IPhone 6 Plus: Over­com­ing First Im­pres­sions

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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.

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