I’m a huge Android fan and all, but I have to say that this chart is pretty unfair. Keep in mind that the iPhone 6 has a 64-bit A8 chip… which is arguably better than any given high-end Android phone’s 32-bit chipset. It’s about time you came out with a 64-bit chip, Qualcomm.
That’s also why people say that the iPhone 6 only needs 1GB of RAM. Say what you want about iOS’s inflexibility, but it tends to be quite well-optimized… although I’ve heard that the 4S is atrociously slow on iOS 7. Compared to it, there are plenty of old, low-end Android phones from the same year that can run the latest version of Android (4.4 KitKat) with few problems. I think the iPhone would benefit from more RAM, but not at the cost of driving its price up further. With the A8 chip, multitasking should be a breeze.
What’s more troubling is this. I’m not one for benchmark scores (since they don’t really reflect reality), but if it’s true that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are only a tiny step up from the 5S, wtf is Apple trying to do here. If it’s true that the A8 only brings a tiny increase in performance, what’s the point of buying an iPhone 6. Then again, the phone has yet to be released, so we should hold our assumptions until then. Hopefully the iPhone will perform on par with upcoming Android flagships. Again, 64-bit (it’s not a gimmick, I tell you). After all, competition leads to innovation.
NFC. Now, many Android phones have had NFC since late 2011-2012 (maybe even earlier than that, IDK). I guess Apple didn’t see the need to add NFC till this iteration of the iPhone, probably only because NFC is becoming a lot more popular in Western countries. Asian markets like China have been using NFC since it came out, and since China is one of Apple’s major target markets this time around, they’d have to have NFC in the phone for it to sell well there.
I can’t guilt them for not having NFC in the past since I understand why they didn’t bother adding it to their earlier phones. Apple’s target market has usually only been North America and the Western world (including markets like South Korea and Japan). NFC was and still is only popular in a couple of these countries (sans said Asian markets). Still, it’s pretty strange to have a flagship phone without NFC in 2014 so perhaps that’s why Apple jumped onto the bandwagon. Every Android flagship has it, after all. Shame they couldn’t add IR blaster to the phones as well. Maybe in the iPhone 7 (lol). Remember, the Nexus line is meant for developers! Which is most probably why the phones have NFC, among other features some would deem ‘unnecessary’.
I’ve also noticed that since iOS is a fairly (again, people will argue with me on this) well-optimized OS, iPhones tend to have longer-lasting batteries compared to Android phones with same/similar-sized batteries. The A8 64-bit chip will only improve this, even if only a little. From my experience, an iPhone 5 (the original) can last up to a day with an SoT (screen on time) of 6-7 hours. Then again… this is on minimal use with the lowest screen brightness possible. We actually still don’t know the iPhone 6/Plus’s battery life, which is strange.
As for arguments about screen resolution (why doesn’t the iPhone 6 have a 1080p screen? Why only the iPhone 6 Plus? Why is the iPhone 6 Plus’s screen only 401ppi? That’s worse than the Nexus 5!), I honestly don’t know why Apple decided to stick with the same old IPS technology for both phones in this day and age. For battery conservation? To offset costs? IMO it really sucks. Then again, we won’t know how good the screens are until the phones come out. Why did Apple choose to have the screens of both phones at such a low ppi? Is it because they think that people don’t notice the difference? Will parallax make up for it? Meh.
2160p. Nearly every major flagship from late 2013 onwards has either had a 2K screen or has been capable of taking 4K video. Some even have 2K screens (LG G3). Even the Xperia Z3 Compact, with its 720p screen, will be able to take 4K video. So why not the iPhone 6? Does Apple think that 4K is still unpopular? Are they waiting till 4K screen resolutions become cheap and popular so that sharing 4K stuff will be easy for people?
In any case, all of the newer Macs/Macbooks/iPads have UHD screens, so 4K video playback is possible. If the iPhone 6 supported 4K, the ability to shoot videos in that resolution could be a chance for them to advertise their other devices. However, it may just be a pricing issue. 4K would serve to drive up the price of the phones beyond what they are now. The 128GB iPhone 6 Plus is already more than $1000.
I have to say, I don’t see the point of getting the iPhone 6/Plus right now. Definitely not at the price Apple is asking. Sure, the iPhone line is premium and you’ll get a decent enough product for the price, and the camera on iPhones have always been amazing, but having being spoiled by the numerous features of Android flagships that the iPhone still lacks, I simply can’t see myself using an iPhone. Ever. It’s hard to believe that they’re charging so much for a 128GB iPhone 6 when phones like the HTC Desire 610 support 128GB microSD cards for only a fraction of the price. I’m also surprised that Apple decided to stay with 8MP. Is that their sweet spot? On one hand, it’s nice to see that Apple refuses to cave in and add a bunch of (what some people would dismiss as) “gimmicky” (take this with a grain of salt!) features to the iPhone 6. We all know that their expertise lies in a carefully-crafted and controlled user experience. “It just werks”, but that’s exactly what the company’s aiming for—a tightly bound UI that appeals to the masses; simple, yet incredibly elegant.
On the other hand, the iPhone 6 is way overpriced. Especially if it turns out that it’s only a minor improvement over the 5S. It reads like a dated, old device (hence the above image). 64-bit… might be nothing more a gimmick, like octa-core MTK chips, although I don’t buy that just yet. Android L will be bringing a cleaner UI to Android, and ART should help speed up speed for a better flowing experience.
tl;dr: Apple adds a bunch of shit that Android phones had twenty million years ago but continues to lag behind in terms of features because they want to maintain their (pretty) closed garden.