It is reviews like this which are the reason why GSMArena is one of the very few sites I trust when it comes to phone reviews. What other of those paid journalists given "priveleged" access to perks by Apple PR would post as honest a review as this?
Really the Sony Z3 Compact is a far better buy than both this and the Samsung Alpha. Though, I don't get this fad as to how aluminium (you know, one of the most abundant elements in the earth's crust and used in such "premium" products as Coke cans) is somehow automatically more desirable than other products like the Z3C that achieve a high build quality by using other materials. Indeed, I don't like the idea of a brittle and slippery glass back on the Z3C but that does not mean that it has to be slippery aluminium either.
Except for first few days of awe, LG L90 mini is better than this phone. Yes it has slower CPU and graphic, but 90% of users will not care.
-it has twice the battery - 99% will like this.
-it has a SD card slot - more than 50% will like this
-you can copy your files as you want on and from the phone
-it is dirt chip so you do not have to worry all the time about scratching it, leaving on the table, ...
-it does all you need a phone to do; you do not spent 8h per day trying to find some use for the phone to justify 1000USD spent.
- with 800 USD left you can buy a PS4 + all the games you want and a 30x zoom camera
X, 27 Sep 2014" The new GPU is better in every way against the current crop of flagships, but that's pr... moreOk, so set your 4K video recording to internal memory... android is pretty flexible like that.
" The new GPU is better in every way against the current crop of flagships, but that's probably going to change with the Adreno 420 with the Snapdragon 805 and the Nvidia Kepler in the Tegra K1."
No, not going to change. The Adreno was tested already for Note 4 and LG G3-LTA and their results in graphic tests are still below the iPhone 6, while the Tegra K1 had a TDP of 11W, unsuitable for phones.
In addition to that, the internal memory of the iPhone is 10 times faster than any microSD card. A class 10 SD card is not suitable for 4K recording at good quality, so an SDCard slot and 4K recording on Android phones are a gimmick.
Tim, 27 Sep 2014What was the in call quality like - not the usual tinny Apple sound? What about signal strengt... moreYou are a product of marketing techniques instilling fear in you. My Android device is as safe as your Blackberry or Apple or Windows. Here are the steps that convinced you in this respect:
1. You are important.
2. So... your life is important.
3. So... your business and life are important to others.
4. So... people will try to steal from you, because there are bad people in the world.
5. So... the security of your life should be everything you should care about.
6. So... buy Blackberry, it's SAFE. buy Apple, it's SAFE.
The logic is flawless, yet the first assumption (i.e. 1.) is false. I don't want to offend you and I don't expect you to understand that. But it's a sad reality all the same.
darkraver, 27 Sep 2014The problem is....the performance is incredible (but so is Z3 and z3c), because they put exact... moreYou're missing the point. I know the engineering behind that the alternatives are much better. But many customers (not only Apple's, in just about ANY business) buy according to a certain lack of consciousness. Two days ago, my brother who owns an iPhone proudly informed me that he has spoken on his phone 200 days in the past 4 years. I never counted that, I never considered that because my Z always worked implicitly. But he was so proud of his achievement.
If you try to convince most Apple fans that other phones are better in every respect, you'll lose them: they see that their devices work, why shift? They don't understand. So you have to convince them that what they have is implicit in other cases, plus they get a looooong list of benefits if they shift to a new product.
+, one more essential thing
If Sony were the leading smartphone company, you'd get to see the same Xperia Z3 for the next 3 years. But they need to struggle (for our own benefit ;) ). Their struggle is commendable, but it's also beneficial and future-proof. That's what Apple lacks most today. Nokia did not give up Symbian (and what a brilliant OS that was) and here they are today, completely absorbed by Windows.
The day Symbian died should have been an important day for Apple. That day wrote the history of their strategy in advance. ;)
Gpu scores are strange
It seems iphone 6 plus doesnt have 1080p screen
Ofscreen 1080p 18fps
If onscreen is 1080p then Why this so much difference?
Look at iphone 6 which has slightly slower gpu
Clearly both phones has same resolution or at least in benchmarks
What was the in call quality like - not the usual tinny Apple sound? What about signal strength and reception. Some of us actually use a mobile to make a lot of calls and not just play games all day. Then there is the issue of security. Has Apple dumped the NSA backdoor or not. Dont care about Android as they are too open to be a sure device but I am really interest if Apple can now be as good as Blackberry. Security and privacy is far more important now than the specs race.
goodthings, 27 Sep 2014I came to like this review, though the lack of some features remarked by them should have been... moreThe problem is....the performance is incredible (but so is Z3 and z3c), because they put exactly the same OS with two or three new setting features onto a faster chip...
And convince people that the fact it can run the new iOS flawlessly is just incredible, avoiding the fact that new iOS is just as equal resource hungry as the previous one....
Its an app drawer with options screen for christs sake, how can it not run flawlessly on 1gb ram!?!
And they buy that for a 1000 bucks...
Its....beyond words to describe
I came to like this review, though the lack of some features remarked by them should have been remarked in other cases too, but I assume this was increased frustration during testing.
This is a fast phone, to say the least. Actually, performance is incredible, given the specs. In the past years, I've come to appreciate iPhones for the lag-free experience they offer. But I have one single question:
Why buy a phone (let's forget about price for a second, assume they all come at the same price), which comes with incredible power when it lacks so many features? Other phones offer such features and they too are lag-free. I won't experience any lag with my next Z3 (which I'm going to buy) and I'll be able to do so much more.
I actually have an answer, and it's a sad one: closed environments (such as Apple's) give the illusion of security (no matter what, the phone will work) and the promise of safety (no matter what, THAT application which deals with my privacy, for example, WILL work). But know what? Other apps from other systems work too. Apple is losing ground by their own language: 10 years back, when fighting Microsoft, they too knew that having alternatives leads to innovation and creativity. They seemed to have forgotten that in the past years. They rely on people's fear that other systems are not as safe or adaptive or easy-to-learn as theirs. And such a strategy is wrong from a marketing perspective.
For the past 2 years, I've become increasingly interested in Apple's marketing strategy: how do they do it to convince so many people to buy their products (let's now remember the prices of these devices) and, apart from contextual answers, I haven't been able to come up with a definitive answer. Well, this has changed:
The success of Apple is, as I said above, based on people's fear and on their laziness of learning something new. In the short run, this may be effective. But it's self-destructing in the long run.
So here's my prognosis:
- if they don't change strategy
- if they don't open their ecosystem
- if they don't improve the number of features to cover clients' expectations
- if they don't lower prices
they will close their business in 7-10 years.
iphone 6 is in topnoch . in every aspects any phone out thr..no pair..rocking..solid buld ..excellent camera..all in dis phone r mind blowing! !! but over priced:-p
PowerVR GX6650, 27 Sep 2014At last Ip6 PowerVR GX6450 killed both Galpha and Z3C in
Gpu rendering test.
What a blow ... more55 hours is good for 4.7 screen?
did you see the Xperia z3 compact? it has a 101 hours endurance rating in a 4.6 screen, its nearly the double!
PowerVR GX6650, 27 Sep 2014You should admit ....the Iphone 6 is more powerful
than last year nexus5....Dont give stupid ... moreWait and see your gpu performance with that 1gb ram....
What good is your ecosystem if you connectivity and media is...enclosed to what apple WANTS you tu use...
You can dowload apps, call, take photos ane video,listen music, watch movies, play games...just like any other ecosystem out there....
But dissadvantages far outcome the few advantages iphone has
Mono speaker and mono mic for camcorder, NFC thatchasconly one available function, bluetooth strictly for two functions only...ou theclist goes on
I am not saying its a bad phone, it gets the job done, but its just the price that you pay for what it offers that is beyond intelligence and reasoning...
Top androids get much more job done...and for quite less cash
So yes, its an insult to reasoning and intelligence...
No matter how much you console yourself with benchmarks
Gsmarena please do the battery life test again. The 8 hours talk time has to be bugged. No way it lasts that long. It has to be like 14 hours. Must be a bug in the system or so.
DeDeTe, 27 Sep 2014Does this simply mean that you can't afford the iPhone, so you have to list the specs to make ... moreDi mwit, he didn't list the specs, he was replying an apple fan who listed specs.
With your IQ, i can see why you like iOS.