iPhone 6 Plus - Initial Impressions

Tue 30 Sep 2014, 00:00

Had this phone for less than 6 hours at the time of writing this, so I wanna write up my initial impressions of it so I can later go back and read it and see if anything has changed.

The Size

Every review said it was so big. It was so so big. While I wanted an iPad, I didn't want a huge phone so I took quite the gamble going for a phablet without trying one first. But im happy I did. I think its pretty good in size in fact. I don't know if it's because I have big hands or what (I wouldn't say that I have). Wonder if it could be some difference where the average American reviewer have smaller hands than Europeans?

I say this phone is usable one-handed, and also a great size for watching movies and such. It's phabulous.

The Slippery

Every review I read said this phone is very slippery to hold in your hands. So I almost ordered a expensive case for it, and now I got the phone and... I'm not sure if I'm gonna get a case or not. I don't find the phone slippery at all.

The only reason I would get a case would be for protecting the camera sticking out.

The Box

The box the phone came in is one of the most fascinating things I've ever seen. It's so cool. I love it. I even had to post it to my personal Instagram.

The Camera

It's good. I'm not a professional photographer so I don't know what makes a camera good or bad but as a guy who just wants to take photos I think the photos look terrific. The 240 fps video recording is really cool too.

The Back

On photos the back with its antenna stripes looks really bad. In person? Not bad at all.

The M8 co-processor

Having a stepcounter built in is really cool, and motivates me. I like it.

The Battery

I got the phone at around 77%, and it's now down to 8%. Might sound like alot for less than 6 hours, but keep in mind that I've shot tons of photos and 240 fps videos, I've downloaded probably around 10GB's worth of apps, I've synced my 12800 emails to it, and I just generally have been using it all the time.

I think the battery is great, and hell I even thought the iPhone 4S battery was great, so I think this battery might end up being a little too great for me.

The Touch ID

... is convenient. And it works great. Probably 33/35 times it has worked first try and really fast, no problems.

The Quality

After reading and watching this #bendgate stuff I was worried this phone would'nt feel premium or high quality.

But damn, it feels really solid and premium when you hold it. The weight makes it feel extra good. It's hard to describe.

And then the bad things...

The Outdated Apps

This isn't really the phones fault, and not really developers fault either. It's more like Apple's fault for not revealing screen sizes earlier so developers could get to work earlier.

And the outdated apps look really ugly. They are huge and the text is huge, and it just looks silly. Really hope Tweetbot, Reeder and Spotify will be updated soon.

For those who don't know: the 5/5S ran at 1136x640 resolution. The 6 Plus runs at 1920x1080. To make older apps work on the newer devices, they are scaled up. You can just imagine that. It looks super awkward.

The Vibrator

It's loud. Really loud. I don't know if mine is defective or something, but it doesn't sound right. It's not terrible either, it's just that it's loud.

I recorded a sample of it here so you can hear for yourself.

The Software

... has some glitches. Control Center isn't working from lock screen and iOS sometimes gets stuck in landscape mode. Really weird, but it's all software related as pressing the Lock button fixes both.

I seriously feel like Apple has dropped in quality recently. Maybe they took too much water over their heads? Previous years they've only had 1 new device to optimize for. Now there are 2 devices, and they added a ton of new API's which just brings out more bugs here and there.

I can't say I'm that happy with iOS 8 so far. Mostly it works the same, but it has it flaws. iOS 7.1.x was really solid, I can't remember anything I didn't like about it.

The Camera Sticking Out

I'm not sure I will ever be able to accept this. I really don't see why they could'nt have made the phone as thick as before, and just added a even bigger battery? It's really fucking stupid.

On the other hand, the phone doesn't wobble as much as I thought it would while lying on a flat surface.

And that's it

That is all I can think of right now. You might be surprised how little things I have to said, but really, it's just a bigger and newer iPhone and I am already really familiar with iPhones so there isn't much to surprise me. All the great fundamentals are still the same or bigger.

I'm gonna try to remember to come back in a week or a month or so, and see if anything has changed.