Last week Apple released two new smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This release marked the first time Apple released a phone with a screen size over five inches.
While many people have longed for a large iPhone, there are others that believe the 5.5″ inch display of the iPhone 6 Plus is too big. I’ve been using big phones, or phablets, since the original Samsung Galaxy Note was released in 2011. I love big phones and don’t imagine ever going back to a sub 5 inch phone. I’m writing today to help convince the masses that the “big phone” is the only way to go!
iPhone 6 Plus Pros and Cons
In this article, I review the iPhone 6 Plus pros and cons. I will cover what I liked and disliked about the phone, and give you my buyers recommendation. This includes whether I think you should go with the 6 Plus or go with the smaller iPhone 6.
Are you thinking about buying the iPhone 6 Plus? Do you think it’s too big? Are you worried about one hand operation? Do you think it’s too expensive? I own the 6 Plus. Let me help you decide!
iPhone 6 Plus Pros
Below are some of the advantages I believe make the iPhone 6 Plus one of, if not the best smartphone on the market.
- It has a big beautiful screen. Not only is it large, it’s also sharp and bright. Photos and videos look great on the iPhone 6 Plus.
- It’s light and thin. Everyone I handed my iPhone 6 Plus to said that they expected the device to be heavier. The phone is quite light and thin for its size.
- Great camera and related features. The iPhone 5s already had a great camera. The 6 Plus improved on it a bit with its new features. These features include super fast autofocus, optical image stabilization (OIS), 1080HD video recording at 60fps, and 240 fps slow motion video recording. The 6 Plus may very well replace your dedicated point and shoot camera.
- All day battery life. The best reason to get the 6 Plus over all other iPhones is its all day battery life. The bigger device includes a bigger battery that lasts well into the next day.
- There’s more storage on the upgraded models. To get additional storage on previous iPhones, you had to pay $100-$200 extra to increase your storage to 32GB-64GB respectively. With the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the extra cash now gets you 64GB-128GB instead. While I would prefer an SD expansion slot over paying a premium for additional storage, at least the iPhone 6 gives you more storage for the money than it did in the past.
- Touch ID is one of my favorite features of the 6 Plus. This allows you to unlock your phone and authorize purchases using merely your fingerprint. In my experience, Touch ID works 99% of the time. No other smartphone on the market has implemented a fingerprint reader that works as well as Touch ID.
- Accurate speech recognition. The iPhone 6 allows you to compose messages speaking to it. Its speech recognition is very accurate. In a couple weeks of using the feature, I have found that it rarely makes a mistake.
- Predictive typing. When composing messages with the on-screen keyboard, the iPhone 6 predicts what you are going to type next. It learns over time what words you use and allows you to quickly select the word instead of typing it out. Since I often send the same messages to my wife, the iPhone accurately predicts the right words I want to send to her.
- Fast performance. I have yet to notice any slow down in using the iPhone 6 Plus or iOS 8. Launching most apps and games appears to be faster on the 6 Plus than with previous iPhones.
- Landscape apps. When holding the 6 Plus in landscape, some apps take advantage of the extra screen size to display alternate views. For instance, the messaging app displays a larger keyboard with additional buttons available when the 6 Plus is held in landscape.
As you can see, the iPhone 6 Plus has a long list of compelling features. The phone isn’t without a few drawbacks, however. Let’s check out a few of them.
iPhone 6 Plus Cons
Head on over to the next page to see some of negatives I found with the iPhone 6 Plus.
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