Apple has finally embraced the fact that bigger smartphones are here to stay and that there is a market for these phones with larger screen real estate. Remember when the late chief executive Steve Jobs ridiculed bigger phones back in 2010? The introduction of the iPhone 6 Plus in September 2014 nonetheless marks another deviation from the almost absolute principles established by Jobs.
With its bigger screen, the iPhone 6 Plus competes in the phablet market dominated by Samsung and other Android smartphone manufacturers and could satisfy the demand of iOS loyalists for smartphones with larger screen real estate. Thinking of getting this phone? Here are some reasons why you should or shouldn’t buy the iPhone 6 Plus.
Reasons why you should buy the iPhone 6 Plus
1. Bigger screen means more immersive user experience. The iPhone 6 is an exceptional phone but if you are in for larger screen displays or looking for an alternative to a tablet, then the iPhone 6 Plus might be just right for you.
The bigger sibling of the iPhone 6 has a screen real estate that sits between the 4-inch iPhone 5S and the 9.9-inch iPad Mini. Take note that the iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display but the 5.5-inch display of the iPhone 6 Plus is just right for those who want a bigger display on their smartphone.
Why would you want a bigger screen display? If you are a seasoned user of Android phablets but are planning to switch to iOS, then the iPhone 6 Plus is definitely for you. This bigger smartphone from Apple provides the same iOS experience endeared greatly by Apple fans.
Furthermore, like any other phablets, the iPhone 6 Plus occupies a nice middle ground between a smartphone and a tablet. With bigger screen real estate, you can do many things that you would normally do with a tablet while retaining the functionality and somehow, portability of a smartphone. These include reading ebooks without straining your eyes, using office productivity apps such as Pages or Microsoft Word, watching movies, and playing games, among others.
2. Reliability of iOS and the App Store ecosystem. If you are switching from Android or any other mobile operating system, you would want to audition the iPhone 6 Plus. For several years, Apple has perfected creating smartphones that have lesser technical specifications but better and consistent overall performance. On paper, several Android phones might seem more powerful but the iPhone remained more powerful simply because of better hardware and OS integration and app compatibility.
Then there is the App Store ecosystem. Established developers usually choose developing for iOS first before developing for Android or other mobile OS due to an existing market or consumer base. The App Store has also less spam and crap compared to the Google Play Store. Thus, owning an iOS device creates a semblance of exclusivity.
But if you are a tenured iPhone user and are torn between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus, you might still want to consider the bigger iOS smartphone because it would give you a slightly different user experience. Remember that you can use the iPhone 6 Plus is an alternative to a tablet. With the large screen real estate plus the retina display at 401ppi, the entire iOS experience , media consumption, and using graphic-intensive apps would definitely be better with the iPhone 6 Plus.
3. Hardware-based optical image stabilisation. In this age of Instagram and other social networking websites, camera performance makes or breaks a smartphone. The iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t disappoint with an 8 megapixel rear camera equipped with a hardware-based optical image stabilisation for taking clearer and less shaky videos.
The photos produced by the rear camera are also satisfactory—although the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge take photos with better colour and contrast. Nonetheless, the iPhone 6 Plus is a competitive shooter. It has one of the best camera optics seen in other smartphones this year. Furthermore, when comparing to a tablet and even an iPad Mini 3 or iPad Air 2, the camera of the iPhone 6 Plus is better.
4. Better battery performance than iPhone 6. With a bigger body comes bigger battery capacity. The iPhone 6 Plus has a 2915 mAh compared to the 1810 mAh of the iPhone 6. With this capacity, you could enjoy about 12 hours of LTE browsing or 14 hours of playback. Standby time could last two to three days, depending on background processes.
Apple will bring in additional power saving feature with the iOS 9. This would definitely make the iPhone 6 Plus a perfect smartphone for individuals who are always outside—or in other words, away from power sockets.
5. Premium built quality that exudes elegance. The previous iterations to the iPhone have successfully earned the fancy of appearance-conscious consumers. They should be. An expensive phone should look and feel their worth.
The iPhone 6 Plus sports a unibody aluminium frame. Available in gold, silver, and space grey, rocking this smartphone definitely brings out a sense of class and elegance. Furthermore, the device looks and feels premium. It is also worth mentioning that this phone is thinner. The slim profile would definitely fit in your pouch or a dedicated compartment in your bag.
Reasons why you shouldn’t buy the iPhone 6 Plus
1. Problematic handling or grip due to build quality. While the iPhone 6 Plus is a gorgeous smartphone with a large screen real state perfect for immersive user experience, bigger does not always mean better for some users. If you have small hands and short fingers, holding this device with a single hand or navigating through the user interface could be a serious problem.
The metallic body frame and a glass that bends into the rounded edges make the iPhone 6 Plus slippery. You wouldn’t want to drop your expensive phone, of course.
Placing the phone in the pocket of your tight jeans can both look and feel uncomfortable. The device is simply too big. It is also important to bring up the issue of Bendgate—the iPhone 6 Plus bends when exerted with a certain amount of force. Simply put, you shouldn’t put this phone in your back pocket.
2. The iPhone 6 Plus is ridiculously expensive. Probably, at $749 for the base and contract-free 16GB model, the iPhone 6 Plus is not worth buying. You could only do so much with a 16GB of storage space. The best option is the 64GB variant at $849 or the 128GB at $949.
You could definitely buy a base model MacBook air with either of the 65GB and 128GB variant. In addition, the iPhone 6 is a better option if you are conscious about the high price tag. The smaller sibling of the iPhone 6 Plus retails at $649 for the base and contract-free 16GB model and at $749 and $849 for the 64GB and 128GB models respectively.
Of course, Apple and network carriers provide several financing options under a 2-year contract. This is cheaper but you should weigh your options carefully just in case you want to buy a new phone in the immediate future—considering that Apple and other manufacturers roll out new and better phones every year.
3. Better Android alternatives due to lack of true multitasking. If you really dig phablets because of the immersive user experience and overall productivity and usability, then you should be aware that there are Android alternatives that deliver true multitasking experience.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a remarkable smartphone designed for power users due to several multitasking features, notably the split screen options and the picture-in-picture mode in which you can open several apps side-by-side and take advantage of the large screen real estate. The S-Pen stylus is also a defining feature of the Note 4 that would definitely make the iPhone 6 Plus a mere blown up version of the iPhone 6.
Verdict: Should you buy the iPhone 6 Plus?
If you are still in for big phones with big screen display, and if you have big pockets and big hands, you should definitely buy the iPhone 6 Plus. This phablet from Apple brings the entire iOS experience in a larger screen real estate that sits comfortably between the iPhone 5S and the iPad Mini. In other words, the iPhone 6 Plus is a convergence between a regular iPhone and an iPad—this is perfect for media consumption, games, and productivity.
But if budget is an issue, you should audition the iPhone 6 instead. Essentially, the iPhone 6 Plus is a mere blown up counterpart of the iPhone 6. It does not provide remarkable features that have set the Samsung Galaxy Note series apart from the Samsung Galaxy S series.