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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Bigger is in fact better (in the right hands)

Jason Snell | Sept. 18, 2014
When Apple released the first iPhone, its 3.5-inch touchscreen seemed huge compared to the displays of other phones. Nonetheless, competitors responded with even larger screens, trying to find areas where they could provide clear alternatives to Apple hardware. Consumers responded positively, so the competition started making even bigger phones.

Thats not necessarily badI often use my iPhone two-handed, though sometimes I casually flip through it with one hand, and that wouldnt happen were I to sport the iPhone 6 Plus. For people with large hands, itll be less of an issue. I also discovered, to my surprise, that the front pockets of my Levis jeans were able to hold the iPhone 6 Plus without any problem. Your pockets may vary, but I was able to tote a 6 Plus in the same pocket that I usually carry my iPhone 5. While the feel was different, it wasnt ridiculous.

That being said, the iPhone 6 Plus is unlike any iPhone before it. Not quite a phone, not yet an iPad, its a tweener of a device thats going to be fantastic for some people and completely wrong for others. In Asia, this size of device is quite popularfor many people, phablets are their only computing devices, so the large screen is a huge productivity boost. And if youre someone who would really rather not have an iPad, a larger iPhone makes sense. And if youre someone for whom bigger is always better, why not get the biggest iPhone around?

If you dont find yourself nodding at that sentiment, I strongly suggest that you visit an Apple Store or another retailer that stocks the iPhone 6 Plus, hold it in your hand, and try it out. Its really a different class of device, and I fear that a lot of people are going to rush into buying one without having a sense of the scale of the thing.

Beyond the curved sides and two sizes, there are numerous other hardware design changes that Apple has introduced with the iPhone 6. The iPhone 5s round volume buttons have been replaced with thin metal ovals set into a slightly recessed indent just below the silence switch. The sleep/wake button has retreated from the phones top (thus completing the evacuationtheres nothing left up there), and moved to the right side, a first for an iPhone. For longtime iPhone users, its going to take some getting used to, but on larger phones its harder to reach that top edge, hence the change. I still havent gotten used to it.

On the back of the device, the most noticeable change is that the camera now extends outward a bit, its lens surrounded by a thin metal ring. Its a subtle change, and you can still place the iPhone flat on its back with a minimum of rocking. But it definitely wont be perfectly level.

Its whats on the inside

The exterior design of the iPhone 6 line marks a change for the iPhone product line, but these models also come with some internal hardware upgrades. Theyre powered by the new Apple A8 chip, the latest in a long line of chips Apple designs itself, optimized for its own hardware.

 

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