Worse, that was without Bluetooth, and with under 15 minutes of calls per day. If you make more calls through the course of a day, or rely on an excess of wireless devices — headphones, smartwatch, fitness band — expect to need a charge midway into your regular day, that’s just all there is to it.
And that’s bad news for customers with a dependency on their phone, it really is, as the iPhone 6 isn’t the battery improvement you may well be expecting it to be.
We have higher hopes for the iPhone 6 Plus, because a bigger screen often means a bigger battery, but here in the iPhone 6, Apple has traded a larger battery for a slimmer body, and that’s a trade-off we’re not so sure people will agree with.
The storage dilemma
With the move to the iPhone 6, Apple has upped the built-in storage in smartphones to a whopping 128GB, putting the phone on par with what the MacBook Air offers, and even giving that computer a run for its money in terms of total cost.
You don’t have to pick a 128GB phone, though, as there’s a choice of either 64GB or 16GB.
But we have trouble with that last option, because with no upgradeable storage slot on the iPhone 6, you will run out of storage very quickly, especially if you like games, apps, music, video, and taking photos with the excellent camera found here.
We’re not even sure why Apple has made a 16GB option, and with the iPhone 6, are of the opinion that the sizes should have started with 32GB, not the piddling 16GB option Apple has made the first one.
In fact, the only reasons we can see a school of logic for with the 16GB iPhone include the company having an entry-level iPhone 6 — albeit one that will feel sorely lacking months after purchase when the storage has been eaten into — and having an easy way of upselling customers, especially when the phone seller on the floor explains to them the difference between the 16 and 64GB sizes.
If you are considering an iPhone 6, don’t bother with the 16GB variety, and just invest in either 64 or 128GB. You won’t regret having that supply of storage, but you almost definitely will with the 16GB, especially since you can’t upgrade it.
Conclusion: should you buy it?
For many, the iPhone 6 is exactly what they want in the next stage of the Apple smartphone: a sleek, sexy, and svelte smartphones that feels like it has evolved significantly with this superior size that we’re all seduced by.
But it’s more of a minor increase that brings the iPhone into the current day, with a larger screen, a slimmer design, and a bit of the tech that will make it faster at home and abroad.
That said, it isn’t a benchmark setting phone, unless you want to talk about people standing in line. Rather, it’s a modest upgrade from where the iPhone was, making it larger and more usable for today.
It’s also the first iPhone since the original metal 2G model that this reviewer would actively consider using, since it feels excellent and offers a fantastic experience, once you get around that mediocre battery life.
In fact, the battery life is what would bring us back to another phone, and until Apple fixes it, that’s probably where we’d sit, as barely a day is never a good benchmark for a product that’s supposed to keep up with you, and not the other way around.