✎ I’m Getting the 6 Plus
I’ve read a lot of coverage and today I held both phones. I’ve decided to go for the Plus, this is my reasoning.
• It has become clear that this size is a new class of device, a hybrid between a phone and a tablet. This device requires slightly different mindset, you should approach it as a really portable computer, not a huge phone. As a designer I want to figure this one out. So far this manifests itself mostly by an improved landscape mode, but it will be far more interesting to see what third parties does with it and how it evolves over time. For people looking to own just one device to replace any combo of phone/tablet/laptop, this is the device they’ll pick. Apparently this size device is all the rage in Asia.
• The iPhone 6 Plus covers both new resolutions introduced by the 6 and 6 Plus through Display Zoom where it uses the same resolution as the iPhone 6, but scaled to 5.5”. As a freelance who wants a minimal device park, this is a big deal because I can own one device instead of 2.
• It’s the only device with @3x graphics, and the highest PPI device Apple makes. Although being downsampled, this is the first way to try how @3x graphics turns out.
• Compared to the 6, the 6 Plus has slightly better specs; longer lasting battery, camera with optical image stabilization and slightly faster CPU (1.4 GHz compared to 1.2 GHz, probably negligible, but still).
As far as colors go, I’m getting the black once again. White ruins the screen blending with hardware look that’s been a thing since the original iPhone. It also looks like the antenna lines are more discreet on the black, but still not good looking. The gold one looks horrible in this regard.
I’m opting for 64 GB of storage, I have 32 GB on my iPhone 5 so it’s a big step up. I don’t sync music, I stream it, so that’s fine for me. I’ll have to unload photos occasionally but it’s no big deal. 16 GB is a joke nowadays, I’m sorry for my wife has that in her 5s – we should have gotten 32 GB for her. 128 GB is too much for me and a reason to save a little bit of cash. I’ll be buying mine unlocked just to have the flexibility to change carriers or move abroad. It’s an expensive device. With these specs it’ll be $849 – for $50 more you can get an entry model MacBook Air.
The device is big, but I think I had a good understanding of just how big it is and it just confirmed my thinking that this was the right size for me. Maybe I just have Slender Man-sized hands. The 6 Plus fits just fine in my front left pocket. The slimness and rounded edges makes it easy to slide out even when I’m sitting. And I have regular fit jeans. Not slim nor baggy. However, I’m getting a case because this thing is not only shaped like a soap, it’s also almost as slippery. And having a kid in the house makes a case a must have. I’m hoping it’s still OK in the pocket even with a case.
Oversized apps looked big, but perfectly acceptable. I was surprised to find that the scrollbars are much thicker on the 6 Plus compared to the 6 and 5s. Thicker than on an iPad, too. I would imagine this is something that will change in an software update. It just looks like something straight out of iOS 6.
Thinking ahead to the Apple Watch, this is a scenario where I imagine the phone becomes something that more often sits in your pocket or bag and you only take it out when you have a moment. That could also speak for the phone being bigger, perhaps.
Now is a good time to get a Touch ID device, with third party apps being able to use it in iOS 8. I’m upgrading from an iPhone 5 and an iPad mini combo. I stick by my every-other-year iPhone upgrade cycle. I think even people who work with these devices should think twice before going on a yearly upgrade cycle. It’s not a very environmentally acceptable approach. Waiting two years, and the leap will also be that much bigger. Every year is incremental.
Two laptops ago I had a MacBook Pro 17”. That was a truly niche device. Almost too big to fit in a backpack. Apple abandoned it once the MBP went Retina and could cover the 1920x1200 resolution with the 15” screen. I think the 6 plus is not an oversized device, as the 17” MBP was. But I was wrong about that device, so the jury is still out on that one. But to think about that you can now have nearly the same resolution in a phone, is pretty astounding.
I’ll place an order for my phone online this Friday when it’s available here in Sweden, queuing at midnight is not an option for me and I’ll patiently wait for it to come to my door instead.