No, I didn’t camp out the front of the Apple store with my sleeping bag and frankly, I think those that did perhaps have what we refer to down here as “a couple of kangaroos loose in the top paddock”. Queues stretching hundreds of metres and adults in tears aren’t really my things (incidentally, crying over queue position is not something you do once you have your grown up pants on).
Instead, I went down to my local Telstra store (our local big telco) and stood behind 3 other people while I caught up on my email backlog for a couple of hours. They had a red carpet. There was free coffee – proper coffee! They even had a violinist playing in the store for crying out loud. 20 minutes after that I was out with a shiny new iPhone 6 Plus. No queuing around the block and no tears.
So now, with the light of several days of real world use behind me, what do I actually think if it? Is a 6 Plus all it’s cracked up to be? Or is it just too big and too clunky? A bit of both, here’s what I reckon:
Love 1: It’s big
It fits a heap more content on the screen (yeah, I know, who’d have thunk it), but what it means in real terms is less scrolling and more consuming actual stuff. For example:
Here I’ve got a heap of extra space that gives me more content on the screen to read. The physical size of the text is almost identical (in this example the 6 Plus fonts are actually about 3% larger), but I’ve just got more of it. Clearly this is always going to be the value proposition for a larger phone but the significance of that isn’t always clear up until you actually use it for everyday tasks.