My first iPhone device was the iPhone 4s. I had converted over from the Android X2 and couldn’t have been happier with the transition. I soon became an Apple-everything-user after becoming pleasantly surprised by the iPhone. My Contract with my carrier expired in February of this year and I was determined to not upgrade until the iPhone 6! Boy, I’m glad that I waited!
Apple stated this is the best iPhone they’ve ever created, so I’ve been putting it to the test.
The biggest dilemma was trying to decide if I was going to go with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Honestly, I was very worried about going with the Plus due to the enormous size of the device. My biggest fear was regretting my decision and it wasn’t helpful that I was pre-ordering my phone, which negated my ability to hold either one in my hands.
The conclusion that I came to was that the iPhone 6 Plus was clearly the superior phone because of its larger size allowing for more capabilities. There were three things that helped in my decision making process:
1) Battery life – I own my own small business, as a result, I’m always on the go and clients send me requests for things that often times need to be executed quickly. Therefore, if I have a dead phone, it would make things really difficult to accomplish what I need at any given time. Apple boasted a 24hr battery life on the Plus compared to the 14hr on the regular iPhone 6, depending on what you’re running. This was a crucial factor for my decision. And, as it turns out, I was able to go 2 1/2 days without a single charge before it died, at one point!
2) Pixel display – If I’m going to make a large investment into anything, I want to make sure that it’s world class in quality. Nothing says world class like the resolution on the iPhone 6 Plus, which features a 1,920×1080 display. For some extra dollars, the investment into the higher quality screen was definitely worth it based on the fact that my phone is something I use every single day.
3) Screen size – While this was also my biggest fear, it was one of the determining factors for me as well. As stated previously, I do a lot of my work on the go from place to place and the larger screen gives me more ability to accomplish other tasks that I wasn’t able to do on my iPhone 4s. For instance, I do a lot of email marketing for my clients and the larger screen allows me to compose emails with an increased amount of ease.
The picture below is my iPhone 6 Plus when it first came in. I was very impressed with the phone and its size right from the start. As a result, I don’t regret my decision to go with the iPhone 6 Plus at all. This doesn’t mean that you will necessarily like the size yourself, but my philosophy on it is that if you have larger hands (like me) there won’t be much of an issue. But don’t get discouraged if you don’t, I know people that have small hands that are completely happy with the Plus.
The one downside that I’ve had with the phone thus far doesn’t really have to do with the phone at all. And that would be the new IOS 8, it certainly has had its fair share of glitches (which is to be expected). Apple has already rolled out one patch, but even after that one there will need to be some more really soon.
After you use the iPhone 6 Plus for a few days and then hold an iPhone 4 or iPhone 5, you will ask yourself how you even used that small of a screen before!
I do want to speak to the “bending” issue…I have had my phone in my pockets and have not discovered any bending whatsoever. I have a case on my phone, which adds extra strength but you really would need to apply a lot of force to bend this phone in my opinion. From a social media perspective, I have been impressed by Apple’s competitors at taking advantage of this opportunity on the social frontier. I’m an Apple fan and probably always will be, but Samsung did a great job on this graphic for social media: