Review: Smaller iPhone 6 proves bigger isn’t always better

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The iPhone 6 is as good as gold. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

My first impression? My goodness, this is the small one?

The iPhone 6 is a big step up. It makes older iPhones look small. Ridiculously small. Even after a few days, my old iPhone 5s feels positively Lilliputian. The 6 dwarfs the 5s, which felt big and expansive at the time. Now it looks like a little dolls’ phone.

I’ve been really digging the 6. It’s a big bright slab of glass and metal. It feels impossibly thin, almost like an oversize credit card in your hand. But it’s solid and stiff — it’s not going to snap in my back pocket if I sit on it.

The 6 is not a gob-smacker like the 6 Plus, which stops people in the street. But it’s more manageable, especially with one hand.

I’m a big fan. I like it a lot, except for one design flaw that’s been driving me crazy.

Available in gold, silver and space gray, the iPhone 6 features a speedy A8 chip, a much-improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and faster LTE wireless with theoretical download speeds topping 150 Mbps.

There are new fitness-tracking capabilities, an improved camera with faster focusing and stunning slo-mo video, and, of course, secure mobile payments via Apple Pay.

It runs iOS 8 — a truly great mobile operating system that just gets better and better — and then there’s that big bright screen where all the magic happens.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Design and feel
  3. Display
  4. Performance
  5. Camera
  6. Touch ID and Apple Pay
  7. Conclusion