iPhone 6 and 6 Plus benchmarks

The thing about technical specs is that, they can mean different things to different people and situations. But if there is any company out there that promises a real world performance metric and meets it and in fact, mostly beats it, it is Apple. With the  iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus, the company promised better battery life, overall better performance, better camera, etc. And looks like it kept up its end of the promise, based on a bunch of reports that came out today.

The first report from the ever so reliable AnandTech on the iPhone 6 models' performance compared to a bunch of previous iPhones and popular Android devices. In almost every test, the new iPhone 6 models beat their Android counterparts heftily and the only real competitor to the iPhone 6 models came in the form of a "Tablet" not a smartphone. So clearly the iPhone 6 models are again leading the smartphone race from the front. As far as the Android smartphones are concerned, only the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes close (and wins marginally in some cases) to the iPhone 6 models in some tests. But the most interesting point that I noticed from this article, is how even the iPhone 5 has almost the exact battery life of Samsung Galaxy S5 (for a specific situation here, web browsing over wifi), but the iPhone 5S lags behind it by an hour or so and the iPhone 5C is very close to the Galaxy S5. Either way for Samsung to base an entire Ad campaign on "poor" battery life of the iPhone (Wall Huggers) seems shallow and almost borderline, lying, but again who am I kidding here, we are talking about Samsung!

As one can see, it seems that Apple has managed to do something quite incredible with battery life. Normally an 1810 mAh battery with 3.82V nominal voltage would be quite a poor performer, but the iPhone 6 is a step above just about every other Android smartphone on the market. The iPhone 6 Plus also has a strong showing, although not quite delivering outrageous levels of battery life the way the Ascend Mate 2 does. That’s it for now, but the full review should be coming in the near future.
— AnandTech
Except for the iPhone 5S that lags behind Samsung Galaxy S5 by an hour or so in battery life, all other iPhone 5 models have similar battery life as the Galaxy S5. The iPhone 6 beats S5 in battery life by more than an hour, though! (Source: AnandTech)

Except for the iPhone 5S that lags behind Samsung Galaxy S5 by an hour or so in battery life, all other iPhone 5 models have similar battery life as the Galaxy S5. The iPhone 6 beats S5 in battery life by more than an hour, though! (Source: AnandTech)

The second report from DisplayMate crowns the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus displays as the best ever smartphone displays it has tested, based on a variety of tests and comparisons. And the iPhone 6 Plus is more impressive than the iPhone 6 in its display quality. 

Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements, the iPhone 6 Plus is the Best performing Smartphone LCD display that we have ever tested. It delivers uniformly consistent all around Top Tier display performance. The iPhone 6 Plus is only the second Smartphone display (LCD or OLED) to ever get all Green (Very Good to Excellent) Ratings in all test and measurement categories (except for Brightness variation with Viewing Angle, which is the case for all LCDs) since we started the Display Technology Shoot-Out article series in 2006, an impressive achievement for a display. The iPhone 6 Plus has raised the bar for top LCD display performance up by a notch... The display on the iPhone 6 is none-the-less still a Very Good display, and most buyers will be happy with its performance, but it’s somewhat disappointing that Apple went for satisfactory as opposed to the best.
— DisplayMate

And finally another article on the superior prowess of the iPhone 6 (not the 6 Plus) camera performance from Macworld. Looks like gone are the days comparing, a smartphone camera to a point and shoot. Now the point and shoot cameras, apparently are of no competition to the calibre of the iPhone cameras, that we have started comparing the iPhone cameras with the DSLRs. And the best part is that even the iPhone 6 camera's performance is comparable (not better, yet) to that of the DSLRs'. I wonder how the "superior" iPhone 6 Plus camera would fare in a similar situation. 

The iPhone 6 won’t beat a DSLR, but it’s still an excellent device
— MacWorld