The iPhone 6 Plus is the biggest iPhone in production today. Measuring in at an impressive 5.44” tall and 2.64” wide, it can prove to be quite a handful even to those who have larger hands. But how does the iPhone 6 Plus stack up in a real-world situation? Let’s take a look at how the newest flagship product for Apple, can perform.
First off, let me say that this is my daily driver. And it has now survived both a trip to Universal and Disney. Both times it performed extremely well, giving me all-day battery life and allowing me to go a full day, and then some, without having to charge. But that is to be expected with a new phone, especially one that has such a large battery. What about the other aspects of the phone?
The design of the 6 Plus is very familiar. Even though it is wider and taller than any of the other iPhones, it still has the same rounded edges, round home button, large bezels on top and bottom, and the iconic Apple emblem on the back. This makes it immediately recognizable as an iPhone. The curved edges of the screen makes performing the swipe to go back action quite easy. And just holding the device is nice. It feels solid, just as the previous iterations have felt. The button placement is the same, save for the Sleep/wake button which has migrated to the right side of the phone, the same as the iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 Plus has a good camera on it. Colors come out beautifully and I found it hard to take a bad picture. With the inclusion of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), it makes taking a picture with a “phablet” more manageable. The video is where the 6 Plus shines though. With the ability to take a slow-motion shot and 240 fps, and the inclusion of cinematic stabilization, it’s just icing on the cake. Add the time lapse feature, and it becomes something entirely different.
I have had every high-end model of iPhone since the 4S. (I do not consider the 5C to be as high a quality since it was made of polycarbonate.) And I have always been somewhat displeased with the sound quality that comes out of the single speaker that is at the bottom of the phone. The 6 Plus changed all of that. With a sound that is richer than that of its smaller counterpart, the 6 Plus allows you to listen and actually hear whatever music is on your phone. You can actually hold it a good ways away from you and still hear the phone, rather than having to turn the phone all the way up and hold it up to your ear.
The Retina HD screen that is on the 6 Plus is simply amazing. It gives you a great resolution (1080p) and 401 ppi. Granted, it’s not the highest resolution screen on the market, but it does give you a clarity that is just between the iPad and iPhone 6.
Watching Movies and TV shows on the 6 Plus is a great experience. The device is light enough that holding it up doesn’t become such a burden, and the screen helps out by having the same definition as most home TVs have nowadays. Along with a great picture, it also has great viewing angles. You can clearly see the video or text, of whatever you may have open, from almost every angle.
Resting safely behind the glass screen is the heart of the iPhone 6 Plus. Sporting the new Dual-core A8 SoC running at 1.4GHz, it gives you plenty of processing power. Accompanied by the new M8 coprocessor to handle all the sensor data, it makes the 6 Plus very efficient when it comes to battery life, much like the M7 co-processor did in the iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad Mini with Retina.
This time around, we saw a change in storage capacities. 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. That’s pretty nice. The idea to do away with a 32GB configuration puzzled me, but in the grand scheme of things, it really makes sense. Apple knew that if they released them in a 32GB configuration, that’d be all the people would buy. So, it would only make sense to make the jump to 64GB.
Touch ID still graces the front of the device and is arguably still the best fingerprint reader on any phone to date. While other phones require you to swipe your finger, in the exact middle of the sensor, Touch ID on the 6 and 6 Plus just needs you to rest your finger on the home button. With that, your phone unlocks and you are able to do whatever you want.
I know I mentioned the battery life in the foreword, but I would be remiss if I didn’t give the specifics. With a 2,915 mAh battery, the 6 Plus gives all the power that a person could need, and then some. The 6 Plus leaves nothing to be desired when it comes to battery life. Especially when compared with previous iPhones.
When testing battery life, I like to use my phone like a tourist would. They usually are using their phones for every little thing. So I go to either Universal or Disney and use it to the fullest extent possible. Everything from checking in on Swarm (Foursquare’s check in utility), browsing on Facebook, taking pictures and video, to sending text messages. When I did that with the iPhone 5S, I was down to about 10% battery life at the end of the day, which was around 11:00 pm. When testing with the iPhone 6 Plus, I was down to 34% at the same time. And that was able to last me on the rest of the drive home. After arriving at around 1:00am, my phone was down to 17%. That’s impressive.
The iPhone 6 Plus is not only a great device, it’s a great phone. Using the same headpiece, speaker, amplifier, and sound chip as the iPhone 6, the call quality is superb. And the speaker on the bottom, albeit mono, is quite loud and clear.
The iPhone 6 Plus is a great phone. Albeit, a little on the unwieldy side due to its size. But for those who have large hands it’s definitely a phone to consider if wanting to purchase a new one. With the improvements that Apple has included, the new processor, upgrades to the camera, and improvements to the screen, it shows that they are ready to make changes where and when they need to come in.