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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.

Dear Author

Data Breaches and Why I’m Angry

This article at Salon had me seeing red. The title is “Americans Are Getting Apathetic About Huge Data Breaches.”

My first reaction was “Are you [expletive] KIDDING ME?

The context was the massive, massive breach of J.P. Morgan.

Articles here (Fast Company) and here (NY Times). Time downplays it here.

Thanks a lot Time, that’s some great advice about what we poor suckers can do once it’s too late. Did someone edit out the part where you blame the bank? Can we not ask why ALL the data isn’t encrypted? How about that?

Americans are getting apathetic. Right.

Let me ask you this: What can YOU, personally, do to prevent server hacks at companies where you do not work? Perhaps a polite inquiry to the teller to please take better care of your personal information? Or perhaps you should ask to inspect the card swiper at your local super-duper store before every purchase. Don’t swipe that card until you have received proof it’s hacker and malware free.  Contact every company where you’ve ever done business or visited their website and ask them to please stop selling your data because the parts are easy to cobble together to personally identify you. I’m sure they’ll do that the minute you explain.

What’s the answer?





You can’t do anything. It’s your data. Your money. Your information. And you can’t do anything about it.

The strength of your password, whether or not you use two-factor authentication, whether you use a VPN, or even encrypt your hard drive is irrelevant when someone hacks into your bank’s server and takes data that includes yours.

If we’re apathetic it’s because it happens ALL THE TIME.

Why does it happen all the time?

Because nothing bad happens to a company when they don’t adequately protect customer data.

Because they have the money to lobby to gut consumer protections and that is exactly what they do.

This is utter BS.

Seriously. All you get is a stupid letter saying they’ll pay for credit monitoring for you for a year.

How about companies spend some real money securing their infrastructure?

How about the government steps up and says the fine is $100 per account stolen or hijacked off a server or sales system?

There’s some [expletive] incentive for you.

Rant over.