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Review Round-up: The Verdict On The iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus

A round-up of reviews of Apple's new phone devices from the best tech publications

Anne Parsons
Review Round-up: The Verdict On The iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus© 2017 Apple

APPLE iPHONE 6 REVIEW ROUND-UP

Techcrunch

"The iPhone 6 is the best smartphone available. It offers improvements in almost every way that matters, and it delivers those in a striking new design that balances consumer demand for larger screens with a thin, light and durable case. It’s Apple’s most attractive phone, visually, and the 4.7-inch size is going to be more generally appealing than the iPhone 6 Plus’ larger proportions."

The Verge

“A 4-inch smartphone feels small now; somewhere around 5 inches is the new normal. Yet too many large-screen phones are cumbersome, awkward, and often just plain bad. And Apple has a long history of taking good ideas with obviously huge markets and being the first manufacturer to really nail the execution.”

Endgadget

“Even with a slightly larger screen, the iPhone remains comfortable to hold. With fast performance, a great display, an elegant new design and a much-needed software update, it's one of the best smartphones you can buy right now.”

CNET

“Not a revolution, but an excellent phone. The iPhone 6 wraps overdue Android features in Apple’s classic polish.”

The Guardian

- Stephen Fry

“the best and most beautiful mobile telecom technology ever yet produced”

Mashable

The Good

Excellent, seamless design•Shocking camera power•A number of utility and ease-of-use-enhancing features thanks to iOS 8

The Bad

May be too big for some•A wee bit slippery

The Bottom Line

Unless you have something against a 4.7-inch handset, Apple’s iPhone 6 will be your next iPhone.

APPLE iPHONE 6 PLUS REVIEW ROUND-UP

Techcrunch

“The first truly well-designed smartphone.”

“The ultimate movie watching smartphone.”

"The iPhone 6 is still the best smartphone for your money in my opinion, owing mostly to the fact that the majority of people are going to feel most comfortable using a smaller device as their daily companion of choice. But the iPhone 6 Plus surprised me: I went into this review expecting to find it was a niche gadget, reserved for those seeking the absolute top-of-the-line, convenience be damned. Instead, I found myself getting strangely comfortable with a phone I still find difficult to use one-handed. In short, the 6 is my favorite current smartphone, but the 6 Plus is its closest competition."

The Verge

“It is not often that a new iPhone threatens to alter the course of human evolution, is what I’m saying. But here we are. I have really big hands.”

Endgadget

“This year's iPhones aren't groundbreaking, nor are they perfect. But they demonstrate something far more important to Apple's success in the long run: freshness. Apple ditched the tried-and-true square design (which I've always been fond of) for a more rounded, modern look; it added features that should've been there ages ago (NFC, anyone?); and it made the phones large enough to start competing in a hotly contested space.”

CNET

“Apple’s most serious phone yet. The bigger phone means great battery life, and the 5.5 inch screen is not only big but bright and high contrast.”

The Guardian

- Stephen Fry

“Regarding the dimensions, many Android owners will point out how late the Cupertino company has come to the size game. But once again, Apple wanted to wait until it got the perfect merger of processor, battery life, resolution, materials and OS workarounds. Being first isn’t the point, being the best is.”

Mashable

The Good

Big screen shows lots of info•Movies and games look amazing

The Bad

Big and heavy, it’s almost a tablet•Costs $100 more than the excellent iPhone 6•More expensive than other phablets

The Bottom Line

If you must have a phablet, the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is a powerful and attractive choice.

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