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September 9, 2014

The iPhone 6 hands-on

by John_A

One iPhone model. Two sizes. Aside from a suite of feature and software improvements, the iPhone 6 is also getting upgraded in screen size — the smaller version at 4.7-inches, with the Plus option at 5.5-inches. The more petite iteration is what I’ll focus on here, though you’ll be able to take a look at the larger size here. Aside from the difference in diagonal screen size, there’s very little to tell these two versions apart until you start looking deeper; the Plus comes with a bigger battery, better display, one-handed mode and an extra stabilization feature on the camera, but everything else is essentially identical. Take a look at the photos and video below, and I’ll be adding my thoughts as I go.

Naturally, there’s going to be some hesitation by those who’ve been used to the 3.5-inch or 4.0-inch size of all previous generations of the iPhone, but the 4.7-inch model is still reasonable enough that most users should easily get used to the new size. At 6.9mm, it’s thinner than the 5s (7.6mm), and its curved sides bring a sleek look that should still be plenty comfortable for most traditional iPhone fans.


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