Apple iPhone 6 plus

Recently my wife kindly suggested that she would buy me the iPhone 6 plus for Christmas (but I could use it earlier). Hence it was ordered through Apple UK, but took three weeks to arrive. Now that it is here, I have taken pictures of the unboxing. That has made my oldest daughter very happy, as she has inherited my iPhone 5S (which remains pristine as it is protected with a PONG case and screen protector).

iPhone 6 plus box
iPhone 6 plus box
iPhone 6 plus base of box
iPhone 6 plus base of box
iPhone 6 plus
iPhone 6 plus
Back of iPhone 6 plus
Back of iPhone 6 plus
Size of iPhone 5s vs 6 plus
Size of iPhone 5s vs 6 plus

As you can see the size of the iPhone 6 plus screen is much bigger than that on the 5S, which is the precise reason why I like it. As I use the phone for numerous tasks, such as budgeting, email, texting, surfing the net, checking medication doses, looking up clinical guidelines, having a large screen is particularly helpful.

iPhone 6 plus with screen protector and edge casing on
iPhone 6 plus with screen protector and edge casing on
5.5" Retinal display of iPhone 6 plus
5.5″ Retinal display of iPhone 6 plus

The screen is large enough now to fit in another row of Apps in each home screen (in standard view). There is a zoomed view, but the text and icon just looked too large for me – perhaps in 10 to 15 years time, that function may come in handy.

PDF file as seen on the iPhone 6 plus screen - words are large enough to be read
PDF file as seen on the iPhone 6 plus screen – words are large enough to be read

Good things about the iPhone 6 plus:

1) Text in PDF files is displayed large enough to be easily read on this screen – which previously was not possible on the iPhone 5S.

2) The cellphone signal is marginally better than even my iPhone 5S with the PONG case (with built-in antenna) which supposedly boosts the cellphone signal. The 6 plus was nearly one bar/dot on the signal meter better than it.

3) The camera with its optical image stabiliser is able to capture very clear images in fairly low light. That is because the camera shoots at lower shutter speeds to capture as much light as possible (which reduces the noise in the image due to using higher ISO settings). Do be aware that slower shutter speeds will not work for moving subjects, as this will result in blurring of the image.

The large size of this phone may put some people off. But I would say it is a very capable substitute for an iPad mini, as the iPhone 6 plus can be carried around on the body rather than be in a bag; mine is strapped to my belt on a holster. I had previously lamented that the screen on the iPhone 5S was not large enough for easy viewing.

But the large size of the screen does make me anxious about cracking it, even though I have not cracked any of the previous iPhones I had owned; after all, there is always a first time for everything. This is why I have to keep remembering to be very careful when carrying it around; the larger the surface area, the higher the chance of breaking it. I may have to face the screen inwards in my belt holster to protect the screen.

I have my wife to thank for this very nice and functional Christmas present. I definitely recommend the iPhone 6 plus, although it is not for everyone due to its size.

Boon