Another Bite of the Apple

The iPhone 6 is an excellent phone from the very first glance. No doubt about that. It’s elegant, slim, and classy with three finishes to choose from – Gold, Silver and Space Grey. However, much like all its predecessors, the phone is also armed with a very steep price tag. In the past, because of the impressive specs, camera and the App Store; it made sense. The apps were far more polished and a lot less prone to bugs when compared to its competitor – Android’s Google Play. The high specs also outperformed most phones available. However, over the years, Google Play caught up with the App Store and the Androids, within the premium range are now equipped with far more impressive specs. So the real question here is, does it still make sense to invest in such an expensive gadget? Especially when you can buy an Android phone with better specs within a similar price range.

Apple vs. Google
When it comes down to the battle between the two giants in the current market, it all comes down to what you want out of your device. The Android phones allow its users to customise and really personalise the interface in preference to its user. However, though it might cost less initially, Google only supports a phone with OS (Operating System) updates for a span of two years after its release – meaning, if you want to stay updated with the latest OS, you will have to upgrade to a newly released phone every two years. However, on the flipside, iPhones are supported much longer than Android devices. Even with the 6th generation iPhones out in the market, the iPhone 4S – released back in October of 2011 – received updates to the latest version of iOS.
In the end, it all comes down to what you want. If you like personalising your device and regularly switching up phones, Android is probably the way to go. However, if you plan on committing to your device and prefer a simple user interface which is very easy to use; it is worth investing on an iPhone.

Six vs Six Plus
This time around, the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus are designed with round edges, similar to the 5th generation iPod touch models, with bigger and better displays – 4.7 inch for the iPhone 6 with 326 ppi pixel density and a 5.5 inch screen for the iPhone 6 Plus with 401 ppi pixel density, slimmer and lighter build – 6.9mm thick for the iPhone 6 and 7.1mm for the iphone 6 Plus, better camera quality, faster Wi-Fi and LTE (4G) cellular speeds, better voice quality, faster processors and more storage space with an impressive 128 GB for the top end models.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are almost identical with each other with the exception of the difference in the screen size, slightly better camera and an increased battery life for the 6 Plus. Due to the larger screen size, the iPhone 6 Plus allows its users to run applications in a landscape mode and features optical image stabilization for taking photos while the 6 only has regular image stabilisation. The battery life for the 6, according to CNET, is almost identical to the last generation’s iPhone 5S but the 6 Plus on the other hand offers a significant difference in battery life – even after heavy use throughout the day.

Though the specifications aren’t very impressive on paper, the hardware, in combination with iOS, performs and often outperforms Android phones with more impressive specifications. The new processors delivers a 25 percent boost in processing speed and a 50 percent graphics boost over last year’s iPhone 5S. The camera, with improved f/2.2 aperture and processing algorithms, is capable of taking crisp photographs under all conditions. The iPhone series are live examples of how impressive specifications don’t define the overall performance of a device.

Overall Impression
The iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus lack the edge and often deliberately boundary-pushing features on many Android and Windows phones – waterproof Sony Xperia Z3, Quad HD super-high-res screens on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, 41-megapixel camera on the Nokia Lumia 1020 and etc. However, it is still one of the most compact premium phones in the market – with impressive construction quality, camera, processing speed, and the software-hardware integration is a formula that’s still really hard to beat. The iPhone’s surrounded by increasingly equal-footed alternatives, but the device is easy to use and a full-featured phone as any of them. If you plan on committing to a device for some time, the iPhone 6 or the 6 Plus are definitely worth the investment.