T3’s Matt Hill gets his hands on Ap­ple’s dy­namic phone duo

Australian T3 - - RADAR -

The world ex­pected a tag team of iPhones and that’s ex­actly what it got. Much larger than Ap­ple has risked pre­vi­ously, both are clear at­tempts at court­ing the grow­ing East­ern mar­ket, where mas­sive phones are in high de­mand. In­deed, the 6 Plus ini­tially feels very un-Ap­ple, too big to use with one hand, with the in­ter­face work­arounds no re­place­ment for the firm’s pre­vi­ous “one thumb” think­ing. That said, it’s still very light and both are finely evolved de­signs, echo­ing the iPad Air’s metal­lic sleek­ness and hark­ing back to the 3GS’s rounded edges, which I al­ways pre­ferred (no, re­ally).

While iOS 8 isn’t the most visual OS over­haul ever, there’s plenty of im­proved func­tion­al­ity, es­pe­cially if you have a Mac and Yosemite. Ap­ple Pay is as re­spon­sive as sug­gested, the card scan­ning almost stupidly sim­ple.

The no­table spec bump should sate Ap­ple fans, but whether float­ing vot­ers will be wowed by the over­sized real es­tate, we shall see…

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