With its new iPhone double, Apple has once again broken its own sales records. The star of the show is the smaller of the 6 models. Although “small” is actually the wrong word.
iPhones have traditionally had a hard time with connect. To blame are the typical disadvantages that Apple users simply have to accept. The battery is not exchangeable and the memory is not expandable, and Apple does not use the standard Micro-USB interface, but a proprietary connector. If you can live with that, you are faced with a choice: buy the new iPhone 6 or save 150 euros and buy the predecessor?
The display makes the difference. With the Apple iPhone 6, Apple has increased the diagonal size from 4 to 4.7 inches, which is nearly two centimeters larger. The resolution has grown from 1136 x 640 pixels to 1334 x 750 pixels, so the larger display has not lost its sharpness. Apple has also improved the quality: the contrasts are more pronounced, the viewing angles larger.
Of course, the housing has grown with the display; at 138 x 67 millimeters, the Apple iPhone 6 is not as easy to handle as its predecessor (124 x 59 mm). While the iPhone 5s can be operated perfectly with one hand, the thumb only reaches the farthest corner of the iPhone 6 touch screen with difficulty; if you have a short thumb, you’ll have to use your other hand. Not even the new design, which has become much more ergonomic with its round shape, can change this. Apple has overhauled the housing of the 6 series; processing and material selection are, however, at a typically very high level for the two Apple models. The mix of aluminum and glass makes for a feel which is rivaled only by a few smartphones.
If you look into the housing, there is little reason to spend more money. Of course, Apple has updated the technical components, but the resulting improvements will hardly be noticed in everyday life. The best example is the camera: the resolution has remained the same (8 megapixels), and the picture quality has only slightly improved in the iPhone 6 – but there is nothing to be ashamed of with its predecessor. On the contrary, the 5s camera is still first-class in 2015. However, those who place high value on video footage should go for the 6, since Apple has implemented many new functions here, including time-lapse and slow-motion shots.
The new A8 processor is indeed more powerful than the A7, which sets the pace in the 5s. But apps that fully exploit the performance are still in short supply – you are currently just as well off with the predecessor. The results in the connect test lab also show only marginal differences. The voice quality remains good, the radio characteristics have been improved slightly. In the LTE network especially, Apple optimized transmission and reception quality. The battery life has made a noticeable jump: the 6 holds about out one and a half hours longer (6:56 hours instead of 5:25 hours) – an increase of almost 30 percent.
The decisive factor is the display size and the associated shape factor. Even many Apple fans found the size of 4 inches too small. The increase to 4.7 inches was urgently needed, but occurred at the expense of maneuverability. If you are looking for a compact smartphone, there is no way around the 5s. If a large display is more important, then the 6 Series is the right choice for you.