The iPhone 6 is capable of up to 14 hours of battery life (for 3G talk), but will more typically give you 10 hours of life. In my tests, I got between 10 and 12 hours doing a mix of web browsing, photography, video and gaming. I tested an iPhone 6 on Verizons LTE network.
There are other changes on the iPhone 6, like turning the speaker into a series of large holes and replacing the circular volume buttons with two oblong ones connected by a small channel in the iPhone 6’s body.
In Apple’s return to curves (iPhone design had curved edges until the iPhone 4), it went a bit further with the iPhone 6. Instead of a sharp right angle connecting the aluminum body to the glass, the front glass of the iPhones 6 curves downward to meet the metal chassis.
It also feels a bit slippery. If you buy one, get a case with some grip to it. The similarly sized Samsung Galaxy S5 does not have the iPhone’s spectacular design, but with a plastic, puckered back and rigged sides, it’s unlikely to slip out of anyone’s hands.
Perhaps the biggest, though, is the new placement of the sleep/hold button. It’s no longer on top of the phone and instead sits on the right about a fifth of the way down. This took some getting used to. As a longtime iPhone owner, I reflexively press the top of my phone to put it to sleep. But I got used to the new placement after a couple of days.
The iPhone 6’s smooth profile is broken by the slightly protruding camera lens (instantly fixed by slipping the phone into one of Apple’s new, sleek leather or silicone cases) and a set of plastic lines that run horizontally across the back and near the top and bottom edges. I don’t particularly care for these design elements, but they’re necessary: The pieces of the body serve as the phone’s antennas, and the plastic is necessary to separate each of them. Read more…