iOS 8 iPhone 6 gold

Right after its big iPhone event last Tuesday, Apple gave a select group of journalists early access to its two new handsets: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Both devices feature larger displays than their predecessor, and both launch this Friday.

The move is a familiar one for the company, who typically gives out products to [favorable] writers for analysis ahead of launch. And as usual, we’ve put together a roundup of excerpts from these reviews to give you an idea of the general consensus.

David Pierce, The Verge (iPhone 6):

Apple took this opportunity to upgrade nearly everything about the device, from Wi-Fi to LTE to build quality to the already-remarkable camera. And since it has a big-enough screen but still works well in one hand and fits snugly in my pocket, this is a device that almost every phone buyer on the planet will at least consider. The iPhone 6 is utterly without obvious problems or drawbacks – it’s going to be a huge hit. I’m going to buy one. (Space Gray, 64GB, Verizon, in case you were wondering.)

Niley Patel, The Verge (iPhone 6 Plus):

Huge phones get to have huge batteries, and the iPhone 6 Plus is a huge phone with a huge battery: I consistently got about two days of battery life from the 6 Plus in regular daily use — slightly more than the day and half we got from the iPhone 6, and basically the same as the Note 3. iPhone battery life tends to fade quickly, however, and I dread the day I inevitably stuff 6 Plus into a battery case and make it even bigger.

Brad Molen, Engadget (both):

Both the 6 and 6 Plus use an IPS Retina HD display, but the Plus is even more high-def than the 6. It has a screen resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, which means you’ll get a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch. On the flipside, the 6 maxes out at 1,334 x 750, which translates into 326 ppi. (That’s the same screen density as the 5s.) Both displays are sharp, but I do see some minor differences between the two when I look at them side by side. Specifically, the Plus’ text and images are sharper, with no jagged lines whatsoever. That said, I don’t think it’s enough to steer you from one device to the other; they both look fantastic from a few inches away. Additionally, the color representation on both phones is less saturated than the Super AMOLED panel on the Note 3, and is extremely close to the colors on a Retina display MacBook Pro.

Walt Mossberg, Recode (iPhone 6):

But it’s very well done. It has the same 326 pixels per inch as the 5s, and a higher resolution that allows it to display 720p high-definition video (Apple now calls it the “Retina HD Display”). In my tests, text, photos and videos appeared clear, sharp and vivid, with great color that avoids the oversaturation I have found in some Samsung models.

Lauren Goode, Recode (iPhone 6 Plus):

Oh, and if, like me, you rarely get a full day out of your current iPhone’s battery, this might excite you: In my tests, which involved setting the display brightness to 50 percent and cycling through my regular routine of apps and phone calls, the iPhone 6 Plus would last from early one morning until evening the following day.

Vincent Nguyen, SlashGear (both):

Breathless superlatives and iPhone 6 displays go hand in hand. Clearly they’re both larger than before – 38-percent more viewing area on the iPhone 6, for instance, and 88-percent more on the iPhone 6 Plus – but the improvements go beyond size. […]

Apple also built in a new polarizer, which means you can now use the iPhone 6 while wearing polarized sunglasses without encountering odd colors. I’ve found it makes a big difference when you’re in the car, using the new phone for navigation.

Tim Stevens, CNET (iPhone 6 Plus):

One place you will certainly notice a huge difference between the 6 Plus and the iPhone 5s, and indeed the iPhone 6, is battery life. The iPhone 6 Plus managed a solid 13 hours and 16 minutes in our battery rundown test. It backed that up with impressive real-world performance, easily and repeatedly making it through a full day of heavy use (constant Web surfing, gaming, video streaming, and GPS navigation), often lasting well into a second day before needing a charge.

And here are a handful of video reviews:

So there you have it. It seems most reviewers view both new iPhone models as considerable leaps forward, but found nothing too ambitious. Displays and battery life—particularly on the iPhone 6 Plus—were easily the most talked-about improvements.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are both available for pre-order now in several countries, and will be available in retail stores beginning Friday morning. iOS 8, which offers some features mentioned in the above reviews, is expected to launch tomorrow morning.

  • Steven Code

    WOOO SO HYPED!!

  • Cameron Chao

    game over Samsung.

    • hkgsulphate

      you can see panic in their latest ads lol

      • Domodo

        Was Apple desperate when they did Mac vs. PC ads?

      • felixtaf

        I would say Yes. Bcoz PCs were selling like hotcakes compared to Mac and they will sell unless Apple lowers its price!

      • It’s the same situation now only for whatever reason Apple has decided that they don’t care if Microsoft owns the personal computer market and couldn’t care less how much Macs they sell as long as they sell and as long as Apple makes a profit off of them. The iPhone is popular and sells as well as it does because it’s affordable. Heck the cheapest iPhone won’t cost you anything at all on a contract, the same can’t be said for the Mac product line.

      • Technocrz!

        they made those ads and they achieved goals, but samsung problem is they highlight iPhone more than their own product.

      • Jose Ramon Jimenez

        Even the samsung fans highlight the iPhone more than their stupid phones

      • ThoseCurves

        I saw you saying that like 10 times already in different threads. Relax already pal.

      • Domodo

        I just love it how riled up hypocrites on this blog get when Apple is the target, but they were never to be found when Apple did the exact same thing. People turning this into a religion, it’s freaking disturbing.

      • BoardDWorld

        Apple vs PC were fun and directly related to real world problems that everyone experience regularly hence they were popular. It’s like the wall huggers adds or the Apple streaming glitch for the reveal, they’re great, go Samsung! But then 90% of them are just outright rubbish. Boo Samsung! I would love to see Apple do Apple vs Android adds.

      • So are Samsung ads that compare to the iPhone; they’re factual, talk of real world problems with the iPhone/iPad and are funny (especially their wall hugger ads). What ads of theirs are more rubbish than Apple’s generic ads that don’t show anything beneficial of the iPhone/iPad/Mac over the competition?

      • BoardDWorld

        You can naturally assume I meant the masses that use iPhone don’t give a crap. Having a pen for example. If I wanted a pen I wouldn’t want the one that comes with the note. I would want one geared towards my artistic needs, I would love to have a paint brush too, wow actually I can get both of these for iDevices if I really want? Who knew? The general populous don’t want to write on their screens, It takes tons of space… Writing to text input. Pocket PC proved with Pocket PC 12 years ago, even though it worked well it’s just not practical(and you didn’t have to circle your writing). Apple poked fun at problems the masses were having, things that really need to be fixed.

      • “You can naturally assume I meant the masses that use iPhone don’t give a crap”

        More like the iSheeps that don’t care to look beyond the Apple logo. I and many others use iPhones yet we don’t turn a blind eye to the competition, ’cause we’re not mindless zombies…

        “Having a pen for example. If I wanted a pen I wouldn’t want the one that comes with the note. I would want one geared towards my artistic needs”

        Haha, sounds like herd master Apple hasn’t told you that Wacom digitizers is what most digital artists use, and guess what, that’s exactly what comes with the Note series…you’re just proving to be a mindless hater…typical.

        “wow actually I can get both of these for iDevices if I really want? Who knew?”

        Yeah, proudly cough up more cash for separate stuff instead of having a future proof device…typical.

        “The general populous don’t want to write on their screens, It takes tons of space…”

        Speak for you and your herd of mindless zombies who don’t want anything until Apple provides it. Inform the open minded about the benefits and they’ll instantly want it. That’s why whenever I go to lectures/meetings with my Surface Pro 2 (which I use as my notebook, ), people comment to me “Wow this your iPad is powerful, what is it called?”…btw, your excuse of it taking tons of space is just asinine, I’m not even gonna waste time arguing about it.

        “Writing to text input. Pocket PC proved with Pocket PC 12 years ago, even though it worked well enough, it’s just not practical”

        12 years ago, those were ahead of their time, just like Microsoft’s Tablet PCs from 2002. Then Apple made and properly advertised the toyPad, and the world pisses itself like a dog. The only thing Apple does right over Pocket PC and Tablet PCs is the marketing.

        “Apple poked fun at problems “the masses” were having on PC’s, things that “really” needed to be fixed.”

        And Samsung poked fun at problems “the masses” were having with iPhones, like poor battery life, which really needs to be fixed…so, what’s your point?

      • BoardDWorld

        You do go on a bit. I gave valid reasons. You haven’t taken the time to think about it. The S-Pen is good but it does not detect the angle of the pen. It is very different if you draw with a real pencil maintaining it in a vertical position isn’t it? It’s unnatural.
        I already said that the samsung adds that poked fun at real problems were funny. I specifically said the wall huggers add. However those types of adds are the minority.

        I will now simplify my dispute.
        Samsung adds:
        Look what we’ve got that Apple hasn’t.
        Apple adds:
        Look how ours works vs Windows.

        If Samsung started doing adds like that they wouldn’t have a leg to stand on. As I said I would love it if Apple did that to samsung. Eg Fake benchmarks, Diminishing performance throughout the day. Scanning your finger to open the device. You know things that actually mean something.

      • “You do go on a bit. I gave valid reasons. You haven’t taken the time to think about it”

        I can see them being valid to any other mindless zombie, but sorry I’m not such, I do my research and thinking myself and always have conventional facts to back-up my claims.

        “The S-Pen is good but it does not detect the angle of the pen”

        Uhm, what’s your source of that claim?

        “It is very different if you draw with a real pencil maintaining it in a vertical position isn’t it? “

        Nope. It’s the same technology used in my Surface Pro 2 (just more pressure sensitivity points on the Note 4), and the only thing different between writing on a 5 star notebook and writing on my Surface Pro (with OneNote) is that it’s digital. That is; easier to copy-paste, easier to review and correct, easier to append missed notes to, easier to store for future reference, easier to share without worries of losing my notebook, easier to find past notes for reference, better organized/reorganized in one place, can carry hundreds of notebooks with me without hurting my shoulders, limitless number of pages/sections per notebook, totally green, etc. Writing on it is totally natural.

        “I specifically said the wall huggers add. However those types of adds are the minority.”

        Seriously? You’re that in denial to call all the complaints, regarding iPhone battery life, here on iDB and all over the internet minority? Oh well…I guess if some stranger on the net thinks it’s minority, it must be, despite all the conflicting evidence on the internet.

        “I will now simplify my dispute.
        Samsung adds:
        Look what we’ve got that Apple hasn’t.
        Apple adds:
        Look how ours works vs Windows.”

        Uhm, first off, Samsung’s ads also fit your representation of Apple’s ads; for example, the wall huggers ads show how Samsung devices work to save battery and keep you going vs Apple’s devices. Second off, the Apple way isn’t the only right way of comparing your device to the competition.

        “…You know things that actually mean
        something.”

        Yeah, they only mean something to you when it comes from Apple…no surprise there.

      • Jack Wong

        There are 3 giants only, Microsoft, Apple and Google.

        I don’t see Samsung is on the same page as them.

      • Duh-Modo

        how much do you get paid for trolling from samsung
        its good samsung hring Loosers to troll and pay them
        DOMODO is a Samsung Paid Troll

      • Domodo

        ok.

      • That was 2006-2009, How many years ago was that? See whose the bigger company now and doesn’t play childs games anymore..

      • Rowan09

        Yes they were.

      • JayDee917

        Yes

      • Jason Baroni

        true!

      • Jack Wong

        Good point, so I wonder how many people from Android(big screen) will switch to iPhone 6 Plus.

        I hope we can see a data like this by the end of this year.

    • Domodo

      That’s pretty ungrateful. You can thank Samsung (LG as well) for Apple backpedalling on their “Your finger goes from here to here” philosophy, and introducing the Plus sized iPhone 6.

      The quarterly sales of Samsung’s Note 3, and the Note 3 alone, look like they’re approaching 50% of the sales of all of Apple’s iPhones put together.

      With those numbers, of course Apple would want a piece of that cake.

      • JoshuaHulgan

        No the sales don’t.
        However, Thanks Samsung.
        Now let Apple do it right 😉

      • Domodo

        Apple did it right… by enlarging their smaller iPhone 6? That’s what you call doing it right? The Note 3/4 is not just a larger Galaxy S4/S5.

      • Cameron Chao

        It’s a larger galaxy with a stylus. It’s a samsung.

      • Domodo

        You have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.

      • Technocrz!

        i think you have no idea what he is talking about

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      • Ishaan Malhotra

        Yes, the note 3/4 has much more functionality, a brilliant though over saturated screen and a nice camera. Also it has the best specs and after all that we still get the program not responding message so frequently. Something’s definitely wrong with samsung’s software.

      • JoshuaHulgan

        Oh that’s right. The stylus phone..

      • Domodo

        Right. Because god Steve Jobs said styluses suck and you must abide by that commandment, without even bothering to actually try it. I understand.
        I mean, after all… There are ZERO styluses on the planet available for the iPhone and NOBODY uses a stylus for it. Right…?

      • Cameron Chao

        Steve jobs is dead, it doesn’t matter what he says anymore, there’s something called a post Steve jobs era, it happened right after they released a macbook with the HDMI port, something Steve would probably not approve. If iPhone users really wanted a stylus, aftermarket ones has been available since a long time ago.

      • Domodo

        And the Note 3 comes with one, plus it features a very convenient place to store it — in the device itself.

      • Eddie Hines

        yes AKA the Microsoft pocket PC and the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition #copied

      • truth

        Cool theres somethin called a post steve jobs era. Golly.

        Pre Steve Jobs >>> post Steve Jobs era

      • Technocrz!

        i still back that stylus sucks, most of the people don’t use it all, you can scratch your head with this toy.

      • Domodo

        Most people also don’t use Siri. Most people also don’t use HDR. However, I don’t mind those features being there.

      • have_gun_will_travel

        Wrong! I, and “most people” I know use Siri regularly. Just because YOU don’t, doesn’t mean “most people” don’t. rust me, Apple KNOWS how many people use Siri (because it DOES access the web), and they wouldn’t put as much time and people into it if nobody was using it.

      • Wolfer

        HDR it is used in my place, and I mean the States and Country I have to work, every one I get to know with iPhones takes pics in HDR…

      • JoshuaHulgan

        No, but thanks for putting words in my mouth.
        I should have you think for me instead of Apple.
        Why can’t I have a brain?!?!?

      • JoshuaHulgan

        Seriously though.
        The note is a fine enough phone.
        I just don’t particularly find it innovative. A lot of half baked ideas, some that work better than others. Having used a number of android devices, they just don’t particularly appeal to me in the way that they attempt to tackle user experience.

      • Domodo

        My opinion differs in the way that I find a lot of the features extremely useful, such as Air commands, handwriting recognition, 4K recording, IR blaster, expandable storage, the customizability that Android offers, the hovering feature of the S Pen, multi window feature, the amazing Super AMOLED 2K display, plethora of camera features…
        Nothing really “half baked” in that.

      • JoshuaHulgan

        We’ve all got our preference to how companies approach features and problem-solving.
        I’m glad you found something that works for you. Im glad you find them innovative. Im not sure who’s rushing to copy those things (other than improving screens but that’s a given for everyone in the industry) lol but ok.

      • Im sorry, You find Air commands useful? Don’t they take more time rather than just touching the screen? Its nothing more than just a feature to brag about IMO… Please let me know if I’m missing something? Oh and BTW there are apps that allow any device(even iPhone) to record in 4K. Its effing expensive but definitely makes it possible.. Also you know the heart rate sensor on those galaxy phones, yea there are apps that allow you to get the same results on just about every other device. It’s pretty clear SOME of the features Samsung adds are purely gimmicks..

      • Domodo

        Of course, pure gimmicks. Just like iCloud photo library, airdrop, newsstand, passbook, Siri, FaceTime…
        Oh, wait… Those aren’t gimmicks…? People use those features all the time? Whereas people don’t use features that come on their Samsung devices? Well, I hope you can see the flaw in your argument.
        What’s great about the Note 4, specifically, is that it already comes with a stylus, it already comes with a 4K video camera. No need to purchase expensive third party solutions.

      • You haven’t proven any point. I asked about air gestures specifically. Newsstand and passbook are apps… completely different from physical functions. Samsung provides many more useless and redundant ‘apps’ on their devices.

      • Domodo

        And so does Apple. Go watch a Note 4 review and see for yourself.

      • I watched an can’t see single reason why air gestures are any good or saves anytime in performing any function. I asked you to tell me something good about them other than showing off and you literally have nothing. typical troll.

      • Domodo

        Either I’m a troll, or you are utterly incompetent to understand that Air gestures aren’t necessarily meant to save time, but make it easier to do certain things, like annotating , taking quick notes, etc.. As far as I know, the fastest way to do such a thing on iOS is to unlock, find the Notes app and type away. Because that is obviously so much more convenient than just writing on the screen with a *insert creepy music* STYLUS.

      • Oh so thats why the S5 has them also.. oh wait no stylus.. GIMICK. BTW Siri could easily make a note from anywhere no need to slid out a handy dandy stylus. I admit it does look cool but thats it.

      • Duh-Modo

        You are a troll and you are utterly incompetent

      • Domodo

        Boy, you sure proved me wrong.

      • Duh-Modo

        ok You Samsung Paid Troll

      • Duh-Modo

        Apple users here if we wanted to see a note 4 review we would visit a android or a samsung forum blog
        You Samsung Paid Troll

      • I met be inferring this from something else but don’t with most Samsung phones and Android in general you end up with 2X the amount of apps installed because you end up with multiple calendar apps and S Voice and Google Now, etc, etc, because Samsung (and a lot of other OEMs) think they know better than Google?

      • Yes, they are. You don’t really see it to much when its running completely stock Android OS. They should leave the redundant downloads up to the users not bog down the devices with them pre-installed.

      • Duh-Modo

        Hi Domodo,

        You seems to be using the same comments on each and every iphone 6 or IOS8 threads
        you just seem to a guy with nothing to do and lot of time to waste
        You like galaxy and note from samsung good for you go buy them and go an troll on an android websites
        rather then just stating the same old bullshit in all the comments thread

      • Domodo

        Do you create sock accounts in your free time, or am I the exception? Do you feel so threatened by my opinions that you felt encouraged to troll me and insult me for no apparent reason, except for stating my opinions?

      • Duh-Modo

        Trolling a Troll seems appropriate

        Especially a Samsung Paid Troll

      • have_gun_will_travel

        You’re acting like samsung invented the stylus. Just so you know, Apple developed a product WAY back in 1987 called the “Newton.” It was a product they sold WITH A STYLUS until 1998 when the development was terminated. Apple was a PIONEER in handwriting recognition. I’m not sure WHY they dropped the Newton, stylus and all, but I’m pretty sure it had something to do with customer base/acceptance. Apple didn’t just arbitrarily decide not to add a stylus to the iPhone, they had a reason. And, other than a few android fanboys like yourself, nobody cares!

      • Domodo

        I never claimed Samsung invented the stylus. That’s just your made up straw man argument because unfortunately you don’t know any better.

        Do I really need to mention all the artists who use styluses on their devices and care very much about that? Do I really need to point out how full of it you really are?

        And you should know the Newton is not the first device that used a stylus or a touchscreen.

      • What he is saying is if apple felt as though they needed styluses then they would have provided them. Maybe next year or when they are actually relevant.

      • arsenal6

        Christ you marketers are terrible. Why not just copy and past it for me.

      • Domodo

        It’s called Apple users and opinions.

        Sent from my iPhone 4S.

      • Eddie Hines

        the average user has no idea of any of those features!

      • Domodo

        The average user doesn’t know they have an S Pen with their Galaxy Note? I don’t think so.

      • Eddie Hines

        I do think so! Not everyone is a power user like you

      • Duh-Modo

        Wow Samsung Paid Troll here
        and now he will say that he has an iphone and is a IOS user
        Troll

      • kron1k 

        This makes me feel like my htc touch pro 2 with windows mobile 6. Now that was awhile ago and it had a stylus…only time I used it was clean my pinche to take another rip.

      • Wolfer

        U are wrong, I got 3 stylus for my iPhones!!! They work too as regular pens. So I can buy each one for $2 and I got a regular pen plus a stylus for iPhones, iPads!!! Have them for about 4 years now and working without any problems. Any time Im working as a landscaper, a mechanic or a builder and my hands ar full of dirt, I took my stylus pen and use my iPhone without any problem!!!

      • Jerry Cox

        Its not the size of the screen, its the quality of the workmanship, the careful consideration for the user. Apple delivers well engineered products. Samsung has not, they are “gimmicky”.

        And because Apple is not the size of Samsung, they are wise to use Samsung as a market tester, see what consumers want, then develop and release a product that is superior in quality.

        Can’t compare Apple’s to oranges… pun intended.

      • BoardDWorld

        You are right, Apple could do more than just enlarge it. I think the main hold up there is consistency. Apple aren’t going to allow anything that’s going to look out of place & I wish them luck in working out how to do it it right.

      • Cameron Chao

        I know you’re a well known troll here but this one doesn’t really work right? I mean Samsung has copied Apple many many times before, even more so then the other way round actually. I find it useless to talk about the competition now anyway, it’s over for samsung.

      • Domodo

        Of course, because the Note lineup is such a blatant ripoff of the iPhone 3GS… With the giant size, the S Pen and all the features… Obviously…

      • Cameron Chao

        No no the note is very big and has a stylus, and developed from the idea of the Nokia 3300, obviously not from the iPhone 3GS.

      • Domodo

        You sound desperate to discredit Samsung, just like Apple was when they made those panicky Mac vs. PC ads.
        However, sales speak for themselves.

      • Cameron Chao

        actually your speaking on behalf of Samsung now and their panicky recent ads. I cant be that desperate, i mean i just started the debate war with you just today, you have been at it for weeks now.

      • Domodo

        I’m defending Samsung from your unjustified attacks.

      • Technocrz!

        yeah yeah you are defender, or paid pimp

      • Domodo

        If I was paid, I wouldn’t have the avatar that I have and I wouldn’t go around naming all the good features of the iPhone 6 Plus.

      • Cameron Chao

        wow you make a good point, i mean if i was spying for Russia id be wearing a t-shirt that says im a russian spy and request for a guided tour of the white house.

      • Domodo

        Paranoia /ˌpærəˈnɔɪə/ (adjective: paranoid /ˈpærənɔɪd/) is a thought process believed to be heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often[1] to the point of irrationality and delusion. Paranoid thinking typically includes persecutory beliefs, or beliefs of conspiracy concerning a perceived threat towards oneself.

      • Cameron Chao

        i surely dont meet this criteria, i dont even care, paranoid people wouldnt be able to be sarcastic.

      • Technocrz!

        this time you came up with better plans

      • Domodo

        Paranoia /ˌpærəˈnɔɪə/ (adjective: paranoid /ˈpærənɔɪd/) is a thought process believed to be heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often[1] to the point of irrationality and delusion. Paranoid thinking typically includes persecutory beliefs, or beliefs of conspiracy concerning a perceived threat towards oneself.

      • Dan

        Dude, your posts are about 1/4 of the entire posts in here, take a break, go grab a cup of coffee or something.

      • Domodo

        Well, I was away for more than 5 hours and I wouldn’t come back if there weren’t for these provocations. Tell them to stop posting stupid comments.

      • Duh-Modo

        You are the one who keeps on posting comments and praising Galaxy note devices on an apple forum trying to stir things up

        Just get lost and go to an android community

      • Domodo

        I haven’t praised the Galaxy Note in a single comment. Actually I even criticized it numerous times for its glitchy software and lack of long term support.
        Please develop your ability to read before posting.

      • Cameron Chao

        i never attacked them, i said its over for them. Im more on the behalf of Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 plus, and the article above, i dont even know/care what the note 4 has, i just know Apple has a phablet now, something which alot of note users got the note for. Maybe some of them like the stylus, the plastic, and android OS, how would i know. Oh and the article mentions its battery life, another thing some android users have complained about. Trust me, i wouldnt bother staying here defaming apple/defending samsung, its a lost cause, hence, Samsungs recent spat of ads. Go find the xbox vs ps4 websites, its still a good battle on that side.

      • Duh-Modo

        Of course you are its your Job to do that
        They pay you do that
        Samsung Troll

      • Domodo

      • Domodo

        Did someone pay you to make a fake account with my name? Well, according to you I at least get paid for my trolling. You do your for free. Loser.

      • Duh-Modo

        Does Samsung know you are using your Friends iphone
        U Paid Samsung Paid Troll
        I like to troll on the trolls
        Duh

      • ZacheryL

        Years*, nearly half a decade actually, you may remember him as Tr1pTr0p.

      • Rowan09

        Give me sales figures for Samsung? I hope you know they’ve been losing sales and not gaining lately. The Note 2-4 are basically the same phones with features added to each phone that can easily be given to the older devices. Does Samsung add every feature they could think off on a phone? Yes (just like the world needed eye scroll) that’s what they always do. They have the Galaxy mega, Alpha, Zoom, and the list goes on just to try to cover every angle. The stylus is secondary on the Note and if you take a pole it’s rarely ever used. I have no problem having features on a phone, but when it’s bloated and takes up so much space it’s no welcomed. I own a Note 2 and would miss the stylus at all, since I and most people I know do not use it at all. People have their preferences so to each his/her own. Apple made a bigger phone because Asia asked for it not only because of Samsung.

      • Jason Jones

        You’re correct, sales do speak for themselves. Perhaps that’s why Samsung never states the number of units SOLD, but rather the number SHIPPED. Huge difference there.

      • Domodo

        Yeah, actually you did if those who you shipped the boxes of dog poo to PAID for them.

      • Jason Jones

        Pretty sure the phone manufacturers ship them to the providers, then the providers sell them. I don’t believe the providers pay for them in advance.
        However, if I’m incorrect on that, you still have the unsold devices that get returned to the manufacturer which the provider would be refunded for.
        Thus the difference in sales and shipped.

      • Domodo

        I stand corrected.

      • Duh-Modo

        You sound desperate to praise Samsung in each and every thread
        Samsung Paid Troll

      • Domodo

        Not praising Samsung. Just learn to read, pls.

      • Duh-Modo

        Samsung Paid Troll

      • have_gun_will_travel

        That’s ONE thing I agree with you on. They are producing 400,000 iPhone 6 and 140,000 iPhone 6 Plusses PER DAY at the Foxconn plant, and orders are ALREADY pushed back to THREE WEEKS delivery. Yes, sales VERY MUCH speak for themselves!

      • Domodo

        Sure, iPhone 6 (and Plus) are more popular than the Galaxy lineup and Windows is more popular than Mac OS.
        Your point is that more popular is always better? k.

      • Hammaad Ch

        Yeah bro samsung is no competition for Apple. them androids users be talking all the time. Let them talk and let us enjoy the perfect Phones and iWatches of the era :D.. btw android users if you’re so anti-apple.. you’re not supposed to be on this page. I think samsung’s paying them to do so.. lol. good tries pal 😀

      • Domodo

        Not an Android user. Also, fix your language skills.

      • Duh-Modo

        Yes you are
        You are Android Troll
        Paid Samsung Scum

      • Domodo

        Someone’s jelly? 🙂

      • Duh-Modo

        Paid Samsung Troll

      • felixtaf

        ” The quarterly sales of Samsung’s Note 3, and the Note 3 alone, look like they’re approaching 50% of the sales of all of Apple’s iPhones put together.”
        Where you got this? Doesnt sound right!

      • Domodo

        Forbes; Google the quote, you should find the article.

      • felixtaf

        Read the article. Its based on assumption. And its near 50% of all iphones sold in one quarter! Not all iPhones though!

      • Domodo

        An assumption based on actual numbers and math.

      • felixtaf

        Still its based on assumption. The article title and your quotes were wrong regarding ‘all iPhone sales’.

      • Domodo

        All iPhone sales… in the September quarter, 2013.
        Didn’t you read the article?

      • felixtaf

        Quotes from the same article. Looks like you took what you need and omitted the rest!

        “Assuming flatline sales (a reasonable enough assumption at this sort of level of accuracy) this gives us 15 million Note 3 sales over the 90 days that make up a quarter.

        And 15 million is near enough that 50% of that total iPhones sales number (and yes, I’m aware that I’m using numbers from different quarters here. This is only a rough comparison).”

      • Domodo

        If Samsung sold 10 million in 60 days, it is reasonable to assume 15 million in 90 days. Like I said, an assumption based on actual numbers and math.

      • felixtaf

        I have no doubt about sales figures of Note 3. Personally I owned one. I was pointing out that your quote was wrong. Also, the article title was wrong (mere clickbait).
        They comparing two different quarters based on assumption and rough calculation vs actual sales numbers.

        No discredit to Samsung form my side, I was pointing out the flaws in your quote!

      • Duh-Modo

        He is a samsung Paid troll forget him
        He just here because samsung knows that note sales are going to go down so they hired him to praise note and galaxy devices here

      • Cameron Chao

        Probably in the Korean market.

      • Technocrz!

        hahahaha, get your facts right.

      • Domodo

        I did. You might want to look them up for yourself.

      • Duh-Modo

        Get lost

      • Domodo

        k.

      • Rowan09

        Samsung does not give sales figures only shipped and they definitely wouldn’t break down sales per device.

    • BozzyB

      It took Apple 4 years to react and you celebrate them? And sorry but a Samsung phone has way more to offer than an iphone 6. It’s not only the size…

      • Cameron Chao

        its the size to most people, trust me. Most people arent going to root their phones or abuse their styluses for ‘productivity’. You really think it took Apple 4 years to choose to get a bigger screen? with the amount of money they have? they did it in a way they think best, they want to make sure it is done right, its obvious, and thats why Apple remains on top, even when they never had the big screen.

      • BozzyB

        I don’t think it took 4 years – It just took 4 years. They just released their 4,7″+ phones today.
        And I guess you are interpreting the success of big phones or Galaxy Notes wrong: alot of people bought it because of features like this. Rooting a Galaxy Note is kinda useless. They have plenty of functionality you can’t even imitate with other rooted phones or custom roms.

      • Cameron Chao

        id root the phone just because of how ugly the UI is, oh it gives me back the space too.

      • Domodo

        You really think it took Apple 4 years to choose to get a bigger screen? with the amount of money they have?

        Yes. And the Thumb ad proves it.
        http://youtu .be/EY4c2mh15Yk

        Preeety sure Apple no longer has common sense, according to their own advertisement. Unless our fingers magically grew in the last two years.

      • Cameron Chao

        im sure its you that dont have it, they were right about the fingers, now they just released a phone that requires two hand usage. Thumbs was Steve jobs era, hes not in charge anymore. PS, thumbs doesnt prove anything anyway, only if they never released the phablet phone it proves Apple was sticking to its assumption.

      • Domodo

        If it requires two hand usage, why would they implement a feature that lowers the interface when you double tap the TouchID sensor?

      • Cameron Chao

        its an option, the phone still requires two hand usage. its lowering feature compromises its usability for simple one handed functions. i know many note users, they use both hands, no one uses the one handed function on the note.

      • BozzyB

        The one hand theory was and is wrong because it is baseless. It was invented for marketing reasons by Steve Jobs. The bigger part of people have two hands. The implementation of a keyboard in the OS is a indication for two hand use because you can type twice as fast then. Pinch to zoom requires two hands also. Furthermore, you can also use bigger phones with one hand – just grap the phone in the middle. Try it out with your iphone 6…

      • Cameron Chao

        i use my phone one handed 90% of the time and prefer to keep it that way. Im sure there are many others like me, i believe the iphone 6 is still small enough for one handed usage, not the 6 plus. The one hand theory is correct, and Apple isnt discarding it at all, they are just widening its market with the 6 plus, for people who want that extra large screen and dont mind two handed usage.

      • BozzyB

        You can’t say the one handy theory is correct when you claim that it works for bigger phones (iphone 6) also – which is true. So Apple’s claim was incorrect back then – what the rest of the world already knew – because I also use my Nexus 5″ with one hand alot.

      • Domodo

        So its technically does not require two hands to use? OK.

      • Cameron Chao

        “Technically” yes, it does not. Technically i dont think Steve Jobs would ever approve of the phablet either, and technically i believe he was the main person behind the thumbs ad. Apple went against Steve Jobs, and released the phablet, but they’ve been going against him for quite a while now. Is that good, i dont know, maybe not in the long run, since Steve Jobs stuck to his philosophy for that reason. I have no plans to buy a phablet so i dont really care for that market. I need to be able to use my iPhone one handed naturally without having to press the home button, heck i even removed most of the home buttons usage with jailbreak on all my iphones ive used, using swipe up gestures to invoke multitasking. As far as im concerned, 6 plus is a two handed phone that is capable of one handed usage, and that is not ok for many people, they want a natural one handed phone.

      • Duh-Modo

        Because then can
        U Samsung Paid Troll

      • Domodo

        I’m being called a troll by someone who named their account after me. How interesting. Please post more comments!

      • Duh-Modo

        You know you are posting the that thumb ad atleast 3-4 time each comments thread
        You know you should take that thumb and shove it up urs
        U Samsung Paid Troll

      • Domodo

        According to you, I at least get paid. Who’s paying you to post with that username? 🙂

      • Duh-Modo

        I do it as a good will gesture to all apple users here who are trolled by
        Paid Samsung Trolls like u

    • archer14

      TBH the Note 4 is very well designed. But just like how they under-advertized their 4K capable flagship, theyve under advertized their Note 4 too.

    • amir80

      The comparison of the iPhone 6 plus is to the Samsung note 3 which is about a year old. You’ll have to wait a few weeks for the Note 4 to have a proper comparison. The Note 4 will have a display with better resolution that the iphone.
      I think that the Note is far better as a phablet and have better use of the display with the dual view mode. Also, Android apps are already fit this screen size and resolution while iOS apps will look bad until updates will arrive (it may take a few month to the developers to get an actual iphone 6 plus)

    • ZeRoLiMiT

      lol i dont think so haha!

      • Cameron Chao

        in the upmarket smartphone category, i do believe so. They still have millions of other ways they make profits, an example would be selling parts to Apple.

      • have_gun_will_travel

        Except for the Watch screens, which they lost to LG. Apple plans on producing 50 MILLION Watch screen in 2015, and Samsung lost ALL of it! I’m loving it!

    • MagicDrumSticks

      Not really bud. Samsung is still going to dominate world wide, but keep telling yourself that the iCrap is going to win. I find it funny how fanboys say the same thing every year, yet always end up wrong.

      • Cameron Chao

        ive never seen “apple is going to win” in previous years, neither have i said it, i feel this/next year is the exception. Its pretty stupid to even say Samsungs been dominating, both are dominant in respective areas. The Note still does sell as many as the flagship iPhone, even though samsung may sell more due to cheaper price of other handsets.

  • Merman123

    Is it Friday yet ?

  • Cytalix

    I can’t wait to get my hands on the 6 Plus. I also can’t wait to get into arguments with iPhone haters about how my phone is superior to theirs hahaha 😉

    • Ahmed Karoui

      Why do you even bother xD just enjoy using your iphone!

    • applebrainwashespeople

      and in what way is this “new” iphone better than non-iphones?

      • Domodo

        Great smooth performance, integration with Apple services including iTunes, good camera performance considering the low megapixel count, reversible lightning connector…
        That’s about it in my opinion… I mean, I can’t even edit the control center toggles. What a joke…

      • Duh-Modo

        You are Joke
        You Samsung Paid Troll

      • Domodo

        k.

      • Duh-Modo

        You Samsung Paid Troll

      • GuyWithTheThings

        I was agreeing with you… then I saw who wrote the comment….

      • Domodo

        It’s sad that you judge other people’s comments like that… but hey, to each his own.

  • Ottawa Gamerz

    awesome apple now has a big phone 🙂 once it comes out note 4 will be released next go note 4

  • Kelvin Lieu

    Can someone help me out? I’ve been debating against myself whether which phone is better. I can afford both and was initially leaning towards the 6 plus but after watching these reviews, am thinking of getting the 6. Which phone are you guys getting and why? Perhaps you guys can help me choose 🙂

    • Ottawa Gamerz

      once u go big u will never go back

      • White Michael Jackson

        thats what….

    • felixtaf

      Hi Kelvin…
      I was always against phablet sized phones until I used Note 2 and 3. I own an iPhone 5 now and am getting the iPhone 6 Plus.
      Here are my reasons:
      1. More screen area.
      2. OIS in camera
      3. Huge battery compared to iPhone 6.
      4. More RAM – 2GB vs 1GB in iPhone 6.
      5. Will take advantage of the huge display if Apple introduces split-screen multitasking.
      If size doesnt matter to you, go for iPhone 6 Plus!

      • czbird

        1GB in both new models.

      • felixtaf

        Thanks. I was cheated by the leaks. Jus checked geekbench and you are right.

      • applebrainwashespeople

        yep, same old 1gb from 4 years ago.

      • Kelvin Lieu

        thanks felix!
        hmm i’m not the biggest camera user but the improved camera will sure be nice to have. Main pros are the bigger battery and more screen area (for the extra price) but am worried that it goes too long. When comparing the iphone 6+ and galaxy note 3/4, the iphone has a longer display right? they aren’t the same aspect ratio … right? i just don’t want a phone that is too long. It’s one reason that makes the iphone 6 more appealing .. hmm

      • felixtaf

        Display looks longer, i dont think its long. iPhone is longer than Note 3/4 bcoz of the round home button. 6 Plus battery will be better than iphone 6 (1800 vs 2900mA). But if size bothers you, iPhone 6 is for you then.

        You check the sizes using the templates posted by iDB in an article few days ago or roughly from the pic below.

    • White Michael Jackson

      Neither. buy my old iphone 4s which is clearly better than these new ones. about $600 sounds fair?

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Shut up Michael…

    • Tommy

      Go for the 6 plus if you need the OIS and better battery life.
      Otherwise, just go for the 6. The 6 plus looks even taller than the Note 4. Think of it as holding your TV remote control as a phone.

    • Josh

      If you like 1 hand operation for phone,go for iPhone 6.if it not go for iPhone 6 plus

    • JoshuaHulgan

      iPhone 6. Bigger and better.
      But not too much bigger.

    • Technocrz!

      6+, better camera, better resolution, better Pixels, better and longer Battery

  • Ottawa Gamerz

    if u have the money 128 gig plus 🙂

  • felixtaf

    iPhone 6 Plus 64 GB for me! Am not upgrading right away, but it will be soon!

    • hkgsulphate

      People are buying plus 64 GB at over $1600 USD in Hong Kong!!

      • felixtaf

        Am not that crazy. I may have to shell out 1000$ where I live. So, I can wait n save 900$. Money doesnt come that easy for me 😉

  • Tommy

    The only real flaw is the antenna design: Apple opted to essentially outline the top and bottom of the phone’s back with small plastic stripes where wireless radios can transmit signal. It just looks bad, like someone drew on my phone with a marker (quote by The Verge)
    I too agree the phone only has one major flaw that is the above.

  • El Arqui Tecto

    What happened with 1password, is it free?

    • disqus_MgRQT3ajD1

      yes it is free here in the US

      • El Arqui Tecto

        Thank you

      • Maximus

        Lástima que eres indio macuarro nopalero y frijolero de México, que risa me das jajajajajaja

      • El Arqui Tecto

        My number one fan writing about nopales and frijoles hahahahahaha you have to be kidding me!.

        Could you write it in English without using google translator please?

      • Maximus

        I can write in english everything that I want f*cking äss hole, but what about you stupid loser? did your translator tell you “English” is with “E” capital letter? Hahaha, stupid, who is the real shit eater? f*cking lamer, LOSER! Hahahaha

      • El Arqui Tecto

        Capital? Hahahahahaha you’re talking about a language not about a person who was born in Ingland

        COMO ERES PENDEJO!

      • Maximus

        And don’t worry äss hole, I didn’t use google translator, I know everything that I need to continue f*cking you, hahaha, y estaré esperando tu respuesta a las 3 am joto de mïerda ya que veo que trabajas en el segundo turno, ejidatario pobretón de mïerda, asalariado jodido jajajaja

  • شرشبيل

    the worst iphone 🙁

  • Technocrz!

    iPhone 6 plus 64GB, i dont need any review for it, iPhone has always been win win for me.

  • Xee

    I want to see one in the flesh and have a play with it before I even consider getting iPhone 6 Plus! Will also wait a few months and see if there are any issues etc. An early iOS8 jailbreak could tempt me quicker though.

  • leart

    what do you think of my new t-shit idea?

  • Valinor

    Lol, why do they say “pixel density same as the iphone 5s”
    Doesnt the 3 year old iphone 4s have the same density. Guess that doesnt sound that great.

  • avd98

    So, the iPhone 6 has a miserable battery…? Really? I pre-ordered the 6 because i have tiny hands, 6 Plus isn’t my thing. But now i’ll be damaged for not getting the 6+, ridiculous. All i want is a decent battery, jesus…

  • amir80

    Don’t you think that these writers, who got the iPhones early, have to write a favorable review if they want to get the iPhones early next time?

    When Samsung released the Galaxy Alpha with the same 4.7″ screen and about the same resolution, all the writers were disappointed about the screen resolution. How come, that in the new iPhone this resolution is good?

    Because iOS doesn’t fit apps properly for different resolutions, most of the apps on the iPhone 6+ looks bad. It will take app developers a few month to fix it. How come this is not a big issue with this phone?

    Most of the new features in iOS8 have been copied from Android. The new gallery, iCloud, Extensions, Widgets and so on. These features had to be there 4 years ago!

    • Rikin Patel

      So, who cares?

      • Sanil Chitrakar

        smart people do care.

  • eXoguti093

    So this is how Apple responds to “Wall huggers”….. I’m very impressed…

  • Danban

    Does anybody know or have info about if the iPhone 6 Plus has “pinch gestures” as the ipad models?

  • Razick Rilshad

    Samsung go home

  • How long did they have these devices anyway lol

    • I was thinking the same thing. They’re journalist, I rather hear reviews from the consumers.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        They’re honest Youtube reviewers, they say what they think, not what Apple said they should think.

      • Did I say Apple tell them what to think? I rather just hear reviews from my friends and regular joes such as myself.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        No, I said that… Well that’s okay ofcourse but I was just saying that these people are average consumers too. But I get your point.

      • Sanil Chitrakar

        No, you didn’t get his point. He means he wants to hear someone to tell him that iphone is incredible, revolutionary, beast, no.1 in the market, smartest phone ever. bla bla bla.

  • I’m going to say this again, ppl are going to get bored with after two months or so. Nothing new here. Just a big phone with small changes. I love the review by Verge he said the same thing I’ve saying for days. I went to the Apple store in Soho to test it out for myself, evrything he says about the camera is true. But there was just something awfully odd with this iPhone. After I left and started using my 5s I felt good and at ease.
    If you don’t have big hands the 6+ is going to bitch to text with one hand, trust me. Also if you have time, stop by an Apple store and test it out. It won’t hurt. My final opinion is no I’m sorry I won’t be getting this model this year.

    • Rowan09

      All phones now are just minor upgrades and this one major because of the screen size, resolution and battery life compared to the 5s.

    • Dan

      I agree, the only significant change imo is the screen size. I would of rather see them keep the old processor and put some more RAM in there, not having pages that refresh would of been a big plus for me. Eventually I will upgrade (for the screen size), although not right now since I got my 5S about 5 months ago.

      • I wouldn’t upgrade, go see for yourself I felt like I was holding a smaller version of an iPad mini. Don’t take my words for it. I’m glad you’re not upgrading, that’s smart.

  • Sanil Chitrakar

    “apple just made a “bigger” iphone. the same thing i’ve used for years”. that’s what he said.

  • springer85

    4 Million in 24 hours and they bragged it would not sell!!LOL
    SAMESung are totally pathetic, the more adverts they make the bigger idiots they look.
    As if a lame mocking video will change a persons mind!!LOL.

  • Andrew Roth

    During leaks: “Apple better not make that design public! It’s so ugly! Apple would never do that. If they do I’m switching to Android.”

    Once it’s unveiled: “I told ya they would use that design in the final version! Isn’t it beautiful?! I love it so much!!” – Every Apple Fanboy Ever

  • mav3rick

    Nothing new, no surpises here. Well overpriced place it on very high demand as exclusive item, keep some normal today’s phone features, like screen size, battery capacity, for users to crave for years and very late, after many others producers, they’re introduced as revolutionary, remarkable features…

  • Aleandro green

    have you guys heard pangu can jailbreak i0s8?

  • Darrick

    I’d take these reviews with a grain of salt. I would imagine Apple would not be very happy if these early reviewers said that it wasn’t a good phone

  • GuyWithTheThings

    Okay guys, I’m just going to give my opinion here on the recent comments floating about iDB concerning the companies.

    Everyone has their opinions. Some like Apple, some like Samsung, LG, HTC, etc. But don’t insult people or think lesser of people because they don’t share the same opinion as you. That will NEVER change, so it’s best to get that through your head now.

    Regarding Samsung, I think their ads are pointless, especially the Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus one. Samsung didn’t invent a screen size. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go make an ad saying how Samsung copied LG’s TV screen size…

    Also, if Samsung really thinks they’re the best, why would they need to keep comparing themselves to the competition? It doesn’t make sense to me. And please don’t bring up Apple VS PC ads; those were a very long time ago and Apple is different now.

    Thanks for reading this if you did. I just wanted to say that because it’s been really bothering me…

  • HenryT2

    Gorgeous piece of hardware! And iOS is the best. BUT I’ll be sticking with Android for 2 reasons: I hate the way Apple forces you to jump through hoops to get stuff (documents, photos, ebooks, videos, music, etc.) on the phone rather than just copying them over and because the iPhones don’t use memory cards. I have tons of movies, ebooks, etc that I use on my Note 3. And though I give the edge to the iPhone 6+ in almost every area, in usability for external documents, photos, videos, etc., it’s like a 2 rating compared to Android’s 9. And with all those documents, I like having unlimited and easily modifiable storage options.

  • Eddy

    The iPhone 6 Plus is difficult to use one-handed, not to mention more uncomfortable than similar-sized phones. In exchange, though, you get more of an iPad-like user experience on a much smaller device. It also has better battery life than the smaller iPhone 6, as well as a better camera.