t like about the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, and why, ultimately, Android is still what I prefer in a smartphone.

Initial impressions

Phone design

If I’m being honest, I have to admit that I tend to like most of the hardware design decisions that Apple makes with many of its products. I love the cylindrical style of the new Mac Pro, the sleek metal and now seemingly iconic design of the Macbook, and can even acknowledge that the iPhone 5 was gorgeous. With that said, the iPhone 6 is probably the ugliest, worst designed product that Apple has released in, well, years. Let me explain why.

First of all, the rounded edges surrounding its body, coupled with its aluminum exterior make it incredibly slippery. Thankfully, the phone is on the smaller side when compared to flagship Android phones in 2014, so you can mostly get a full-handed grip on it. The iPhone 5 had a squared off metallic design, with the edges acting as gripping points, something a phone this size should always have. This is the same issue I had with the HTC One (M8), which also saw the flat edges from its predecessor removed in favor of a fully rounded body, a move that has little benefit other than for the company who made it to have bragging rights and for it to look extra pretty in pictures.

Second, Apple sacrificed all sorts of things just so they could say that the iPhone 6 is incredibly thin. For example, the camera on the backside of the device protrudes out from the phone’s shell. This is a terrible design decision for a number of reasons, most importantly though, because now your $650+ phone has an always exposed camera lens that will take the brunt of every collision. It also doesn’t allow the phone to lay fully flat and is the first piece of your phone that contacts any surface it is laid on. It is asking to be scratched.

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But beyond the camera bulge, why is this phone this tall? To keep the iPhone 6 at an insanely thin 6.9mm and include their standard home button, Apple had to flatten it out, a move we wish they would have reconsidered. If you compare the iPhone 6 to the Xperia Z3 Compact, Galaxy Alpha, and last year’s Moto X, all of which sport the same size display (around 4.7-inch) as the iPhone 6, you might be shocked to see them sitting next to each other. Take a look at our comparison of the three on video. You would probably think that the iPhone 6 has a bigger display, but it doesn’t. The dimensions on the iPhone 6 are comparable to the new Moto X, yet it houses a 5.2-inch display. The Z3 Compact and old Moto X are almost 10mm shorter; all of those phones mentioned are not as wide.

Finally, the backside of the iPhone 6, with its plastic lines and matching top/bottom panels is simply put, terrible to look at. From the first leaks we saw months ago, I kept saying to myself, “Apple can’t possible release a phone with that ugly of a backside.” And then they did. At least the previous iPhones that packed in panels offered some contrast with glass or different colors. The new iPhone just looks like Apple was trying to keep the familiarity of their previous designs and ended up settling because they wanted a unibody rounded frame instead.

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If there is one design decision I will give Apple credit for, though, it would be in the rounded edges of the display. Like you will see on the new Moto X or the older Nexus 4, the iPhone 6’s display has been rounded off at all of its edges, which presents your finger with the softest swiping experience you can find. It also gives off the appearance that the display is floating, depending on which angle your eye takes to it.

In the end, to say that I came away disappointed in the design of the iPhone 6 would be a gross understatement.


There are two things I’m going to miss when I leave the iPhone 6 world and get back to Android – the camera and this phone’s battery life. I will get to the battery life in a second, so first, let’s talk about an amazing camera experience. If I were to describe the iPhone 6’s camera in two words, they would be “versatile” and “consistent.” Whenever I needed a shot taken, the camera was ready and more than capable. It’s also insanely fast in any lighting situation. While the camera only weighs in at 8MP, that is plenty of resolution for most. 16MP or 20MP just seems like overkill in a smartphone, especially if the smartphone can barely push quality in all those pixels.

As far as the camera UI goes, the iPhone 6 has the features and modes you need all at a swipe or tap away. It’s simple, that’s for sure. There are no manual settings that I can find, so if you want a deeper camera experience, you will have to download a 3rd party app. But if you just want to pull your phone out of the box, shoot quality photos, slow motion videos, or squared-off Instagram-ready shots, you can do that with ease.

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As far as actual results are concerned, I can tell you that I am more than satisfied with the photos I was able to take. While I didn’t find myself in the ultimate photo situations during the last two weeks, every picture I took still seemed to come out as I had hoped. The iPhone 6’s camera shoots in a traditional 4:3, captures natural looking photos that aren’t overblown with saturation or high contrast or over-processing, and generally need little retouching depending on your needs.

I just always had confidence in the iPhone 6’s camera, which is something I can’t always say with many of the latest and greatest Android phones. That’s not to say that the iPhone 6 dominates all Android phones, I just feel like the camera has been fine-tuned to offer you a very consistent experience.


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Battery life

The iPhone 6 sports an 1,810mAh battery that lasts all-day and then some. The new Moto X features a 2,300mAh battery, which Android users claim is “small,” and can’t last for more than 16 hours with typical use. I would imagine that Apple’s iOS deserves the credit here for maximizing such a small battery, likely at the expense of the fully-featured user experience we get on Android, but man, it has been a pleasure to use a phone that doesn’t look like a DROID MAXX and can still last beyond the night. In two weeks with the iPhone 6, it warned me once that I was below 20% or so and should think about finding a charger. Once. In my two weeks testing the Moto X, I needed a charger every night by 9PM.

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The resolution on the iPhone 6 is an odd one (1134×750), but I don’t think anyone in the world would complain at having to look at it on a daily basis. Apple has used an IPS LED display with a pixel density of 326ppi, a number that doesn’t match the top Android phones of the moment. It may not need to, though, because it’s gorgeous to look at. When Android phones jumped to 1080p, a few of us sort of realized that they had gone too far and that there were few benefits at that high of a resolution. Now, that has become the norm or base, while other manufacturers like Samsung and LG are exploring QHD. At 750p, which is a slightly higher-resolution than the Galaxy Alpha or Xperia Z3 Compact’s 720p resolution, you still aren’t going to see pixels with your naked eye.

Apple has calibrated the iPhone 6’s display almost perfectly as well, with as close as you will get to purely accurate colors, though it may show whites as being slightly cooler at times. I will gladly take cooler whites than the yellow, warm ones we see on devices like the new Moto X. The iPhone 6’s brightness level is also almost unmatched on each end of the spectrum, from ultra bright to extra dim.

I would also argue in Apple’s favor that the lower resolution has aided in the excellent battery life of the phone. With fewer pixels to push, you have less strain on that smallish 1,810mAh battery.

Finally, as I mentioned earlier, the display has a cascading effect around its edges, which helps deliver a softer finger feel as you swipe across it thousands of times per day. This also leads to a floating effect, where you feel as if the display is as close to the top of the glass as is possible. Apple did a great job with this display.

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Macros for fun.

Apps and the Appstore

Apple bloggers will tell you all day, every day that the Appstore is far superior to Google Play. Is it? I haven’t seen anything in the past two weeks to prove that point. For one, the app selection is almost identical these days. Apple enthusiasts will tell you different, of course, but as of right now, I have two apps on my iPhone 6 that aren’t available on Android: Instagram’s Hyperlapse and Tiny Wings (because Tim made me). No other apps that are iOS exclusives have found their way on to my phone, because I’m not sure that many exist.

And here is problem two, when you talk about iOS and apps – the Appstore is a disaster. I talked about this the other night on the DL Show, but try searching for something like “best Twitter app” on both the Appstore and Google Play. On the Apple Appstore, you get Tweetbot as the top result, which is actually a popular Twitter app, but that’s the only one. The rest of the listings (in order) are an image framing app for Instagram, a game that looks like a kid’s Park Tycoon knock-off, an emoji app, another Instagram photo FX app, and a VPN service. Seriously, those are your options when searching for “best Twitter app.” Google Play, on the other hand, gives me more Twitter apps than I can even count.

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It doesn’t stop there. The top charts section, I have been told by iOS users, isn’t worth looking at because it is easily manipulated. I was also told that the featured app collections on the main Appstore page are worth looking at, but Apple only updates those on Thursdays or something like that. There is an explore section, which in theory could be useful, except there are so many categories and sub-categories that it might take you hours to find a new app that is worth installing.

Google Play curates apps based on my friends’ likes and ratings and what I already have installed, but also puts together all sorts of lists of apps in a variety of categories from the newest to the most recently updated. If I want to find a new app on Google Play, or search for one, it’s as easy as doing a Google search. Or, I could take to each section where there are additional curated lists that aren’t buried behind categories and sub-categories.

As I mentioned above, Apple enthusiasts like to talk about how much better the app selection is on iOS, except that doesn’t mean a thing if you can’t find those exclusive apps. The only way to find new and useful apps that I can figure, is if you start reading Apple enthusiast sites. I think I’ll pass.

Using iOS 8 – the part where things get ugly.

If you read everything up until this point, your takeaway could be that I actually don’t mind the iPhone 6, thanks to its incredible camera, stellar battery life, and gorgeous display. Outside of a poor Appstore experience and what I would consider to be the ugliest iPhone in years, the whole package isn’t actually all that bad. But again, that would be the takeaway if you only read up until now. At this point, we are going to switch the focus and dive into iOS 8 for a bit. In other words, this is where it becomes clear that Android is still the smartphone operating system for me.


The iPhone 6, thanks to its 64-bit chipset, is a little powerhouse. The phone doesn’t stutter, apps load instantly, gaming is a joy, multi-tasking works as Apple expects it to, the camera loads within a split second, and even the Touch ID recognition of your fingerprint happens quicker than you would expect. If you look around the web at iPhone 6 reviews that include benchmarks, you will consistently see the 6 ranked towards the top in almost all categories when compared to other smartphones. The iPhone 6 is efficient, yet powerful.

Goodbye, silos…eventually.

Before iOS 8, your apps couldn’t talk to each other. If you have used an Android phone for more than five minutes, you know how big of a flaw that is. In Android, you can share anything to just about any app at any time from within any app. It’s amazing. In iOS 8, things should change for the better, thanks to the introduction of Extensions, which is an option that developers can build into their apps so that they can talk to other apps. For example, if you were looking at a photo in the iPhone’s Photos app, but wanted to edit it in Afterlight, you can now choose Afterlight as an editing option from within the Photos app. Previously, you would have had to exit the Photos app, open Afterlight, find the photo you wanted to edit, and then edit it. Another example would be sharing a web page. Going forward, assuming developers build in the functionality, you could share a web page and have it save to Pocket or send it through Mailbox as an email.

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At this point, this functionality just isn’t there for most apps. Since the idea behind Extensions is so new and iOS 8 has only been available for a couple of weeks, we are still waiting for developers to add in support to their apps. As the days go by, we are seeing more and more apps gain sharing, widgets, etc., but it’s going to take time.

As I have been testing the iPhone 6, this has been a major pain point. For example, I use Feedly as an RSS reader and often email stories to myself. Unfortunately, Mailbox hasn’t built in sharing and I refuse to use iOS’s Mail app, so from within Feedly, I have no way to email a story out of the app. Again, things like this should be fixed over time, it’s just that this whole idea of sharing between apps has been a staple on Android from day one, that dealing with the slow rollout of support has been frustrating.

I need a back button.

As you know, the iPhone only has a single navigation button – the physical circle home button at the bottom of the device. After having used Android for so many years, I truly have missed the back button. While Android’s back button has a mind of its own at times, it is more handy than I think most Android people realize.

Like, let’s say I’m in Instagram and find a link in a profile that I tap which takes me into Chrome. Well, the iPhone will only let me choose Safari, because…silos. Anyway, the link takes me into a browser on both devices. I then decide I have seen enough and want to quickly jump back into Instagram. On Android, a simple tap on the back button would take me immediately back to Instagram. On the iPhone, I have to double tap the home button to bring up the recent apps menu, hope that iOS quickly pulls up Instagram in a recent apps card menu since it was the app I last used, wait for the animation to finish, and then tap on Instagram. Inefficient much?

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To be fair, iOS does utilize this nifty gesture where you can swipe from the left side of the display to quickly jump back a screen. It has been very handy to use and I almost wish that Android would adopt it. Unfortunately, this back swipe only works within apps – you can’t use it as a back button to jump back and forth between apps. Maybe some day.

The app jukebox.

There is no better way to describe the way iOS works than by calling it an App Jukebox. Android runs more like a traditional computer in that you have an accessible file system, real multi-tasking, apps that run outside of silos and can talk to one another, and almost unlimited access, assuming you know what you are doing. Apple doesn’t want anything to do with a scheme like that. Apple wants iOS to be an app facilitator, nothing more. The OS forces you to run an app to do this, another app to do that, and another app to do one more thing. Up until iOS 8, they didn’t talk to each other, you just went from one app, back home, and then to another. While we now have Extensions on iOS, the idea of running a specific app to do this or that still stands. You load your home screen, find an app, tap its little icon, close that app, find another, tap it, close it, tap it, close it, tap it.

With Android, there are apps that work within other apps or on-top of apps or next to apps. You have multi-tasking apps that can be accessed with a swipe, widgets that live on your home screen that do more than just display information, the ability to run multiple apps at a time in a multi-window environment, perform a quick task with a floating app on top of your current app, and maybe more importantly, life outside of the stock suite of apps that the operating system’s creator has forced upon you.

I am overwhelmed by settings…within Settings.

I talked about this in my “first impressions” video above, but the Settings situation on iOS is completely out of control. Rather than allow apps to host their own settings within themselves, Apple has decided that all settings will be controlled from a central Settings application. If you have a few dozen apps installed, your settings panel becomes overwhelming. Each app has its own settings menu within Settings, but it also has its own section within the Notifications section within Settings. Facebook has a settings menu within its settings menu within the Settings app. This is not a joke.

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The settings situation gets worse when you include notifications in the conversation. Notifications are also handled individually per app through their own settings section within Settings. But so you know, you have to decide if you want each individual app to access all areas of your device, how many notifications to show, and how they should appear as they roll in. Again, you have to do this for each individual application.

The Settings app is also where you do things like set a wallpaper, turn on “Shake to shuffle” in the Music app, tell Apple Maps how loud the navigation volume should be, and add a second account to Twitter. You cannot do any of these things outside of the Settings app. I’m not making this stuff up.


Speaking of notifications, they are both good and bad.

As I mentioned above, the notifications settings within the Notifications menu within Settings, isn’t my favorite setup. You have to choose within each app’s notifications settings if you want banners, no notifications, or pop-up alerts. You also need to choose if the app can even send you notifications, play sounds, show on the lock screen, and how many notifications you want to show in Notification Center. For the most part you really only need to tweak these settings once and can then forget about them, but the initial process is a bit much. Once you start receiving notifications, you may find that you need to go back in and re-tweak to get each app notifying you in just the right-but-not-over-the-top way, which again, is incredibly time consuming.

Similar to what I said in the Extensions section, the future for notifications is quite bright, we’re just not fully there yet. For example, apps will soon be actionable from the lock screen or as badges that show up at the top of your screen, but we need developers to build in that functionality. Again, it’s a waiting game for now.

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My problems with iOS notifications are that they are everywhere, but they also do not seem to sync properly and you never know if or when they may hang around or leave as they should. This could be something that developers could yet again address, but for example, if I have already dealt with Mailbox items on my computer, I shouldn’t see notifications for those old emails on my iPhone that were dealt with hours ago. Same thing with my Dropcam notifications and “likes” from people on Instagram. But almost every time I pick up my iPhone 6, I have old notifications that I have already dealt with somewhere else.

Another issue arises when you dismiss a notification for later because you have to remember to check back for that notification. What I mean, is that there are no notification icons in the status bar that are constant reminders of items that need to be dealt with. On Android, while it may look cluttered and nasty at times, you have a status bar that constantly lets you know that you have pending notifications. On iOS, that isn’t the case – you have to swipe down your notification shade to see them or hope they are on your lock screen the next time you wake your phone.

I will say that I like how iOS groups notifications from the same app together in sections, with an option to clear all notifications from that app only. This is incredibly useful if you want your Instagram notifications gone, but want to see email or Hangouts notifications for a while as a reminder.

WTF, sound controls?

I don’t think anything about the iPhone 6 has been more maddening than trying to figure out volume controls. Apple has a Sounds section in Settings (of course they do), but it does very little. As you can see from the screenshot above in the Settings section, there is a single volume slider that controls both the ringer and alerts. The problem is, that it lies. I can turn my volume as low as it will go before going to silent and yet Hangouts messages still try to blow my eardrums out because they couldn’t care less what my system volume settings are. I have had this phone for two weeks and still cannot figure out how to adjust volume in Hangouts. How is that possible? Meanwhile, Android has separate sliders for media, alarms, and calls/notifications. Android devices also listen when you set them at a certain volume.

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No personalization.

We like to host “Show us your home screens!” posts on a regular basis. Those days are used to show off the custom works of art that our readers have been able to construct on the home screen of their Android phone. They are without a doubt some of our most entertaining and popular posts. If we ran something similar on an iPhone site, it would be the most boring feature of the year, every time. There is no personalization with an iPhone outside of the wallpaper that appears on your home and lock screens.

I feel like with this iPhone, I’m using someone else’s phone and that I can’t actually make it my own. The only controls I have are how many apps I want in a folder, how many folders I want on a screen, and the arrangement of those folders and their surrounding apps. I guess I can add and remove apps from pages too, and maybe even place a widget on the notification shade or change the whopping four icons that sit in a dock at the bottom of the screen. There are no options for you to customize – this is Apple’s vision of a phone and they don’t allow you to change it. It is, as I mentioned earlier, an app jukebox.

Things that are great.

I know that I just spent all of that time talking about the things that I find difficult to deal with, but there are some good things going on in iOS 8. For one, if you are invested in Apple’s ecosystem, you have some amazing device-to-device sharing tools. Not only that, but your computer can become an extension of your phone, thanks to additions in Max OS X “Yosemite.”

Now, I happen to be running Yosemite on my Mac Pro, so I can do things like answer incoming calls on my computer (like you can do in Hangouts already), send web pages directly to my computer from the iPhone 6, send files instantly and make them available, or have all photos taken automatically backed up and ready in iPhoto within seconds. There are apps and features like this on Android as well, but Apple makes them incredibly easy to use in iOS 8.

I should also point out that if your core group of friends and family all use iPhones, I would imagine that iMessage (or whatever it’s called these days) would be a great messaging app. I do not personally know many iPhone users, so I haven’t even touched the app.

The Little Things

  • Touch ID is great. Apple’s use of a fingerprint scanner in the home button of the iPhone is actually pretty great. It doesn’t require a swipe, only that you set your finger there for a second. You can use it to unlock your phone, pay for things, and authenticate without needing to type a password. It works almost flawlessly. This is not that gimmicky swipe fingerprint scanner that Samsung continues to try and use – this is a legitimate fingerprint scanner that works practically every time you use it, no matter which part of your fingerprint is touching it.
  • Lightning cable is too. Apple uses a proprietary charging cable (Lightning) that blows away the micro USB cable that all of our Android phones use, because of one thing – it’s reversible. When I go to bed at night and plug-in this iPhone 6, I no longer have to worry about which way the cable is facing. I grab it, plug it in through the dark and go to bed.
  • Call quality, not so much. I rarely mention call quality in reviews because most phones these days all sound great. With that said, the iPhone 6 actually stood out to me as having poor audio quality when on a call. Not only does the volume not get loud enough, but conversations often sounded tinny or robotic.
  • Bing all the things. If you want to perform a quick search on an iPhone, you can do so through a simple swipe-down when on your home screen. Once swiped, a search box appears that allows you to search for anything that is on your mind. In iOS 8, you can now do more than just perform web searches; you can search for apps, contacts, movie listings, wikipedia, and more. The idea and implementation are quite useful, except for one thing – the search uses Bing instead of Google. Have you tried searching for anything on Bing lately? Save yourself, it’s still not any good in 2014. Edit: I have been informed that you can change the search setting to use Google instead of Bing. Probably one of the 8,000 settings I missed.


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My experience with the iPhone 6 ends like I expected it to. The phone was impressive in battery life, camera, display, and performance categories, but I was ultimately left frustrated by the intricacies of iOS 8 that differ from Android. From Settings and Notifications handling to the silos that still exist while developers get their apps ready for Extensions to that damn physical home button. It’s obvious that Apple has created an experience that they feel is the best for everyone, except they forgot about the tinkerers of the world and those of us who want ultimate control, who want to customize a phone’s experience, and who don’t want to be told that their phone should be used a certain way.

The iPhone 6 and iOS are consistent – they just aren’t consistently what I want.

On to the Xperia Z3 Compact.

  • NickDun

    One thing I think most highly computer ate people don’t get is that most people don’t want customisation, they don’t want the smartphone to be a computer and mostly they don’t want operating system. They simply don’t. They just want apps to do the one thing they got the app for. So for those of us who “do computers” android or windows will win every time. For those who want a platform that just works then iOS is the choice. And btw, for those of us who value our privacy and don’t see ourselves as a commodity to be sold by advertisers to advertisers. Android and the Google universe is not a place we like to be. I guess that’s why iPhone users become addicts to their iPhones and Apple makes money.

  • Alexander Possessed

    I like it… he tried to stay honest and objective even though his heart was clearly with android. I totally feel him, I am an android fan, love to mod them and mess around with android’s almost unlimited possibilities, but all day at work I fix iphones :). Objectivity is so damn hard

  • Wilson

    i bought an iphone6 from Dubai and at the backside it has sone Chinese words, does it mean that the phone is fake?

  • Paweł Narolski

    I’m having hard time choosing between iPhone 6 and Xperia Z3. I’m a pro Mac user, so iPhone would integrate with it nicely, but for the last year I’ve been using Android (HTC One) and was pleased with customization options. Also, I’d get a free Sony watch with Xperia. Care to help, anyone?

  • J.r. Coffie

    That was less bias than phonearena “review” of the iPhone 6

  • Pyronaut

    There’s mention in the review of the camera lens just waiting to be scratched since it sticks out. It’s covered by sapphire, so it’ll be pretty hard to scratch.

  • dutchie

    I have had several Iphones for years and I have now decided to get the Galaxy note 4.
    My main reason for this is actually being more independent from a business stand point.
    I can handle everything from one device and do not need to go back to the office or home to sit behind the pc / mac in order to do my daily stuff.
    What really seems exciting is the use of the s pen. I have never used something like it before, but I am actually looking forward using it.
    I do like I phone and have no complaints at all, it just doesn’t have the extra’s I really need on daily basis.

  • atc-tech

    Lightening cable is irrelevant when wireless charging exists…

  • Eddy

    The slim new iPhones aren’t a big-screen slam-dunk, but they work well, as we have come to expect from Apple. Ultimately, it’s what’s on the inside that keeps them just in front of their competitors.

  • jay67

    Wow – iPhone call quality still sucks after 7 iterations (give or take) ? – it is amazing how consistent they have been on this. Good job Apple!

  • Brandon Rosonina

    Can someone explain to me how a tiny battery is so efficient in the iPhone and how to mimic it in my nexus 5, or just wait for android l

    • davidecrocker

      Control over the entire ecosystem. iOS also limits some functionality, which increases the battery life. Two different operating systems.

      • Brandon Rosonina

        Any way to make this into the nexus

  • davidecrocker

    I know this is more of an Android thing, but I use this app on my iPhone CONSTANTLY.

    Android fans will bash the app and it’s obvious nod to Android, but as an iPhone user, I am grateful to have this. Bash it or appreciate it, to me, this is a useful app.

  • davidecrocker

    How do you change from Bing to Google in Spotlight? I cannot find that at all….

  • Chris Wagers

    I’m an iPhone user and I wanted to say I really liked your review. It seems we are alike in what we like and don’t like about iPhones. If Apple doesn’t step it up in the next couple years they will lose another customer. But right now I can’t wait to get my iPhone 6 in another week. Again great review!

  • p1neapples

    Having gone from iPhone to Android and back to iPhone, I think it’s interesting that you were lost in “settings within settings”. That was one of the biggest things (behind camera function and quality and battery life) that made me go back to the iPhone. I really appreciate an honest Android user’s experience of the iPhone instead of the countless reviews by people that are already in the wagon on it (I being one of those people). So thanks! This was a great read!

  • carlos gonzalez

    An android user complaining about not being able to find settings….ironic

  • Hah

    I think it’s funny because he seems like he’s confused about Settings. An Android guy. Complaining about settings. Hah.

  • neo728

    yes it’s about users choice but for me i love my samsung s5 (running nova of course with 1080 res) my finger scanner works great now after a couple of updates but for me i love sd cards and the wireless charging just lay my phone down and go to sleep plus i hate the multiple files on my homescreen that ios offers an app drawer is where it is and widgets cant live without them iphone looks preety but android is light years ahead oh WAITING ON MY MOTO 360 watch cant even buy one yet from apple

    • Destroythanet

      Yup, Nova Launcher is awesome.

  • gary

    great writeup!

    I have used both Android and iOS phones in almost the same amount of time (2+ years)

    for someone like me who looks to the Notifications as a reminder/checklist, iOS may not have the icons at the status bar but at least it still keeps the items even after a restart… in Android, an accidentla/unpredictable restart would mean losing all the notification items… that has always been a concern to me

  • Pavidus

    This is a essay on “why I don’t like IOS because it is different from Android”

  • Kishi Talati

    Great Review! One small thing, the camera is covered by sapphire glass so it is pretty much scratch proof despite Apple making it stick out.

  • Dave S.

    I think the fact that the Lightning cable/plug is reversible is certainly a nice bonus, but the fact that anyone still complains about having to figure out how their micro-USB goes into their phones in 2014 is ridiculous. You’ve been doing it for years now already…I’m sure it’s not that big of a deal!

    • abazigal

      I would argue that it is a big deal precisely because we have been doing it for many years already, and will likely continue to do so for many years to come. I guess it just amazes me that in all these years, no one every thought of making it reversible? Or was the idea raised, only to be subsequently rejected due to bureaucracy?

  • Destroythanet

    LOL speaking of hipsters, check this commercial out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxp8TeXwJxw

  • Kurama91



    • Dyan_Branielson

      Then don’t read them.

      • Kurama91

        I really won’t waste my time in these reviews.

        • Dyan_Branielson

          So wasting your time in the comment section underneath those articles is worthwhile. I see.

          • Kurama91

            nope, I am not wasting my time by suggesting something to someone who considers himself a huge android fan. if I were him, I wouldn’t be doing that!

    • abazigal

      Find me the last Android article which generated over 500 comments?

  • TotallyNotGlenn

    I’m an iPhone user. I have been since the 3GS, and while some Android phones do pique my interest, I have no plans to switch. Let me just say that I love this review and it’s so refreshing to see someone who isn’t like, “IDK APPLE SUCKS LOL” and actually takes the time to give the device a fair review.

  • Matt


  • Sporttster

    Biggest thing I hate about Apple is having to use iTunes. What a PITA that program is! I love being able to drag, drop, move within a file system easily. Having to help my kids with their iPad/Pods drives me batty! SUCH a frigging pain! And lord help them if they forget their passwords! Try inputting it a few times incorrectly, locks the thing up tight. Hate Apple!!!!

  • Dcupcattleranch

    Pretty even handed review. You tried hard to cater to your audience without dumping on the iPhone 6 gratuitously. It’s pretty obvious by the length and detail of your review that this phone is really very intriguing to you. Of course letting on to that would be career suicide. Nice job, lots o clicks for an iPhone review on an Android fan site!

  • Jun Hyeon Mun

    “They forgot about the tinkerers of the world and those of us who want ultimate control, who want to customize a phone’s experience, and who don’t want to be told that their phone should be used a certain way.”

    In that sense, Google forgot about the people who want a reliable device that just works seamlessly. You are completely free to have your preference and I am not forcing you to love the iPhone. But to say that Apple “forgot” about people like you is just plain foolish and even slightly arrogant. You are speaking 100% from a geek’s point of view, which I am pretty sure isn’t even 1% of the consumer market. Your review is great in its honesty but it’s frustratingly narrow-minded.

    • theemptyhead

      1)Geeks are hackers who buys for hacking purpose.
      2)Smart are the people who buys the real smart phone. At this point of day android has the smartest phone at the market.
      3)Dumb are the people who buys iphone. A dumbest phone if you compare with the latest flagship android phones.

      • SerenityNow

        Dumb is the person who uses atrocious grammar while accusing others of being dumb.

        • theemptyhead

          I’ve, always, hated ‘grammar, . That’s. why, i really, don’t care. Your, grammar’ is perfect’. Good, for, you.

      • abazigal

        I am reminded of what my colleague once told me when I was telling him about my pebble watch.

        Him: So what can this smart-watch do?
        Me: I can’t show you at the moment. It’s out of battery.
        Him: So you must charge it every week? That’s not very smart of the watch, is it?

        In this context, I could also argue that while Android smartphones may have the most functionality, but if I have to specifically go out of my way to learn how they work, and go out of my way to tinker with the device (which is something most people wouldn’t bother doing), then it kinda defeats the point. Just like a tree which falls makes no sound if there is no one around to hear it, what’s the point of all these features if no one bothers to use them?

        • theemptyhead

          Every features are not meant for everyone. That implies to iphones too. The feature you don’t use doesn’t mean it’s useless for others.
          One example-
          I store all my downloaded movies, youtube videos(downloading is also done via my phone itself. Not computer) on external sd card in my note3. And when I’m home i can just take out my sd card and put it in my android tv stick and watch it on big screen tv. I’m a movie freak. I simply cannot live without it. But my wife haven’t even bought sd card. She doesn’t need it doesn’t care about it.
          Another example-
          As I’m in japan all the football matches of premier league, champions league, la liga shows at middle of the night. That’s when i use ir remote to control tv. I don’t have to get out of bed and turn on the light to look for remote control.”i think everyone hates to get out of bed in the middle of the night”. It came so handy at world cup brazil 2014. And then again my wife never uses ir remote.
          No feature is useless and that’s i want to say. You just have to learn how to make the best use of it.
          I’ve used siri for first few months when it launched but later I’ve never found myself using it. Neither my wife ever used it. But that doesn’t mean siri is useless feature. Someone out there is surely making the best use of it. Specially the ones who drives.

    • abazigal

      I won’t say that Apple forgot. They simply made a conscious decision not to cater to this market because it would probably mean alienating the rest of their consumer base – the people who buy an iPhone precisely because it is simply and it works.

  • needa

    it is wierd that you get horrible battery life from android, in comparison to other android, and you get great battery life out of ios, in comparison to others on ios.