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Apple is rejuvenating the market by launching the one and only iPhone Plus. You thought the iPhone 6 is big? Well, the iPhone 6 Plus can be considered huge then. But if you’re used to big phones, that wouldn’t be an immense problem I suppose. Just make sure it will fit perfectly in your pockets. All in all, the iPhone 6 Plus is an oversized upgrade of the iPhone 6. Now we have a revolutionised phablet and a vibrant performance. It’s definitely the flagship of 2014.
One thing is sure, the iPhone 6 Plus has inherited the expensive price of its predecessor homologues. By being a premium product company, you can really never settle for less.
Aside from the big size, the physical aspects of the iPhone 6 Plus are not a big change compared to iPhone 6. The rounded corners and the glass blended in the edges are the same. The power button keeps its place on the right side and the headphone jacks are still in the bottom. The phone looks elegant but placed next to the HTC One, I wouldn’t be so sure.
Just like the iPhone 6, the 5.5 inches metal unibody of the iPhone 6 Plus is slippery. The big size makes it difficult to grab by one hand. That’s why I would recommend using a case for protection or if you prefer not hiding the design completely, you can acquire the iPhone’s skin body wraps. The hold nonetheless feels great.
The mesmerizing thin body of this phablet measures less than 7.5mm, approximately 0.3 inches. For a matter of fact, that makes the iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest phone Apple Inc. has ever made. It has a splendid 5.5- inch display and a clear resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels which gives it a unique pixel density of 401 ppi. Need more? Well, it has an Oleophobic screen protector and a scratch-resistant glass, with a light sensor and a proximity sensor. But that doesn’t stop you from applying another screen glass only for added protection.
The rest of the recently added characteristics to the new Apple phone include an A8 processor with an M8 co-processor. The processor is Dual-core, with a capacity of 1400 MHz, a Cyclone ARMv8-A 2nd generation and 64-bit. And like the iPhone 6, the RAM is still 1 GB. But what has been upgraded to this one is the Home screen rotation. Now you can hold your iPhone upside down, or 90 degrees to the right or to the left. If it’s rotated to one of the sides, you can benefit from a large keyboard and you can also enjoy playing your favorite games at ease. The landscape view reminds of a small iPad version actually.
As I first mentioned, the big size of the phablet can be troublesome for some users, that’s why Apple decided to add the “reachability” feature. It comes quite handy, to be honest. With just two clicks on the home button, we get to slide whatever is on the top display to the bottom, so we can reach it easily while holding the phone with one hand.
Also, for the first time, Apple equips this device with an NFC chip in order to facilitate mobile payments through the Apple Pay service. Internal storage options are still three: 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. You make the choice!
A bigger phone says automatically we have more space hence why a bigger battery. The immense battery life is of 2915 mAh. The Stand-by time is of 16 days straight (384 hours). The average time is 18 days (442 h) and the talk time (3G) is 24 hours. Less time to complain for Apple users, but these numbers will they impress Android users? The answer starts with an N I’m afraid.
That noted the iPhone Plus is a high performer, with its fast Touch ID functionality and a wide variety of apps in the new iOS system.
When it comes to the camera, Apple made some good improvements compared to the iPhone 6. The two-tone LED flash and the 8MP camera capacity are still unchanged. But what’s really great about this camera is the optical image stabilization feature. It can even regulate the picture settings to low light conditions. Beside the image stabilization, this camera takes really good videos just like the previous model; 30 frames per second (fps) to 60 fps at 1080p resolution and 240 fps in a slow motion video. You can even move a bit and still capture a steady picture, clean and sharp.
The camera has a sapphire crystal lens cover with a pixel size of 1.5 μm. It has three shooting modes, which are: the Burst mode, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR) and Panorama mode. The latter captures up to 43 megapixels.
Sadly, the front facing camera is still weak. The 1.2 megapixels camera remains outdated. The blurry selfies will be at the rendezvous but with some added light this time, as the front cam has an f2.2 aperture which allows more light to hit the sensor.
Like every other phone, the iPhone 6 is not destined to everyone. The size can be a drawback for some old iPhone users who preferred the moderate shape of the previous models. But if you want a performant phablet and an attractive professional design accompanied by a good camera, the iPhone 6 Plus would be the right choice to make.
On a side note, beside the huge advertising campaign made by Apple Inc., what made the iPhone 6 Plus really famous in the world of technology is it’s the users’ complaints of how the phone actually BLENDS! I’m sure you’ve already heard of the hashtag Bendgate while using your social media accounts. But what surprises me is not if the phone really blends, I mean how people can even think about trying to blend their super expensive phone? Rich much? Well, I for one wouldn’t dare to try and I actually am careful in choosing where I put my phone. If you’ve paid that much money for the phablet, I’m sure you can relate.
That said, iPhone 6 Plus is not the most updated phone in the market, each device has its own lacks and flaws which make us wait for what Apple is coming with next. Will it turn into a copycat or will it bring something innovative that will create an earthquake in the market? Let’s wait and see!