Each year when I get a new iPhone after about six months I like to write something up on how I'm finding the durability and in hand use. If you have been following me for a while you will know that I am not a big fan of cases, in fact I really dislike using them so having my phone naked is a sure fire way to see how durable it actually is.
In the hand the iPhone 6 is one of the most comfortable models Apple have brought us. Not being a big fan of the straight edges of the iPhone 4 design (which slightly improved with the iPhone 5 design) I was pleased to see a return to curved ones. It feels great in the hand, which along with the curved glass top makes it a joy to use. It is a little slippery when cold but not something I have particularly found to be a problem and you soon forgot about it. I have almost dropped it when using the volume button to take a picture but only on a couple of occasions, although I am a little more careful than I was with the 5C before it.
Before we go onto damage I just wanted to touch on an earlier post that I wrote about the screen replacements I have experienced with my launch day phone. I experienced a problem where the bottom right corner of the screen produced an audible clicking noise that eventually needed a device swap at the Apple store, this is the phone I am currently using and photographed below.
Now onto damage, yes I have some on my device.
I dropped my previous phone onto concrete and amazingly it suffered no damage whatsoever, something that I was impressed with and a step up from the 5 that I was constantly finding dents with. My replacement phone has experienced a scraping across my garage floor, that hasn't turned out too badly. The screen is perfect but the sides have some metal scrape marks and the camera surround has lost some of it's black finish.
Here are some images.
So as you can see from the images above it took some scrapes but it's in perfect working order.
Yes there is damage but if you worry about imperfections on something that you use everyday you are going to be a very stressed person and I for one enjoy the look of a little wear and tear.
After owning every iPhone since the 3G (my personal favourite design) the 6/6+ design is back to those days and I absolutely love the design and feel in the hand of this phone. In terms of durability I'd give it an A-, the curved of the top glass is asking to be chipped (mine didn't on my scrape across the garage floor) and the protruding camera is a definite magnet for chips (as mine) but on the plus side I haven't got a single scratch to the glass itself thanks to the use of sapphire.
Let's all enjoy our iPhone's (case or not) and hopefully as mine did yours will take a few scrapes here and there without being incapacitated.