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Even after being on the market for almost two years, the iPhone 6 is still a great option  October 16, 2018 – 09:16 pm
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With a 4.7in display, new design, improved specs and new features, the iPhone 6 was bigger and better than any iPhone we'd seen back in 2014. We've now been using the iPhone 6 for almost two years, so we bring you our updated iPhone 6 review. See also: iPhone buying advice

When it launched in September 2014, the iPhone 6 was joined by a bigger sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus, which has a 5.5in screen and a few additional specs to the smaller iPhone. You can find out more about the iPhone 6 Plus here. We've also got an iPhone 6 Plus review.

Things we like about the iPhone 6

There are a lot of benefits to having a bigger screen. Websites with smaller fonts are easier to read and you can see more detail in images.

I find myself reading books on the iPhone 6 (I never use my iPad mini now, in fact I’ve lent it to a friend). Reading books on the older iPhones seemed silly because you would be flicking through the pages almost a paragraph at a time, but there is a comfortable amount of text on each page. [Read our iPhone 6 versus iPad mini comparison.]

This screen size is also much better for drafting documents on, on the older iPhones it can often feel like the keyboard is taking up half the screen in Notes or Pages. Now you can read a good chunk of what you have written above the keyboard.

Now when I borrow a friend’s iPhone 5s I can’t get over how small it is. It’s like the move from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5 all over again, and I can't imagine I'd go back to anything smaller after using the 4.7in iPhone 6.

You can also read our review of the Apple Watch, and our Complete guide to Apple Watch.

Things about the iPhone 6 that aren’t as bad as we thought

The one thing I was convinced that I would never get used to is the larger size. The iPhone 6 is bigger, and it has forced me to change the way I hold it, but I have adapted over time.

The benefits of the bigger screen go along way to make up for the inconvenience of the awkwardness trying to use the iPhone 6 with one hand (as a commuter this happens a lot, for those who use their phone with both hands because they have a luxury of a seat on the way to work this will be less of a concern).

I’ve adapted to holding the iPhone in such a way that I can hold it with my fingers and gently move it around in and let it slip into a different position in order to reach the corners. I don’t ever find myself using Apple’s Reachability system (where you can double tap to bring the top to the screen down) probably because it just feels like an extra step, and extra steps take time.

Things about the iPhone 6 that annoy us

I admit, I was initially annoyed by the fact that the power button had been moved directly opposite the volume controls because whenever I pressed the power button, I would end up turning the volume up or down and cancelling the action. Over two years later, I've got used to the placement and even though I still occasionally hit the volume button, it's much less of an issue. Besides, it's a feature of many smartphones with large displays as it'd be more impractical to try and reach the top of the display with one hand!

What is still frustrating is that there is only 1GB of RAM. I know all the arguments for why it doesn’t matter that there is only 1GB RAM in the iPhone (iOS is better at utilizing and clearing the RAM than those Android phones that have tons of RAM) but I use an app to clear my RAM because in a normal days use the iPhone turns sluggish and the only way to speed it up is to empty the RAM. [Read about how to do this here: How to speed up an iPhone]

Two years on, there are many iPhone competitors that boast 2/3/4GB of RAM, and the difference in performance is starting to become more noticable as time goes on and iOS becomes more demanding of the hardware. However, the iPhone 6 can be picked up for much cheaper than it once was and even though it still costs £459 from Apple, carriers and online stores (eBay, etc) sell them for less. If you're looking to upgrade to an iPhone from an older iPhone or Android but don't want to pay the premium for features like 3D Touch and enhanced cameras, the iPhone 6 may be the ideal option, even now after nearly two years.

Below is our our original review of the iPhone 6

iPhone 6 review: Price & availability UK

The iPhone 6 hit UK shelves on 19 September. The price of the iPhone 6 starts at £539, which is actually £10 lower than the original starting price of the iPhone 5S. That's still pricey for a smartphone, though, and is much higher than many of its Android and Windows Phone rivals.

If you want more than 16GB capacity, you'll need to cough up £619 for the 64GB model or £699 for the 128GB model. There's no 32GB model this time.

We really wouldn't recommend the 16GB, though. It will be more like 12GB in reality, and that will fill fast with apps, videos, photos and music. Try for the 64GB if possible.

Here are the full range of pricing options:

16GB iPhone 6: £539

64GB iPhone 6: £619

128GB iPhone 6: £699

Each of these phones costs £80-£90 less than the same-capacity iPhone 6 Plus.

As we said previously, we’d advise against buying the 16GB version, you are likely to find it frustrating staying within those 16GB – especially next time Apple updates it’s operating system (which in 2014 required as much as 5GB of space on some iPhones). The 64GB iPhone 6 costs just £80 more and you get 300% more storage.

See: How to buy an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the UK and Why you shouldn't buy a US iPhone for use in the UK


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