The 5-minute iPhone 6 (plus) Review

I just went by the local Apple store to check out the new iPhones with a friend visiting from Berlin. We didn’t think we would be able to get in. We were wrong: Since they had huge lines of people waiting to buy one, the main entrance was free and the store was quite empty compared to its normal super-crowded space. I guess everyone passing by was intimidated by the long lines.

Anyways, we got to check out both new iPhones and here is my 5 minute review for you:

iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 is a no-brainer. It feels like the normal update you’d expect from a new iPhone after 2 iterations of the same design. It’s bigger then the 5 series, but thanks to the rounded edges and thinness, it doesn’t feel bigger. It fits perfectly in your front pocket, your hand, it even is still useable with one hand most of the times. It it is one thing, the iPhone 6 is the successor of the 5/5S.

I love the new design. Finally, after 4 years of waiting, there is another “Handschmeichler” (German for something that feels good to touch and hold in your hand, like Irish worry stones. Literally: hand charmer). I always liked the rounded design of the 3G/GS. While from an industrial design standpoint, the 4 and 5 series were great, they never had that feel to it. And they destroyed many jeans with their sharp edges. The iPod Touch in it’s latest design gave away a possible direction of the iPhone’s design, and here it it. The rounded screen edges take that form to perfect symmetry.

Design-wise, there are 2 little drawbacks: First, the elevated camera feels out of place. 1mm more height and using the extra space for a bigger battery would have been great. Second, the color choice for the plastic ribbons make the space grey version look cheap. The grey plastic looks cheap. Why not using the same dark black material they used from the 4 to the 5S? Maybe this is something you get used to, but on the first look, it just feels off.

Overall, still a no-brainer. Great feel, great display, great camera, everything feels like an iPhone. But then, there is the Plus.

iPhone 6 Plus

It’s ginormous. Seriously, it is so huge! The display is super sharp, the size makes reading articles way more comfortable. It still fits in most Jeans’ front pocket (unless, you know, you are wearing the hipster skinny pants, but then you need your man purse for any size of phone). To be honest, reading feels more like iPad mini than iPhone. The landscape mode, the extra column for messages, mails, etc. are just great (would love to have that part on the 6). But it looks so strange in your hand. Just huge!

It’s a split-brainer. It could replace your iPad mini for most tasks (for me, that’s mostly reading, mails, organizing work, maybe some video) that felt uncomfortable on the iPhones small screen. Or at least make you jump through more loops to do it.

You can still have it with you without an extra bag. You’d have an iPad nano with your iPhone plus - one less device to carry around. If you know me, I’m all about less stuff, so that’s a good option. But do I want all this on the cost of owning a rediciously huge phone?\

I’m undecided.

Page Description Diagrams

This helps not only for web pages. UI design and product design take some benefits from it, too.

I slightly changed the concept for myself and added a fourth column: not needed at all.

This helps me to keep track of what I already threw out before and keeps the same ideas from coming back again and again.

meganq:

Always a good idea.

meganq:

Always a good idea.

nevver:

Don’t be sorry

Never!

nevver:

Don’t be sorry

Never!

robsheridan:

This great fan-made James Bond 50th anniversary montage is way, way better than the one they played at the Oscars.

A lifetime of double-0 memories