So, you’re still unsure you’re ready to drop a few hundred dollars for Apple’s newest iPhones, which hit the company’s stores Friday?
Here are some snapshots of recent reviews you might want to consider to help you make up your mind: A two-year contract with a major carrier
will get you an iPhone 6 starting at $199.99 for 16GB of storage, $299.99 for 64GB and $399.99 for 128GB. The 6 Plus starts at $299.99 for 16GB, $399.99 for 64GB and $499.999 for 128GB. A SIM-card free device will run you from $649 to $849 in the U.S., depending on the model and storage. Pre-orders began Sept. 12.
From USA Today’s Edward C. Baig: “Pro. Large displays provide extra screen real estate. Touch ID. IOS features such as Health app and redesigned predictive keyboards. Improved camera and Photos app. Optical image stabilization (iPhone 6 Plus only). Con. IPhone 6 Plus may be too large for some users. 6 Plus was buggy. You may need to buy new cases or other accessories to accommodate larger displays.”
From Bloomberg/Businessweek’s Joshua Topolsky: “Minor software nitpicks aside, there’s not much to complain about here. So the real question is whether you want the big one or the really, really big
From CNET: “The iPhone 6 Plus is not a phone for everybody. Its size is its biggest drawback and, indeed, that will likely be the deciding factor for many on whether to go with the 6 or 6 Plus. If you can live with a device of these dimensions, the additional $100, £80, or AU$130 is well worth it for the upgraded battery life alone.”
From Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff: “At 4.6 ounces (just a few grams heavier, but still slightly thinner than the iPhone 5S), the iPhone 6 feels solid and not insubstantial in your hand. It also feels a bit slippery. If you buy one, get a case with some grip to it.”
From Wall Street Journal personal tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler: “Apple arch-rival Samsung includes a 16-megapixel camera in its Galaxy S5 phone. The main camera on the latest upgrades to the iPhone line still has just 8 megapixels. Yet the images from both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the best I’ve tested on a phone to date.”
From TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington: “If Apple has faltered anywhere with design, it might be that protruding iSight camera lens on the back, which sticks out a tiny fraction of an inch thicker than the rest. It’s something that hasn’t yet caused me any issue in daily use, but it does seem like a potential area for grit build-up…”
From The New York Times’ Molly Wood: “The new operating system comes on the new phones and can be installed this week on the iPhone 5S, 5 and 4S. People who have those phones and whose two-year cellphone contracts have not yet expired can rest easy. They will get many of the best features of this year’s upgrade cycle.”
From Yahoo! Tech’s David Pogue: “Judge the iPhone not just for what it is, but for the entire world that Apple has built around it: the apps, the music/movie/TV store, the integration with the Mac and iPad, the built-in online services. Does Apple generally do an excellent job with all of this? Yes. Judge your Android phone the same way. Does it have a huge, open, lively world of apps and community online? Does it have a well-stocked movie/music/TV store? Is most of it well designed — and free? Yes.”
From Engadget’s Brad Molen: “For the first time, iPhone fans can enjoy something Android users have taken for granted: choice.”
Don’t want to miss The Verge’s compilation of multiple reviews with a poetic twist: “Read erotic poetry constructed exclusively from iPhone 6 reviews.”