“For me the iPhone 6 Plus was the best smartphone of 2014,” Gordon Kelly writes for Forbes. “I’ve had the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 since their September launch and moving to the massive iPhone 6 Plus is not something to take lightly. Several major issues will be deal breakers for many and they need to be weighed up against you own personal circumstance.”
One Best Thing:
“It stands to reason that if you are going to buy an iPhone 6 Plus then perhaps the number one reason is its bigger screen. You won’t be disappointed,” Kelly writes. “Realistic colours, superb brightness and wide viewing angles all catch the eye making it one of the best smartphones panels on the market. Its 401 ppi (pixels per inch) density is beaten by 2k rivals, but you will never notice this in real world use and it remains far above Apple’s own 326ppi ‘Retina Display’ threshold. For me the iPhone 6 Plus display is the perfect example of Apple not over-engineering a product for the sake of it. Only under intense scrutiny will the difference between this 1080p display and 2k rivals be spotted and 2k comes with major performance and battery trade-offs.”
One Worst Thing:
“Apple may be widely held up as a master of modern industrial design, but for me it has got the iPhone 6 Plus completely wrong. The biggest issue is ergonomics. The iPhone 6 is a flat, slippery phone that doesn’t feel particularly good in-hand, but just about gets away with it because it is relatively compact,” Kelly writes. “The iPhone 6 Plus is a different matter entirely. By merely supersizing the iPhone 6 all these problems are magnified. Consequently the iPhone 6 Plus is not only hard to use one handed but virtually impossible to hold in one hand with any confidence. For most owners the solution will be a case, but this makes an already huge phone even bigger and it would be nice if we had the option of not being forced to cover an attractive device in piles of rubber.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We’ve found an interesting case. A case we use on our iPhone 6 Plus units. It’s completely clear silicon, slim, protective, and adds “grippabilty,” but doesn’t hide Jony Ive’s design chops. All ports, microphone, 8 speaker holes, headphone jack, camera, flash, etc. line up perfectly. Best of all: It costs $3.45 + $2.95 shipping. That’s right, not a typo: $3.95. And we’ve tested a bunch of cases on our own dime to come up with this one.
It’s Case Army’s Scratch-Resistant Slim Clear Case for iPhone 6 Plus.