The iPhone is All Grown Up: Readers React

by Reads (416)

With the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Brighthand readers had plenty to say about Apple’s latest and greatest.

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus slantedReactions were generally positive, especially to the smaller iPhone 6, with reader lelisa13p putting her opinion in starkly simple terms.

I watched. Wow. Just wow. On all counts.

r0k echoed the interest, paying special attention to the available memory capacities.

I can see myself getting the 6 but not the 6+. I guess I could cough up more for the 64 GB model. I have a 32 GB iPhone 5 and I’ve been working to trim memory use so I could go back to a base model. But 64 GB… Tempting…

The iPhone 6 Plus faced a little more skepticism, with readers wondering if it really offered enough differences to distinguish itself from the iPhone 6. Mitlov specifically questioned the battery power relative to other large “phablet” type smartphones.

The 6 seems like a very good phone for iOS fans. I like the size and the hardware design (except for the protruding camera; I don’t like it when Samsung does that and I wish Apple hadn’t done it either).

The 6 Plus is a puzzle to me. Why have a 5.5″ phablet that emphasizes thinness over battery size? Don’t most phablet buyers care more about the latter? And it doesn’t have any unique phablet-oriented software features (like the windowed apps on the Note 4). Plus, unless you’re happy with 16 GB onboard, you’re going to be paying $400 plus contract, and who knows how much off-contract.

Apple iPhone 6 PlusWith the iPhone 6 Plus being closer in size to the iPad Mini than any of Apple’s previous smartphones, the idea of the company cannibalizing its own products also came up. User jigwashere:

I wonder how the larger screen size might affect iPad sales. I’ve stayed away from tablets in part because of the larger smartphone screen.

Not everyone was impressed, with an infographic making the rounds that noted many of the iPhone 6’s key features were similar to those on the Google Nexus 4 released in November 2012 — although it was also mentioned that that older device didn’t include the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner or Apple-specific high-end processor.

As always, these are just a few of the many discussions going on in our forums. Got a tech problem you need help with? Want to share an opinion on the latest news? Or just have something you’re curious about and want an answer to? Sign up for the Brighthand forums and join the conversation today.

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