The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Apple's recent release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was highly anticipated and they have managed to deliver on all fronts. The company that is known for its small footprint devices appears to have succumbed to considerable competition from its rivals, most of who first saw the need for smart phones to be larger affairs
The iPhone 6 base model is indeed larger than the iPhone 5 and all previous versions. It sports a 4.7-inch screen with 1334 x 750 pixels, at 326 pixels per inch density. It is significantly larger than the 4-inch retina grade screen of the iPhone 5 series. The iPhone 6 Plus on the other hand is even larger and has a 5.5-inch screen with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, capable of displaying HD video. The resolution is 401 pixels per inch. This latter model is arguably where Apple is pinning its hopes against rivals such as Samsung but the release of the iPhone 6 smaller model adds a new dimension to the market. It means that Apple is making compact, mid sized and large sized phones cornering every part of the market in terms of size.
One thing that Apple has done with its new phones is that it has made them thinner. The iPhone 6 is just 6.8 mm thick and weighs in at 129 grams. The iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1 mm thick and is slightly heavier at 172 grams.
Both sport curved aluminum sides, a move away from the straight cut sides of the iPhone 4 and 5 series and more of a throw back to the days of the original iPhone. That said, with the new phones being thinner the curved design still looks like a new departure, since the display seamlessly joins with the body.
To house the larger display the iPhone 6 Plus has a larger body than its counterpart. It is about 1 cm wider and 2 cm longer than the iPhone 6 base model. This may not sound like a large difference but it is significant, since it is quite hard to use the larger phone with just one hand, whilst the smaller model fits quite snugly into your palm.
Another consideration is carrying the phones and although consumers have arguably got used to larger phones courtesy Apple's rivals, there is still the constraint that a phone that boasts a 5.5-inch display is hard to fit into a trouser front pocket. The iPhone 6, as a mid sized device, is small enough to fit and this may make it a model of choice for many, though the pixel real estate is certainly less than its larger counterpart.
Toughened glass has been used on both models and although there were reports by some early users of the larger model seeing possible bending after storing it in their back pockets, this appears to be largely resolved now.
Both phones use IOS 8, so here remains the difference compared to rival phones that use Android, but interestingly the new update incorporates some Android features such as the ability to add third party products and access apps from a notification centre. Apple has a definite following especially considering it was arguably the pioneer of this sort of graphical touch screen user interface. The phones can display 20 application icons on the home screen.
Both phones use Apples new dual core 64-bit A8 processor running at 1.4Ghz and both use a Power VR GX6450 quad core graphics processor. The new processing power means smoother video, multi app usage and better battery life. Expect to get 11 hours video or 11 hours browsing out of the iPhone 6’s 1,810 mAh battery and more than 14 hours video or 12 hours browsing using the iPhone 6 Plus’s 2,915 mAh battery.
The models are well priced in the market. You can pick up a 16GB small sized iPhone 6 for around 28,000 baht, rising to 32,000 baht for the 64GB model and approx. 35,000 baht for the 128Gb model. For the iPhone 6 Plus models expect to pay around 4,000 baht more for each one respectively.