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iPhone 6 review roundup -- the raves come quietly

Jon Gold | Sept. 22, 2014
As the iPhone 6 series hits store shelves and users' pockets, professional opinions have been generally positive, if not breathlessly impressed. The overall reaction is probably best characterized as a "eh, they're pretty good."

Other techie notables like Re/Code's Walt Mossberg echoed much of this praise, saying that the iPhone 6 is "the best smartphone that money can buy."

MacWorld's Jason Snell didn't go quite that far, but he did emphasize that the big new iPhones instantly make Apple competitive with its most formidable rivals.

"Make no mistake: The most important new thing about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is their size. While their processors run faster and their cameras focus more exactingly, the real story is that these are larger phones with larger screens," he wrote. "Samsung and other competitors have showed that there's an audience for extra-large phones — and that's now an audience that can buy an iPhone. That's the whole point.

With the exception of the new form factor, no other single feature of the new iPhones seemed to particularly wow multiple reviewers. David Pierce, of the Verge, summed up a common thread among many reviews by writing that "everything is better, and nothing is different."


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