In the flesh: Apple iPhone 6
We managed to secure an iPhone 6 over the week-end and sharing with you some of our initial impressions of the device.
Last week’s release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus included Hong Kong, Japan and Australia. The Philippines was not on the list and, based on previous years’ releases, we’re expecting a local release sometime in December.
Thus, we had to source our unit from one of the online stores that imported their shipments from HK. It is way more expensive than the retail price but the economics of supply and demand pushed the asking prices for these units to go past Php100,000 (read our story on the selling prices here).
The one we got was the 64GB version in space gray. It has the same color and tone as the previous iPhone 5S. More on this in our full review of the iPhone 6 within the week.
The very first thing we noticed after unboxing the iPhone 6 is the new profile and size of the device. It is significantly bigger and thinner than the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 is much closer to the profile and form factor of the iPod Touch than the previous iPhones.
The placement of the buttons have been slightly re-arranged with the power button now on the right side (to be easily reachable by the right thumb) and the volume controls along with the lock button on the left side.
The Lightning charging port, 3.5mm port, microphone and speaker are at the bottom end. At the back is the 8MP rear camera that is flushed too close to the top left corner.
Having been accustomed to a lot of smartphones in the 5 to 5.5-inch display size, the iPhone 6 feels familiar with its 4.7-inch display. This, along with the iPhone 6 Plus, is the biggest increase in display size Apple has made in the last 7 years.
With its very slim profile, the hold and grip on the iPhone 6 is a bit awkward and slippery. There is not enough girth to comfortably hold the device with in one hand. This is the same feeling when you hold the iPod Touch.
While the all-metal and glass body of the iPhone 6 has been the signature of Apple since the iPhone 5 over 2 years ago, the stripe borders around the body and across the corners of the back panel. It comes in a slightly different tone as the metal which makes it more prominent.
The rear camera also protrudes above the surface of the back panel and can be distracting and prone to scratching (as our experience with previous HTC devices that have similar camera placement). It’s also too close to the corner that it could be frequently obstructed by the fingers when taking photos.
Here’s the complete hardware configuration of the iPhone 6.
Apple iPhone 6 specs:
4.7-inch IPS LCD @ 750×1334 pixels, 326ppi
Apple A8 1.4GHz dual-core Cyclone processor
PowerVR GX6650 hexa-core GPU
16GB, 64GB, 128GB internal storage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
NFC, Apple Pay
8MP rear camera, dual-tone LED flash
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1.2MP front facing camera
Li-Po 1810mAh battery
129 grams (weight)
138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm (dimensions)
Once cause for concern among many would be the low battery capacity of the iPhone 6 which might translate to shorter battery life. We will do our standard battery bench to confirm this in our full review.
Perhaps our biggest comfort among all the new improvements Apple has introduced with the iPhone 6 is the display size. Apple has conceded to the fact that everyone else has significantly increased the size of their display so it’s time for the iPhone to follow suit.
If you’re curious to learn how much the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus will retail once it is released in the Philippines, here’s a chart of prices in HK, SG and Taiwan and the Philippines should be closer to that.