5 Of The Worst Things About iPhone 6 Plus
The iPhone 6 Plus is easily the best smartphone I’ve had and I would highly recommend it to anyone for a variety of reasons, notably the wonderful screen and stellar battery life. While there is plenty to rave about, sometimes sharing what’s not to like can be helpful to others who are thinking about making a purchasing decision too. So after using the iPhone Plus for a few months, here are some of my unexpected findings and thoughts about the biggest iPhone ever made.
1: The Huge Screen Spoils You
When you first get an iPhone 6 Plus it feels huge, at least if you’re coming from a prior iPhone model. That feeling goes away in a few short days as you get accustomed to the wonderfully large display, but it has the unfortunate side effect of making every other iPhone (or other smartphone) without a comparable 5.5″ display seem unacceptably small if not outright puny. You’ll pick up your old iPhone 5S or iPhone 4 and laugh out loud, wondering how on earth you possibly used something so small. It quickly becomes hard to imagine going from an iPhone Plus to anything smaller in the future, the screen size is that great after you get accustomed to it. Is this really a problem or something not to like? Time will tell, but for now don’t expect to find another device with a smaller screen size adequate again.
(That’s an iPhone 4S with a 3.5″ display next to an iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5″ display, it looks even more silly in person)
2: You’ll Stop Using an iPad
This is a very unexpected side effect of getting the big screen iPhone 6 Plus; I stopped using my iPad, completely. I suppose the iPhone Plus screen is easily big enough to replace whatever I was doing on the iPad, but the iPad now just feels heavy, clunky, slow, and… unnecessary. Granted, this is an iPad 4 which is basically an ancient technological relic at this point, so those with a brand new iPad Air 2 may not have the same experience. Regardless, it’s hard to imagine wanting an iPad again. If I need to do anything serious that the iPhone Plus can’t do, and there is plenty, I go to my Mac. This also means any games you were playing on the iPad (*cough* Clash of Clans *cough*) will be abandoned, which could be viewed as a good thing.
Is this a universal experience? Probably not, but I’ve heard similar sentiment from a notable amount of other iPhone Plus owners, where an iPad goes unused, while the iPhone and Mac gets a lot more use.
3: The Aluminum is so Smooth it’s Slippery
The rolled edges and polished aluminum on the iPhone 6 series are so incredibly refined and smooth that it winds up being slippery. This is kind of hard to explain unless you’ve felt one and used it for a while, and though it feels great in the hands, a side effect is that it easily slips from unsecured pockets and right off of fabric surfaces, like a couch or lap. The first time my iPhone 6 Plus was dropped, it had slithered out of my pants pocket while seated, dropping 2′ or so onto the concrete. It survived with a few scuffs, but nobody likes the feeling of a dropped phone. Don’t expect a banana peel or anything, but it is the most smooth and slippery iPhone I’ve felt.
As a result, you’ll almost certainly want to use a case with the iPhone 6 Plus (and maybe the iPhone 6 too), because not only does it protect the device from a drop but it also makes the device feel considerably less slippery. Now that leads to the next thing….
4: Where are the Good Cases for iPhone 6 Plus?
I have yet to find a case for the iPhone 6 Plus that is really great. This is probably due to the devices size, where a big bulky case is ridiculous and many of the slimmer cases don’t offer adequate protection which leave large portions of the phone unprotected. Many iPhone owners like the official Apple Leather cases which feel great to the touch, but the leather can scuff easily and for $49 it doesn’t seem to be as protective as a good silicone or plastic shell should be. For those wondering, I’m currently using a generic $10 plastic case found on Amazon, it does the job but it’s not going to win any awards.
This will undoubtedly change as more manufacturers create and refine slim cases for the iPhone 6 Plus, but in the meantime it’s a little frustrating.
5: iOS 8 & iOS 8.1 Are Really Buggy
Let’s just state the obvious; iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 are buggy. My iPhone 6 Plus completely crashes and reboots at random. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, it can be anything from making a phone call, being in the middle of a phone call and then trying to do something else on the phone, or, with some regularity, opening the multitasking app switcher (where you quit apps). Boom, a black screen with an Apple logo. It’s kind of a regular thing, usually happening a few times a week, granted I use my iPhone a lot so the average person may not experience this.
An iPhone rebooting itself at random is practically unheard of in the world of typically very stable public iOS releases, which is probably why it feels so peculiar to have such a buggy crash prone phone that isn’t running an iOS beta version. Updates to iOS are anxiously awaited and will almost certainly resolve these problems.
For what it’s worth, a similar issue got some press on MacRumors recently but it was relating to the iPhone 6 in 128GB. Mine is a 64GB model though. Whatever devices are impacted, I’m confident it’ll be resolved with an upcoming iOS update.
When the iPhone Plus first debuted there were tons of questions about practicality and how it’d actually function in regular use. Some of those questions, and my answers are as follows:
- Is it reasonable to carry around a big phone all day? Yes, you’ll quickly forget that it is a “big phone”
- Is it too big? No, but for some people that could be a yes, personal preference
- Can you use it one handed? Yes, though a bit differently, and you will hold it differently than you did with a mini iPhone. Reachability can help if you’re committed to one handed use
- Is there going to be a giant bulge in your pocket? No, it’s really quite thin
- Is it uncomfortable in pants or a jacket pocket? No, it fits fine in reasonably fitted pants, and you won’t notice it in a jacket packet or chest pocket. If you only wear very tight pants or have small pockets, the experience may be different
- Does it bend if you don’t try to bend it? Probably not. My iPhone Plus has not bent, but I have not tried to bend it
- Are you going to look like a big doofus with a big clown phone? No, not unless you’re a big doofus in a big clown suit
Seriously, this is a great phone. Get a case for it, and update iOS when new versions come out. You won’t find a better iPhone if you’re looking for a big screen and great battery life that actually lasts all day.
Did you get an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? What do you think about it? Let us know in the comments.