With the release of Apple’s two most recent smartphones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, it would be simple to say that the business has simply reacted to the competition’s bigger devices. And to some level, that holds true: The iPhone 5s’ 3.95-inch screen appeared charming compared to in 2013’s crop of phablets.

However, there’s more to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus than simply bigger screens. Apple offered its latest iPhones a streamlined redesign, faster processors, newer sensing units and video cameras, along with the ability to pay for things through NFC.

Iphone6 01The more pocket-friendly of the pair, the iPhone 6, has a 4.7-inch display screen and packs the same A8 processor as the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. And while the smaller variation lacks the optical image stabilization discovered in the latter’s electronic camera, the iPhone 6 is $100 more economical. With the iPhone 6 starting at $199 (for 16GB), is it time to update to Apple’s latest smartphone?

Like the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone 6 represents a shift in Apple’s smartphone design. Where the previous four iterations of the iPhone (the 5s/5c, 5, Fours and 4) all had squared-off edges, the 6 and 6 Plus’ rounded edges hearken back in some ways to the iPhone 3GS.

Naturally, a lot has changed in the last five years. The iPhone 6 is the sleekest iPhone yet, as its anodized-aluminum Iphone6 02back and sides blend easily into a glass display. The only quibble is with the plastic bands along the top and bottom of the rear, which breakup the otherwise seamless look.

At 4.7 inches, the iPhone 6 strikes the perfect balance between screen size and one-hand operability. You can make use of the phone with simply one hand without worry of it mistakenly falling to the ground.

The front of the phone is as clean as its back. A circular TouchID/Home button sits below the display screen, with a speaker, electronic camera lens and distance sensor above it. While the iPhone Fives had the power button on top, the iPhone 6’s power button has been moved to the upper right side. The upper left has buttons for volume and mute/rotation lock. The bottom edge holds a 3.5 mm headphone jack, power connector, and the speaker grille.

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