My thoughts after 24 hours with my iPhone 6+

Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 7.44.17 PMSo it’s been 24 hours since I have started using the iPhone 6+ as my phone.

My first thought … it’s BIG.

Second thought …. it’s BIG.

Third thought … it’s really really REALLY BIG.

I knew it was going to be big, so this shouldn’t have been a surprise to me, but yet somehow it was.

Holding it in my hand as MY phone, it just felt awfully, uhhhh …. big.

I’ll admit to some concerning thoughts. Did I make a mistake? Should I return this?

But I think it wasn’t just the size that was throwing me off a bit. Whenever we get something new, and it’s a bit different from our old-and-familiar, I think we always need a little time to adjust. I needed some adjusting time.

My first wacky moment came when I tried to put it to sleep. I have a habit of clicking the top of my iPhone and sending it to sleep (dark) before putting it in my pocket. To my surprise, there is NO sleep button on the top of this phone. They moved it to the side.

So, once I learned that the button was on the side, I noticed that my case maker had left one of the side buttons exposed. Without giving it a thought, I pushed it. Nothing happened. Pushed it again. Nothing. This is when I realized that I was pushing the mute button and that the sleep button was on the OTHER side. Sigh. (This experience should once and forever squash the rumor that I know what I’m doing. 🙂 )

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As I worked through some of my apps today, I was once again pleased with my decision to update through iTunes. So far, every single app with “data” moved over without any problem whatsoever. Passwords, lists, a weight tracker and a grocery list all arrived on my new phone in perfect order.

The only app that gave me trouble was the Overdrive app. On my iPhone 5, I was in the middle of listening to an audio book from my library through this app. I needed to put the same book on my new phone. Let me be clear: this is an app issue, NOT a phone issue. Nevertheless, this was an inconvenience albeit something you have to expect when changing phones. On my last attempt, I managed to download the book again from my library, and now all is well. Yay!

The size of the phone makes the screen a wonderful sight to behold. Texting is a pleasure with more room and some additional perks (which are part of iOS 8 and will also be addressed later). The screen has room for photos of your texting friends, and it looks very nice.

The iPhone+ turns to landscape, and the icons move with you, just like on an iPad. This is a delightful option, and I like it! The ‘tray’ icons, the ones you leave at the bottom, move to the side in landscape. Nice! Your mail and texting appear as they do on the iPad. All good. There is plenty of room on the screen for these extra arrangements.

The phone I just gave up was a 5, which was “before” the Touch id, so I had no previous experience with this fingerprint technology. It was another thing I had to get used to. It was easy to set up. The phone took me through the process by having me tap my finger on the home button several times. I did this with my thumb. Half a day later I realized that I rarely use my thumb, and I kept having to awkwardly unlock my phone with an odd posture (for me). So I easily added an extra fingerprint (my index finger). I was also mildly annoyed that the phone locked “immediately” and I had no ability to change that. BUT with just a tiny bit of practice I learned that a mere tap with my finger now unlocks the phone in a fraction of a second, and so all in well once again. I guess I adapt quickly. This morning I found the touch annoying, but this evening, I love it.

Battery life is not something I can address, yet. Apple claims that the battery life of this phone is quite good. I can tell you that I’ve run through most of it on Day One. 😯 However …. I’ve been using the phone constantly today. If I haven’t been exploring it, I’ve been listening to an audio book or music, so it has been “running” all day. That said ….. I was hoping for a better battery life than a single day. We’ll see.

The Kindle app looks gorgeous on this iPhone. Yes indeed, this will be an awesome device to carry for all-reasons. You can call, text, play (you can SEE the solitaire cards!), listen and READ all on the same piece of equipment. I frequently carried my Kindle AND my phone. Now the phone will often be enough.

Overall … I am happy with the iPhone 6+. I do think that if you are a tight-pants wearer you will find this phone a bit large. My mom-jeans are fine for the phone, but other carrying-places might be tight.

(Message to my friend who carries her phone in her bra: this phone is not for you. 🙂 )

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8 thoughts on “My thoughts after 24 hours with my iPhone 6+

    • I think the choice between the 6 phones is pretty clear. The Plus is BIG (I think I’ve mentioned that? 🙂 ) and you have to really want a big phone to be comfortable with that change. But yes, I am enjoying it ….. absolutely!

  1. As you say, I think all things take getting used to. When I first got my Nokia 1020 I just couldn’t get used to the size and weight (with the bulky camera) but it did’t take me long and now I just use it for my weight bearing exercises 🙂

    • You understand my adjustments, then, completely. But to my surprise, as time moves on, I’m liking it more and more and more. However I learned today that it does not fit in my favorite going-for-a-walk sweatshirt jacket. That was a blow. 😯 🙂

  2. I found you searching about iphone 6 Plus.
    I am getting mine tomorrow! It is on the plane to Phoneix from Louisville as I write. It will truck to Tucson tonight and be dlivered tomorrow to my waiting hands. 33 days of waiting….but what do they say….those who wait…….etc….

    I havent decided whether to do a new install or just restore my old iphone. You just reminded me about the apps and passwords. I do like that i dont have to enter all the passwords if i do a restore. Hmmmmm….

    Anyway, some people have become cynical and think that there is something wrng about adults gettng excited about a phone….but….shoot! Its a present anyway. Christmas in October!

    Best part is….my loving wife….she doesnt even know the great present she bought me. Isnt she wonderful?
    I will have to tell her sooner or later but i am already so thankfull for so much love!!!!

    PS: the kid in me is showing.

    • I completely understand your excitement!! I get a bit giddy over my devices, too. After a few days with the iPhone 6 Plus, I can happily report that I’m loving it. The “new device” or “restore” is a big issue, I know. I’m glad I did what I did, and have all my notes, passwords, contacts, settings, and app data fully available. Let me know how you do! and have fun! 🙂

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