Apple’s new iPhones finally arrived and judging by stock levels at Apple retail stores and postings on Twitter, and it’s the iPhone 6 Plus that consumers are most enthusiastic about. Mine arrived about four hours ago, and I’ve hardly put it down since I pulled it out of the hands of the UPS delivery guy.
After spending far too much time with it, I’ve chosen to share my initial thoughts on Apple’s first “phablet.” So, while you’re waiting for yours to arrive, or while you’re achingly standing outside an Apple Store somewhere, you may take pleasure in a preview of what you have to anticipate.
Even though you already know this and have likely read it numerous times since Apple’s unveiling last week, I can’t stress enough how significant this phone is. Compared to the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 Plus is enormous when you first hold it in your hands. For those coming from the iPhone 4s or 4s Plus, the difference will be even more pronounced.
And getting used to it is a process. When you first take it out of the box, you’ll be taken aback by its enormous size. Opening the iPhone was more like opening a smaller iPad. It’s more like a bit of a tablet with a phone built-in.
In that case, the 6 Plus might be overkill for you if you only use your phone for texting and sending Snapchat selfies back and forth. However, suppose you use it to watch movies, play games, and complete tasks while you’re away from your laptop or tablet. In that case, you’ll appreciate the extra space provided by its super-sized display, especially as more and more developers begin to take advantage of it.
And it has one of the most excellent smartphone displays I’ve ever seen. With 401 pixels per inch and a 1920 x 1080 resolution, it’s the most exemplary Retina display Apple has ever built. However, the 6 Plus screen isn’t just about the number of pixels; it also has higher color accuracy and contrast than prior iPhone screens.
Icons appear to be perched on top of the glass in iOS 8, giving the appearance that they’re floating above the display. They’re all stunning, to be sure. When you look at your photos and watch HD movies and TV shows, you’ll see how hard Apple worked to make this display flawless.
If you want a camera as good as a point-and-and-shoot in a gadget as tiny as this, you have to make a sacrifice. Apple could have made the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as thick as the iPhone 5, flush-mounted the camera, and used larger batteries. This is not the case for smaller phones.