Apple iPhone 6 Plus Delivers Plenty of Value in a Scaled-Up Smartphone

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-09-25 Print this article Print
iPhone 6 Plus

Apple tries to mitigate this issue by having users add different areas of their fingers to the sensor during training, but I still found that there is an art to getting Touch ID to register properly. On most occasions, I'm tapping my thumb on the key four to five times before it unlocks.

Once inside the operating system, I haven't experienced many of the complaints others have posted to Web forums. I'm finding no issues with battery life in iOS 8 and while Facebook has an oddly slow loading time, I've yet to find any other glitches that would make me question the quality of iOS 8 on Apple's new products. It appears that iOS 8 breaks down in some ways on legacy devices, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise, given their lower-end specs.

I didn't know what to expect from typing on the iPhone 6 Plus, since its screen is so big, but I was pleasantly surprised. The keyboard stretches easily across the screen and actually makes it easier to type for those of us with larger fingers. Add that to the context-aware suggestions that sit on top of the keyboard and you have a recipe for an overall high-quality typing experience.

I was concerned that the iPhone 6 Plus, due to its size, would feel clumsy in my hands when typing or placing calls, but I found it reliable. I found no such clumsiness and actually discovered it fit perfectly into my hands when performing any task. Again, however, I have hands that are on the larger size, so some with smaller hands might disagree.

Some Disappointments

I would have liked to have seen more improvement in the rear-facing camera of the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple has stubbornly stuck to an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera in this new model, but argues that it's the company’s best camera yet. While that might be true, I wasn't overly impressed with its image or video quality.

I snapped multiple pictures with the iPhone 6 Plus and found them to be at times too grainy for my liking. Video quality also disappointed me a bit, but not as much as the pictures that were taken.

I'm hoping in future iPhone models, Apple would take a page out of Samsung's smartphone design manual and boost not only its camera megapixel count, but also the quality of its lens. It's not bad by any means, but could be better.

The biggest disappointments in the Apple iPhone 6 Plus have nothing to do with the device at all. Instead, it's rather unfortunate that out of the box, users can't use all of the features they should be able to access.

Unlike Apple's previous devices, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with a near-field communications (NFC) chip. That allows the devices to communicate wirelessly with payment hardware.

The technology, coupled with Apple Pay, will allow iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners to make purchases with their credit cards without ever taking the plastic out of their wallets. Instead, the card numbers and other relevant information are stored in the Apple Pay locker, which handles the transactions autonomously.


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