If you’re the kind of power user that goes out and buys the latest flagship phone every year you may be thinking of getting the Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus. Before you do however, it is a good idea to give some serious thought to the 6 Plus’ slightly smaller sibling, the plain vanilla iPhone 6.
The media frenzy and people’s attention have all been for the huge 6 Plus because it has been such a long wait for a phone this size from Apple. Smartphone users who were stuck on iOS either because they loved it or because they were tied in to Apple’s ecosystem, have glazed with gadget envy for a long time, upon huge phablet phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note.
This fact has not been lost on the Korean smartphone maker either. With savvy marketing and some really slick, funny advertising, Samsung has repeatedly hammered home on the fact that Apple does not have a large screen phone and that is what Apple phone users hope for every year.
All that changed this year however, with the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus, a 5.5″ screened giant of a phone that is too large for most people with regular sized hands to use single handedly and that is the crux of the matter.
The iPhone 6 Plus may have a huge, gorgeous screen that is widely regarded as the best screen currently shipping on a smartphone but that comes at the cost of practicality. One handed use is out of the window for anyone unless you are over 6 feet tall and have the hands to match your height.
Even Apple acknowledges this fact because one of the few bits of custom software on the 6 Plus is the ability to slide the entire screen down so you can reach screen elements in the upper half without having to use a second hand.
The 6 Plus is also difficult to fit into pockets due to its size. A recent story about the Chinese cellphone provider giving away free pocket enlargement alterations with sales of the iPhone 6 Plus, sounds like satire but it is a true story.
For people who do not realise it, the iPhone 6 has not stayed the same size as the previous generation either. Even it has grown by half an inch to clock in at around 5″ now so you can still have a large iPhone without having to go all the way to the 6 Plus.
The iPhone 6 allows for much easier one handed use and much easier fit in your pockets and clothing due to its smaller size, even with one of the many iPhone 6 cases on it. You might even get slightly longer battery life due to its slightly smaller screen that chews through a little less power than the 6 Plus.
There is also the matter of price, the iPhone 6 is a considerable amount cheaper than the 6 Plus and that money could be spent on a nicer pair of earphones than the ones Apple provides with the phone or cool designer cases at site like daily objects.
The upshot is, even if you are looking to upsize your iPhone on your next upgrade, for many people the iPhone 6 may actually be a big enough increase in size.