iPhone 6 full review: Solid and sturdy to the touch, stunning to the eye

iPhone 6 full review: Solid and sturdy to the touch, stunning to the eye

Tech specs

Price: $998 (16GB), $1,148 (64GB), $1,288 (128GB); all without contract
Processor: A8 chip with 64-bit architecture, M8 motion co-processor
Operating system: iOS 8
Screen: 4.7-inch Retina HD display; 1,334 x 750 pixels
Camera: 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front camera
Weight: 129g

Apple has ​hitherto been ​adamant​ that people should be able to use iPhones with one hand. So it has stuck to 3.5-inch and 4-inch displays.

But Android smartphones, with their bigger-is-better ethos, have undoubtedly attracted some iPhone users. Will the launch of the iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus) reel them back in?

The new iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with a screen resolution of 1,334 x 750 pixels and a pixel density of 326 pixel per inch (pip). The screen is essentially 720p or high-definition (HD) quality.

In addition, the liquid crystals in the new display have been precisely positioned for better viewing experience with deeper blacks and sharper text.

Also, the display has dual-domain pixels to ensure colour accuracy from corner to corner for a wider viewing angle. The display even has an improved built-in polariser, so you can see the screen better when you are outdoors in the sun.

All I know is the new display looks really sharp. I can also see very little colour or brightness shift when I view the display from the sides. Even when you are outdoors in the sun, you can still see the display clearly.

Other than the bigger display, the iPhone 6 gets a design overhaul as well with more rounded edges.

You still get the Home button with Touch ID sensor in front, but the front glass panel is now curved around the sides and seamlessly joins the rounded edges of the anodised aluminium shell.

The rear sheds the two-colour tone of its predecessors and dons a more uniform colour. Only the antenna bands are coloured slightly differently.

The Sleep/Wake button is now moved to the right side of iPhone 6 for easier access with your right thumb. The volume controls shed the round buttons of iPhone 5s to become more elongated like those found in iPad Air.

At only 6.9mm thick, the iPhone 6 is also much thinner than iPhone 5s, which is 7.6mm thick. However, that thinness mean the rear camera's lens is slightly protruded, just like the fifth-generation iPod touch. When you lay it flat on a table, there is slight tilting when you press on the screen. But it is nothing major to annoy you.

With the changes in button layout and its thinness, the iPhone 6 feels so much more sleek and comfortable than its predecessors, when you hold the iPhone 6 in your hands. Yet, it feels solid and sturdy with none of the plastic feel of some Android smartphones.

With the bigger display, there is now an extra row of icons available. To help you navigate better with one hand, Apple introduced a feature called Readability whereby you double tap the Home button to move the screen down so you can reach the top icons. This applies to any screen.

Plus, the new display allows for Zoomed mode, which makes icons, messages and emails bigger to make viewing easier.

I found the iPhone 6 fits well in the side pockets of my working pants and weekend bermudas. But I think you should not be putting this iPhone in your back pockets.

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