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Apple iPhone 6 Plus Smartphone Unboxing & First Impressions

By: Anthony Garreffa | Phones in Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 17, 2014 9:03 pm

After the first day with the new iPhone 6 Plus, here is what I liked and didn't like about it.


What's Hot


Truly Beautiful Display: The 5.5-inch 1080p Retina display is what we've all been waiting for: gone are the days of that toy-like 4-inch display, this is the real deal from Apple. It's beautiful, crisp, bright, colorful, so much so, that I run out of adjectives to explain how amazing it is.


I found myself simply looking at it. Yep, just staring at it. The icons. The crispness of the display. The colors. I was blown away at just how beautiful the display was. So much so, that it's going to be hard to go back to anything else now - *sigh*.




Amazing Build Quality: Apple is known for its build quality, and the iPhone 6 Plus is no different. It feels premium in every single way imaginable, from its speaker grille, to the curves on the side of the screen, right down to the ring on the Touch ID home button. Nice work, Apple.


A Big Step Up for Apple: Going from the iPhone 5S, most would've thought at the time of the launch of the iPhone 5S that Apple would continue making 4-inch smartphones forever. They knew people wanted something bigger, and they delivered. Apple could've played it safe, and just released the iPhone 6 with its 4.7-inch display, but they went bigger... much bigger.


It Doesn't Feel Ridiculously Big: Most people going from any of the previous iPhones are going to find this really massive in their hands, but people who have been using bigger Android smartphones, such as the Galaxy S3, S4 and S5 (or anything around that size), will have no issues at all.


Flashlight!: An easy-to-use, stock flashlight? Hell, yes. I'm surprised Google hasn't done this with Android yet.


Great Camera: The camera on the iPhone 6 is also very impressive. We'll discuss it more in our full review.



What's Not


iOS 8: This is by far, the biggest drawback of the iPhone. iOS is so limiting, and so unintuitive - for all of its great qualities - it is a clunky OS, especially when coming from stock Android. iPhone users will have no problems, but the UI is so bad at times, I was getting frustrated. Back function in the top left of the UI? I have to use a second hand to reach it - Apple, what happened?



Final Thoughts


My first day with the iPhone 6 Plus has been a surprising one. I didn't come into it thinking that I would hate the iPhone, but I didn't think I would enjoy so much of it so much. The display simply blows me away, and I will find it hard to go back to my Xperia Z2 after this.




One of the biggest issues I have with the new iPhone so far is iOS - iOS is just so... limiting. After coming from Android, it feels like Android is Windows, and iOS is OS X. They're both great operating systems, with massive strengths, and even bigger weaknesses. Where Windows is more prone to getting 'infected', it isn't if you use it well and don't click on every single ad or download torrents directly onto your PC.


OS X is more secure, only because viruses from the last decade plus have been in executable form, so Apple has steered clear of it. Now that malware and phishing has moved into the browser, even Apple's desktop OS isn't safe.


Android is not a danger, if you're not careless with it. It's open, customizable, and free. I don't customize my homescreen all that much, but being able to put more icons into the dock, or use a custom interface that allows even more customization, is something that I've become accustom to.


The first day with iOS, and I feel like I've been walking around like a free man, and now I'm living in a really beautiful room. The room looks great, there's beautiful furniture everywhere, it's immaculately detailed and clean, but there's nothing to play with. Every time I go to use something, I feel like I'm being pushed somewhere else.


iOS treats you like a customer. You are not the owner of the iPhone, you will use the iPhone as Apple intended. This isn't the best way to treat your customer, but when you're selling tens of millions of these per year, and most people seem happy with it, you continue to do the same thing.


The question I have is, what if Apple allowed Android on its devices? What if Apple opened up Android and hired some custom OS making companies that have been toying around with Android? Imagine if Apple had purchased Cyanogen, for example. This is what I want to see, as iOS is a massive hurdle for me. It is something that will keep me from ever owning an iPhone for myself.

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