I have been using an iPhone 6 Plus as my main smartphone for more than a week, and during that time, I have become quite familiar with Apples offerings, especially its pros and cons when it comes to having one in your possession and using it on a daily basis. Having lived with an iPhone 6 since its release, I have noticed both major pros and cons. Rather than wasting your time with an in-depth review, I am going to keep things simple and concise, giving you the lowdown on what I liked and did not like about the iPhone 6 Plus, as well as a list of iOS 8 improvements that I wish Apple had provided that made using the iPhone 6 Plus easier. If you have always secretly loved the Apple ecosystem, but hated the 3.5/4 screen on the iPhone 6, it is time to jump ship.
I did not want my bad old 5s camera and smaller battery, so I picked up Apples iPhone 6 Plus. You can check out all of Apples specs on their site, but it is safe to say that you are going to want to have a fairly large pocket in which you will be able to fit your iPhone 6 Plus, and if you are upgrading from an iPhone 5S, you are going to notice this added weight. I love large screens, but do not love carrying it, so something like iPhone 6, or even its predecessor, 5s, would work perfectly for me. All this makes me wish that Apple had made the iPhone 6 slightly thicker in order to accommodate a flat camera and larger battery.
The extra screen real estate is, in general, a relatively small advantage for me, since the majority of the iPhones software does not take full advantage. The standard 4.7-inch display makes the iPhone 6 look a bit less crowded, allowing for single-handed usability. The iPhone-6 comes with a 4.7-inch display, whereas the 6 Plus is made of sapphire-crystal screen measuring 5.5 inches. The 6 Plus has Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels while the 6 has a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels with a ppi of 326.
Like the earlier Apple products, the LCD screens on iPhone 6 & 6 Plus are also using the Retina HD display technology with IPS, and viewing and colors are highly impressive when using in any environment. It may look a little strange sticking an iPhone 6 Plus into a kickstand and using the Bluetooth keyboard to type on the word processor, but the screen is pretty much large enough to do a fair amount of actual work; otherwise, the screen on an iPhone 6 Plus is plenty large to draw on, media, play games, read, shoot and edit videos and photos, and maybe even make digital art using your fingers. The iPhone 6 is better for single-handed use, while the iPhone 6 Plus is better suited to people who primarily carry their device in their purse or purse; use the device mostly to read texts, watch videos, and play games; and prefers to use the device most often in landscape (horizontal) mode with both hands.
As is always the case with Apple phones, the iPhone 6 has excellent balance, just feels right in the hand. Like the 5S before it, the iPhone 6 handles just about everything flawlessly — there are no major weaknesses. This remains my single most nagging issue as I cannot yet effectively thumb-type using the iPhone 6 Plus from Apple.
The smaller screens on Apples iPhone 5/5 means that this is probably not the device to use as a single computer. The iPad made tradeoffs in order to fit the Retina display in an iPad form factor, and hindsight is a pretty decent purchase, but certainly not an excellent one; and so, if there is anything that will give us second thoughts about the iPhone 6 Plus, it is the fact that the iPhone 6 Plus may not be a device that Apple actually wants it to be. The iPhone 6 Plus does not seem optimized for the 5.5-inch display, and I am left feeling like Apple simply took a 4.7-inch model and scaled it down, instead of designing the phone from the ground-up with a 5.5-inch display in mind. As I mentioned above in the Pros section, the A8 SoC is quite powerful, but I am concerned that the 1080p display on the iPhone 6 Plus is going to tax the chip a little too hard over time.
Only Apple can tell why, but renderings smell like compromising, and it suggests the iPhone 7 Plus could appropriately feature a 2,208-by-1242 display, with no slight obfuscation in what is displayed. One of the more affordable of Apples new phones is the $699 iPhone 12 mini, but it comes with a smaller, 5.4-inch display. The least expensive iPhone that Apple offers is the iPhone SE, a great device with great specs at only $400, although the design of the iPhone SE is outdated, and its screen will be too small for some. In the end, if you really need to have 5.5-inch screens on your smartphone, you may be better served buying an iPhone 6, or even one that is the precursor to that.
The 8-megapixel camera is the downside for most users, saying the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as the other top-tier rival smartphones have bigger-megapixel cameras already, such as Samsungs Galaxy S5 using 16-megapixel cameras, while Microsofts Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 930 is already using 20-megapixel cameras, but Apple claims the iSight camera technology is capable of producing better results on photos taken using iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus cameras. The phone comes with 5 MP front-facing camera, which is the decided upgrade from 1.2 MP in the iPhone 6. The front-facing (or selfie) camera gets a boost too in the iPhone 6s. The 12-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera is an improvement from the iPhone 6s 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max has improved cameras compared with both the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 mini, including a larger main lens allowing faster shots with Night Mode, a 2.5x zoom telephoto, and improved video image stabilization, though we think these features are not quite as compelling as Apple wants. The Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, One Plus One, and Sony Xperia Z2a all shoot 4K video, and they all have better camera resolutions than Apples new innovations.
That means a smaller chassis even than 2020s iPhone SE, but iPhone 12 mini has larger edge-to-edge display of 5.4 inches. Now, Apples released an enormous iPhone, one that you will need a banana to wrap around for its whole screen.