iPhone 6 & 6 Plus: The Top 5 Reviews You Need to Read

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Before you buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you should read these reviews. Not everyone has fallen in love with Apple’s latest iPhones. We’ve cherry-picked the most insightful, informative, and opinionated reviews out there to help you make an informed decision about whether to buy the new iPhone.

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1. Mashable: ‘The iPhone 6 Plus Has..Almost Hypnotic Powers’

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5S Speed Test | MashableThe Apple iPhone 6 is both beautiful and familiar, but with a 4.7-inch display and a 0.27-inch thick profile, it's larger than it's 5S sibling. Watch the video to see how the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus complete with the Apple iPhone 5S. You won't believe what happens… Check out Mashable's full breakdown of…2014-09-17T01:01:20Z

See how the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus complete with the Apple iPhone 5S in Mashable’s speed test video above.

Mashable has praised the iPhone 6 Plus for its big, beautiful screen, but argued that the device felt heavy, and was expensive compared to other phablets. Additionally, they argued that the iPhone 6 was already great, so paying $100 more for what is basically the same device with a bigger screen might not appeal to all shoppers. Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff writes:

“If you want a phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus is a very good one. That big screen is especially well suited to movie watching and game playing, but also packs in a lot more info from web pages and emails than you’ll get from the iPhone 6, 5S and other, smaller smartphones.

To be honest, I can see why, even with the heftier price tag, the iPhone 6 Plus is so alluring, but no, I won’t be carrying that giant device in my pocket or feeling its slightly hefty body tottering in my hand. I prefer the iPhone 6.”

2. The New York Times: Not a ‘Big-Screen Slam-Dunk’

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Review: Is Bigger Better? | Molly Wood | The New York TimesThe Apple iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 rival the competition in sheer size. But when it comes to taking advantage of those bigger screens, Molly Wood says, Apple’s new phones don’t always measure up. Produced by: Rebekah Fergusson and Vanessa Perez Read the story here: nyti.ms/1r6zZxS Subscribe to the Times Video newsletter for free…2014-09-17T01:19:01Z

Check out the New York Times review of the iPhone 6 in the video above.

In their full review, the New York Times praised the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for the snazzy new iOS 8 software under the hood, but argued that the phones fell short of expectations when it came to

Here’s what they had to say:

“In its quest to deliver bigger phones to a market clamoring for them, Apple has made one phone that is actually a little too small and one that’s a little too big…Call quality on the new phones is excellent and I found battery life on the smaller iPhone 6 to be impressive. I went almost two full days without a charge. Battery life on the iPhone 6 Plus is more like a day of constant use and not much more, but that’s not terrible on a phone that size.”

3. Wall Street Journal: ‘Apple’s Cure for Android Envy’

iPhone 6 Review: Bigger Screen Gets More DoneThe new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are Apple's largest phones ever. But what will that extra real estate do for you? Personal Technology Columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler takes you on a test drive. Subscribe to the WSJ channel here: bit.ly/14Q81Xy Visit the WSJ channel for more video: youtube.com/wsjdigitalnetwork More from the Wall Street Journal:…2014-09-17T01:07:37Z

Check out the Wall Street Journal review of the iPhone 6 in the video above.

In his review, the WSJ’s Geoffrey Fowler gave the iPhone 6 high marks for all-around quality, even going so far as to say that the iPhone 6 was “the best smartphone you can buy.” However, he was less than complimentary when discussing the new iPhone’s battery life:

“The iPhone 6’s biggest drawback is its battery. It isn’t a deal-breaker—I was able to make it through the day on a single charge. But when I stress-tested the handsets by cranking up screen brightness to 100% and streaming video, the iPhone 6 battery died just before my iPhone 5S’s did.”

4. Bloomberg: ‘Feels Like the Perfect Phone in my Hand’

iPhone 6 Review: Now Fewer Reasons to Get an AndroidSept. 16 (Bloomberg) — Bloomberg's Sam Grobart reviews Apple's new iPhone 6. The smartphone is bigger, thinner, with more storage and a longer battery life. So should you upgrade from your older iPhone or Android? (Source: Bloomberg) — Subscribe to Bloomberg on YouTube: youtube.com/Bloomberg Bloomberg Television offers extensive coverage and analysis of international business news…2014-09-17T01:11:28Z

Check out Bloomberg News’ take on the iPhone 6 in the video review above.

Bloomberg Businessweek has reviewed both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and also has a gripe about battery life. The reviewer stated that “a big iPhone 6 doesn’t deliver an all-day charge if you’re a heavy user or in an area without strong wireless signals.” This is bad news for people who were hoping the iPhone 6 Plus really would live up to those claims of 16 hour battery life. That being said, the review did have some nice things to say about the new phones:

“On the plus side, the iPhone camera continues to be in a class by itself. The improvements Apple has made prove that the iPhone isn’t just a fantastic smartphone with a camera; it’s a fantastic camera, period. The 8-megapixel shooter might not have the super-high resolution the latest Samsung or Nokia phones tout, but it was able to take consistently beautiful photos in almost any setting, light or dark.”

5. The Verge: ‘Everything Is Better’

Apple iPhone 6 ReviewThe Verge reviews the iPhone 6, the biggest iPhone yet. How does the iPhone change when the it gets bigger? Read more: theverge.com/2014/9/16/6154975/iphone-6-review Check out our iPhone 6 Plus Review: youtube.com/watch?v=WuC6b43_kLQ Subscribe: youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=theverge Check out our full video catalog: youtube.com/theverge/videos Visit our playlists: youtube.com/theverge/playlists Like The Verge on Facebook: facebook.com/verge Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/verge Follow…2014-09-17T01:01:13Z

Check out The Verge’s review of the iPhone 6 in the video above.

In their full review of the iPhone 6, The Verge had both complimentary and critical things to note about Apple’s new phone. Overall, however, their assessment of the iPhone 6 was largely good, with the phone scoring a 9.0/10 in the review. The Verge wrote:

“Everything is better and nothing is different…Yet there’s nothing truly ambitious here, no grand vision of the future or of a new way of living in the present…The latest iPhones could have been a chance for Apple to really re-examine what smartphone hardware should be, but Apple just built a bigger iPhone. Because that’s what people wanted.

For a variety of reasons, from the camera to the app ecosystem to the hardware itself, the iPhone 6 is one of the best smartphones on the market. Maybe even the best. But it’s still an iPhone. The same thing Apple’s been making for seven years.”

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