iPhone 6As we all know, Apple’s new big iPhones were unleashed into the world this past week causing a major disruption as expected. Here is what some prominent publications (both tech and non-tech) had to say about the iPhone 6. Personally, I would take these gushing reviews with a pinch of salt, specially if you don’t own iPhones yet.

The Verge – “For a variety of reasons, from the camera to the app ecosystem to the hardware itself, the iPhone 6 is one of the best smartphones on the market. Maybe even the best. But it’s still an iPhone. The same thing Apple’s been making for seven years. A fantastically good iPhone, but an iPhone through and through.” (Score: 9)

Engadget – “Even with a slightly larger screen, the iPhone remains comfortable to hold. With fast performance, a great display, an elegant new design and a much-needed software update, it’s one of the best smartphones you can buy right now. We wish it had the same long battery life as the iPhone 6 Plus (not to mention its optical image stabilization) but even then, the iPhone 6 is still the better choice for most people. ” (Score: 90)

TechCrunch – “Meet The New Best Smartphone. The iPhone 6 is the best smartphone available. It offers improvements in almost every way that matters, and it delivers those in a striking new design that balances consumer demand for larger screens with a thin, light and durable case. It’s Apple’s most attractive phone, visually, and the 4.7-inch size is going to be more generally appealing than the iPhone 6 Plus’ larger proportions.”

Mashable – “The most elegant and effective smartphone on the market. There are other smartphones that do some of the things an iPhone 6 can do. Others, like the Samsung Galaxy S5 do more. It and the Amazon Fire Phone actually watch you and react to your gaze. Even so, none put it all together in quite the same way. I do miss the edges of the old iPhone design, but Apple’s iPhone 6 is, for my $200, the most elegant and effective smartphone on the market.”

TechRadar – “Apple has leapt forward with the iPhone 6 – one of the best phones it’s ever created.” (Score: 4.5)

Stuff – “With its bigger screen and software overhaul, the iPhone 6 is the freshest feeling iPhone in years.” (Score: 5)

CNET – “The iPhone 6 delivers a bigger screen while remaining easy to handle, with plenty of features to satisfy everyone — and the promise of Apple Pay on the horizon to potentially sweeten the deal even further.” (Score: 4.5)

The Guardian – “A beautifully made phone that finally reaches the screen size that many have hankered for from an iPhone, without sacrificing quality. The iOS 8 software adds a lot of key functionality – and NFC allied to TouchID has huge potential for offline and online payments.” (Score: 5)

The Telegraph – “Apple’s iPhone is the device that revolutionised the smartphone; the iPhone 6 is not so big an innovation as that. But it’s as close as the company has come to a flawless reinvention. Easy as it is to carp about missing features or worse, it remains the best, most beautiful package on the market.” (Score: 5)

If you want to know what they said about the iPhone 6 Plus, click here.