When I was getting excited about going Plus-sized, I forgot the practicalities of taking it running. There is an armband available from Griffin, but it wasn’t available in time so the big slab has just been out on a run in my pocket. It was fine: the extra size and weight kept it fairly well contained. I’d usually take an iPad on a trip abroad but the 6 Plus’s screen is just big enough to satisfy my in-flight entertainment needs (as well as being sharp and having a film-friendly colour balance). To my mind, as long as a phone lasts a full day, everything’s just gravy. The iPhone 6 Plus comes with lashings of gravy. I hammer my phone with email, constant web surfing and around an hour of the TomTom app most days, and the 6 Plus always makes it around halfway through the following day. While it at first seemed utterly alien to use an iPhone in landscape mode, I’m now getting used to it and the landscape-specific designs for Messages and Mail make clever use of the size and orientation. But why do the emoticon and number buttons keep switching places? My thumb’s confused. But wait, Swiftkey is finally available on iOS and it’s rather excellent. I’ve always thought that if you want to take proper photos you get a proper camera. So all I expect from a phone camera is point-andshoot immediacy and passable results, and this is both faster and better than that, with pics turning out sharp, naturally coloured and pretty bright even in poor conditions. The 240fps slo-mos are an absolute hoot. The 6 Plus isn’t for everyone. It’s bigger than it needs to be and not as ergonomic as it could be. And two of its most defining features, Apple Pay and Continuity, are yet to appear. Those are flaws, but I’m prepared to accept them for the combination of that screen and an OS that’s as robust and appealing as ever but more open. Still, I’m fickle… the Galaxy Note 4 could turn my head before the month is out.
STUFF Despite some imperfections, those gagging for a phablet iPhone won’t be disappointed
5.5in IPS, 1920x1080 (401ppi)
Apple A8 @ 1.4GHz
1GB iOS 8
RAM OS Storage
Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, Lightning, NFC, Bluetooth