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iPhone 6 Plus. Does Size Matter?

iPhone 6 Plus. Does Size Matter?

So…..  my iPhone 6+ arrived last week. The big’un. I was worried when I ordered it that maybe it would be too big. That it would bend. I thought I end up wishing I’d ordered the 6 instead. Because here’s a truth. If I don’t have my phone, I am disconnected from the world and if it’s too big to carry, how was I doing to manage during those few moments when I’m unchained from my desk? Or maybe I would drop the phone because it wouldn’t fit. In my pocket.

iphone 4 vs 6 Plus. The 6+ is bigger

One of the guys at the day job has a honking big Samsung phone that he puts on his desk, and it makes a statement, so there was this how big is yours thing going. And mine was smaller. I felt. . . diminished. So, with my upgrade eligibility staring me in the face, I ordered the 6+. Plus the AppleCare. Plus a case.

When it came I thought, huh. Not as big as I thought. But compared to the iPhone 4? Is it any wonder I had feelings of inadequacy?

Out Of The Box

I got the phone out of the box and spent the next million hours backing up the old phone restoring to the new one, activating, setting things up. I wanted to use the phone and could only go check the backup and restore process. Half a million years left!! At last, though, I could actually use the phone.

First Impressions

I did not find the size unmanageable. I don’t have particularly large hands but I have no trouble holding the phone in one hand. The iPhone 4 is small enough that you can use it one handed. You can’t keyboard one handed with the 6Plus, but I haven’t found that an issue, to be honest. I don’t put the phone in my back pocket. It sticks out too far, and I don’t feel that’s wise even with a small phone. It does fit in my jeans front pocket, but it sticks up and if I need to stoop or bend for any reason I did worry that it would fall out. However, carrying the phone isn’t a problem so far. I can’t say much about coat or jacket pockets yet. It’s not cold enough here for that yet, plus I work in an extremely casual environment even when at the office.

Love. I have Love

The phone’s screen resolution is unbelievably crisp and clear. I can hold the phone at arm’s length and have no problems reading text. It is a joy to read on this phone. Most of my apps have put out updates to iOS 8 but there are a couple that haven’t and they do have some issues. That is a fault of the app maker, not the phone.

I did run into an issue with my Pebble watch and the iPhone. At first everything seemed fine, then there was an iOS update that rebooted the phone and suddenly, my watch battery was draining from 90% to 20% in a matter of hours. It has something to do with a change in the iPhone bluetooth. A little Googling around provided a work around that involved resetting the watch to factory defaults and reconnecting and since then the watch battery is back to lasting several days.

Battery Life

Speaking of battery life. With my 4, I was getting to the point where if I was near an outlet, I needed to be charging the phone. I was rarely getting a full day of battery from the iPhone 4. So far, I can go a couple of days before I panic about battery. And that’s with the same usage patterns. We’ll see how the phone holds up.


I don’t have a 6 to compare it to, though I assume the screen resolution is equally gorgeous on the 6. I like this phone a lot. I can leave it on my desk with pride.

Friday News: Vook buys Byliner, reading habits of Millennials, banishing U2 from your iPhone, and Tahari’s low-tech, high-tech fashion

Friday News: Vook buys Byliner, reading habits of Millennials, banishing U2...

The deal may be good news for Byliner authors who wondered how they were going to get paid: Vook said Thursday that it would be paying them 85 percent royalties on works that were already for sale at digital retailers like Amazon and Apple. That is a different financial model than the one used by Byliner, which paid authors a flat fee and then split royalties with them 50-50. –Gigaom

Millennials’ lives are full of technology, but they are more likely than their elders to say that important information is not available on the internet. Some 98% of those under 30 use the internet, and 90% of those internet users say they use social networking sites. Over three-quarters (77%) of younger Americans have a smartphone, and many also have a tablet (38%) or e-reader (24%). Despite their embrace of technology, 62% of Americans under age 30 agree there is “a lot of useful, important information that is not available on the internet,” compared with 53% of older Americans who believe that. At the same time, 79% of Millennials believe that people without internet access are at a real disadvantage. –Pew Internet

If you don’t really want U2 to come up next time you put your phone on shuffle, there’s no way to permanently detach the album from your account, but there are ways to hide it so that you never have to lay ears on it. –Ars Technica