Hands on with the iPhone 6 Plus

Large screen mobile phones or “phablets” have become common place in recent times and the market has been dominated by Android iphone6-34r-spgryiphone6plus-34l-spgry-flwrpowered devices. The popularity of phablets has emerged from our love hate relationship with staying connected to remain productive at all hours while remaining free of the constraints of the office. Our never ending hunger for entertainment and information has evolved what was once a simple device for staying in touch, to an extension of our psyche we simply can’t seem to live without. Apple have now entered the ring with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to add to the growing number of high powered phablets available. There seems to be a divide amongst the people as to which is better, Apple or the rest, and to be honest it’s no different to any other aspect of our lives where companies are selling us an image more than the benefits of the product itself. Now I’ve lived on both sides of this line and try to remain impartial and base my preferences on what I personally need from a device rather than what it cost or who else has one the same. Of course that’s not to say I don’t get a thrill from knowing I’m carrying around one of the highest spec’d devices on the market. So where is this rambling leading us you ask? Well I’ve just had some alone time with a brand new iPhone 6 Plus and I’m supposed to be sharing my thoughts on Apples latest and largest offering. So here goes. Out of the box the gold iPhone 6 Plus is a good looking device. It sits well in my large hand and I don’t personally have much trouble using a large phone one handed. I know this is a concern for a lot of people with average sized hands but there are plenty of smaller phones around to keep them happy and to be honest it’s about time something was made that suits the above average proportioned phone user. The iPhone 6 Plus is a beautiful piece of technology. I like the way it feels, the way it looks, and way it functions. What I don’t like is the price. To me Apple have gone from being the creators of a device that could demand a premium price for their premium product, to a company that is clinging to its former glory days and pricing by image rather than outstanding technical specifications and innovation. Please don’t assume I don’t like Apple products, because mostly I do. However I consider myself to be an intelligent, frugal, free willed consumer and this leads me to other manufacturers when I want the most bang for my buck. What Apple do, they do incredibly well. But this is no longer a one horse race. In fact there are a handful of companies out there that are making devices that technically outshine iPhone and include the features the public ask for rather than what they are told they should want. I’m not here to try and tell anyone what’s right for them. I’m not here to say how much you should spend on a new phone. That’s a personal choice. What am I am here to do is to say that the iPhone 6 Plus is a sleek, well made and attractive device. It will do pretty much anything I would need it to do and it would do it well. But I personally won’t spend that much money when I can have a device that suits my needs and offers better power and personalisation for two thirds of the price. Sorry Apple.

iPhone 6 Plus

Finish – Silver, Gold, Space Grey

Capacity – 16GB 64GB 128GB

Dimensions 158.1mm x 77.8mm x 7.1mmRetina HD display

5.5-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology

1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi

1300:1 contrast ratio (typical)

A8 chip with 64-bit architecture

M8 motion coprocessor

Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button

8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels

Optical image stabilisation

1080p HD video recording (30 fps or 60 fps)

Slow-motion video (120 fps or 240 fps)

Time-lapse video

Talk time: Up to 24 hours on 3G

Internet use: Up to 12 hours on 3G, up to 12 hours on LTE, up to 12 hours on Wi‑Fi

HD Video playback:Up to 14 hours

Audio playback: Up to 80 hours

Standby time: Up to 16 days (384 hours)

 

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Matt

Co-founder & Head of digital content - HashtagMe. Tech lover and audio enthusiast. Husband, father, and casual gamer. Opinions are my own (once cleared by wife)

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