After 3 great years with the iPhone 4s, it was finally time to upgrade to the next big thing. I always knew that my next phone would be a larger screen. I was hoping that Apple would come out with a ‘phablet’ sooner than later. Unfortunately it was later. I’ve been eyeing the Galaxy Note and HTC One for over a year and came close to jumping to Android– all for the bigger screen experience.
Luckily, 2014 was THE YEAR. In September, Apple announced the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus for September 12th release. Myself and Kitchen Rebel knew it would be a big hit to our bank account, but we both use our phones in every aspect of our lives. And the iPhone 4s was on it’s last legs. So we put in our order at midnight on September 12th, and in about 3 weeks, we got our shiny new 5.5″ screens in the mail.
The Bad Stuff: Upgrading Woes
Upgrading to the new phones were a bit of a pain. There was no information telling you how to do it, so I had to hunt around the web to do so. Turns out I had to call in. After being on hold for 20 minutes, we got our accounts transferred to the new phones. Unfortunately, I had to dump my grandfathered unlimited data plan for a shared 6GB plan. Don’t know how that’s gonna affect my mobile life yet.
The next morning on my commute to work, I realized my phone didn’t have internet. Turns out the new data plan didn’t get activated on the new phones. So I had to call in (again) and get that taken care of. But tech support was great. I had to talk to a separate person for each phone, but they had both phones up and running with data inside of 5 minutes.
The next obstacle was content. My iCloud account did a great job with transferring my apps, mail, passwords and contacts over seamlessly. But my music was another story. I now had 128GB of storage (twice what I had on the iPhone 4s), so I wanted to get a ton of music moved over. iTunes had serious sync issues. And even when it said it copied 7000 songs over, they wouldn’t play. I had to go online and try a few tricks (ex. turning off Find My Phone, deselecting ‘manage only check songs and videos’, etc.). Eventually I got music and videos upload and was ready to go!
The Good Stuff: Life After Upgrading
First off, let me put this out there. The iPhone 6 Plus is an incredible device. Full disclosure, I don’t really talk on the phone that much. And iPhone is more a full featured communication and information device than at phone for me. I’m constantly on the go and doing something, so i need a way to stay in touch (personally and professionally) while i’m in motion. The 6 Plus is that perfect device.
The 5.5″ larger screen is the perfect sweet spot for folks who need a tablet that makes phone calls. I expected it to be great for videos and games. What i didn’t expect was the optimal size for reading books. It would seem to be a little small for that sort of thing, but the gorgeous retina HD screen makes text in iBooks and the Kindle app crisp and easy to read.
All the essential social apps look great upscaled to the larger size. Games look awesome. I spend a lot of time playing XCOM, Civilization Revolution 2, Madden Mobile and Marvel Puzzle Quest. The speed and screen increase (from the 4s) seems similar to jumping to a next generation console. For video, I spend a lot of time on the NFL Now app, looking at game stats and highlights. Somehow the phone’s larger form-factor makes it easier for using it as a remote for XBMC, Plex and Xbox One, as well as streaming content to DLNA devices and Google Chromecast. Also, using it as a second screen device is just as good as an iPad mini.
After living with the iPhone 6 Plus for 5 days, I can say that it’s the best phone/mobile device i’ve ever owned. There is no ‘Bend-gate’ issues. My pants are normal-sized and I put the 6 Plus in my front pocket all the time. There’s no bulge issues at all.
The only issue I think I have with it, is.. it’s slippery (lol). I laughed when a lot of reviewers talked about it’s slipperiness. But after trying to pick it up, I dropped it twice on the first day. I’m a lot better now, but it took some getting use to. The phone fits perfect in my hand. I can use it for most things single-handedly, but it took some getting use to. Battery life is awesome. As it stands I’ve had to recharge it every other day (with extremely heavy use).
The iPhone 6 Plus might not be for everyone. The “6” version is smaller (but slightly larger than the 5s). If you’re a Mac person and looking for the perfect digital lifestyle device, the iPhone 6 Plus is worth the small fortune you’ll probably have to pay.
Share the post "First Impressions: iPhone 6 Plus"