Is bigger always better? Perhaps one of the first things you’ll notice about the iPhone 6 Plus is its size. The iPhone 6 Plus is bigger than any other iPhone with 5.5 inches stretching diagonally across its screen. To put this into perspective, the iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch screen, the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C have 4 inch screens and the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S all have 3.5 inch screens. Over time, iPhones have gradually been growing larger in size but the gargantuan jump between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus raised quite a few eyebrows in the tech world and among consumers.
Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus became available to purchase on September 19th along with the iPhone 6. The most obvious difference in aesthetics between the two is the difference in size; such is the difference that the iPhone 6 Plus has been heralded as Apple’s first foray into the world of phablets.
First of all, the bad points. The large size means some might struggle to cram it into trouser/jacket pockets, which is a pain. Anyone who uses their phone one-handed might also find the new, allegedly improved size a nuisance as they find their hand dwarfed by this slab of a device.
Yet sales of the iPhone 6 Plus indicate the public agree that bigger is better. In its first weekend of release alone, Apple managed to shift millions upon millions of units and broke records with their biggest iPhone to date. The pros of having a big screen mean that it is 1920 × 1080 pixels (401 dpi), which is full high definition. The high resolution makes the device attractive for anyone who spends large amounts of time reading messages and articles off their phone.
The bigger screen size means there’s plenty of room left when a user types in landscape mode. As an attempt to fill some of this empty space, Apple has come up with some handy additional on-screen keys such as a button for copy, a button for paste, a button for undo and so on.
For travellers, the iPhone 6 Plus works on high-speed internet networks of many countries, many more in fact than other smartphones/phablets on the market.
The battery life is improved with up to 24 hours talk time, 12 hours of surfing the web through WiFi and 14 hours of video usage. The biggest improvement here is talk time; the iPhone 5S could handle up to 10 hours whilst the iPhone 6 manages 14.
The iPhone 6 Plus also contain NFC chips which allow them to work on contactless terminals. Yet the iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t even need to be turned on in order to allow transactions via contactless terminals to be made. Simply hold the phone near the terminal with your finger on the home button, see the screen light up and the deal is done. The home button works as a fingerprint reader so should someone steal your phone, they won’t get very far when trying to make purchases from it.
One of the biggest selling points of the iPhone 6 Plus is its magnificent camera. Record and watch things in ultra slow motion. Enjoy its phase detection auto-focusing, a godsend to anyone who finds a number of their photos ruined by bad lighting. To avoid pictures being ruined from shaky hands holding the device, the lens moves to counteract the shakiness.
Its re-focusing and image stabilization abilities are so great that one could film whilst biking down the bumpiest hill and still get a high quality video, free of blurs and unclear images.