Apple iPhone 6 Plus Hands-on, Initial Impressions & Photo Gallery

by Chetan Bhawani 25

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Whatever the fanboys claim, it was Samsung who started the trend of large screen devices, with the Note series. That did inspire every other brand except Apple, to make larger phones as users have started adopting to the larger screens. Apple (Steve Jobs, to be specific) had different plans in mind, and it was believed by them that any phone with a screen larger than 4-inch is not good to use as a phone. But, were they able to avoid the trend after all? No. Here comes two smartphones from Apple this year, both with screen sizes more than 4.5-inch.

We’ve got the iPhone 6 Plus, with the 5.5-inch 1080p display, and a size no where different than that of the Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung.

The one we have with us, is the iPhone 6 Plus, and while it rests on the table, beside the Galaxy Note 4 and the Sony Xperia Z3, it doesn’t look like an iPhone at all. For me, who has been an Android user for years now, and have used the iPhone only for the time when I reviewed it, the iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t look that huge because I’ve made a habit of holding large devices with comfort, as the Galaxy Note 3, LG G3 and such phones are nowhere small. But, for an iPhone user who has been in that ecosystem for a while, will start with a rough ride initially as the device will feel really huge.

The thickness of the 6 Plus still retains a little comfort, with some credits shared by the curved sides. But, this aluminum body is smooth enough to make the phone slippery and I had to hold it with some grip. With regards to the design, another notable change is the shifting of power/lock button from the top to the right frame, and that is an intelligent move – it’s not easy to reach towards the top corner of the phone with the same hand.

Apart from all that, what you saw in the iPhone 5s, is the same here – the front fingerprint scanner with home button function, which Apple calls as the Touch ID, and on the left, there are volume rocker keys with the switch to toggle between silent and general sound profiles. The Apple iPhones have always been unibody devices with no memory card storage expansion, so you can see a SIM tray with a keyhole on the right side, below the power/home button.

The camera on the back was mentioned a lot during the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus, because although it pops out a little, Apple tried to show the back as a flat one. Still, there is a metallic ring around the lens, and that is good enough for protection. For the early impressions, the camera did an excellent job against what the numbers talk (8-megapixel), but I didn’t like the limited width of the captures, comparing it with the cameras on the flagship devices from other brands.

The Touch ID recognition was good, and although not perfect, this is way better than that on the Samsung Galaxy series (S5 and Note 4), and you don’t have to always keep trying before the device recognizes and lets you unlock the screen. Does the software have something really new? The iOS 8.1 update is no where a huge one, so one cannot say much, but for always it has been Apple’s own ecosystem with the devices, apps and OS where the compatibility has never been in question. What I loved about the iOS 8.1 on iPhone 6 Plus, is the landscape orientation where the apps are perfectly aligned and it does look great.

Under the settings, a feature that many wanted to see – the 2G/3G/4G network toggle for voice and data, is now available, thus becomes a great addition for those who travel and see a lot of network fluctuations.

Overall, for the initial impressions, the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is huge, literally. But at the same time, this is not the only large phone now from Apple, because there is iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display, unlike the 5.5-inch Full HD display on this one. Apple has made sure the display looks excellent, and it is no where disappointing. Crisp, clear and with vibrant color output, it does stand out and call itself a strong contender in the phablet market, where Apple has never given a choice to the users. Again, the iPhone 6 Plus won’t be an easy shift from any earlier gen. iPhone, because the size might make your earlier iPhone look like a miniature.

Chetan Bhawani

Chetan Bhawani is a dentist, a tech blogger and a passionate writer in the field of technology. He keeps himself connected to the web for the entire day, of course except when he's dozed off! Add +Chetan Bhawani on Google Plus for more!

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    hmm reviewd perfectly and is still one of the best phone by apple and this is a giant

    • yeah but there is so much more tht maks a gpod smartphone and im not sold on the bigger display. the materials in it cant be compered to others but if i could i dont know how it would fare in trms of quality

    • Suraj Racharla

      Yeah but the specs are really similar to the NEXUS 4. The phone may look bad on paper but in reality it is a true beast and really a device to kepp your eyes feasted on !!! I think Samsung still does a better job with their Samsung galaxy note 4

      • Shanky Yadav

        even better with note edge its the perfect and have all the feeatures as well as specs

  • The only thing I like about the new iPhones is the Camera… But other than that all seems the same with previous models… They are just bigger and yet the name “iPhone” is the reason why a lot are still buying them. I don’t have anything against iPhone I actually would like to have one but they are just too expensive yet simple features. But I love its simplicity, and my iPhone 4S is actually what I use most of the time. But when it comes to customization and techie stuff I use my Android.

    • Shanky Yadav Jungly

      As far as you r right but iOS is the another side and android is on another side.

      • Yep they are both on diff sides. That’s why I’m lucky to have both platforms, Enjoying the best of both worlds.

        • you are VERY luck ive never been able to have any type of ios and really have no idea on its true performance, This has given me a biased preference torwads samsung which do you think is better?

        • Suraj Racharla

          wow very lucky guy. I never owned an ios device and dont really know the true aspects of it. I do know that is it is very simple and user friendly. this makes me think that if i had used an Apple device would i have thought differently. I think i would still prefer Android in that case!!

      • Suraj Racharla

        IOS is a totally differrent approach than Android. You cant really compare becuase they are so different. Its up to you what you like better

        • Shanky Yadav

          yup but i will go for android as they offer lots pf features and customisation even lots of games

    • yeah iphone seems to b recycling old technology and reselling it again for profit. The camera is an increase and plus offers a bigger display but other than that not much else that would convince me otherwise

    • Suraj Racharla

      well yeah Apple seems to be modifiying there phone year after year instead of innovating it. i would like to see Samsung innovate for once so then i could say it was my favorite company. right now for me it is Samsung!!!

  • Nice photos, Chetan!

    • Thanks, Deepak!

    • Suraj Racharla

      I know the quality of the pics are amazing and the phone also looks great !!

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    Well really its dual core is as fast as snapdragon??? So think if its octa core come then how fast will it be.

    • Suraj Racharla

      Yeah but it is apples core. Apple is amazinly fast eventhough it is only dual core and this proves that it has quality!!! Apple using their own cores and chipsets for there own phones equal great efficiency and long life expectancy

  • Brian Gaynor

    Just say it the new IP6 is a fail! IP6 has had #bengate, a problem with there newer OS that froze many phones. As for apple pay! apple is F’ed everything up for everyone billing people twice and now some store are doing away NFC. Thanks apple we didn’t have this problem tell you messed it up for us.

    • Suraj Racharla

      Iphone 6 isnt that and theres a reason why they are one of the top companys in the world. They are doing something right and thats why they are more than a billion dollars worth. Yes the iphone may not be the best but Apple has shown there best and i think we should appreciate it instead of pushing it down.

  • Abijith Warrier

    Many other Comapany’s gone too far Still Iphone is in 2011

    • Suraj Racharla

      yes iphone seems to have gone thorugh modifications instead of innovations!!! I want to see IPHONE with a brand new design and new interaface soon

  • Performance I’d go for iOS. The simpler their OS the smooth it is. It’s straight forward. Simple yet powerful esp when im playing high end games.

    • hm very interesting but of course with my bios i lean towards the other. Great minds can agree to disagree!

  • Suraj Racharla

    Great article and you are very lucky to have this phone. Photos looks amazing and the phone looks very premium and very great looking!!!!!