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

REVIEW: The iPhone 6 Plus might not be perfect, but it delivers one of the finest overall experiences that Apple has ever delivered in a smartphone.

iPhone 6 Plus

I didn't preorder the iPhone 6 Plus and worried, based on Apple's own acknowledgment of delays, that I would be forced to wait weeks, if not months, to get my hands on the company's scaled-up smartphone.

I was stuck with an iPhone 5 that had a cracked screen and outdated software and grew increasingly concerned that it might not be until November that I'd finally be able to find an iPhone 6 Plus.

And then, a simple phone call to my local Apple Store changed everything. I was told that the device was indeed in stock and if I came down before the end of the day, I'd have no issue picking one up. Two hours later, I was the proud owner of a 64GB iPhone 6 Plus running on AT&T's network.

Now, just several days past launch day, I can say unequivocally that the iPhone 6 Plus is the best smartphone I've ever owned and comes with features that are both compelling and appealing. And while it might not be a perfect product, it's certainly one that most will find suitable for use at work and home.


The first thing anyone will notice about the iPhone 6 Plus is just how big it is. Those who have been living in the world of iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 units will be struck by the size difference between those earlier products and the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple's larger handset comes with a 5.5-inch screen, easily dwarfing the 4-inch version in my old iPhone 5. While it is striking at first blush, the screen's beauty cannot be underestimated.

Apple's Retina HD display is packed with 401 pixels per inch, giving it outstanding resolution when watching video or scrolling through images on Facebook. The size also helps in those endeavors. With the bigger screen comes more real estate to enjoy videos or images.

I watched a two-hour movie on the device and found no eye strain or issues catching details. In fact, the iPhone 6 Plus might just become my go-to device for viewing video content when I'm out on the road and don't want to lug around my iPad.

Android device owners would argue that some devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S5 at 432 pixels per inch, might actually deliver better video quality. While that might be true, due to the denser pixel count, I find it hard to believe I'd get a sizably different visual experience on another device.

I bought the Space Grey iPhone 6 Plus. While the design is still attractive, Apple hasn't ventured too far from its roots with the device's look, which is somewhat disappointing.

The iPhone 6 Plus is by no means an ugly product, but it would have been nice for Apple to try to think outside the box a bit more on the design side. It's an iterative update that lands somewhere between the familiar and the beautiful.

Where Apple made great strides in design, however, is in the device's mobility. The iPhone 6 Plus is an extremely thin 0.28 inches, making it easy to slip into a pocket or purse. And since it's just 6 ounces, it's quite light for a device that's so big.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...