IPhone 6 Plus: Overcoming First Impressions
As soon as Apple announced the iPhone 6 Plus, I couldn't wait to get my hands on one. Sadly, I live 150 miles from the nearest Apple Store, which meant I had to wait three weeks for my FedEx delivery. When the Plus finally arrived, I was underwhelmed. The phone looked big, boxy, and without character. Needless to say, it was not love at first sight.
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Funnily enough, it was the way the iPhone 6 Plus felt, not the way it looked, that eventually won me over. Though skeptical at first, I soon began to enjoy holding the Plus and would addictively pick it up just to feel it in my hands. Its surface reminded me of a cool, flat stone—the kind you skip across the water.
I’ve used scores of handheld devices over the last 20 years, and I’ve always had to worry about my battery life running low. Now, with the iPhone 6 Plus’s space for a larger battery, I will be glad to no longer have to compete for lone AC outlets at airport terminals.
There have been countless times, whether in my car or at home, that I’ve wanted to share audio using my handheld device. Although the iPhone 6 Plus’s sound is still slightly distorted when the volume is turned all the way up, I appreciate not having to use headphones or an external speaker to listen to music or videos.
With so many inexpensive storage options available, such as iCloud, Dropbox, and Google Drive, many users will find the less expensive 32- or 64-gigabyte option to be sufficient. Still, I enjoy being independent of the cloud with my 128 GB phone.
The 5.5-inch display is gorgeous. Even small text displays crisply. And more display space means more words per page in the Kindle e-book reader, making the Plus a wonderful device for reading anywhere. I appreciate the improved polarizer, which makes it possible to read in the sunlight without strain.
Anyone who can point the iPhone 6 Plus camera and press the shutter button can get good results, even in low lighting. Optical image stabilization, unique to the Plus, helps the user capture clearer photos, even in challenging situations.
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Despite the temptation to splurge on both the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, the increase in speed, extra thinness, and fingerprint security simply aren’t enough to justify upgrading from the original iPad Air. And I’ve made another discovery— my iPhone 6 Plus phablet replaces any practical need for a mini. Despite our rocky start, I couldn’t be happier with my new gold iPhone 6 Plus. It’s easily the best handheld device I’ve ever used.