De­sir­abil­ity

WHOSE BUILD AND AES­THET­ICS OF­FER THE GREATER PROM­ISE OF TECHY LIFE-IM­PROVE­MENT?

Australian T3 - - OPINION -

iPhone 6 Once, not so long ago, many float­ing vot­ers would de­fault to Ap­ple’s de­vices thanks to their gen­er­ally strong build qual­ity, Jony Ive’s de­sign flour­ishes and the bet­ter-stocked App Store.

That changed with Sam­sung’s Galaxy line, as well as Sony’s Xpe­rias and HTC’s Ones – th­ese were truly pre­mi­um­feel­ing An­droid de­vices, but usu­ally that bit cheaper than iPhones. At the same time, Google Play started filling up with apps of Ap­ple-match­ing qual­ity, again of­ten at slightly lower prices.

So iPhone 6 is where the fight-back be­gins. Bor­row­ing de­sign ideas from the iPad Air in terms of look and feel, it’s big­ger yet thin­ner than the more in­dus­trial iPhone 5S. It un­de­ni­ably looks rather beau­ti­ful, but the up­sized screen is what re­ally makes the 6 leap out.

With bat­tery life also im­proved de­spite the big­ger dis­play, it’s clear Ap­ple has iden­ti­fied the prob­lems with the 5S and made bold strides to­wards fix­ing them. In short: highly al­lur­ing. Oh, and it only bends if you bend it.

The ver­dict

iPhone 6 Both phones ooze class but, for us, the iPhone pips the Al­pha in the de­sir­abil­ity stakes. Clever de­sign means Ap­ple’s phone ac­tu­ally man­ages to feel thin­ner than Sam­sung’s, de­spite the op­po­site

be­ing true.

SPEC

PRIC­ING 16GB $869, 64GB $999, 128GB $1,129 SCREEN 4.7-inch, 326ppi LCD

PRO­CES­SORS 1.4 GHz du­al­core, 64-bit A8 with Pow­erVR GX6650 GPU + M8 mo­tion-sens­ing co-pro­ces­sor

RAM 1GB STOR­AGE 16GB, 64GB

or 128GB

CAM­ERAS 8-meg/1080p rear, 1.2-meg/720p front

QUOTED BAT­TERY Up to 14 hours 3G call­ing

OS iOS 8 SIZE/WEIGHT

138x67x6.9mm/129g

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