6 vs 6+

Why wouldn’t recommend it for one-handed use, it is way more possible to use it one handed than I had anticipated

I find myself using the touch ID much less frequently, because it’s awkward for my hand some to get so low to the button, while still holding the phone confidently

I need to test us on my other iPhone 6, but I noticed that I use the back in fourth swiped gestures for all of the apps Waymore than I ever had prior. It could be something that’s in iOS 8 for all phones, but with the size of this one leveraging the screen to navigate makes it much easier.

I wish that they had distributed the weight of the phone more towards the bottom than it currently is. I don’t know if it’s an even distribution, or if it’s actually distributed towards the top of the phone, but that is the one thing that makes it feel a little uneasy in the hands.

Overall with the new iPhone 6 and 6+, I think that there were two mistakes made. The first is they should not have rounded the edges of the phone between the front to back. There was a very familiar field with the four and five, that allowed you to get a good grip on the type machine ankles. That is not the case with this phone, and when coupled with the increased size, it lends itself to a very slippery and on easy feeling in hand. Especially when you factor in the increased size that people are not used.

The other mistake that I think they made is that both the six and 6+ I’ll probably 10 to 20% too large. Had they met the iPhone five and six somewhere in the middle and the six and 6+ somewhere in the middle I think that those would have been the perfect sized phones. Steve Jobs was right, and the fact that you need to be able to get your thumb all the way to each corner of the screen.

The battery life on the 6+ is markedly improved or better than the six, but I don’t get the full two days of battery life at some point. However it’s constantly on, so for the amount that I do use it it has incredible battery life.

Both of the cameras are great, but I haven’t yet seen the difference between the 6+6 to be honest. I also haven’t taken any nature photographs and Brightlight, but rather pictures around the house of my kids. The biggest difference that I’ve noticed video. Full 1080 P video looks incredible when played back on my HDTV.

Another thing I’ve come to find is that it simply doesn’t matter how big the phone is, it’s always going to eventually look the same to you. I pick up the five these days, and I have no idea how I ever used it. I picked up my sex after a few days of usage with the 6+, and it felt like a five.

This is my fourth day with the 6+, and every day I get more and more accustomed to it, but I’m not yet sure that I’m going to keep. The screen real estate truly is a big difference, and I’ve always said that the screen is when you really matters.  However, I am very aware of this phone at all times. It doesn’t blend into the background work just get lost in my pocket. It sticks out of my back pocket of my jeans it’s prominent in the front pocket of my jeans, but it’s not a burden. But I’m terrified of dropping. Also due to the sheer size of it, I don’t know if I could use this phone with the case on it would simply be too much.

I’m starting to think they should call this the iPad nano.

I also don’t use landscape mode as much as I thought I would. However I think that’s mostly because the Apple keyboard is such crap. They tried to cram 1000 options into that keyboard rather than make it simply more usable in landscape mode with slightly bigger keys.

Vibration is loud and worthless, like it is  not attached to the phones base and is just vibrating in a tin can. I’ve actually missed a lot of texts BC of this, and now my phantom text disease is on 11. This is especially bad since I don’t want to keep taking this phone out to risk dropping it on pocket exit. 

The biggest issue overall, is that the phone is weight distributed the wrong way. The tears owns tell you that this thing is 90% battery – which is great – but sadly the weight is towards the TOP of the phone instead of the bottom. This gives an already awkward grip even less control, as you feel like the top heavy nature will cause the phone to go end over end out of your hand. Worse – when you notice it – it get more and more apparent. 

I added a case from Apple. Silicone. Yes it makes the phone bulkier, but not as much as I thought get it would. It DOES make it much easier to grip – which severely cuts down on the awkward factor. 

Another Trip Around The Sun

It’s 4 years today since I got the call at work from my mother that my father passed away.  My memory sucks in general, but the events of that day are still as vivid as anything I’ve ever experienced.

During the surprisingly depressing task of getting my father’s truck from the dialysis clinic at which he died, I discovered what an amazing ‘time capsule’ a car is for a person’s final moments in their life.  What had they eaten or drank?  What list of errands did they have?  What CD were they listening to?

Given the sheer amount of time my dad spent in his truck, and the fact that we all associated him so closely with it, his ‘time capsule’ was even more central to who he was.  No matter what year it was, you would always find some combination of the following things:

  • muddy workboots
  • hard hat covered in stickers
  • giant map books
  • rubbermaid bins full of mining/construction parts
  • some form of a rats nest of ‘cutting edge’ electronics (radar detector, cell phone cords, GPS, CB, XM radio before it was built in, power inverter, etc)
  • glove compartment full of things like a wallet, a day planner, and a ‘pocket constitution and bill of rights’
  • his briefcase
  • blue listerine
  • a bar across the back with his hanging clothes on it
  • various CDs that had no rhyme or reason – Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Martina McBride, Fleetwood Mac, the Michael (movie) soundtrack…

After his cancer diagnosis, the song “Trip Around the Sun” by Jimmy Buffett really seemed to resonate with him for obvious reasons.  “License To Chill”  was the one CD that always seemed to be playing if you ever borrowed his truck, and picking it up from dialysis that day was no exception.

Today marks 4 long ‘trips around the sun’ since I lost the most important guiding figure in my life, and I miss him and his influence dearly.  While these past 4 years have without a doubt been the absolute hardest of my life – they have also provided many wonderful things which I am eternally grateful for.

I now listen to this CD every day when I commute.  It helps me to keep things in perspective and be grateful for everything that I have in my life – especially the many more trips around the sun that I get to enjoy with the wonderful gifts (my family) that he helped to provide.