DAY 03

Stuff Singapore - - Long Term Test -

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

Screen

5.5in IPS, 1920x1080 (401ppi)

Pro­ces­sor

Ap­ple A8 @ 1.4GHz

1GB iOS 8

16GB/ 64GB/128GB

RAM OS Stor­age

Bat­tery

2915mAh

Con­nec­tiv­ity

Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, Light­ning, NFC, Blue­tooth

Di­men­sions

158x78x7.1mm

172g

Weight

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