The iPhone 6 lineup has introduced iOS users to new smartphones with bigger (and bigger) displays. I was ready for a larger screen, so quickly opted to buy an iPhone 6 last month, thinking it would be the best match. And indeed I found the iPhone 6 to be gorgeous and well-built, and felt that the 4.7-in. display was right at the edge of what was comfortable for me.
But after spending a week with an iPhone 6 Plus, I'm now not so sure. The only thing that's clear is that my next iPhone purchase won't be so easily decided.
A month after hitting shelves in the U.S., the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have proven to be enormous hits. Apple sold a record-setting 10 million phones during the first weekend they were available, and the company reported on Monday that it sold a whopping 39.3 million iPhones in the last quarter ending Sept. 30.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus feature slick, thin aluminum housings built around the largest displays ever included in an iPhone lineup (the aforementioned 4.7-in. screen and the larger 5.5-in. screen in the 6 Plus). Both iPhone 6 models feature a second-generation 64-bit chipset, a second-generation motion processor called the M8, updated camera systems, a new sensor for measuring air pressure, and hardware support for Apple Pay. The new iPhones come in three colors -- gold, space gray or silver -- and in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage capacities.
I really love my iPhone 6, which I've had now almost a month. But when given the chance to use a 6 Plus for a while, I jumped at the opportunity.
First impression: This thing is a monster. I was just growing accustomed to the iPhone 6 and its feel in hand when the 6 Plus arrived; this model absolutely dwarfs my iPhone 6.
Why I disliked big phones
Some background: I was never a fan of larger phones. I thought them bulky and unwieldy, and found them ridiculous looking when using them for phone calls. But, in my defense, that's only because most bigger phones were actually bulky and unwieldy, especially the first ones to hit the market a few years back. Despite the better specs in the 6 Plus -- battery life and upgraded camera -- I opted for the iPhone 6 because largely based on size.
The 6 Plus shares the hallmark iPhone look, with the Touch ID-equipped Home button centered below the display, and the FaceTime camera, sensors and speaker centered above. The volume up/down and mute switch is still on the left, but, just like the 6, the sleep/wake button has been moved to the right side of the device. The flat sides and chamfered edges of the iPhones 4 and 5 have been replaced with a sleek, thin aluminum chassis that seems to form itself around the phone's display; the curves influence all of the materials, including the glass, giving the new iPhones the look of a science fiction move prop.
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